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As part of the Kent Catholic School Partnership (KCSP) this page gives you further information about a Catholic Education at More Park Catholic Primary School.

RE Newsletter Term 3 2018 - 2019

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 13th January. On the 2nd February is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas) when Jesus is recognised as ‘the light of the world’ and we will celebrate this with Mass in school on the 6th February. We think about how we can be a light for Jesus.


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:

6th January The Epiphany of the Lord 28th January St. Thomas Aquinas

9th January The Baptism of the Lord 31st January St. John Bosco

12th January St. Aelred of Rievaulx 2nd February The Presentation of the Lord

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

24th January St. Francis de Sales 6th February Candlemas Mass 9:30 School

25th January Conversion of St. Paul 8th February St. Josephine Bakhita

26th January Ss. Timothy & Titus 11th February Our Lady of Lourdes


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 – Called to Change


During his public life Jesus not only forgave sins, but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness: he reintegrated forgiven sinners into the community … from which sin had alienated or even excluded them. A remarkable sign of this is the fact that Jesus receives sinners at his table.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The children will develop their understanding that Jesus called people to change, to turn away from sin and receive the love of God. They will learn that it is not always easy to change and find out about some individuals who changed through the help of Jesus.


They will learn that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s love and forgiveness and begin to learn an Act of Sorrow. They will learn that Lent is a time to change in order to prepare for Easter.

At home

You could help your children by:

thinking about how Jesus changes our lives

reading the story of Zacchaeus



Year 4 – 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 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 – Exploring the Mass


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


“Working Together, Striving for Excellence”

Congratulations to all our pupils who sat exams this week! You showed excellent concentration and effort and worked amazingly as a support network for your fellow pupils. Well Done!
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