Life of Jesus

The Gospel narrative of how the founder of Christianity changed the history of the world.

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The goldfish bowl: Why did Jesus come?

KS1, KS2, Whole schoolCollective Worship, Classroom Reflection
An activity using storytelling and symbols to explain the key Christian ideas about creation, fall, incarnation and redemption, especially the idea of Jesus as the Saviour of the world.

A Palm Sunday rant - storytelling by one of Jesus' enemies

KS2Collective Worship, Classroom Reflection
The story of Palm Sunday introduces the events of Holy Week with an account of Jesus disrupting the religious life of the temple (Matthew 21:12-16). This is an exercise in simple storytelling, from the perspective of the priests in charge of the temple.

Percussion Advent

KS1, KS2, Whole schoolRE, Classroom ReflectionCross-curricular links
A three-part percussion workshop using music and poetry to explore Advent - the time when Christians prepare for the coming of Jesus as the 'Light of the World'.

The Roman Empire, its money and 'giving to Caesar'

Cross-curricular links
The Christian Bible's New Testament provides original source material describing life at the edge of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. Much of what happened in Roman Britain would have followed the same pattern as that in Roman Judea.

Art - Jesus and the money changers

Cross-curricular links
The story of Jesus and the money changers has inspired a great many paintings because of its unusual subject matter: Jesus of Nazareth was not known for his physical violence! This idea provides a lesson plan for exploring the meaning behind the story.

Telling the Easter Story using one sheet of paper

KS1, KS2RE, Classroom Reflection
This paper-cutting approach to explain the key moments of the Easter story can be adapted in a variety of ways to suit the age of your pupils and the size of your class.