RE Planning – Spring Term 2004 – 2nd half

Unit Title: Signs, symbols and special things. 6x1hr Year: 1 and 2

Religions, Concepts, Skills and attitudes
Judaism / Concepts:
Special things
Worship / Skills:
Interpretation / Attitudes:
Aims and intended learning outcomes
Pupils will be enabled to:
·  Learn that Jews and Christians have special things
·  Develop the ability to ask questions and investigate
·  Practice the skills of interpretation / ~ so that they can:
·  Learn about religions by studying their artefacts, knowing what they are called and how they are used. Also by listening to the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
·  Learn from religion by reflecting on what is important to them and what symbol they would choose for their life and why.
Resources (to be found in maths/RE cupboard):
·  pictures of Jews special things
·  Torah scrolls
·  palm cross (or picture of one)
·  Easter card
·  crucifix
·  stories / Texts:
My Christian Faith
The Lion Storyteller Bible by Bob Hartman
Video and AV Resources:
Festivals and celebrations – Easter

ICT and web resources: – illustrated story of Easter for children

Speaking and Listening Opportunities

·  Describe artefacts and ask questions about it and what it’s for.

·  Role play – Get children to use pointing finger on Torah scroll. Child to ask why? Other child answer using knowledge gained from lessons.

·  Still images – of points in story e.g. procession into Jerusalem and thought tracking.

·  Hot-seating – of characters in story.

Writing Opportunities

·  Instructions – how to look after the Torah/my special thing

·  Make an Easter card

·  Book retelling the story

·  Leaflet – What happens at Easter and why?

Lesson 1 – What is special to you and why?


·  To identify their special thing and to be able to express why it is special.


Show children something that is very special to you and tell them why it is so special. Ask children what is really special to them and why? (eg. Grandad gave it to me/had it a long time)

How do we treat those things that are special to us? Why? Explain that other people have special things and we’re going to find out about them over next few weeks.

All - Draw special thing and where it’s kept and make scrapbook of all drawings with lock and key to show it’s special or mini treasure chests (egg boxes). Display.


Children have drawn their special thing and all drawings have been collated into special scrapbook for display. They know there is a reason for why their things are special

Lesson 2 – What is special to Jews?


·  To know that the Torah is very special to Jews and to be able to explain how they treat it

·  To be able to reflect on how they take care of their special thing.


Re-cap last lesson. Have Torah scroll in box with hole cut out. What can you see? Describe.

Show whole scroll – children to ask questions about it – what do they want to know? Explain that the Torah is so special to Jews they don’t touch it. Why do you think that is? (don’t get it dirty...) Show picture of pointing finger Jews use instead. Talk about cover it has to protect it. Show picture of Ark where the Torah is kept.

How do you make sure your special teddy/dress etc... is looked after? What do you do/don’t do to make sure it stays special?

Lower attainers – Draw a picture of someone using pointing finger to read scroll and caption underneath.

Average attainers – This is the Jews special thing/this is my special thing

Higher attainers – Write a list of instructions – how to look after my special thing/the Torah


Children can explain to whom to Torah is special and have written about how they look after their own special thing.

Lesson 3 – Palm Sunday


·  To know the story behind Palm Sunday

·  To reflect on the importance of Jesus and how we would welcome Jesus today.


Tell the children that the things we are going to look a today are special to Christians not Jews. Recap what is special to Jews from last week. In fact, Christians use these things at a very special time..... I wonder if you can guess when?

Put the following into a bag and invite a child to pull something out one at a time - palm cross, crucifix, Easter card, chalice (cup) or picture of one etc... As they do, talk about what it is, get children to describe it and ask questions about it as an introduction to the story behind Easter.

Look at palm cross again – what is it made from? Tell story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem while people waved Palm leaves (The Great Parade). Relate to palm crosses – how Christians remember the story. Discuss what people did as Jesus entered Jerusalem (laid down leaves, coats, shouted, clapped, danced). Why do you think they did these things? (because Jesus was important – they has heard lots about him)

What would you do if Jesus came to Meden Vale?

Lower attainers – Important people travel in.... BUT Jesus came on a ......

Average attainers – Complete speech bubble for someone in the crowd as Jesus entered – what would they say?

Higher attainers – Complete sheet – what the people in Jerusalem did when Jesus came.../what I would do if Jesus came....


Children know the story of Palm Sunday and have explored how people at the time would have been feeling.

Lesson 4 – The Last Supper


·  To know the story of the Last Supper.

·  To reflect on what it means to be a good friend and the feelings of Judas.


Re-cap last week and how Jesus travelled to Jerusalem. Palm Cross is a symbol from that day to help Christians remember.

