Thank you for considering taking part in an Ultimate Church Visit with your class. This guide will tell you how your visit to The Salvation Army will be organised and will help you to prepare for, and make the most of your visit. preparing for your visit
There are a number of things which will help you and your local Salvation Army church to arrange your visit and make sure it runs smoothly:
Outline of the visit
On the day, the church building will be divided up into a number of zones (usually three or four) which highlight different aspects of Salvation Army beliefs, worship, work and history. There is a welcome and plenary session to ensure pupils know what the aims of the visit are and to allow them to reflect and share what they have learnt. Below is a sample timetable of the visit (exact timings and number of zones can be worked out with your local Salvation Army church):
- 9:30am Arrive at The Salvation Army
- 9:40am Introductions and welcome session
- 10am Zone 1
- 10:30am Zone 2
- 11am Refreshment/toilet break
- 11:10am Zone 3
- 11:40am Zone 4
- 12:10pm Think tank session
- 12:30pm Leave for school
Preparing for your visit
- Complete the pre-visit form and send/give this to the Salvation Army minister or children’s worker who is organising the visit with you.
- Divide your class into small groups prior to the visit (the minister will advise you on size and number of groups) and if possible provide a list of names details of pupils with special needs.
- Due to the nature of the visit it would also be helpful if you could provide adult helpers to accompany your class.
- Every leader and helper at the church will be CRB checked and Safe & Sound trained. Safe & Sound is The Salvation Army’s policy on keeping children safe from harm. Ask the minister or children’s worker to chat to you about the guidelines which leaders will be following.
- It is advisable for the school and the Salvation Army minister to share their insurance policies and risk assessments before the visit.
ultimate church visit the zones – Ultimate Church Visit is designed to allow you to decide on the topics you would like to cover and the aims and objectives you would like your pupils to achieve. There are nine possible zones which can be set up during an Ultimate Church Visit, each one exploring a different aspect of The Salvation Army.
In a typical half-day school visit three or four will usually be set up. These can be chosen by the teacher to fit into the topic(s) the class are studying, or may be chosen by the church to reflect the particular work or ministry which is especially important to them. Each zone lasts approximately 20- 30 minutes depending on the time available for the visit.
Choosing your zones
It is recommended that the Bible zone is always included in an Ultimate Church Visit, as this helps pupils to understand that The Salvation Army’s beliefs, mission and work are based on the Bible and on Jesus’ teaching.
If pupils are studying a particular topic in RE, you may want to choose zones on a theme, for example, worship (Bible, Worship, Music and Symbol zones) or belief in action (Bible, Community, Homelessness and History zones).
Extra zones could be presented at the school as a whole-class lesson or workshop prior to, or as a follow-up to the visit. Talk to the Salvation Army minister or children’s worker to see whether this is possible.
There are a range of activities in each zone, designed to appeal to different learning styles and to keep the pupils engaged and motivated throughout the visit. Below is a brief overview of each zone and refers to activities for younger and older pupils. There are also extra activities which the leader may choose to add depending on the time available and the focus of your visit.
After your visit
Once you have returned to the classroom and reflected on your visit to The Salvation Army, it would be valuable to us if you could complete the feedback forms with your pupils to let us know how you feel the visit went. This enables us to develop and improve this resource for the future, and will help your local church to think about what went well and how they can do better next time.
- Teacher guide
- Pre-visit Form
- Zone groups sheet
- Follow-up ideas
- Teacher feedback form
- Pupil feedback form KS1
- Pupil feedback form KS2
- Curriculum links