Lesson 1 – The Communities We Live In

Slide 1-2 - Introduction Activity: Find Someone Who...

Explain that they are going to create some communities within the class.

Give out Session 1: Find Someone Who… worksheet (words or images – choose the sheet most appropriate for your children).

Instruct children to walk around the classroom and ask their classmates questions to find someone who fits each statement on the sheet. They can only find one person for each category and they can’t use anybody twice.

Extension. Perhaps the first to complete the sheet could win a prize.

Slide 3 - Introduction Activity: Find Someone Who...

Feedback with the group. Only one name was put down for each answer, but could there have been more?
• E.g. is there a community of children in the class that all…
o …have two brothers?
o …go to swimming lessons?
o …like chocolate?

Explain that everyone in the room belongs to God’s community because we are all God’s children. Ask children what other communities they belong to:
• Home
• School
• Parish
• Wider Locality
• Nation/country/Global Community

Slide 4 - Group Activity: Who's Who

Encourage children to think about who belongs in each of their communities. Drag and drop the names of the people to the correct community:
Home – Mum, Dad, Carer, Brother, Sister, Grandparents, Cat, Dog
School – Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Reader, Headteacher, Receptionist, Caretaker, Cleaner.
Parish – Priest, Altar Server, Reader, Choir/singers, Flower Arranger.

Slide 5 - Film and Discussion: Super Susie at Home, School and Church

Once again, Super Susie has a problem. This time, she has been given some responsibilities at home, at school and at Church. Unfortunately, each time she has failed to fulfil her responsibilities which has led to things going wrong.

Click to play the film.

Slide 6 - Film and Discussion: Super Susie at Home, School and Church

Make the key point with the children that Super Susie had responsibilities in her community but when she didn’t fulfil them, she let people down and the community didn’t function as well as it should.

Using the images on the screen, ask children to think about the needs of their communities. How do people harm the people and places around them? Encourage children to think about communities close to home and the wider world. Some examples are below:

• Walking muddy shoes indoors
• Dropping litter
• Breaking into places they are not allowed into
• Stealing
• Graffiti
• Not recycling
• Ignoring people in need

Slide 7 - Film and Discussion: Super Susie at Home, School and Church

Using the images on the screen, discuss with the pupils ‘How can we help to make our community better?’

Some examples:
• giving our spare toys to the charity shop to raise money for others
• Recycling
• litter picking
• helping elderly people with their shopping
• being respectful of people’s property

Slide 8 - Activity: My Super School Rules

In pairs or small groups, children to write a list of school rules, to improve their school community and remind them of their responsibilities. Younger children could think of a school rule in pairs and then illustrate it. Collate the drawings together in a display of school rules. Super School Rules activity could also be done as a whole class with the teacher scribing.

The sentence starters on the screen, “Be… Don’t… Always…” can help inspire children.

Feedback these rules to the whole group. After hearing some, give groups the chance to add to their lists.

Slide 9 - Activity: My Super School Rules

Explain to the children that by helping to improve our communities, we are being Jesus’ hands and feet.

To help us focus our hearts and minds on this, play and sing together the song, “My Hands Are Yours”.

Slide 10 - Final Prayer