All different, all special
by Rebecca Parkinson
Suitable for Key Stage 3
To use the variety of snowflakes to remind us that we are all different, but all special.
Preparation and materials
- You will need the PowerPoint slides that accompany this assembly (Snowflakes) and the means to display them.
- Show Slide 1.
Point out that at the moment, the weather is getting colder. Perhaps some of the students have been late for school because of cars needing to be defrosted or those who have paper rounds have been having a slippery time on their bikes!
Optional: you may wish to ask the students to raise their hand in response to various questions about winter.
- Do you like the cold weather?
- Do you like the snow?
- Have you ever taken the time to look closely at frost or snow?
- Tell the students that, at a distance on a frosty morning, the world can look like it’s covered with a thin, white blanket. However, when we take a close-up look at frosted plants and leaves, they look stunning.
Show Slides 2 and 3.
- Show Slides 4 and 5.
Ask the students whether they have ever looked closely at snow.
Point out that when we look at fresh snow with the naked eye, it looks like a powder - a bit like sugar.
Show Slide 6.
However, if we look at snow under a powerful microscope, we see that each snowflake is different and beautiful.
Show Slides 7-10.
Point out how amazing and different each snowflake is.
Time for reflection
Show Slide 11.
Read out the Bible passage on the slide: ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.’
Remind the students that sometimes, we look at the outside of people without bothering to look more closely and see what they are really like.
Christians believe that God has made each person different and special. They also believe that it is God who creates wonders in nature, such as the variety of snowflakes. They believe that it is amazing that God takes such notice of the intricate snowflakes; after all, most people never see them because they are too small to see without microscopes and they melt away so quickly.
Encourage the students to take the time to look at nature in the coming weeks and develop a sense of wonder this wintertime.
We get so busy rushing around that we have little time to notice the beauty of the world.
This winter, please help us to take the time to notice.
Please help us to see with fresh eyes the wonder of the world and the privilege of living in it.
‘Winter wonderland’, available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIKt5p3UmXg (2.30 minutes long)