In this lesson, students learn about the key symbols found across Christianity, and in particular in churches.
Some of the symbols covered include: the cross/crucifix, alpha/omega, the sign of the holy trinity, and the animal symbols of the disciples. Students learn about what symbols are used for, before discussing the key meanings of the church symbols.
This resource pack contains a comprehensive 15-slide Powerpoint, alongside all of the resources needed for the group ‘symbol detectives’ activity (for this task, I put the symbols and clues around the room, and have groups do a circuit of them. A creative extension activity is also provided in order to challenge higher ability learners.
In the past, I have used this lesson with children from across Key Stage 2 - the key learning is aligned with NC expectations for RE, and also the content prescribed by most diocese regions. All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide.