Religious Studies KS2: Easter

Nathan, 11, and Lara, 13, tell us about Christian celebrations on Good Friday and Easter Day.

They show us some of the differences and similarities between Catholics and Anglicans.

The festival of Easter is central to Christian belief because it is the Resurrection day, when Jesus was raised from the grave, alive again.

This is why Christians believe in life after death.

This short film is from the BBC series, My Life, My Religion: Christianity.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could watch this short film and look out for actions and objects that have a meaning, such as symbols for Easter, for Jesus or for Christian beliefs.

Often a symbol works as a reminder of a part of the story.

Give pupils this list of five symbols they will see in the clip.

What does each one stand for, or link to? What reminders do these symbols provide of the stories of Jesus at the first Easter?

What is the meaning of: (i) The fire burning on Easter morning (ii) Touching the stone where Jesus fell (iii) Hot crossed buns (iv) The Easter egg (v) The chicken born from the egg.

Pupils could then share their ideas.

Symbolic meaning is often rich and complex. Building up a picture of a range of meanings is good.

The meanings might be illustrated in a display of photos of key objects, or printed stills from the film clip, around which pupils' suggestions of meaning could be displayed in 'think bubbles'.

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 My Life, My Religion: Christianity

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