All Things New
‘One of the most thought provoking ways of telling the Easter Story’ said Father Andrew of St. Georges Church, Kemptown. He was referring to the interactive retelling of Peter, Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Jesus’ stories as the Schools team took on the roles of witnesses to Jesus, after he had risen.
The team donned costumes and characters and got the children thinking in a different way during an RE Pause Day at St Mark’s Church of England Primary School.
The children had begun the day in their classes to consider a ‘Big Question’. The team then presented their Easter Assembly to the whole school, where they used a giant ‘chocolate egg’. The children were transfixed as they moved it around to make elements of Jesus’ life and how it led to the Easter story.
All through the day the children filtered through to spend time with the team in year groups for a half hour slot, accompanied by their teaching staff. They began with those in early year’s foundation stage, who enjoyed hearing the story of how Mary and Peter had seen the empty tomb. They were invited to suspend their belief and spend time in Marys ‘house’ where all three of the team shared their parts of the story giving some time at the end for any questions the children had. As the day went on and the year groups came to visit, the curiosity of the children grew and clearly they had got a great deal from the day. This was apparent by the end of the day when the team got some great questions, ending with some deep reflective ones from those in years 5 and 6.
So it was a big thumbs up for the RE Day in St Marks and the team look forward to others ways in the future that they can work together to support learning.
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