“Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. ” Luke 18:16
Class Collective Worship
We have had some very reflective prayer sessions together and the children wrote prayers for our prayer tree based on the Gospel story of Jairus’s Daughter. They thought about difficult times or challenges in their own lives and prayed for Jesus’s support and guidance.
Creation and the Story of Abraham to Joseph
In this unit, the children 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, explored the symbolism within it and investigated the meaning of the candles for each week.
We thought about the second two weeks of Advent, when we focus on the promised second coming of Jesus. The children read John’s prophecy of a New Jerusalem and Heaven on Earth, from Revelation, and created artwork of what they thought that might look like.
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.
Year 4’s class assembly was on the theme of advent. Watch it by clicking on the link below:
The Children have been planning their own Collective Worship sessions based upon the template of:
- Going Forth.