COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE, Listening and attention (ELG01), Speaking (ELG03), PSED, Making relationships (ELG08), Managing feelings and behaviour (ELG07), UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD, People and communities (ELG13)
In Spring, Jewish people celebrate Passover, remembering the time when their people escaped from slavery in Egypt and they only had unleavened bread (baked with no yeast) to eat on their journey. The eight day festival usually takes place in April, and emphasises freedom.
Tell a simple version of the story of how the Jewish people were slaves in a place called Egypt, and how they escaped. Explain that Passover/Pesach is a festival which celebrates the journey of the Jewish people escaping from slavery.
Ask the children if they know what it means to be a slave. Explain that slaves were unhappy, they had to work very hard, and didn’t get enough food and water. Ask them how the Jewish people would have felt when they escaped, and on the journey.
Explain to the children that Jewish people have a special Passover supper where the story of the Exodus is read and they eat special foods and drink 4 cups of wine to remind them what happened in the story.
Make charoset by grating apple and mixing it with ground up nuts, cinnamon and grape juice into a paste. (You can use matza mea (ground matza) if you are concerned about nut allergies.) This is a reminder of the mortar used to make bricks for building the pyramids.
Respond to what they hear
Use past, present and future forms
Talk about feelings and behaviour
Sensitivity to others' needs
Communities & traditions