Easter

The empty tomb and the accounts of the disciples are signs of the resurrection and the relationship between Jesus and the Father.

We are called to be witnesses to the truth of Jesus so that we might bear ‘the fruit of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5: 22)
Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit should enable children to discuss and respond to the story of the resurrection. It should draw out the excitement and joy of the Easter season by reflecting on the emotions of those discovering the empty tomb. Easter is the most important and joyous of seasons. The tasks and discussions should reflect that.

The multi-faith element identifies Hinduism as a religion.

Prior Learning in RE
  • The events of Holy Week.
  • Stories about Jesus.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including simple target maps, fishbone diagrams.
  • Easter gardens.
  • Role-play.
Vocabulary

 

  • Easter
  • Empty tomb
  • Jesus is risen
  • Praise
  • Baptism
  • New life
  • Hinduism

Hail Mary

  • Our Father
  • Wedding Feast of Cana
  • Islam
  • Muslims
  • Nazareth
Explanation of the Theology

The resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ and represents, along with his cross, an essential part of the Paschal mystery.

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Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit should enable children to discuss and further respond to the story of the resurrection. The activities are designed to develop the skills of empathy which will enable pupils to know what impact the resurrection had on the lives of ordinary people who witnessed it.

The multi-faith element looks at the stories of Hinduism.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Knowledge of the events of Holy Week
  • Know that the tomb was empty on Easter Sunday.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including fishbone diagrams, concept maps.
  • Making banners.
  • Story sacks.
Vocabulary
  • Symbolism
  • Women
  • Easter Sunday
  • Risen from the dead
  • Cross
  • Peter
  • Resurrection
  • Easter candle
Explanation of the Theology

The resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ and represents along with his cross an essential part of the Paschal mystery.

Cf Paragraph 126 Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

Further detail is provided for the account of the empty tomb. Thomas is introduced to help pupils understand that not all people responded to the resurrection of Jesus in the same way. The accounts are found in the Gospels. Detail is provided for the symbolism of Easter.

The Hindu feast of Holi is studied in the multi-faith element.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Knowledge of events of Holy Week.
  • Knowledge of what happened on Easter Sunday.
  • Know that Jesus rose from the dead.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including flow diagrams.
  • Creating models.
  • Story-boarding.
  • Character profiling
  • Letter writing
  • Calligrams
  • Passports
Vocabulary

Mary Magdalene                Alpha

Peter                                     Omega

Thomas                                Candle

Empty tomb                        Easter

Resurrection                       Sunday

Holi                                       Witness

Hinduism                             Doubt

Explanation of the Theology

Along with the essential sign of the empty tomb, the resurrection of Jesus is witnessed to by the women, who first encountered Christ and proclaimed him to the Twelve.

 

While being an historical event, verifiable and attested by signs and testimonies, the resurrection . . .  transcends and surpasses history as a mystery of faith. Christ manifests himself to the disciples, making them his witnesses to people.

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The empty tomb and the accounts of the disciples are signs of the resurrection and the relationship between Jesus and the Father.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

Connections are made in this unit between the events of Easter, Holy Week, the teachings and life of Jesus and the celebration of the Eucharist. There is a focus on the appearance of Jesus to his disciples. Symbolism of the Easter season, including the liturgical colours is explored.

Hindu worship is the focus of the multi-faith element.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Empty tomb.
  • Miracle stories.
  • Symbolism of Easter.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including similar/different diagrams, concept maps, Gantt diagrams.
  • Stained glass windows.
  • Making an Easter garden.
  • Character profile.
  • Poetry.
  • Reading maps.
Vocabulary
  • Eucharistic Prayer
  • Feeding of the five thousand
  • Breakfast on the shore
  • Fifty
  • Paschal
  • Liturgical colours
  • Resurrection
Explanation of the Theology

Along with the essential sign of the empty tomb, the resurrection of Jesus is witnessed by women. Jesus then appeared to Peter and then to the Twelve. The apostles could not have invented the story of the resurrection since it seemed impossible to them. As a matter of fact, Jesus himself upbraided them for their unbelief.

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Jesus appeared to his disciples, making them witnesses to the people.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

In this unit there is a continued focus on the appearances of Jesus with an explanation of the road to Emmaus story. Pupils are introduced to and examine the Ascension and what it teaches us.

The Hindu festival of Divali is explored in the multi-faith element.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Appearance of Jesus to the disciples.
  • Knowledge of what happened on Easter Sunday and immediately afterwards.
  • Know the signs and symbols of the Last Supper including the breaking of the bread.
  • Events of Holy Week.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Fishbone diagram.
  • Guided meditation.
  • Drawing diagrams.
  • Character portraits.
  • Newspaper reports.
  • ICT skills.
Vocabulary
  • Emmaus
  • Ascension
  • Holy Spirit
  • Heaven
  • Resurrection
  • Rama
  • Hindu
  • Divali
Explanation of the Theology

After forty days, during which Jesus showed himself to the apostles with ordinary human features which veiled his glory as the Risen One, Christ ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father.

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Jesus ascended to heaven forty days after the resurrection.

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Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

In this unit connections are made between the events of Holy Week, Easter and the liturgical life of the Church. Study of the Easter Vigil enables pupils to develop a detailed understanding of the symbolism of Easter, as well as the beliefs that lie behind it. The story of Lazarus helps explore reaction to and the effect of the resurrection. Symbolism of the resurrection is explored is also explored.

The Hindu religion is explored in the multi-faith element.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Detailed knowledge of Holy Week, the resurrection and the appearances of Jesus to his disciples.
  • Symbolism of Easter.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including continuum line, concept maps.
  • Creating CD covers.
  • ‘Blogs’.
  • Stained glass windows.
  • Silhouettes.
Vocabulary
  • Easter Vigil
  • Triduum
  • Exsultet
  • Service of Light
  • Conquer
  • Symbols
  • Power
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Resurrection
Explanation of the Theology

Further information on the Easter Vigil can be obtained from the following web site: http://www.catholicculture.org/liturgicalyear/activities

“Christ yesterday and today
the beginning and the end
Alpha 
and Omega 
all time belongs to him, 
and all the ages; 
to him be glory and power,
through every age for ever. Amen

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit should support year 6 pupils as they prepare for transition to secondary school. Clear links are made to the Sacrament of Confirmation and there is reflection on the effect of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Detailed knowledge of Acts of the Apostles.
  • Sacrament of Confirmation.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Creating tables.
  • Thinking skills, including similar/different diagrams.
  • List poems.
  • Writing play scripts.
  • Clay work.
  • Dance.
Vocabulary
  • Breath of God
  • All the gifts of the Spirit
  • Fruits of the Spirit
  • Confirmation
Explanation of the Theology

The apostles received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and proclaimed ‘the great works of God’ (Acts 2:11). They gave the gift of the same Spirit to the newly baptised by the laying on of hands. Down through the centuries, the Church has continued to live by the Spirit and to impart him to her children.

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Jesus sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.