St Giles CE Primary School Enrichment Day

Each half term St Giles CE Primary School has an Enrichment day.

What is an Enrichment Day ?

A school enrichment day aims to take a subject and expand it, looking at them in more depth or from a different perspective.

This half term’s enrichment day was an RE day. With Easter approaching the whole school looked at The Easter Story from different viewpoints and in various ways. The theme was ‘Witness’. Here is what we’ve been doing.

Class 1 & 2 Infants

For the Infants the aims for the day were to understand the Easter story and to know that there were many witnesses who saw Jesus alive after his death. Click here for the story.

At the beginning of the day all the Infants were told the Easter story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Mrs Maltby and Mrs Angrave both dressed up as the story tellers, in costume from the time of the Bible.

Throughout the day, in groups, the children took part in 3 activities - making origami Easter cards, Hot Cross Buns and prayer plates.

Hot cross buns have a clear cross on the top to remind us about the Easter story.

At the end of the morning the whole class were brought back together to glaze some of the Hot Cross Buns to practise their Easter song.

The activities continued throughout the afternoon with more Easter activities.

Class 3 Year 3 & 4

The day for Class 3 was to provide an opportunity for the children to investigate the Easter story in greater depth, examining the experiences of Peter and Judas. One of our values this year was forgiveness and the theme ‘Witness’ helped the children understand more about what forgiveness is.

In the morning children looked at forgiveness by examining the role of Peter and Judas in the Easter story. Both disciples betrayed Jesus but resolved this differently.

Class 3 were all given a tissue and a water soluble pen. They wrote down something that they wish they hadn’t thought, said or done that they feel sad to have done. Something that they are ashamed of/ sorry about/ embarrassed about because it has hurt others. They then kept their tissue with this written on safe and private.

The children then took out their tissues from the safe place where they had stored them. In the same way that Jesus welcomed Peter back into a restored friendship, Class 3 then talked about how they can also enjoy forgiveness. “When we say sorry for things we are ashamed of and have done wrong, we can enjoy that same sense of relief, joy and cleanness.”

As a symbolism of this forgiveness and cleansing the children put their tissues in a bowl of water and their tissues were then washed, allowing the writing to disintegrate as a symbol of forgiveness.

The children could see how the words on the tissues run and can no longer be read, no longer seen. “See how the tissue disintegrates. Once we have asked for forgiveness, our guilt disintegrates too.”

Class 3 then talked about the last super and copied the painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

They also did some drama around the Garden of Gethsemane to investigate how Judas and Peter felt about betraying Jesus.

In the afternoon the children were given period of time to create their own piece of art about forgiveness, drawing inspiration and understanding from the morning’s work. They painted the Cockerel that crowed three times, this symbolised Peter disowning Jesus before the rooster crowed the next morning in the Garden of Gethsemane. While painting Class 3 thought about colours as emotions. Red means anger or love, Black may be evil or sadness thinking about how colour and art make us feel things.

Class 4 Year 5 & 6

The children investigated the Easter story in greater depth by considering the contrasting views of the people who were present. They looked again at the Easter story and become more familiar with the key events.

Class 4’s journey started from Palm Sunday and working through Jesus’ time in Jerusalem, his crucifixion and the resurrection. The children to sit in small groups around a large sheet of white paper and as the Bible passages were read, the Class paused and allowing the children time to illustrate each episode of the story somewhere on the page. At the end, the groups discussed what they have heard and draw something in the centre circle that summarised what they considered to be the main important point/ learning that comes from the story.

Here are the bible readings the children read to do their group picture.​

  • Mark 11:1-11 (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem)

  • Mark 14:12-26 (The Last Supper – Jesus shares his last meal with his disciples…the meal that is remembered at Holy Communion/Eucharist)

  • Mark 14:32-42 (Jesus is in anguish as he prays in the Garden of Gethsemane and his disciples let him down by falling asleep) • Mark 14:43-50 (Jesus is arrested)

  • Mark 14:53-65 (Jesus is taken and tried by the Jewish leaders)

  • Mark 14:66-72 (Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples, is scared and denies that he knows Jesus)

  • Mark 15:1-15 (Jesus is tried by the Roman Governor, Pilate, and the crowd demand that Jesus is crucified)

  • Mark 15:33-41 (Jesus dies on the cross)

  • Mark 15:42-47 (Jesus is buried)

  • Mark 16:1-8 (The female followers of Jesus discover that his has risen)

To help sequence the events the Class created a visual timeline of the Easter. Each group were given a picture asked to work out as a group who is in the picture and what they are doing.

Using the following questions -

Can you remember where in the story this is a scene from?

Does anything in their picture surprise you?

Can you identify all the characters?

Which characters look as though they are experiencing the most emotion?

When the children had discussed the questions they decided, as a class who had the starting picture. Then the relevant picture was held up at the front of the class and they continued to pick out the other images in order and stick them up on the wall one by one. By the end, Class 4 had a timeline of the Easter story visually represented across the front of their classroom.

In the afternoon the children created a board game about Easter week. It gave the children an opportunity to consider how people at the time reacted to those events. The games made by Class 4 used the highs and lows of these people’s experiences as instances for missing turns, advancing extra places or having to go backwards. Each group used just one of one of the following perspectives:

  • Peter, who betrayed and let Jesus down.

  • The Jewish Leaders, who saw Jesus as a trouble maker.

  • The Roman Soldiers, perhaps the soldiers were pleased that Jesus came alive again because they had realised who he truly was…or maybe they were petrified for themselves because they would be accused of not guarding the body correctly.

  • The crowd (ie not Jesus’ followers, just people in Jerusalem anyway) who joined in the celebration as Jesus enters Jerusalem. People who were scared as the sky turns dark as Jesus dies and did not understand what was happening

When the children had finished making their games they then swapped games and played each other’s and had to guess which character perspective the game was created.

The whole school had an informative and thought provoking day. And one St Giles School hopes they will never forget.

With great thanks to the Diocese of Guildford for the whole days resources.

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