What Makes a Winner?

A cross-curricular classroom and assembly resource on learning life lessons from sport

Chris Hudson, Jane Butcher, Joy Howell, Ken Wylie

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Help children to see beyond 'success' and 'winning' to deeper questions of behaviour, citizenship and faith.

You can explore these big ideas with your class as they ask hard questions about sporting values, respond to true-life stories - and reflect on what all this has to do with them.

  • Five lesson plans, two assembly outlines and a reflective story outline.
  • Real-life stories of inspirational athletes teach PSHE values such as friendship, equality and overcoming difficulties
  • Covers key cross-curricular themes such as racism, war and poverty.

This fully updated, new edition of the successful title Who Comes First? now includes material for Key Stage 1.

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Author info

Chris Hudson is an experienced teacher, author and trainer, dedicated to promoting high-quality teaching and learning in primary schools. He provides regular INSET for schools on a variety of themes related to the Bible and Christianity, together with Barnabas RE Day storytelling, drama and music workshops for schoolchildren. Jane Butcher oversees the Faith in Homes ministry, which is something she has a passion and vision for both as a member of the Barnabas team and as a parent. She has a desire that parents, church leaders and others share in this ministry, and feel encouraged, supported and resourced to engage with such an important area. Jane originally trained and worked as a teacher, but moved into church ministry in 1993. She has a wide range of experience in schools and churches from her posts in both the UK and USA. She has led training sessions and seminars in a variety of schools, churches and dioceses on many different aspects of RE and children's ministry, and is also an accredited Godly Play Teacher. Joy Howell joined the Barnabas in Schools freelance team in autumn 2011, leading Barnabas RE Days, and more recently has been part of the team writing materials for new Barnabas RE Days and INSET. Joy also works in her own church, other churches and local schools, focusing on children's and youth work. Before this, Joy trained for and worked in primary education for 16 years. Ken Wylie has always enjoyed sport and, through it, fully understands that winning isn't everything. From a background in mime, he has worked in schools engaging children with creative storytelling for over 15 years. He is currently training to become an Anglican priest.


From the Church Times

This is a revised version of an older publication with additional material. Five famous sportsmen and women, including a Paralympian, enable the author to focus on his three themes: discipline, dedication, and determination. As with life, there are rules to follow, and there are other people around who are watching either to support and be helpful, or to make life difficult. As is usually the case with Barnabas in Schools publications, the focus is on storytelling with clear biblical links, and a resolve to do as much of the lesson planning for teachers as possible. There are a couple of assemblies thrown in, too; so teachers will especially value it.

Review by Dennis Richards

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841017426
  • Published: 22 May 2015
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
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