This week, Year 5 have been learning about the story of the Garden of Eden.
To explore the themes in the story further, the children placed a chair on the playground with a sign stuck to it saying “DO NOT TOUCH”. In secret, two children kept a tally of how many children made the choice to touch the chair.
After break, the children shared their findings and, as a class, we discussed how the experiment linked to the story of Adam and Eve.
The children were then asked the questions below and had to position themselves on a continuum (from ‘strongly disagree’ to ‘strongly agree’) to share their view. You can also find just some of the fantastic comments made by the children below.
- The story is really about making good and bad choices
- The story is really about how the first people were created
- It was the snake’s fault that the people were thrown out of the garden
Mia – Although it was the snake who told them to do it, Adam and Eve still had a choice.
- This shows that God made a good world, but humans spoiled it
Dylan – Humans keep changing the world and not always for the best.
- Everyone sometimes makes the wrong choice
Scarlett – We all make wrong choices and it doesn’t mean we are bad people.
- There is no such place as the ‘Garden of Eden’ in the real world
Joshua – The Garden of Eden surrounds us now.
- We’re all born innocent, but we all choose bad things sometimes – we’re all like Adam and Eve
We also came up with some questions that we would ask to the people in the story.
Questions for the snake
Mollie – Why did you want to get Adam and Eve into trouble? What was in it for you?
Questions for Adam and Eve
Finlay – Eve, why did you get Adam into trouble?
Questions for God:
Mia – Why did you create the tree if you didn’t want people to eat from it?
Mason – Why did you give humans the ability to disobey in the first place?
Ryan – Why did you not give them a second chance?