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Harvest

To provide a simple harvest class presentation for young children. To give thanks for food and to create an awareness of those involved in providing it.

by Jan Edmunds

Suitable for Key Stage 1

Aims

To provide a simple harvest class presentation for young children. To give thanks for food and to create an awareness of those involved in providing it.

Preparation and materials

  • The words are sung to the tune of ‘The farmer’s in his den’.
  • Some rehearsals will be necessary if you are planning a class performance. Costuming and visual aids can be as simple or as elaborate as time allows. Individuals or groups could step forward to portray each action or miming could be done altogether by everyone.

Assembly

Introduce the song and ask the children to listen carefully to see if they can remember what happens before the bread gets to our tables.

The farmer plants the seed, the farmer plants the seed,
E – I – E – I, the farmer plants the seed.

Down comes the rain, down comes the rain,
E – I – E – I, down comes the rain.

It helps the wheat to grow, it helps the wheat to grow,
E – I – E – I, it helps the wheat to grow.

Out comes the sun, out comes the sun,
E – I – E – I, out comes the sun.

Up comes the wheat, up comes the wheat,
E – I – E – I, up comes the wheat.

It ripens in the sun, it ripens in the sun,
E – I – E – I, it ripens in the sun.

The farmer cuts the wheat, the farmer cuts the wheat,
E – I – E – I, the farmer cuts the wheat.

The miller grinds the wheat, and makes it into flour,
E – I – E – I, and makes it into flour.

The baker takes the flour, and bakes it into bread,
E – I – E – I, and bakes it into bread.

Then takes it to the shops, then takes it to the shops,
E – I – E – I, takes it to the shops.

We buy the bread, we buy the bread,
E – I – E – I, we buy the bread.

We all eat the bread, we all eat the bread,
E – I – E – I, we all eat the bread.

We thank God for our bread, we thank God for our bread,
E – I – E – I, we thank God for our bread.

See if the children can remember what happens in the song and sing through a couple more times with everyone joining in.

Time for reflection

Reflection

Think of a slice of lovely fresh bread.

Can you remember how it came to be?

 

Prayer

We give thanks for the farmers who grow our food,

for the seeds that grow and turn into plants,

for the rain that waters them,

and for the sunshine that ripens them.

We thank you for our daily bread

and for all those who work to bring it to our tables.

Amen.

Song/music

‘Lord of the harvest’ (Come and Praise, 133)

Publication date: October 2007   (Vol.9 No.10)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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