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
Kids Rock is YoYo’s lunch time and after school club for all Key Stage 2 children, ages 7-11. The clubs are usually run jointly by YoYo and local volunteers.
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.
Prayer and reflection spaces in schools are a great way to encourage children to pray and reflect in creative, fun and interactive ways. Often the idea of prayer seems very boring to children and young people, so these days are about helping children to engage with prayer in a new way. We usually set up a number of different 'prayer spaces'. Each space will focus on a different aspect of prayer such as the world, self-image, forgiveness and my community. Children move around the spaces in small groups and are lead through the prayer activities. Even children who have no faith have found the prayer spaces a great way to reflect and think. 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 prayer space, or would like to find out more information, please feel free to contact us.
YoYo RE days are a great opportunity for the whole school to involved with something special. Usually we will start the day with a whole school assembly introducing our theme for the day.
We will then work throughout the day with every class in the school, helping them to come up with something creative, whether it be a song, dance, rap, drama, artwork...
Our day will conclude with another whole school assembly and an opportunity for each of the classes to show the other children in their school what they came up with.
If you are interested in YoYo leading an RE day in your school, please contact us.