ST MARY'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

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RECEPTION – God Matters

Children will be introduced and explore the role of the Church in getting to know God. In doing this they will look at the priest and the symbols in the church i.e. the stations, the lectern etc. They will also explore the idea of God’s love for us and how Jesus showed love to people by listening to some of the stories from the Bible.

Help At Home

When you visit the church discuss that this is God’s house look for the things that tell you it is Gods house and make links with how people tell your house apart from someone else’s.

Talk about who the Priest is and how he teaches us about God.

Walk around the church and identify how many symbols of God/ Jesus they can spot.

Talk about how they show people they love them.

YEAR ONE

Children will be able to recognise some of the parables. They will learn that parables have meanings and some people try to live out the meaning of the parable. Pupils will be able to recognise some of the words connected with Parables. Examples would be:  Parable, Samaritan, forgiveness. The children will talk about their own experiences of helping others, of doing things wrong and of being forgiven.

 Help at Home

Read a fable such as the tortoise and the snail and talk about it being a story but that it has a message. Make a link with the story of the Good Samaritan.

Ask the children to tell you each day how they have shown they are a Good Samaritan like Jesus and you could also tell them how you have been one.

YEAR 2

The children will learn and be able to retell at least one of Jesus’ miracles. They will learn to explain the meaning of the miracle story they know. Pupils will use words like: Miracle, Centurion, Blind man, Servant, Leper correctly and learn their meaning.

Help at Home

Talk to your child about what they wonder at about the Miracles.

YEAR 3

During this unit the children the children will learn the story of Samuel and explain its meaning. They will use correct religious vocabulary to explain why the Liturgy of the Word and the actions are important.

Help at Home

Talk to your child about the Lectern and that this is where God’s word is proclaimed through the readings and specifically the Gospel.

YEAR 4

In this unit, children will learn the meaning of Presentation and the Transfiguration and make links between them and beliefs. Pupils will be learn the reasons for the symbolism used to describe the presentation and the transfiguration both in the Gospels and in art work and make links with beliefs.

 Help at Home

Read with them the transfiguration story in the Bible and make a link with making the sign of the cross and the Trinity.

YEAR 5

The children will explore the story of the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist by making a link with the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God. Pupils will develop understanding of the Kingdom parables by relating them to Christian beliefs about the Kingdom. Pupils will learn to describe how believers live out the Kingdom parables and show how beliefs about the Kingdom affect their moral values.

Help at Home

Re-look at their own Baptism and the words that are said- what do they really mean?

YEAR 6

In this unit, pupils will develop an understanding of the story of St Paul and Christian belief today. They will learn the distinctive marks of the Catholic Church.

Pupils will expand their knowledge of how Pope Francis and the Bishops reveal Jesus to others today.

Help at Home

Look up famous people who have become Christians and discuss why such people became Christians.

Discuss the challenges famous people have in standing up for their faith. Ask your child if they find it difficult to admit they are Catholic/Christian or have a faith to friends who don’t.

Key Events

Presentation of Our Lord Candlemas – 2nd February

Our Lady of Lourdes – 11th February