RE News

Every class has a travelling crib which is being taken home by one child in the class every night to help the children share the Christmas story with their family.  We have had some fabulous responses.  Thank you to everyone who has read the book in their bag and reflected on the meaning of Christmas.

 

On 3rd October Fr Nick joined us to celebrate our Harvest Mass.  Thank you for all your kind and generous donations which we will be taking to the Wythenshawe Food Bank.

On Friday 4th October some of our Mini Vinnies joined the Mini Vinnies from all the Catholic Schools in Wythenshawe for Mass and a day of fun activities.

RE Newsletter Spring 1   6th Jan – 14th Feb 2020

Be the light to those around you!

Dear Parents,                                                                                     

We begin this term full of the joy of the Christmas season which ends for us at the celebration of the Baptism of Jesus on 12th January. On the 2nd February we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas) when Jesus is recognised as ‘The Light of the World’. We must also remember that each one of us is called to be a ‘light’, an inspiration to those around us.

 In this issue of the newsletter you will find what your child is learning about in each year group. We hope you find this newsletter of interest and as always, please keep us in your prayers as we continue to support your children in their religious education.

  

Dates from the Church’s calendar

 5th January                 The Epiphany of the Lord      28th January    St. Thomas Aquinas

12th January                The Baptism of Jesus             31st January    St. John Bosco

13th January                St. Hilary                                      2nd February   Presentation of Jesus  

17th January                St. Anthony                                3rd February     St. Blaise

21st January                St. Agnus                                     8th February    St. Josephine Bakhita

24th January                St. Francis de Sales                  11th February  Our Lady of Lourdes

25th January                Conversion of St. Paul            14th February   Ss. Cyril & Methodius

 

During the winter of Ordinary Time, i.e. up to Lent, we are asked to pray for these intentions: Peace on Earth; Christian Unity; The Sick and Those Who Care for Them; Victims of Trafficking and Those who Work to Combat it; The Unemployed.

 

Nursery and Reception – Getting to know Jesus

 This half term, the children in the Nursery and the Reception classes will be getting to know Jesus. Throughout the topic, the children will be given opportunities to become aware that Jesus has a great love for each one of us and will think of ways in which we can show our love for Jesus. They will hear that Jesus cured people who were sick and think of ways we can show our love for sick people.

 

At home

You could help your children by:

  • saying or sharing prayers together
  • talk about people who help us e.g. nurses, doctors
  • talk about how we can help others
  • giving them jobs which help at home

 

Year 1 – Families and Celebrations

        “The Christian family … can and should be called a domestic church.        

        It is a community of faith, hope and charity

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The children will learn about what it means to be a member of a family and

to be a member of the school community. They will learn what it means to

belong to the Church family.

 

They will hear how Jesus’ family took him to the Temple and think about why this was a special occasion. They will learn about some of the celebrations in the Church and why we celebrate these occasions.

 

At home

You could help your children by:

  • discussing the importance of celebrations in our lives
  • encourage children to think about Church celebrations e.g. Christmas, Easter etc

 

Year 2 – The Good News

Jesus is sent to preach good news to the poor. Jesus identifies himself with the poor of every kind and makes active love toward them the condition for entering his kingdom.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The children will learn that Jesus brought the good news of God’s love and that this changed people’s lives. They will learn that Jesus used his power to help others and reflect on the importance of these events.

 

They will reflect on how they can bring good news to their family and friends.

 

At home

You could help your children by:

  • highlighting opportunities when they can give thanks to God
  • read stories about Jesus helping people, e.g. The feeding of the 5000

 

Year 3 – Jesus the Teacher

The children will learn that Jesus was born into a Jewish family and find out about the story of

the presentation in the Temple.

They will learn that Jesus attended synagogue as a child and as an adult read the

Torah. They will learn that Jesus travelled about teaching people.

 

The children will learn that Jesus came to show us the way to live, understand why

Jesus used parables to teach people and know and understand some of the parables

Jesus told. The children will have a chance to appreciate the relevance of the parables

for us today and recognise that Lent gives us an opportunity to live as Jesus wants us to.

 

At home:

You could help your children by:

  • read some well known parables, e.g. ‘The Sower’ and talk about what they mean for us

 

 Year 4 – Celebrating the Mass

“In the Eucharist we receive Christ as our life and food, a promise of the eternal banquet of heaven. At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that become in reality Christ’s Body and Blood. Catholic faith adores this enduring presence of Christ not only within the celebration of the Mass but also outside it.”     Religious Education Curriculum Directory

 Year 4 will know why Sunday is special for Christians and will know that we come to Mass to hear the teaching of Jesus and pray to him. They will learn that in the Mass we offer thanks to God the Father for the gift of his Son and learn that during Mass the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. They will learn that when we receive Holy Communion we receive Jesus and learn that Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. They will also learn some of the responses in the Mass and understand that Jesus died on the cross, and rose from the dead.

 

At Home

You could help your children by:

  • talking to them about all the things we have to be thankful for
  • talking to them about how Sunday is a special day for Christians

 

Year 5 – Inspirational People

“Love of neighbour … involves working for a just society… It includes love for the poor. Love of neighbour is also an expression of our search for God.”       Religious Education Curriculum Directory

 

The children will learn about the conditions for following Jesus and learn how Jesus described a true disciple. They will have a chance to reflect on their commitment to following Jesus. They will learn the story of a person who had a special love for those rejected by society and about someone who was an inspiration for young people. They will identify people today who are an inspiration in their service of others.

 

At home:

You could help your children by                                                                                              

  • encouraging them to research some information about inspirational people and saints

 

Year 6 – Jesus, the bread of life

At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that become in reality Christ’s Body and Blood. Catholic faith adores this enduring presence of Christ not only within the celebration of the Mass but also outside it.

Religious Education Curriculum Directory

 

The children will learn that the Sacrament of the Eucharist is a thanksgiving for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. They will begin to understand that in the Mass we participate in Jesus’ sacrifice to God the Father and learn what happened at the Last Supper.

 

They will learn the different parts of the Mass and become familiar with most of the responses. The children will learn that the bread and wine are consecrated during Mass and become the body and blood of Jesus. The children will have a chance to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus and reflect on the sacrifices they can make during Lent.

 

At home:

You could help your children by:

  • bringing their attention to the Eucharistic prayer during Mass
  • ask them during the week to explain what they have been learning during their RE lessons