Now that Jesus was in Jerusalem, he knew something very important was going to happen – he was going to die. Look at chalice from bag and link to story. Tell the story of the Last Supper from Lion Storyteller Bible and show laminated picture by artist. Talk about Judas and the fact that he was Jesus’ friend and was now going to lead him to his death.... Discuss – did Judas do the right thing as Jesus’ friend or the wrong thing? What are good friends like?

Lower attainers – Draw a picture of Jesus’ face when he knew that Judas his friend was going to stop being his friend and help the soldiers kill him.

Average attainers – Recipe for a good friend in mixing bowl – characteristics e.g. someone you can trust, kind...

Higher attainers – Imagine you are Judas having just got back from meal with Jesus and friends. Write a diary entry of what just happened, how you are feeling, why you are helping the soldiers (for money) etc....


Children know the story of the Last Supper and have reflected on what it means to be a good friend.

Lesson 5 – Jesus’ death and resurrection


·  To know the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection

·  To be able to empathise with the three women that found the empty tomb.


Re-cap Last Supper and the fact that Jesus knew what was about to happen. Show crucifix. Tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection either using stories from Storyteller Bible or illustrated story on website:

How would you feel if you’d just said goodbye to someone who was dyeing and then they came back to life again?!!

Symbol of Christianity is a cross – why? (because Jesus died on a cross and he is very important to Christians) What would you choose if you had to choose a symbol for your life? e.g what is really important to you (eg. football, cat, ...)

Lower attainers – Order three pictures from the story.

Average attainers – Thought bubble for women at the empty grave.

Higher attainers – Make comic strip – provide 6 picture from the story. Children to order, stick and add captions/speech for characters.


Children can retell story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. They have considered how people at the time must have been feeling.

Lesson 6 – How do Christians celebrate Easter?


·  To know how Christians remember Jesus’ death

·  To be able to explain how Christians celebrate Jesus coming back to life at Easter.


How do we remember someone who is not here anymore (died or moved away)? – look at photo, read letters, remember good times etc....

Ask the children to retell the story of Jesus’ death – procession into Jerusalem, Last Supper and his death and resurrection. As they retell each part, explain what Christians do to remember it

eg. procession into Jerusalem – Palm crosses

Last supper – communion (show picture)

Jesus’ death – Passion Plays (show picture)

Christians believe Jesus came back to life so that they can know God. In other words, start again and have a new life. They send Easter cards to each other (show example). In Spring there are lots of signs of new life – e.g. flowers coming up, lambs being born etc.... Birds also give birth and a new life starts there in a chick. Sometimes at Easter, Christians celebrate by having eggs (Easter eggs!) to symbolise the new life they have with God.

In some countries, eggs are painted at Easter. Show picture of painted egg.

CRAFT - either make Easter card

or paint some eggs

or make flip over Easter picture.


Children know how Christians celebrate at Easter and have made something that Christians might have at Easter.
Assessment Opportunities

Teachers might assess this work by setting a task like this...

·  Write captions for objects/symbols looked at explaining what it is, how it is used and the significance of it for the person who uses it.

Pupils who can work at level 1 will be able to recognise the objects/symbols and use their senses to explore and ask questions about them.

Pupils who can work at level 2 will be able to identify and name the objects/symbols and describe what they are and what they mean to the user.

Pupils who can work at level 3 will be able to identify and name the objects/symbols, describe what they are and what they mean to the user and make links between the objects/symbols and the beliefs that underlie them.

Level 1


·  I can recognise the Torah scroll, the pointing finger, cover and cross

·  I can use my sense of touch, sight and feel to explore and ask questions about the Torah scroll and the cross.

·  I can tell the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem.

·  I can order three pictures from the story of Easter.

·  I can talk about what happens at Easter.


·  I can say what is special in my life.

·  I can talk about how I treat my special thing and how it would feel if someone didn’t look after it properly.

·  I can think of someone who is important to me.

·  I can say what a friend is like.

Level 2


·  I can say to whom the Torah scroll is special and what makes it special.

·  I can identify the Torah scroll, the pointing finger, cover and the Christian cross.

·  I can describe what messages and meanings are expressed through the cross.

·  I can speak and write about what happens at the Last Supper.

·  I can choose 6 important parts from the story of Jesus’ death and order them.

·  I can explain what Christians do at Easter and why.


·  I can talk about how the Jews treat the Torah with respect for their feelings.

·  I can say what is important to Jews and Christians with respect for their feelings.

·  I can suggest how Jesus may be welcomed in Meden Vale and why.

·  I can comment on what makes a good friend and why.

·  I can talk about how I might remember someone important to me.