Lent and Easter Barnabas RE Day

Lent and Easter is a Barnabas RE Day theme from Barnabas in Schools.

The Lent and Easter workshop will explore the stories of the Bible that relate to the period of Lent, Holy Week and Easter Day. Using a mixture of interactive and reflective storytelling, drama and activities, the pupils will explore the events of Holy Week. Pupils will be invited to use their imagination and step into events for themselves, so that they can experience the excitement and the dilemmas of people involved at the time, understand what they mean for Christians today and respond with what they themselves think about these stories.

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What teachers say

The children's feedback was extremely positive, as was that of the staff. I think that it was very valuable for the children to explore Easter in such a memorable and creative manner.

Allendale First School

In more detail

A Barnabas RE Day on the themes of Lent and Easter will focus on the Bible stories that help Christians prepare for and celebrate this key festival. Using a mixture of storytelling, performance and drama games, the children will explore stories from Holy Week as they relate to how and why the life of Jesus came to an end in the events of Good Friday and then the extraordinary claims of Easter Sunday.

The sessions will focus on Jesus being welcomed on Palm Sunday, the telling of various parables that tried to prepare his followers for what was about to happen, through to the celebration of the final meal with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion. Children will be invited to reflect on the nature of the rescue that Christians believe is being achieved by what happens to Jesus, as well as to think about the nature of true heroism.

One or more of the events of Easter Sunday will also be covered in the workshop through the feelings and reactions of different characters in the resurrection stories. Once again, these will be presented in such a way as to prompt questions about what the people at the time felt was happening, as well as why these stories continue to move and inspire Christian believers today.

At KS1 a key focus is on the sequence of events that led up to the death of Jesus on the cross and the story of Easter Sunday.

At KS2 key ideas include the impact of these extraordinary events on ordinary people – what people at the time thought was happening, as well as the way in which the events of Holy Week have been remembered and help Christians to understand why Jesus had to die. Overall, the questions to explore will be 'What sort of hero is Jesus?' and 'What sort of rescue is the cross?' The story of Holy Week and Easter Day will be explored from different viewpoints and through the eyes of different characters, giving children the opportunity to reflect on what it meant for people at the time and what it means for Christians today.

Curriculum links

This Barnabas RE Day will give pupils the opportunity to do some or all of the following:

Learning about religion

  • Recognise people, places and events from the stories of Holy Week and Easter Sunday
  • Remember the outlines of the stories and be able to retell them
  • Understand why Christians see Jesus' death and resurrection as so special to their faith
  • Learn about the historical context of the stories

Learning from religion

  • Respond to the biblical stories of Lent and Easter in the light of their own experience
  • Recognise good and bad in the events of the stories
  • Relate the moral issues of the stories to Christian teaching and their own experience
  • Talk about the relevance of what Christians believe happened at Easter
  • Express their ideas through drama or dance
  • Explore times of stillness in order to reflect on what has been studied

What teachers say

The children enjoyed the interactive sessions.

Belmont CE Primary School, Durham

Made the Easter story fun for all to access.

Harlow Fields School & College, Essex

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