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Belief Systems- The celebration of Easter

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Topic: Belief Systems- The celebration of Easter

Learning Outcomes

  • To outline what happens in a church
  • To list what jobs are done in school/church
  • To sequence the events of the the Easter story
  • To identify different emotions in the Easter story.

 

Introduction

Discuss the meaning of special occasions- birthdays, festivals, etc. Display posters of different occasions- birthdays, communions, Eid, etc. Ask children to name the occasions.

Invite children to share memories of a special occasion they were part of.  Ask children how they would prepare for these occasions and discuss what would happen if this preparation did not occur. Discuss all prior knowledge of Christianty and the associated celebrations. Teacher explains that Easter is a very important celebration for Christians.

Development

Children volunteer to read the Story of Easter from the link https://www.topmarks.co.uk/easter/easterstory.aspx

Discuss main events of story and identify different feelings that different people may have experienced in the story. Children can list these on whiteboards using a different colour for each feeling (e.g. Jesus was betrayed in red text to show the feeling of sadness) Ask children to give reasons for their decisions. Hot seat main characters to portray how they were feeling at different times during the story e.g. Good Friday & Easter Sunday.

Using i-pads, children record the main events of The story of Easter in the correct order.

 

Plenary

Students will recall and identify their favourite part of The Easter Story. Peer assess recordings of the story and give feedback.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/easter/easterstory.aspx

Use of i-pads to record stories.

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Topic: Easter

Learning Outcomes

  • To identify Easter as a Christian festival
  • To listen to the Easter story
  • To work as part of a group to place the Easter story in the correct order

 

Introduction

Teacher to ask the children what is Easter?

Why do they think it is celebrated in Ireland and around the world?

Addressing any misconceptions about Easter Eggs etc

Development

The teacher will then read the story “The First Bible by The Usbourne” (Or any Easter text available)

After reading the book class will discuss main points of the story

Then will map out main parts of the story on a storyboard.

Teacher will then share activity with children. Children will be creating their own version of the story using the “Shadow Puppets Edu App”.

Children will work in groups taking freeze frames to represent important parts of the story.

When they have taken the pictures they then select them for their story on Shadow Puppets Edu App.

When pictures are in the correct order children will act as narrators for their version of the Easter Story, clicking the record button on the app.

Plenary

Children to share their videos with the class

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

Shadow Puppets Edu on iPads

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Learning Outcomes

The children will be enabled to:

  • Identify the celebration of Easter with Christianity
  • Name some traditions associated with Easter
  • Make connections between the story ‘ The Easter Journal’ and the traditional Easter story from the Bible
  • Recall the meaning of the word ‘symbol’ and provide examples i.e. new life= planting flowers

 

Introduction

  • Elicit prior knowledge of Easter from the children
  • KWL chart- complete the K and W section with the class
  • Introduce the story ‘The Easter Journal’ by showing the cover on the Interactive Whiteboard and encourage the children to make predictions

Development

  • Read through the story with the children, pausing to allow them to form connections and share their own experiences (if any) of Easter
  • Highlight the key words on the board i.e. symbol, Lent, share, church,Christianity etc.
  • Think-pair-share- children discuss these words with a partner and share what they mean to them
  • Show the children a variety of symbols from the Christian tradition and emphasise that these are called ‘symbols’
  • Invite the children to paint and decorate their own flower for display in the ‘Garden of Easter’ (symbolising new life)

Plenary

  • A number of children will be asked to present their flower to the class and explain what it means for them/ why they chose certain colours/decoration
  • Recap on learning from the lesson- fill in ‘L’ section of KWL chart

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

E-Book- ‘The Easter Journal’ on the Interactive Whiteboard