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Spring

To give an awareness of spring and to give thanks for the newness of nature.

by Jan Edmunds

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To give an awareness of spring and to give thanks for the newness of nature.

Preparation and materials

  • This material can be delivered solely by the teacher or used by groups or individual children.
  • Collect a few pictures of baby farm animals, spring blossom and flowers or let the children paint some if you intend to give a class presentation.
  • An OHP or whiteboard would be useful for the poem.

Assembly

  1. Welcome the children and say something like: I wonder how good you are at playing detectives? There are already clues in our gardens and in the fields around that something wonderful is happening. Let’s listen to this poem:

    Verse 1
    Now is the season of promise
    When new life’s beginning to grow.
    The time for rebirth and awakening
    When blossom and buds start to show.

  2. Ask your detectives if any of them can tell you what is happening to the trees? Allow time for the answers, and back up with the pictures. Listen again for some more clues.

    Verse 2
    The newborn appear in the meadow
    On farm and in hedgerow and pond
    There’s a chorus of birds sweetly singing
    In field and in forest beyond.
  3. Ask your detectives: What do we mean by ‘the newborn’? What are the birds doing? What’s happening in the ponds? Use pictures as relative things are mentioned.
  4. Say that the last verse of the poem tells us the names of some flowers. See if you can remember them.

    Verse 3
    Daffodils brighten our gardens
    Showing that winter is past
    The snowdrop and crocus still blooming
    Tell us that spring’s here at last.
  5. Ask your detectives: can you remember the names of the flowers in the last verse? Use your pictures again and discuss their colours.

    After the grey days of winter, colour is appearing in our gardens once again. Easter comes at this time of year. A time when Christians remember that Jesus died on the cross and, like the trees and flowers now waking from their winter sleep, he rose again from the dead.

    (Optional) If time allows, this can be linked to the Easter story and the Resurrection (Matthew 28, Mark16, Luke 24 or John 20).

    Christians believe that after life, death is a new beginning and most religions in the world look on the season of spring as a message of hope and promise.

Time for reflection

Reflection

Spring is an exciting time that lifts us from the gloom of winter to the hope of a new beginning.

Can you see signs of spring in nature at the moment?

And what about in your own life – can you see signs of new beginnings there too?

Prayer

Let us pray.

We thank you, God, for the beauty and wonders of your world
and for the signs of spring that show us that life does go on.

‘Easter buds are springing,
Praise him, praise him.
The Lord of all things lives anew
And all his works are rising too.’ (Anonymous)

Amen.

Song/music

‘Now the green blade rises’ (Come and Praise, 131)

Publication date: March 2006   (Vol.8 No.3)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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