Open the Book
SUMT co-ordinate the OPEN THE BOOK assembly teams in Primary School. Through this scheme (written by former school inspectors and teachers) we enable local churches to serve schools well. We all know that the quality of assembly material varies dramatically, but this scheme offers presentations of key Bible stories which simply tell the story well. Most of our teams are ecumenical, they are trained annually, and the material is excellent. Almost every primary school on the Island invites an OTB team in to help take assemblies.
SUMT helps to co-ordinate the Godly Play trained volunteers from across the island.Godly play was created by theologian, author and educator, Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, and is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God. Stories of faith are told to a group who then have an opportunity to wonder together about what they have heard, and then explore independently with no expectation of results or answers.
STARS is a philosophy day put together by SUMT allowing children to be able to 'wonder' about four major areas of life: special days, special beliefs, special people and special choices. The elements of the day are all based around the principles developed by Philosophy for Children, and the day was developed at the request of the Religious Education Advisory Committee (REAC). It was piloted in 2016 and is now available to be requested by schools or groups of schools as a curriculum enrichment day.
Lifepath covers the whole of the Christian element of the Y5 RE curriculum on a single day. It takes place in partnership with Rushen Abbey, and uses almost 100 trained volunteers from around a quarter of the Island's local churches to make the experience happen. The day explores Christianity at Rushen Abbey and Christianity today, and takes the children on a highly interactive and memorable journey through the day. Also developed in partnership with REAC this event has been a highlight for many schools since it began in 2011, with some staff calling it the highlight of their year. Children leave with an activity bag crammed full of things they have made, and the cross-curricular links are numerous.
Walk through the Bible
SUMT currently has the only trained “Walk through the Bible” story teller on the island. This has two sets of five sessions (one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament) that helps KS2 students to get a fuller understanding of how all the stories of the Bible fit together and to understand the overall big-picture of the Bible through memorable actions.
It's Your Move
Designed to enhance other transition material, ITS YOUR MOVE concentrates on the pastoral implications of moving from Primary to Secondary education. With an excellent a-z book filled with questions children might be asking, this lesson gives opportunities to ask questions, voice worries, and talk through the move. Schools who have seen the material have loved it. With very little Christian content at all, the aim of the day is to enable children to feel pastorally ready to move up.