Easter stories for EYFS, KS1 and KS2

Stories to support RE syllabus work on Easter. Can be adapted to support study areas for particular year groups.

Three Tall Trees (EYFS)

Full day: 6 classes.  Half day: 3 classes.  (Class sessions last c30 minutes and can be repeated to suit school timings or combined with any other workshop)

Three trees grow tall and strong on a mountain top.  As they grow they dream of what they might become.  Each plays a part in the life of Jesus, but it is the smallest tree that has the hardest load to bear.  My version of the folktale ‘Three Tall Trees’ sensitively introduces EYFS children to the Easter story, whilst also placing it in context with the story of Jesus.  Incorporating actions and call and response, pupils are given the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the Easter story for Christians.

"It was great to have a story session that helped our youngest pupils reflect on the Easter story."  Foundation Stage teacher, Co. Durham

Easter Tales (KS1)

Full day: 4-5 classes.  Half day: 2-3 classes.  (Class sessions last c1 hour)

A simple telling of the Easter Story, which introduces pupils to the key concepts of Easter.  A range of artefacts help to support learning.

Easter Tales conclude with the opportunity for pupils to reflect on, and ask questions about, the Easter story to develop an understanding of the meaning of Easter for Christians.

"Your stories always help the children to understand the Easter story more fully."  Y2 teacher, South Shields

Were you there? (KS2)

Full day: 4-5 classes.  Half day: 2-3 classes.  (Class sessions last c1 hour 15 mins)

Hear the Easter story from the point of view of those people who witnessed Jesus' last days.  Different disciples give their version of the events of Holy Week including: Matthew's joy when the crowd cheer as Jesus rides into Jerusalem; Judas' hopes that Jesus will become a warrior king (and his big decision to force that to happen) and Mary's horror at finding the empty tomb.

Stories from 'Were you there?' are told at a series of tableaux, each depicting a stage from the events of Easter, with time for pupils to reflect on and ask questions to develop an understanding of the importance of Easter for Christians.

"Your stories were very powerful; they really brought the Easter story to life for the children."  Y6 teacher, South Shields