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Passover and Resurrection Gardens in Year 6

Passover and Resurrection Gardens in Year 6

The Year 6 students were able to share this activity with their Year 1 buddies, talking with them about the true message of Easter and sharing what Jesus has done for us by dying on the cross and rising again.

Our deep hope for our students is that they will understand the purpose and meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection and respond to it by receiving God’s gift of salvation. In Christian Studies, the Year 6 students explored the symbols used in the Passover meal, learning how these symbols point towards Jesus Christ.

We celebrated a Christian Passover with both Year 6 classes together, having a taste of matzah, ‘bitter herbs’ (kale), parsley dipped in salty water, lamb, egg and charoset as well as grape juice.

Thank you to Mrs Hurley who adapted the script for our Passover to fit into our afternoon.

Did you know that kosher matzah (flatbread) is traditionally made from start to finish in 18 minutes? Mrs Cook found it a challenge to make the quantities we needed in that timeframe so our matzah was non-kosher!

Something interesting we learned was that the third cup of Passover (the cup of Redemption) is the cup that Jesus held up at the disciples’ celebration of Passover (the Last Supper), saying, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

Our Biblical thread Loving God asks that students respond to God’s love by loving God in return and their neighbour as themselves. This good news of the gift of salvation is definitely worth sharing!

Our Visual Arts programme supported our Christian Studies topic as we created “Resurrection Gardens” to show the Easter story in a visual way. Our Biblical thread was Reflecting Creativity – students praise God by reflecting their Creator in making expressive and inspiring things and ideas. 

We also discussed how artworks can reflect our beliefs and values. The students were able to share this activity with their Year 1 buddies, talking with them about the true message of Easter and sharing what Jesus has done for us by dying on the cross and rising again. We learned how to ask guiding questions rather than just explaining the gardens to our buddies. We shared an Easter egg with our buddies, showing them that the hollow egg can remind us of the empty tomb, because our Saviour is risen.

What a blessing it is to freely share the truth with our students and complement what they are learning with their families at home and in their church community about the true meaning of Easter!

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