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[a] Here the children can discover the real, tough story of Christmas – a poor girl heavily pregnant having to travel 90 miles [145 km] on a donkey over rough country. Then at Bethlehem, everywhere was full up and so there was nowhere to have her baby…
The story goes on and the children can immerse themselves in the drama of it all
[b] Easter is a difficult event to describe, but we look at the true events and why they happened, from Jesus knowing that he was going to die, an unlawful trial, standing before the powerful rulers of the day and ending at an empty cave…
Lesson plans and resources for: Christmas and Easter simply explained
See: Christmas explained lesson plan
Christmas drama: Christmas Nativity drama
See: Explaining Easter lesson plan
How to fulfil the locally agreed syllabus on ‘Christmas and Easter simply explained’
Hopefully you will be able to match your local agreed syllabus with what is here which satisfies eight councils:
- Know the stories about Jesus connected with Christmas and Easter and the importance of these for Christians.
- Explore questions about belonging, meaning and truth.
- What stories are told at different religious festivals?
Key vocabulary: Advent, Bible, Christ, Christmas, Easter, Faith, God, Holy, Jesus, Worship.