RE in the Classroom
In Year 1 we have been focusing on the topic 'Meals'. We specifically looked at the 'Last Supper' and how this was an important time for Jesus and his disciples. We role played the story of the Last Supper and spoke about it as a class. We then reflected on our Ash Wednesday Mass and why we spend time thinking of Jesus during the season of Lent.
In RE this week Class 3 have been learning about the importance of listening and sharing. We talked in class about times when we have not listened or not been listened to and discussed the impact of this. We also read a lovely story called ‘Stone Soup’ demonstrating the importance of sharing and how it has such a positive influence on people's lives. Many children were able to relate the importance of listening and sharing to their own lives but also recognised how important it is to listen to God and share our love with everyone.
This week in RE Class 6S has been exploring the power of the written word. As this is the Year of the Word, our most recent topic 'Sources' has allowed us to really focus on how stories, poems, songs, parables and even dreams have helped to spread the word of God. We used the Bibles to discover the many ways in which the scripture can inform and enrich, sooth and inspire, challenge and teach. We have learned that even though the Bible has been translated from and into many languages, it is universal in its ability to bring people together as a community under one loving roof.
Class 6M have been looking at scripture and reading Jesus' prayer to the disciples John 17:6-26. The names of the twelve disciples of Jesus are Simon Peter, Andrew, James (the son of Zebedee), John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (the son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. (See Matthew 10:1-4 and Luke 6:12-16.) Peter.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.’’
The pupils in 6M have been writing their own prayers following on from this lesson which will go on display soon.
In RE this week, Class 5G has been learning about the hierarchy of the Catholic church and the roles of those people. We have also discussed the idea as being a complete body with God at the head and his followers making up the body. This complete body shows the unity between the Trinity and it's people. We have recognised the responsibility to look after this body by caring for everyone, showing love, kindness and respecting God's creation.
In Class 5C, children are studying the topic Mission. Through this topic, children reflect on their mission as believers in the world and learn from Jesus how to complete their deeds, even when things get hard. Children looked at the Scripture of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37), where the good Samaritan helps a man even when no one else seems to care. After interpreting this Scripture and linking it to their own lives, children made a class display.
This term in class 4T we will be learning about Community. We are looking at what a community means, how it makes us feel to belong to a community, the roles and responsibilities of us and others in our community to make it function well for the good of others. We relate this to stories from the Bible.
This week has been a week of gifts in RE. In class 4T we have been learning about the importance of giving the gift of love. God loves us all so much, we must love each other too, for we are all God’s children.
In year two recently we have been studying our advent unit 'PREPARATIONS'. We have been learning all about how Christians prepare for Christmas in their homes and in their hearts.
ADVENT : LOOKING FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS.
Advent is a season of longing and waiting for Christ to come.
Christmas is the celebration of the birthday of Jesus. The Church’s focus is on the gift of God’s Son, a gift for the whole world. This week in Reception, we have been making connections and talking about what we will be doing to get ready for Christmas, at home, at school and at Church. We have been exploring how love plays a part in all the preparations and customs – sending cards to friends, buying presents, choosing special food. What will you do to prepare for Christmas? This weekend we will be creating an Advent Wreath.
This week in Nursery we have focused on the topic Birthday/Advent. We have been discussing why birthdays are special and we have been looking at what we do on our birthdays.
This week in year 1 we have focused on the topic of Judaism. We looked at the special people in our lives and related our own learning to the stories of Abraham and Moses.
In RE in Year 3 this week we have been learning about Judaism. We looked at pictures of different special places of worship including synagogues, mosques and churches in the local area. Children reflected on special places of their own and why they are special. We then went on to learn about different things found in a synagogue including the kippah, tallit, bimah, Torah and Ark. Next week we will compare the similarities and differences between the Catholic church and the synagogue. It has been wonderful learning about another religion.
In Year 6 we have been investigating the process of Canonisation as we celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman becoming a saint. This fits well with our topic of Vocation and Commitment as the class explore how they and others live their lives like Jesus.
‘When you feel in need of a compliment, give one to someone else'. - John Henry Newman
This week in RE, class 6M have been learning about the priesthood and its vocation. They have discussed in depth what it means to become a priest and what sacrifices a priest must endure in their training to able to preach God's news. 6M have also been busy finding out who Cardinal John Henry Newman was and have explored facts about his life, from when he was a child right up to adulthood. The pupils also understood the importance and the significance of the news that the Pope declared John Henry Newman a saint last weekend and the first Briton to be canonised since 1976.
This week in RE, class 5G, has been understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus. We have studied various scripture passages and stories that have helped us understand how we can be Jesus' apostles. During lessons, we have also looked at various jobs within the Christian service and what qualities and responsibilities these people might have. Class 5G has created a prayer book, which will be sent home each week for children to write a prayer, in their own faith or language. These prayers could be about children's family, what they are most grateful for or a prayer for guidance and strength.
This week Class 5 started a RE new topic: Life choices. We discussed the meaning of friendship, its importance and what it takes to maintain it. After reflecting on the words responsibility, fidelity and commitment, we discussed the life of Jesus and his disciples and what we can learn from it.
We have been looking at the importance of family in RE. We have learned that we are all a part of God's family and we need to show love and respect to everyone. We have also learned about Abraham and how he became the Father of a Great Nation. He is at the top of Jesus' family tree.
Year two has had an excellent start to the autumn term in our RE lessons. Our unit of study is about new beginnings. We have confirmed our understanding of the story of creation from the book of Genesis. We then were able to retell the story of God's amazing work at the very beginning when he created everything. Our most recent task was to write a psalm (a prayer song) to celebrate all of God's creations and confirm our understanding that he was there at all beginnings past, present and future.
In Class 13, we are preparing for our Year 6 leavers Mass with Class 14. As our time at St Edward's is shortly coming to an end, we are taking time to reflect on our religious journey throughout primary school. We have reflected on our achievements, successes, highs and lows and the spiritual life lessons that we have learnt along the way. As we look towards the future, we may be nervous about secondary school and the future ahead, but we know that God has big plans for each and everyone of us and He will be with us every step of the way.