Friday, 24 March 2017

Exploring Emotion in the Easter Story

* name main events of the Easter story
** identify emotions in the Easter story
*** Consider how and why emotions change through the Easter 
**** Compare and contrast the emotions of the characters in the Easter story

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Retelling the Easter Story

We used drama, talk and pictures to learn the main parts of the first Holy Week, from Jesus raising Lazarus to his appearance to Mary near the empty tomb. We have been exploring the range of emotions experienced in the Easter story, from fear, anger and shame, through confusion and worry to joy and hope. 

Jesus tells Ruben he will come to Lazarus soon.

Martha and Mary are worried about Lazarus.
Jesus tells Ruben he will come when he can.

Jesus commands Lazarus to rise up.

The crowds are amazed and they follow Jesus to Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. 
Word of the miracle had spread and crowds of people lined the street to welcome the new king, waving palm leaves and shouting "Hosanna!", which means "Praise The Lord!"
In Jerusalem, Jesus discovered that the temple was being used as a market. He was furious and threw the traders out. 
"You have made God's house into a den of thieves!"
Judas, who was very poor, made a deal to lead the Roman guards to Jesus, so they could arrest him secret. 

Jesus shared a final meal with his disciples, asking them to break bread and drink wine with him. "This bread is my body which will be broken for you. Eat it and remember me. This wine is the blood that will pour from me for your sins. Drink it and remember me." The disciples were confused and worried. 

Terrified and alone, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. "Your will be done, Lord! Your will be done!", he cried. 

Jesus carried his cross, a crown of thorns on his head. Simon helped him carry his burden. 

Heartbroken and afraid, Mary Magdalene came across the empty tomb.

With a joyful heart, she realised that Jesus was the risen Lord. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Stations of the Cross- The Easter Story

Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We waved palm leaves and shouted "Hosanna!" to welcome the new king for the Passover festival. 
The Last Supper - we shared bread and wine and thought about how Jesus and the disciples would have been feeling, knowing what was to come. 
In the Garden Of Gethsemane. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss and we played a circle game to explore how our body language can give our feelings away. 
The Crucifixion. Having climbed the hill, we made stick crosses to remind us of Jesus' final struggle. 
The empty tomb. A lucky dip that came up empty. There was disappointment, confusion and a bit of anger, just like there must have been for Mary when she discovered that the stone had been rolled back. 
Jesus appears to his disciples. Finally, after all the sadness, fear and disappointment, there was joy and hope as we received eggs to represent new life.