The Intent of the RE Curriculum at Holy Family
At Holy Family, we provide our children with a religious education that encourages understanding of others and the world around them, providing opportunities for children to ask questions and learn about Christainity. We aim for religious education lessons and experiences to be unlike any other in school to create the opportunity for not only learning about the Catholic Faith, but also awe, wonder, reverence and spirituality in a creative way.
We are committed to valuing and respecting every individual as being created special and unique, in the likeness and image of God. We learn about God's love and explore our Christain responsibilities, so our children can learn about their unique place within the home, school and parish community.
We learn about and explore Catholic and Christain traditions, alongside traditions from other faith backgrounds, so we can develop an understanding and respect for all and the world around us. Visits and hands on experiences allow opportunities for children to explore and understand religions and their traditions and experience them for themselves.
Year 1 chose to 'gather' in the prayer garden today. They enjoyed feeling close to God whilst being calm and peaceful. We used our senses to listen to all the things that God has created for us.
Year 6 have completed their first RE journey - Loving. We met our learning objectives through different forms of writing, art, freeze frames and role play! The children have produced some fabulous work...
FS2 children have welcomed a new member to our class, everyone, please meet Prayer Bear. Prayer Bear is very excited to help the children learn their prayers at home.
In Year 4 in RE, the children have been looking at Building Bridges. The children have been exploring what makes a strong friendship and reflecting on our own friendships. This week, the children looked at the importance of admitting when you are wrong and being reconciled with God and one another. We listened to God's Story 3, based on Luke 15: 3-7. The children then participated in role play and played the part of the lost sheep. The children wrote on post it notes to say how the sheep might have been feeling when the sheep was lost and how the sheep might have been feeling when it was found. We then reflected on what makes a friendship strong, how to build bridges of friendship and what we can do when a friendship is broken. The children then wrote on post it notes to say what they will do to build a bridge of friendship and we made it into a shape of a bridge.
Using bubbles to experience our prayers to God.
In Year 4 this week, we focused on kindness for one of our collective worships. The children chose the centrepiece which was a green cloth and a cross. They listened to reflective music whilst gathering in a circle and thought about how they had been kind today. The children had to make a fist of friendship, they thought of one friend they were proud to have, one person who they thought needed their friendship, one person who they find challenging and one person who they thought needed their prayers. They then placed their friendship fist next to their heart and listened to the word kindness. We read scripture from the bible (Ephesions, 4:32) and then the children thought about how they can be an example of Jesus today, showing kindness, helping someone in need, sharing with someone and looking after our world.
In Year 4, the children have had a lovely school trip to the Jamia Mosque and the Sikh Temple in Doncaster as part of our Pilgrimage of Faith. The children learnt lots about Islam and Sikhism. At the Jamia Mosque the children learnt about the 5 pillars of Islam and even took part in a prayer. At the Sikh Temple we learnt about the history of Sikhism and the 5 K's. The children really enjoyed learning and visiting the different places of worship and finding out about how different religions pray.
Year 2 have used collage to create stained glass windows surrounding Mary, Mother of God.
In Year 4, the children have been continuing to learn about their New Life topic in RE. Today, the children read and highlighted the scripture: God's Story, 4: 1-26. We cannot keep silent. The children learnt about how the Holy Spirit gave courage to Peter and John and allowed them to speak out about the Good News of Jesus even when they were threatened. The children then created some interview questions and participated in role play in which they asked Peter and John different questions.
In Year 4, we have been looking at the topic New Life. In today's lesson the children learnt about what Pentecost is. The children answered questions about Peter's message and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The children then looked at the painting 'Pentecost by Titian' and described what they could see.
Year 5 created some outstanding artwork, using pastels, to represent our Blessed Mother, Mary.
In Year 2, we have studied Judaism. We have studied the Jewish celebration - Shabbat. We watched a video showing how families celebrate Shabbat and why it's important to their faith. We then labelled and wrote about special items that are used during Shabbat.
Children from all classes, made a beautiful Easter basket containing lovely Easter cards for the parish of 'Our Lady of Assumption' Church. The cards were given to different members of the Parish community on Easter Sunday. We hope everyone enjoyed receiving them as much as we enjoyed making them!
Year 5- Lent
Year 5 have been learning about sacrifice during the time of Lent. Take a look at some of the wonderful work that we have been doing to observe this special time of year.
Children learnt that Diwali is a five day festival. Lamps are lit and windows and doors are left open.
The children also learnt other ways to celebrate the festival:
FS2 have been very busy and produced this wonderful 'Our Community' display in the entrance of school. They have been reflecting on the meaning of community and have learnt that it is a special gathering.
Year 2 have been using art to reflect on the Feast of the Epiphany.
All classes have reflected on the special prayers of the rosary during this very special month.