The Great Get Together is easy to run on any scale in a school - be it a single class or with the entire school! Bringing children together to foster greater understanding of their neighbours and friends of different backgrounds will also impact Ofsted’s SMSC judgement, so you can be confident in the benefit celebrating The Great Get Together will have on your school. Below are just a few ideas to get you started. 

    

Foster a greater understanding of neighbours and friends

Classroom Resources


Ask pupils to decorate their own gingham (checked pattern) table cloth or design a napkin for a street party or picnic

KS1:

  • Take some paper plates, and write on them your favourite thing about your community. You could eat off them later at a picnic!
  • Find out how to say ​’Together’ ​in all the languages spoken ​at your school or local area, and try them out! See here for guidance.

KS2:

  • Organise a ‘conversation cafe’. Gather the pupils into small groups, perhaps mixing up different forms or year groups. Ask the pupils to discuss questions such as ‘who really is my neighbour?’, ‘what does it mean to be someone’s neighbour?’, ‘what do people of different religions say about being neighbourly?’
  • Encourage children to discuss what positive messages different major world religions or cultures have in common (for example, treat others as you would like to be treated; look after those less fortunate than you.)

Assembly Ideas

  • In assemblies leading up to the Great Get Together weekend, invite local faith leaders to come in and talk a little about their attitude toward neighbourliness.
  • Invite a local MP or councillor to talk in assembly about the importance of bringing diverse people together
  • Ask the teachers to come to work dressed in the gingham to celebrate the Great Get Together, and quiz them on what neighbourliness means to them!
  • Explore stories from two different faiths which explore the same values (for example - the parable of the Prodigal Son in, and it’s equivalent in Mahayana Buddhist teachings) in order to explore how much in common different faiths have.

                                   

                                                  

Whole School Ideas

  • Organise an art exhibition - encourage students to draw something representing what they love about their school or community. You could make frames for these pictures in a DT lesson earlier on in the week, so that children can take home their picture as a memento of the Great Get Together.
  • Hold an interfaith concert or singalong. Each class could learn a song from a different culture or religion, and present it at the end of the week in assembly or at a school picnic.
  • Ask each class to make a decoration for a picnic or Great Get Together celebration - you could make bunting, paper people, or banners.
  • Invite other schools in your area to gather together for a huge celebration of your local community. If you have a local park or open space, spend an hour or two sharing a picnic or playing games together
  • Ask parents to come after school on the Friday, and bring their favourite home made dish to share with the children and teachers. Have a big picnic where all parents and students are encouraged to try each other’s food!
  • Hold your sports day on the Friday 18th June, and mark the occasion with lots of gingham, fun and friends.
  • Have an inter-school set of sports matches, with some sort of dinner or joint snack time afterwards to bring different schools together

                     

More resources will be available in the coming weeks - get in touch with [email protected] if there’s something in particular you’d like to see, or you’d like more information about how this works alongside Ofsted’s SMSC judgement.