The Easter Story – a morning of Godly Play

We have been learning about Lent and the Easter Story.  We spent the morning taking part in a Godly Play session.  We gathered in a circle and made the Sign of the Cross.  Mrs Lilley used Godly Play figures to play the first part of the story of Holy Week – Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey.  We had our own parade outside.  “Jesus” and some followers wore robes and rode a “donkey”.  We waved palms (streamers) and played instruments, shouting “Hurray for Jesus!  Jesus is the King!”  Mrs Lilley then continued with the story of Holy Week – the Last Supper, Good Friday, when Jesus died and Easter Sunday, when God gave Jesus a new life.  We played being Jesus being crucified by the Roman soldiers, we made an Easter garden.  We had Easter symbol dominoes and drew what we could remember about Easter.  We found signs of new life.  We gathered back together for the feast.  Mrs Lilley told us about how, when we go to Mass, the priest does what Jesus does at the Last Supper.  We shared and ate bread and shared and drank blackcurrant juice (that looks a bit like wine).  Later in the morning, some of our families came for a short liturgy.  Mrs Wright had written an Easter hymn to the tune of “Twinkle twinkle”.  We sang and prayed.  Everyone took home a sign of new life – beautiful eggs that we had dyed and decorated with Mrs Hohmann earlier this week.  We showed our grown ups how to sign “Happy Easter”.  We kept the dressing up clothes, symbols, cross and Easter garden for the rest of the week.  The children showed their interest by continuing to play out the story.  Today, we took part in the whole school assembly about the Easter Story and later, to our surprise, the Easter bunny came to our nursery and left us so many little, Easter eggs in the nursery garden.  It was great fun finding them.  Happy Easter, everyone!

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