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Trees

To consider the importance of trees and their part in the Easter story.

by Jan Edmunds

Suitable for Key Stage 2

Aims

To consider the importance of trees and their part in the Easter story.

Preparation and materials

  • No preparation is needed if presented by the teacher. An OHP would be useful for reading the poem. Alternatively, the lines can be divided and written on cards to be read out by the children.
  • Paintings or other forms of visual aids can be used to illustrate the poem and the children’s own work could considerably expand this into a class assembly.

Assembly

  1. Explain that you are going to tell the children about the oldest living things in the world – the things that live the longest. See if they can guess what they are.
  2. Introduce the poem by saying that it tells us about these longest living things and gives some ideas about what Christians believe about Easter.

    Trees
    by Jan Edmunds

    The beauty of trees is a joy to behold.
    For millions of years they have watched life unfold.
    They give shelter to creatures and help them survive.
    They clean up the air to keep us alive.

    Their wood’s used for houses, in tables and chairs.
    It’s made into windows, our doors or our stairs.
    Carpenter Joseph taught Jesus his trade.
    Ploughs, yokes and mangers by him were made.

    The disciples went fishing in boats made of wood.
    When calming the storm in a boat Jesus stood.
    Leaves of the palm tree were spread on the ground.
    For Jesus in triumph they were waved all around.

    Soon after he hung from a cross made of wood.
    On a hill far away with two others it stood.
    The third day after he rose up again.

    Like the trees in the winter, through wind and through rain,
    They rest and are bare ‘til the spring comes around.
    Then they burst into blossom and new life is found.

    From trees we can learn a lesson or two:
    That life can be hard for me or for you.
    But when we feel down there’s some hope we can take.
    Winter will pass, spring will awake:
    An adventure unknown, a new journey to make.
  3. Some discussion and explanation, depending on time available and the age of the children, could be introduced here, and questions such as:

    Which small creatures shelter in trees?
    Can you think of ten things that are made out of wood?
    Who was Joseph?
    What did the disciples do?
    Why did Jesus calm the storm?
    When did the people wave palm branches at Jesus?
    Do they know the story of Jesus’ death and rising again at Easter?

Time for reflection

Reflection

From trees we can learn a lesson or two:

That life can be hard for me or for you.

But when we feel down there’s some hope we can take.

Winter will pass, spring will awake:

An adventure unknown, a new journey to make.

 

Prayer

Let us pray.

Dear God,

Help us to remember the message of Easter,

that when things seem terrible and difficult, we can find new light, new hope.

Amen.

Song/music

‘Lord of all hopefulness’ (Come and Praise, 52)

Publication date: April 2007   (Vol.9 No.4)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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