Lent: a short guide for primary

Key stage

KS1; KS2


Religious Education


Christian festivals


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Ash marked with a cross used in Ash Wednesday services at Westminster Abbey


Introduce your class to the Christian festival Lent, covering when and how it is experienced as well as information about the key holy days. Designed for KS1 and KS2, this short guide offers a concise explanation of Lent, which can be used as the starting point of a lesson or as a knowledge recap. This is accompanied by a more detailed teacher guide, designed to fill any gaps in understanding.

Learning objectives

  • To understand what Lent is, when it happens and how Christians experience it
  • To learn about key holy days within the period of Lent
  • To find out how Lent is referred to within the Bible