Welcome to Values for LifeSavers, a set of assembly resources for primary schools that is designed to complement the Five Big Questions About Money classroom resources. Packed with more than 80 pages of ideas, these resources will help children explore what it means to be generous, wise, thankful, and just with our money. Values for LifeSavers has been written from a Christian perspective, but can be adapted for use in a wide range of school contexts.
Our values have a profound impact on how we think about and use money. Financial education has traditionally focused on teaching knowledge and skills, but attitudes and motivations are as important in determining people’s financial behaviour. That is why the LifeSavers programme places a strong emphasis on exploring values, drawing on the rich tradition of Christian teaching around money. We hope that your pupils will be encouraged to use money generously, wisely, thankfully, and justly, and that these values will stay with them as adults.
Values for LifeSavers has been written from a Christian perspective, but can be adapted for use in different school contexts, including multi faith or secular settings. Schools are best placed to decide how and when to use these materials, which are suitable for a variety of groupings including whole school, Key Stage or individual class worship.
Each act of collective worship or assembly plan follows a common pattern - Welcome, Learning, Reflecting, Responding and Sending – and contains a choice of activities, including drama sketches and dramatic story-telling.
Church schools are required to provide a distinctively Christian daily act of worship, whilst, in community schools, worship must be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’. The Values for LifeSavers can be used to fulfil both of these requirements as well as helping you to provide enjoyable and meaningful acts of collective worship for all your pupils.
Values for LifeSavers contains 20 individual acts of worship, five for each of the core values: generosity, wisdom, thankfulness and justice. Hard copies of this resource can be ordered online from Christian Publishing & Outreach (CPO) for a small charge to cover postage & packing costs. Alternatively, you can freely download this resource in whole or in part.Order hard copies Download all 4
Generosity is the desire to share what we have with others – our time and talents, as well as our money and possessions. There are five acts of worship exploring generosity and money: (1) Attitude of gratitude (2) It’s good for us, it’s good for everyone (3) Plan first to give (4) Give to bless, not to impress (5) God loves a cheerful giver.Download this resource Download all 4
Wisdom is a proper understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions, and an awareness of the true value of things. There are five acts of worship exploring wisdom and money: (1) Enough is enough! (2) The secret of contentment (3) Multiplying money (4) Be prepared! (5) What’s it worth?Download this resource Download all 4
Thankfulness is an attitude of heart, acknowledging and enjoying all the good things that we have been given, including our money and possessions. There are five acts of worship exploring thankfulness and money: (1) God’s greatest gift (2) Count your blessings (3) Saying ‘thank you’ (4) Envy stops us being thankful (5) Being grateful for God’s creation.Download this resource Download all 4
Justice is ensuring that all people, especially the poor and oppressed, receive what is fair and right - life, freedom, dignity, and a decent standard of living for the society in which they live. There are five acts of worship exploring justice and money: (1) Fair and honest dealings with money (2) Fair shares for all (3) No favouritism (4) Caring with compassion (5) Fair Trade.Download this resource Download all 4