The Lost Sheep


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Learning objectives (taken from agreed syllabus/scheme of work)

Pupils should know:

  • that Christians believe in a God who loves all people
  • that Jesus taught stories with meanings
  • that Jesus taught that everyone matters to God through the story of the Lost Sheep. 

I can retell some parts of religious stories. Identify aspects of own experience in religious material. 


  • Puppet
  • Coins
  • Story book: ‘Stories Jesus Told’ : Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen ISBN 9781859855881 Candle Books Twinkl
  • teachers online teacher resources have power points and resources http://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources
  • Puppet resources
  • printout
  • small paper plates or bowls
  • staples
  • cotton wool
  • glue

Teaching activities

Talk about getting lost, how does it feel? Tell your talk partner how it feels to be lost. How do you feel if you lose something or someone?

Jesus told stories about losing things to illustrate the love of God. Parables are stories with a meaning.

Main activity/content

Tell the parable of Lost coin and then the lost Sheep. Explain context of the time. Discuss what Jesus told about God through these stories, use children’s bible or Nick Butterworth story.

So Jesus used this illustration: “If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it? And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders. When you arrived you would call together your friends and neighbours to rejoice with you because your lost sheep was found. “Or take another illustration: A woman has ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it? And then won’t she call in her friends and neighbours to rejoice with her? Luke:15

  • Can the children decide what the meaning of the story is?
  • Why wasn’t the widow content to have just 9 coins?
  • Why wasn’t the shepherd just content to keep 99 sheep?
  • Why did he go and look?

Jesus explains that for Christians, God is happy when one person is found and comes to know him.

Proposed record/evidence

make a sheep puppet to retell story with. Resources at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/mister-maker-cottonbudsheep and http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/thingstodo/bp-shaun-the-sheep-farmyard-make


Who is important? How do we show that people are important? 

Draw out the meaning of the story: Jesus said that everyone is important to God like the sheep are important to the shepherd

Vocabulary (from syllabus)


Sensitivities, points to note

the concept of loosing people might trigger some reaction in pupils.


Who is important? How do we measure someone’s importance? How much should we help/care/spend time?

Extension activities and further thinking:

Who might feel lost? Is ‘lost’ a feeling?