At key points throughout the school year, YoYo deliver their 'It's Your...' programmes for primary schools. There are currently four 'It's Your...' programmes.
It's Your Christmas is a fun programme run in the lead up to Christmas, helping the children to think about the real meaning of Christmas. The programme consists of an action packed 30 minute whole school assembly which presents the message of Christmas in a fun way through interactive drama and music for all school pupils. We also offer schools a Year 1 workshop where we help the children to focus on the nativity story using storytelling and crafts, and a year 4 workshop exploring the message of Christmas through interactive and creative teaching, games and activities.
It's Your Easter is a spring term project which aims to share the key message of Christianity, Jesus’ death and resurrection. The programme consists of a whole school assembly which presents the message of Easter in a fun way through interactive drama and music for all school pupils. We also offer workshops for year 2 and year 5, helping the children to further explore the message of Easter.
It's Your Move is a summer term project aimed at Year 6 pupils who are about to make the transition of moving up to secondary school the following term. The project consists of a whole school assembly on the subject of 'moving on' (especially aimed those who are soon to be leaving primary school), and an interactive lesson for Year 6s to help them think through and tackle some of their thoughts or concerns about moving onto secondary school. The underlying theme of It's Your Move assemblies and lessons which we communicate is our belief that the children can have confidence in the new challenges they face because God goes with them and has really great plans for their future. It is also a great chance to get to know some of the children that we will see in secondary school and invite them to the clubs we run there; for them it is reassuring to know that they will meet a familiar and friendly face as they settle into their new school.
It's Your Bible is a spring term project helping year 6 children to learn more about the bible. Through three interactive 1 hour lessons, we present a memorable Bible overview involving drama, rap and discussion. Over the three weeks the children learn the basic story of the whole bible, right from Genesis to Revelation. During each lesson we learn some hand actions to help us remember the different stories and there is always a great question time at the end.
One of YoYo's objectives is to 'serve the primary and secondary schools of York by supporting them in their teaching of the Christian faith'. Throughout the year the YoYo team works in a number of primary schools across York, helping to deliver RE lessons on a range of themes and topics.
Through discussion, quizzes, drama, songs and other creative means, we try to engage the children and give them an opportunity to think for themselves and ask questions.
YoYo seeks to partner with schools, working to support and enhance their curriculum.
Throughout the year YoYo are also available to lead creative workshops in drama, dance and music.
If you would like YoYo to come into your school to deliver lessons, please do contact us.
A number of primary schools across York have YoYo in on a regular basis to deliver assemblies. Often we will be asked to deliver assemblies based around some of the schools' core values, such as themes of community, friendship, trust, courage and truth.
We also deliver assemblies celebrating key events throughout the year, such as harvest, Pentecost and special days in the church calendar.
YoYo assemblies are always lots of fun, often involving drama, games, quizzes and energetic action songs!
There are also a number of volunteer teams across the city who deliver 'Open the Book' assemblies on a regular basis in primary schools. 'Open the Book' is a fantastic resource for helping children to learn and understand stories from the bible. We also run 'Big Picture' assemblies in a number of primary school, helping children to explore the whole bible over the course of a year. If you would like to download material to help you run assemblies in your local school, please see our 'Primary School Resources' page
If you would be interested in YoYo assemblies in your school, please feel free to contact us
Throughout the year, YoYo lead lots of clubs in primary schools across York.The clubs are usually run jointly by YoYo and local volunteers.
One of the clubs that we run is called Guardians of Ancora. Guardians of Ancora is a tablet game created by Scripture Union for 7 to 11 year olds, offering an amazing virtual world and an immersive interactive experience. The game is designed to help children explore stories from the bible in a fun and exciting way. Players go on a journey that will lead them through the virtual world of Ancora, collecting artefacts, solving puzzles and finding bible stories that have been lost. In the clubs, the childrern have time to play the game then we lead games and activities aroung the themes of the different levels.
We also run a club called Kids Rock in schools. Each week we play lots of great games together, do fun activities and have a chance to be creative. We also look at a theme taken from the bible each week, with memory verses, stories, songs and a chance to discuss our different thoughts and opinions.
If you are interested in YoYo setting up a club in your local school, please contact us.
You can also download all the material for running a Kids Rock club from the 'Kids Rock Series Plans' page.
Reflect spaces in schools are a great way to encourage children to reflect on important themes in creative, fun and interactive ways, with opportunity to pray if they would like to. In the busy environment of school, children rarely have opportunity to just stop, think and reflect. Our Reflect spaces aim to create an environment where children can stop and reflect on life and share their thoughts. We usually set up a number of different reflection spaces that children can interact with. Each space focuses on a different theme to think about such as the world, self-image, forgiveness and my community. Children move around the spaces in small groups and are lead through the activities by area leaders. From our experience, children with a faith or no faith find these spaces really helpful and can engage however they would like to with the different activities. We recently ran a prayer space for St Barnabas School, hosted in St Barnabas Church. Here was some feedback from the headteacher, Karen Boardman:
If you would be interested in booking YoYo to lead a Reflect space, or would like to find out more information, please feel free to contact us.
YoYo Explore days are a great opportunity for the whole school to be involved in a special day. We have a school wide theme and across the day work with every class in the school leading creative workshops. Each of our workshops are specifically tailored for the age of the children we will be leading them with, helping them to understand and explore our theme for the day. Our workshops are all very different and often include elements such as art, poetry, drama and music.
The day culminates with a whole school assembly where the children have opportunity to share what they have learnt and created throughout the day.
If you are interested in YoYo leading an Explore day in your school, please contact us.
In May 2019 the YoYo team led a creative art project called ‘Create’ with year 3 and year 4 classes across York. In each of the classes we looked at different stories from the Old Testament using Bob Hartman’s Lion Storyteller Bible. The children made collages of the stories which we have made into videos. Have a look at the fantastic work they produced…