This first topic is about Homes and we will explore how God is present in every home. It links to our Big Question: Should people be able to live wherever they want in the world?' We will learn that God's presence is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home, through good times and bad.
In our first lesson we talked about the different kinds of homes there might be and the experiences of what makes a house a home, the routines and rules that help to make home a happy place. We explored the ‘give and take’ required in sharing a home.
In our second lesson we looked discussed how can you have a loving heart at home and at school.
In our third lesson we talked about how children and parents should respect one another and we wrote a set of rules for the home in order to make it a happy place.
In our fourth lesson we discussed how the Holy Family; Mary, Joseph and Jesus give us an example of a happy and caring family. We did a Freeze frame of the Millais’ Carpenter’s Shop picture, and each character in turn said how they are living as a happy family. There are some freeze frame photographs below!
In our fifth lesson we discussed how prayer helps us to remember that God is always with us. We made little prayer books with different types of prayer in them. An example of one is below.
In our sixth lesson we thought about how Jesus wants us to love one another as He loves us. We wrote little recipes for a happy family. An example of one is below.
Our second Topic is Baptism. We thought back to our learning in Year 2 and we remembered about how different elements of Baptism are symbols. This year we discussed them in more detail. We especially focused on the Easter candle and reflected on how we can let our light shine. The children made some fantastic graffiti walls with words demonstrating how they think they can let their light shine in the world, at home, school and in their communities.
Our third topic is Judaism. We find out about Judaism every year. This topic will begin with us remembering what we discovered about Judaism in Year 2. Each year we learn more about how Jewish people live and what they believe. We compare this to our own beliefs and make comparisons.
In Year 3, when we find out about different religions, we will find out about the places of worship. So, for this unit, we will find out about the synagogue. We will look at the inside and the outside of the synagogue and find out about how it is used in the community.
Watch these clips to find out more about the synagogue:
Our fourth topic is Advent where we explore how gifts, given and received, are a sign and expression of love. We learn that Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. We recognise that Christians, at Christmas, celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. We learn that the giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.
The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God. John 1:9-12