“Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. ” Luke 18:16
Creation and the Story of Abraham to Joseph
As part of our first R.E. topic, we looked at creation stories and humans being made in the likeness of God. Each child drew their self portrait and explained how they were made in the likeness of God. We shared these images with the rest of the school and with parents and other family members when we led a whole school assembly. We told everyone how we were each created to like God in our own special and unique way.
We have also studied the stories of ‘The Old Testament’ from Abram/Abraham…
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 visited a synagogue.
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.
We also focused upon the story of Jesus in the temple…
and learning about the Jewish faith that Jesus was brought up in (which included a visit to a synagogue).
We have also studied a number of prayers, including the Shema, The Our Father, The Gloria and the Rosary.
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.
The children took a viewpoint for different individuals that were present at these events and wrote diaries to not only retell the story but also explore their thoughts and feelings.
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.
We looked at a map of the Holy Land and found the River Jordan on it. We looked at which place names we recognised and thought about the words that God spoke at Jesus’ Baptism.
Sharing in the Life of Christ: The Chruch as a
The Children learned that the Catholic Church is spread throughout the world and they developed their understanding of how the Eucharist celebrates the Unity of God’s People. We also role played our own class mass for the children to understand the meaning of the Eucharistic prayers and the Doxology.
To explore some of the beliefs regarding the Universal Church, we focused on several events and religious customs from different parts of the world, such as:
- Los Posados – Advent in South America.
- Christmas – Presents at Epiphany in European countries.
- Mardi Gras and Shrove Tuesday – Lent in Europe and America.
We also looked carefully at some of the images of the Church, the ‘I am’ statements and how God is active through us, his followers, in Church, charity and community.
Special Roles and Responsibilities
The Gospel of St Mark begins: ‘This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’ This term, we have looked at how St Mark passed his faith on through his Gospel. The children have also been studying the hierarchy of the Catholic Church to understand the different responsibilities there are in carrying out God’s work.
We have looked closely at the special role played by priests and religious people within the community. We have also looked at other roles and realised that every member of the Church has a special role to play and a special responsibility, as they try to follow Christ.
We have investigated the vows and symbolism of rings during the Sacrament of Marriage. We have selected some of the promises that husband and wife make before God and attempted to explain or describe what this may look like.
We learnt about how we are asked to pray, fast and give to charity during Lent.
Year 4 raised £36 in a coin trail for charity during Lent.
Year 4 created their own triptyches to spread the Good News.
Year 4 Prayers to the Holy Spirit inspired by ‘Come, Holy Spirit.’
The Children have been planning their own Collective Worship sessions based upon the template of:
- Going Forth.