KS1 & KS2

He Is Risen

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INTRO   |    LESSON 1   |   LESSON 2   |   ASSEMBLY

Assembly

This assembly material offers ways to explore building resilience, through considering three parts of the Easter story:

  • Being resilient when the task seems too much for us (Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane).
  • Being resilient when others let us down (the betrayal of Jesus by Judas).
  • Being resilient when all seems lost (the arrest of Jesus).

For each of these three parts we offer a video scene-setter from Superbook, plus active reflections to explore resilience in relation to that scene.  So there is enough material here for a series of three short assemblies in the build up to Easter, or one longer special assembly. This assembly material can lead-in to the lessons, which are geared for KS1 and KS2, but can also be used stand-alone, adapted as appropriate for the age of the pupils.

Assembly Objective:

  • Through this assembly pupils will:
    • Be introduced to the biblical story of the betrayal and arrest of Jesus.
    • Think about how we build resilience as we face challenges in our lives.
    • Be introduced to Superbook and the adventures of Chris, Joy and Gizmo.
    • Leave the assembly wanting to find out more about the death and resurrection of Jesus and its connection to the big story of the Bible.

Biblical source:

  • Luke 22: 39-46
  • Luke 22: 47-53

Introducing Superbook

Introducing Superbook

If your pupils are unfamiliar with the Superbook TV series you may find it helpful to use this Character introduction video.

Superbook is a series of TV programmes in which two children (Chris and Joy) together with their robot friend (Gizmo) go on adventures back in time, where they meet characters from the Bible and explore their stories.

If appropriate you could draw the parallel with the Oxford Reading Tree adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper, and their magic key.

Play the downloadable video Introducing Superbook


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Setting the Scene: Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Setting the Scene: Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Play the downloadable video Jesus prays in Gethsemane.


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Reflection on the Story: Keeping Going

Reflection on the Story: Keeping Going

As Jesus faced the cross he cried out in prayer. An angel came and strengthened him. He was able to keep going. This reflection integrates a PE activity with the assembly. It will need to be adjusted as appropriate to the age of your pupils. It uses an energetic activity which helps the participants to discover the importance of keeping going, even when the task seems hopeless, and hopelessly unfair.

In advance, download the document Keeping Going and select which of the six activities (star jumps, press-ups, sit-ups, squat thrusts, bounces or head balance turns) are appropriate for your pupils and how many you want to use (which determines the number of participants in each team and the length of the activity). Cut out the appropriate cards and put each one in an envelope making a set of envelopes for each team. Now put a sequential number on each envelope within each team, but crucially order them so that, although each team has the same cards, one team has all the cards requiring one activity before the cards requiring five activities (whereas the other has the fives before the ones). Set up an area of the room like a relay beep test, with a start line at which the team members wait and a set of envelopes at the other end – in order.

As appropriate to your pupils select two teams, ensure they understand the actions on the cards, go through a short warm up if required, and set the time goal they must seek to beat as each member, in turn, runs up to the envelopes, opens one and does what it says (eg five star jumps) before running back and tagging the next team member so they can do the same, opening the next envelope etc. (According to the age of your pupils you may need to manage the opening of the envelopes and carrying out of the actions).

If you have got the activities, distance and timing right, the team that begins with the fives will immediately fall behind the one that begins with the ones, and may be tempted to give up, thinking they will never complete all the tasks within the target time. But if they keep going they will find that the task evens out and is achievable after all.

Afterwards, reflect on the exercise and what they may have learned from it, such as:

  • Many things in life do not seem fair, others seem to have an unfair advantage, but perhaps there will be some final justice in the end?
  • Often we feel like giving up when a task seems unachievable, but if we keep going we might find that we are able to achieve it after all.

As appropriate, apply this to the video of Jesus in Gethsemane. Did he feel like giving up, thinking the task of going to the cross was too great for him? What enabled him to keep going?

