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News How to teach ... Easter
This week the Guardian Teacher Network has resources for teaching the Easter story and spring festivals
Easter, celebrated this year on 31 March, is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. The Guardian Teacher Network has teaching resources to help explore Easter and spring festivals in class.
This Easter religious education lesson will help key stage 2 pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the Easter story. The resource focuses on the events leading up to Jesus's arrival in Jerusalem, and his crucifixion through to the ascension. The origins of Easter are fascinating to research. In Spring festivals students get to explore connections to a pagan goddess of life and birth, Eostre, who, according to ancient myth, owned a magic hare that hibernated all winter underground and bounded to life every spring, giving out presents to good children. The resource also gives tips on how to make coloured eggs with natural dyes.
Easter: A Movable Feast is a set of Easter-related activities for primary schools including decorating eggs, making your own recipe book and drawing an Easter cartoon.
Pupils of all ages can take part in the biggest school egg-decorating competition ever The Big Eggsibition to raise money for the UK charity Action for Children. Entries will be judged by the senior illustrator of cult website Moshi Monster and displayed in Covent Garden. Download a Teacher guide on how to get involved. Also find a useful egg design sheet and an invitation to parents for your own School Eggsibition to display pupil designs.
For Easter-themed maths lessons try counting eggs using this beautiful PowerPoint presentation for very young children. These Easter symmetry sheet are a great way of reinforcing teaching on shapes and symmetry as well as practising fine motor control. Also find these lovely bright egg-themed missing number lines for 0-20 and 0-40.
For primary literacy lessons see the spring time alphabet, a simple PowerPoint presentation about spring and Easter to encourage discussion and stimulate writing in reception/key stage 1 classrooms. Also see these cute chick writing frames and Easter bunny finger spaces designed to support young children during independent writing activities.
Primary school teacher Des Hegarty has shared his very own split pin bunny who comes with various accessories which can be stuck to his paws.
In the science or art classroom, thanks to the Science Museum for sharing this inspiring resource celebrating spring by growing seeds on handmade paper. Primary pupils learn about science and nature while raising money to help terminally ill people with this guided spring walk from Marie Curie mini pots of care campaign.
Spring as a motif in Rossetti's poetry is a useful guide for A-level students to the language and imagery in some of the poet's most famous works.
And lastly, the perfect Easter quiz from maths teacher Mel Muldowney. Here are five rounds of ready-made Easter fun that can be used in pretty much any end-of-term lesson or tutor time. The focus is naturally on bunnies, chocolate and eggs and questions range from mathematical to lateral thinking, for example naming the type of chocolate bar from the clues.
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