Aim: consider why certain people make special journeys due to their faith; learn about the motivation felt by Jonah to make a journey he didn’t want to make.
Remind children of what we have covered so far:
Why are some journeys special?
Why do people make journeys?
Can they think of any stories that involve a journey?
Can they think of any religious stories that involve special journeys?
(e.g. Moses and the People of Israel, Mary and Joseph, The Good Samaritan, Paul, etc)
Look at the video / powerpoint of the story of Jonah below.
Explain that the story tells the listener that some tasks in life cannot or should not be resisted. Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh but he ended up there. For many people, God was directing the events that led to the people of Nineveh trying to do good instead of evil.
Ask children for their views about when it is the ‘right thing to do’ even when it is a hard thing to do. Is there anything you have done in your life, or somewhere you have had to go, where you didn't want to - but it all worked out well in the end?
Task - write a postcard from the point of view of Jonah that he is sending home to his family. What would he say about his journey and what he has learnt?
BBC Class Clips video
Watch this video from BBC iplayer - The Dengineers.
Look at the amazing dens people have made!!
Your challenge is to create your own den - this can be inside / outside. Linking to our Science work, what materials can you use to create your den? Is it waterproof or warm enough? Have fun!