Easter celebrations (Key Stage 1)
Talk to the children about Easter bonnet parades and make Easter bonnets with them. Alternatively you could make Easter greetings cards or decorations. The Easter activity sheets may help with this activity.
Palm Sunday (Key Stage 2)
Tell the story of Palm Sunday, drawing out the fact that the crowd were excited because they believed Jesus to be the Messiah. Make palm crosses with the children, and talk about their symbolism.
The Riddle of Palm Sunday video may help pupils prepare for this activity.
The Easter story (Key Stage 3)
Show two film/video versions of the Easter story. Ask pupils to compare them and answer a range of questions, eg Which version did they prefer and why? How were the versions different and similar?
The Easter sequencing activity may help students to prepare for this activity.
Encourage pupils to investigate two of the Gospel accounts of the Easter story, eg Mark 16 and Luke 24, comparing and contrasting their details, and answering a range of questions, eg produce a storyboard telling one version of the Easter story; create a table to list the similarities and differences between the two Gospel accounts.