Religious Studies KS2: Christmas

What is Christmas and what do Christians do to celebrate?

Nathan tells us about the tradition of Christmas and all the things he does at this time of year.

We hear about the symbolism of the advent wreath which represents Jesus as the light of the world, and the advent calendar which is about marking this important time of year - not just eating chocolates.

We also visit a nativity where primary school children enact the Christmas story.

Christmas is a celebration of Jesus Christ's birthday and many Christians attend a special midnight church service called Midnight mass.

This clip is from the series My Life, My Religion: Christianity.

Teacher Notes

Share with the class an example of music (a carol?), film (a clip from the Miraclemaker?), art (a famous nativity painting?) and poetry ('Christmas', by John Betjeman?).

Ask them to compare all four art forms with the bible story from Luke chapter 2.

Which one do they think expresses the real meaning of Christmas the best, and why?

Curriculum Notes

This topic will be relevant to teaching Religious Education at KS2 or KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 2 or 3 in Scotland.

More from the series My Life, My Religion: Christianity

The Holy Bible
Holy Communion
Meet a young Christian boy
Christian Prayer
What is Christianity?
Christian Worship