“Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. ” Luke 18:16

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Creation and the Story of Abraham to Joseph

In this unit, we have learnt about the story of Creation and the Old Testament stories from Abraham to Joseph.  We have learnt that God created us all as individuals and that he loves each and every one of us.  We have been thinking about what being made in the image and likeness of God means and how this affects how we should live our lives, including that difference in people need to be valued and respected.  To celebrate our individuality, we created shields detailing about our strengths, goals and wishes.

We have also studied the stories of ‘The Old Testament’ from Abram/Abraham…

 

to Joseph.

Next, we learnt about Jesus and what his life must have been like as a young boy, practising the Jewish faith, in the synagogue, and how he would have read and learned about these same stories that we are reading and learning about today. We have investigated the prayers he would have said and what they mean. To help us deepen our understanding of this and of the Jewish faith.

We learnt that Jesus, as a Jew, would have read the Torah, which contains the first five books of the Christian Bible (the Pentateuch). He would have read some of these same stories.

The Torah is the Jewish Bible (also known by Christians as the Pentateuch). The word Torah means God’s teaching.

We also focused upon the story of Jesus in the temple…

and learning about the Jewish faith that Jesus was brought up in.
We have also studied a number of prayers, including the Shema, The Our Father, The Gloria and the Rosary.

BBC Bitesize Clip about The Sheema

 

Jesus Light of the World and Beloved Son

During this unit, we have engaged with three events in the life of Jesus:
The Presentation, The Baptism of Christ and The Transfiguration.

We looked at different representations of the Baptism of Jesus in Religious art and thought about:
●  the posture of the characters and their expressions.
●  the setting of the paintings and the symbol of the Holy Spirit in the painting.

The Children created their own artwork representing the baptism of Jesus.

Year 4 retold the bible story of the transfiguration through group drama sketches. They had great fun and gained a really good understanding of the story.

 

We also wrote prayers asking God to help us with our school values of being attentive and discerning.

Jesus Teaches us how to Pray

Year 4 have been learning about Jesus Jewish roots.  We know that he was brought up praising God in accordance with the Jewish tradition.

We know that Jesus taught us how to pray by teaching his Disciples how to pray and we have been learning about different forms of prayer, including The Our Father, Psalms and prayers said during Mass.

We wrote and illustrated our own beautiful versions of Psalm 27.

Advent

In this unit, we thought about how Christians prepare for the coming of Christ into the world.

We learnt about the significance of the Advent Wreath and made our own hand-print advent wreaths to help us to remember the meaning of each component of the wreath.

We also learnt about the symbolism of the Jesse Tree, creating our own Jesse Tree decorations to help us to think about the ancestors of Jesus.

Collective Worship

The Children have been planning their own Collective Worship sessions based upon the template of:

  • Gathering.
  • Listening.
  • Responding.
  • Going Forth.