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Response (Part 1 SB111)

Response

As appropriate for your school use one of these responsive activities:

  • Encourage the pupils to sit still, quietly, and to ‘answer’ questions in their heads as you ask them:
    • Do you sometimes feel that life is unfair, and you have too much to cope with?
    • How can you keep going when you feel like giving up?
  • Invite them to close their eyes as you pray, and to say ‘Amen’ at the end, which is a way of agreeing with the words in the prayer and making it your own.
    • God, thank you that Jesus didn’t give up when he knew he was going to the cross. Thankyou that you sent an angel to strengthen him. Please give us the strength we need to keep going when we feel like giving up.  Amen.
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Setting the Scene: Jesus Betrayed by Judas

Setting the Scene: Jesus Betrayed by Judas

Play the downloadable video Jesus betrayed.


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Reflection on the Story: Understanding why Friends Sometimes Betray Us

Reflection on the Story: Understanding why Friends Sometimes Betray Us

Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples, and yet he betrayed Jesus, pointing him out to those who wanted to arrest him. However Judas thought that he was doing the right thing, and indeed it was necessary for Jesus to be arrested and crucified in order for him to fulfil his mission of giving his life so that we can all be forgiven and restored in our relationship with God.

Sometimes it seems that our friends betray us, and it hurts. But if we understand their reasons we might not feel so bad, and perhaps we might find that what they have done has led to something far better. Show the downloadable PowerPoint Betrayal? and talk through this story:

  • Slide 1. Alex loves playing football, and his big brother Wyatt plays with him.
  • Slide 2. But Alex decides to leave Wyatt and practice his goal shooting by kicking the ball against the wall of the local school.
  • Slide 3. Unfortunately Alex’s aim is not so good and he breaks a school window.
  • Slide 4. Wyatt tells his Dad that Alex broke the window at the school.
  • Slide 5. Alex is in trouble with his Dad, and feels betrayed by Wyatt.
  • Slide 6. But Wyatt told his Dad because the school needed to be repaired, otherwise all the other children could get cold and wet.
  • Slide 7. After the window is fixed, Alex’s Dad tells him that he is forgiven.
  • Slide 8. And once again Wyatt plays football with Alex.
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Response (Part 2 SB111)

Response

As appropriate for your school use one of these responsive activities:

  • Encourage the pupils to sit still, quietly, and to ‘answer’ questions in their heads as you ask them:
    • Do you sometimes feel as if you have been betrayed by people you trusted?
    • Does it help if you try to understand why they did it, and how something good could come from it?
  • Invite them to close their eyes as you pray, and to say ‘Amen’ at the end, which is a way of agreeing with the words in the prayer and making it your own.
    • God, thank you for your constant faithfulness to us. Help us to understand when others don’t seem so faithful to us, and seem to betray us. Help us to look to you, the faithful one, to bring something good from you out of what seems like a bad betrayal by others. Amen.
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Setting the Scene: Jesus Arrested

Setting the Scene: Jesus Arrested

Play the downloadable video Jesus Arrested.


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Reflection on the Story: The Three Trees

Reflection on the Story: The Three Trees

The disciples knew that Jesus was someone very special, they believed that he had come to bring people back to God. They didn’t understand that this meant he must die and rise again to provide the way for everyone to be forgiven and restored in their relationship with God. So, when Jesus was arrested and taken off to be crucified they felt that all their hopes and dreams for the future had been smashed.

But God had greater plans, to turn their dreams  into a future far greater than they imagined. Read the content of the downloadable document Three Trees. This is an old story that has been told for many years which illustrates how, in Jesus, God takes shattered dreams and turns them into something far better. It needs little introduction or explanation

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Response (Part 3 SB111)

Response

As appropriate for your school use one of these responsive activities:

  • Encourage the pupils to sit still, quietly, and to ‘answer’ questions in their heads as you ask them:
    • Do you sometimes feel like your hopes and dreams have been shattered?
    • Are you open to the possibility that something even greater could happen in your life?
  • Invite them to close their eyes as you pray, and to say ‘Amen’ at the end, which is a way of agreeing with the words in the prayer and making it your own.
    • God, thank you that you want to take our shattered dreams and to turn them into something far greater. Thank you for the death and resurrection of Jesus which makes this possible in our lives.  Amen.
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