Holy Week

The events of Holy Week show Jesus fulfilling all aspects of the Father’s will.

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 52:1
Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit should enable pupils to listen and interact with stories about the events which led up to Easter. The pupils will need lots of dialogue and opportunities to sequence the events of Holy Week.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Sign of the Cross.
  • Stories about Jesus.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required

 

  • Cutting.
  • Story sacks.
  • Making gardens.
  • Planting seeds.

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Vocabulary
  • Died; rose again
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Holy Week
  • Palm Sunday
  • Good Friday
  • Easter
Explanation of the Theology

Jesus freely offered his life as a sacrifice to make up for our sins. This ‘love to the end’ (John 13:1) of the Son of God reconciled all humanity with the Father.

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Jesus died for us and we make the Sign of the Cross to remember him and what he did.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit introduces more detail about the events of Holy Week. It should enable pupils to explore all the things that Jesus did for us. It highlights the importance of the Last Supper and introduces the Stations of the Cross as a prayer. Focus should be on discussion, dialogue and sequencing the events. Connection between these events and the prayer life of the Church should also be made.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Lent, in preparation for Easter.
  • Teachings of Jesus.
  • Sign of the Cross.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including timelines, fortune lines, flow diagrams and concept maps.
  • Writing passports.
  • Using story sacks.
Vocabulary
  • Holy Week- Palm Sunday

    – Last Supper

    – Washing of feet

    – Bread, wine, body, blood

Explanation of the Theology

The entire life of Jesus was a free offering to the Father to carry out His plan to save us.

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At the Last Supper with his apostles on the night before he died, he both symbolised and made really present his self-offering.

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Jesus gave himself freely to save us. At the Last Supper he makes present his life, death and resurrection.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit introduces further work on the Stations of the Cross as a prayer. this enables pupils to reflect on the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus and begin to develop the skills of empathy by considering Holy Week events through  the eyes of Mary.

The multi-faith element looks at the Jewish Passover.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Knowledge of events of Holy Week including the Last Supper.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Role-play.
  • Create banners.
  • Speech bubbles.
  • Thinking skills, including fortune lines.
Vocabulary
  • Crucifixion
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Passover
Explanation of the Theology

The Paschal Mystery of Jesus, which comprises his passion, death, resurrection and glorification, stands at the centre of the Christian faith because God’s saving plan was fulfilled once for all by the redemptive death of his Son Jesus Christ.

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Jesus suffered, died and rose again for us.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit should support all the other work throughout the year for pupils about to make their first Holy Communion. It should place the Last Supper in with events of Holy Week. There is a particular focus on the last supper because of its connection with the Mass. Pupils should have many opportunities to discuss, visualise and understand the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper and look at the words and actions of the priest at Mass.

The multi-faith element looks at the Jewish Passover.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Events of Holy Week.
  • Knowledge of what happened at the Last Supper.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including continuum lines, diagrams, fishbone diagrams.
  • Diary writing.
  • Invitations.
  • Painting
Vocabulary
  • Commandment of Jesus
  • Last supper
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Eucharistic Prayer
  • Consecration
Explanation of the Theology

Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, ‘the night on which he was betrayed’ (1 Corinthians 11: 23-25), as he celebrated the Last Supper with his apostles.

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Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist in a unique and incomparable way.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

Further detail is added to the events of Holy Week with a particular focus on the change in mood that occurred during the week, from the events of Palm Sunday to the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday. When considering the role of the Pharisees, it is important to emphasise the positive role they played in Jewish society and that it was only ‘some Pharisees’, along with other people, who disliked Jesus.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Events of Holy Week.
  • Knowledge of who the Pharisees were.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including tables.
  • Powerpoint.
  • Stained glass windows, collage or silhouettes.
  • Play scripts.
Vocabulary
  • Crucifixion
  • King of the Jews
  • Pharisees
  • Pilate
  • Palm Sunday
Explanation of the Theology

Despite the horror which death represented for the sacred humanity of Jesus, the human will of the Son of God remained faithful to the will of the Father for our salvation. Jesus accepted the duty to carry our sins in his body ‘becoming obedient to the death’. (Philippians 2:8)

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Jesus died to redeem our sins.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

Building on previous knowledge of Holy Week this unit provides a particular focus on Christ driving the traders from the temple. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore what part this played in the events of Holy Week and what it tells us about Jesus.

Prior Learning in RE
  • The events of Holy Week, including Palm Sunday.
  • Holy Thursday, Good Friday.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Newspaper articles.
  • Writing witness statements.
  • Thinking skills, including concept maps, plans, fishbone diagrams.
  • Hot-seating.
Vocabulary
  • Traders
  • Temple
  • Holy Week
  • Passover
  • Seder
Explanation of the Theology

Jesus was accused of hostility to the temple. On the contrary, he venerated it as ‘the house of his Father’ (John 2: 16) and it was there that he imparted an important part of his teaching. However, he also foretold its destruction in connection with his own death and he presented himself as the definitive dwelling place of God among men.

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The events of Holy Week show Jesus fulfilling all aspects of the Father’s will.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit revises and further builds on the pupils’ understanding of Holy Week, with a particular focus on what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane and the denial of Peter.

These events emphasise how Jesus fulfilled the will of the Father. The importance of prayer at all times, but particularly in Holy Week, is highlighted. The events also show how Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures of the Old Testament.

Prior Learning in RE
  • To know all the events of  Holy Week
  • To know that Jesus fulfils the Scriptures
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including timelines, diagrams, flow diagrams, affinity diagrams, similar/different diagrams.
  • Designing and creating web pages.
  • ICT programs.
Vocabulary
  • Last words of Jesus on the Cross
  • Suffering Servant
  • Isaiah
  • Denial of Peter
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • High Priest
  • Barabbas
  • Pontius Pilate
  • Betrayal
  • Judas
Explanation of the Theology

Despite the horror which death represented for the sacred humanity of Jesus ‘who is the Author of Life’ (Acts 3: 15), the human will of the Son of God remained faithful to the will of the Father for our salvation. Jesus accepted the duty to carry our sins in his body ‘becoming obedient unto death’ (Philippians 2: 8).

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By dying on the cross Jesus did what God the Father wanted and he overcame death.