SchoolsLive – SUPACLUB
Author, publisher and date: Written by professional schools workers who work regularly in UK schools, Scripture Union, Running since 2002 (review based on 2014-2015 syllabus)

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

SchoolsLive provides Bible-based resources for Christian groups in schools, and puts a wealth of activities and ideas for your work with children and young people at your fingertips.
SchoolsLive is designed to help you tailor the material available to the specific needs of your group(s). You can:

  • Plan and manage your group like never before!
  • Access hundreds of activities and ideas.
  • Search, save and print – all from one website.
  • And so much more …

Through SchoolsLive we want to help leaders like you to be inspired and equipped with excellent Bible-based material so that children and young people can meet with God. There is an outline for each week of the school year plus access to search the archive of SchoolsLive and LightLive activities.

What do you get?

All advice, activities, bible passages and resources available to download from SchoolsLive website. Log in required: www.schoolslive.org.

Who is it for?

School-aged children between 4 – 11 years old.

Cost?

FREE, relies on donations

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. Although initially the website may seem a little daunting, there are helpful tutorial videos to help make the most of the resources and session plans available. Material is easy to understand and relevant resource sheets are available with each individual section where applicable.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Session aims are stated on the ‘Session Overview' tab.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    ‘Session overview' which appears once you have chosen your session to run is accessible to all and gives a helpful summary of preparations and motivations. Language for activities, teaching and suggested proactive responses is easy to understand, which should facilitate leaders of all levels to prepare and run sessions well. Once sessions are built by the leader, they are ‘compiled and printed' which puts the session layout on one document. The resource also lists what the leader will need to run the session.

    Who could lead it?

    As these sessions are for groups in schools, a leader who knows the children already would be beneficial.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Relevant to their teaching counterparts and creatively produced. Allow children to complete puzzles, drawing, quizzes etc which are all in line with the session theme.

    How good is any digital material?

    The website is in a sense ‘all digital' as compiling sessions requires using a computer connected to the internet. Compiled sessions can be viewed on Microsoft software. The website also includes a helpful tutorial on how to use it and plan well.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation is quite quick as the session and activity options are laid out for you. The leader chooses from the ‘Introduction' activities and from the ‘Concluding' activities which one/ones they want to do. This allows a certain amount of custom designing sessions which takes more time as activities and passages have to be chosen and collated. Resources needed are given and these will have to be sorted prior to delivery of material, along with any other props. In some cases, it may be necessary to allocate others to co-lead/ facilitate sections so helpers should be chosen in advance where you may have a larger group. Familiarity with the passage used is beneficial. All this considered, preparation should be reasonably quick and easy.

    Is there website support? Links?

    The whole resource is website based in order to create sessions. Tutorial of how to use the website is available from Scripture Union. General website available at: www.schoolslive.org

    Is it dated?

    No, stays relevant, however there is a suggested curriculum to follow.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Very well. Interaction is encouraged all the way through with games, activities, Bible time and application of material. Children can talk, play, listen and be hands on with each section. Interaction during Bible time is brilliant, as it allows children to get involved with the main themes of the session by taking part in the story.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Very well. This resource has taken in to account the fact that children learn and enjoy the Bible in different ways from hands on making crafts to listening and talking. Each session provides a variety of ways to keep children of all backgrounds and levels engaged and excited about the Bible.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Supaclubs requires quite a bit of pre planning as the leader/s must tailor the sessions themselves prior to running them. Sessions typically run between 40 - 60 minutes, depending on what is included. The resource has been made to run with school groups, so may be best done as an after school programme, or during lunch times if schools allow this. Better to run with smaller groups to ensure all children get sufficient attention. Leaders can select what they have access to before making a session too, for example, laptops, music, a large amount of space. This means activities will be suited to what the leader has available.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Each session includes an opportunity for children to apply what they have learnt in the ‘Exploring the Bible' section of sessions.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Half of the material is directly Bible-based, during the ‘Exploring the Bible' sections.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Biblical material is presented in interactive ways, such as the use of props, acting and giving the children food which is relevant to stories. Children learn about the Bible by the use of crafts and ‘hands on' activities, and are encouraged to learn a memory verse too.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    As there is such a wealth of resources available for, it is easy to find or tailor sessions which focus on how the Bible is relevant to everyday life. Children are encouraged to act daily as Jesus may have, for example, by activities which promote encouraging others, or loving the world we live in.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, sessions are so adaptable that they can be used with any church, and can include/exclude denominational practices as appropriate.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Whole-life discipleship can be the main topic of a session, or implicit throughout other sessions. Children are encouraged to consider Jesus in everything they do, even in the daily mundane things. Programme also challenges certain attitudes so that children can think about how they approach life and whether this is in line with what God wants for them.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Gently does this by linking Bible stories with the children's lives, thoughts and experiences. Children have a fantastic opportunity through this course to understand God's character.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Such a wealth of material covers vision and promises of God by having sessions which focus on the lives of people who God made promises to, or gave their lives purpose. For example, Paul and his relationship with God, including his persecution is looked at over a hole half term.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Allows children to draw parallels between characters in the Bible and themselves. Children can see how God turned bad situations and worked them for good. They are given the opportunity to ask God if he will help them live and see as He sees.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Achieves this by sessions such as ‘Love in Action' and ‘Jesus spent time with unpopular people.'

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Does this by sessions such as ‘Love in Action' and ‘Mother Theresa.'

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a huge focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Gently encourages this by sessions such as ‘Love in Action'.

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