The Harvest festival. RE resources

It is so easy to get detached from the thought that we rely upon farmers to provide us with food, because many children, and some adults, think no further than their nearest supermarket.

1. Teacher’s background information.

Here the young children (keystage one) can discover what a Harvest Festival is all about.

Christians believe that God created the world and that we need to be thankful for all the world’s rich provision.

2. Lesson plans and resources for The Harvest Festival.

Harvest – RE lesson plan – Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus.

3. Three children’s songs about Harvest time.

These songs by John Hardwick can be used in R.E. lessons, assemblies, collective worship, church children’s talks, Sunday schools, etc.

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[1] ‘Harvest song – the wonderful world we live in.’

[2] ‘Harvest song – Growing, Growing taller every day.’

[3] ‘Harvest song – A miracle is happening to you and me.’

4. How to fulfil the locally agreed syllabus on ‘The Harvest Festival’

Hopefully, you will be able to match your local agreed syllabus with what is here which satisfies eight councils:

These lesson plans are based on the Progression Documents of The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland County Councils. This is in the light blue text.
The green text is from other Councils: Lewisham Borough, West Sussex, Hull and East Riding.
Here are the main aims for the visit:

  • Festivals – at the appropriate times, find out how Christians celebrate the festival of Harvest.
  • How do Christians thank God for the world?
  • Recognise different symbols and actions and key practices associated with religious communities.
  • Talk about what happens in places of worship and describe how symbols and artefacts are used in each, appreciating some similarities and differences.
  • Describe what happens at festivals, ceremonies and rituals and talk about the beliefs behind them.

Key vocabulary: Bible, Christ, Creation, Disciple, Faith, God, Harvest, Hymn, Jesus, Prayer, Worship.