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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 and Term 4

 

Be the light to those around you!

Dear Parents, Term 3 2018

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 8th January. On the 2nd February we celebrate, with Mass in school, 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. We look forward to seeing you at Masses, celebrations and assemblies this term.

 

Dates from the Church’s and School’s calendar:

7th January The Epiphany of the Lord  2nd February The Presentation of the Lord (Mass in School 9.30am)
12th January St. Aelred of Rievaulx  3rd February St Blaise
17th January St. Anthony  8th February St Josephine Bakhita

24th January St. Francis de Sales 

14th February Ash Wednesday
25th January Conversion of St. Paul  18th February First Sunday of Lent
26th January SS. Timothy & Titus  
31st January St. John Bosco  
   

 

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

visit www.tere.org/interactive_site/KS1link.htm and complete activities.

 

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

going online to www.tere.org/interactive_site/KS2link.htm and complete the interactive activities.

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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

go online to www.tere.org/interactive_site/KS2link.htm and complete the interactive activities.

 

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

visit www.tere.org/interactive_ site/KS2link.htm and complete activities.

 

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:

brining their attention to the Eucharistic prayer during Mass

ask them during the week to explain what they have been learning during their RE lessons

visit www.tere.org/interactive_ site/KS2link.htm

Picture 1 Passion Play
Picture 2 Prayer garden Stations of the Cross
Picture 3 School Prayer garden
Picture 4 Epiphany mass in school
Picture 5 Christmas Story in church
Picture 6 Christmas Displays

“Working Together, Striving for Excellence”

Please remember the RE celebrations in class start this week. See the website calendar for your child's class detail! We look forward to seeing you!
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