Easter assemblies and activities

Monday 10th Mar, 2008 by Amy Tolmie

Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16+, SEN

A project we ran last Easter in schools in Luton was the Easter Journey. You can read details and download the images here, but I thought as well any of these themes would be really worth exploring in an assembly, or a lunchtime/after school group with young people.  We looked at: choices, betrayal, accused, suffering, denial, death, life and hope.  What worked really well was taking an aspect of the story, e.g. Jesus was betrayed by one of his closest friends, and relating this to the young people, asking them if they know what that feels like.  If you were doing a group around these themes, you can then ask the young people to respond by writing a poem or creating an artwork that represents that experience for them.  It’s a powerful way of allowing them to connect with themes from the Easter story, and you can choose how much to bring them back to the story of Jesus at the end of that time.

Something we’re planning this week (and will post when it’s planned!), is an assembly looking at the impossible made possible. There are so many things when we look at them on the surface that look impossible, but when we think about them differently we can often find a way through. A classic trick is to hold up a piece of paper and ask how many people can I get to walk through this sheet? Of course as it is, the answer is no-one. But then you bring out your scissors, have a little snip, and create the wonder of a circle (see an example of how to do it here), allow several students to walk through it, and you prove that by approaching something differently the impossible is made possible. From here, we look at what other things we never thought would happen but did…things about our planet that are just incredible that you need to see to believe. Then the third aspect takes us into a time of thinking about the disciples and their experience of Jesus as their leader.  Here was someone who showed them an alternative way of living…from him they expected truth, miracles and healings, but they never expected death. 
So er, as you can tell, still a work in progress, and missing an ending! Any thoughts would be appreciated. I’m thinking we’ll finish by looking at what things seem impossible in our lives can sometimes hold us back form trying them, but if we approach them differently, and go for it, then sometimes the impossible can be made possible.

So please…share share share!

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I like the idea of doing special Easter stuff in the period and it’s easier this year than usual where school terms are freed up to cover easter. I think it takes care and thought to get the storytelling right: do you want the pupils to pray for the resurrection of their dead loved family member? They will. I think hope is more than hope of life beyond the grave, but this is hard to communicate. Storytelling has a key place here, and the exploration of doubts - in this oh-so-nearly impossible case. The disciples accounts of resurrection are accounts of explored doubts. Then Christians will want to shout the hope they get from Easter. Have fun, and don’t mention the rabbit.


By lat@retoday.org.uk on Monday 10th Mar, 2008

If you’re looking for primary resources for Easter, head over to the Resource Toolkit where 2 recent entries focus on exploring Easter with primary aged children (and can be adapted for other ages!).

By Amy Tolmie on Saturday 15th Mar, 2008

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