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Christ the King RC Primary School

Christ at the Heart Of All We Do

In the Autumn term we studied the three themes of Domestic Church (Family), Baptism and Confirmation (Belonging) and Advent and Christmas (Loving). Each class  approached the themes through different topics.

 

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Year 1  AUTUMN 1 DOMESTIC CHURCH– FAMILY: FAMILIES 

Everyone belongs to the family of God.  It is in the love of a family that Christians first experience the reality of Church.

In this topic the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

• The love and care shown in the family.

• God’s love and care for every family.

Year 1 AUTUMN 2 BAPTISM / CONFIRMATION – BELONGING

Baptism enables people to belong to God’s family in a special way. Christians believe that everyone is invited to share in the life and work of God through Baptism.

In this topic the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

  • About belonging to different groups.
  • That Baptism is an invitation to belong to God’s family.

Year 1 AUTUMN 2 ADVENT/CHRISTMAS – LOVING

Advent is a time of waiting in joyful hope for Jesus; it encourages believers to wait for Christ who comes each day and who will come in a special way at the end of time.

In this topic the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

  • About the times that it is necessary to wait and the use of that time.
  • That Advent is a time of waiting to celebrate Jesus’ coming at Christmas.

 

Year 2 Autumn 1 - DOMESTIC CHURCH - FAMILY: BEGINNINGS

God is present in every beginning. Teaching about creation is important as it concerns the foundations of human and Christian life, making explicit the response of the Christian faith to the basic question (that people of all times have asked themselves): Where do I come from? Where are we going? What is our origin? Where does everything that exists come from and where is it going?

In this topic the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

  • The many beginnings each day offers.
  • God is present at every beginning. 

Year 2 Autumn 2 - Signs and Symbols - Baptism / Confirmation 

Our lives are marked by many different experiences of being welcomed into new situations and groups. 

In this topic the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

  • The importance of welcome, of feeling comfortable with new situations and belonging to new groups.
  • We belong to families, to work places and to social groupings.

Year 2 Autumn 2 - Preparing - Advent / Christmas

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. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.

In this topic the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

  • Advent four weeks of preparation for the celebration of Jesus at Christmas.
  • To know about how important it is to prepare well and what happens if there is no preparation.

Year 3 Autumn 1 DOMESTIC CHURCH - FAMILY: HOMES

God is present in every home. This is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home through good times and bad times.

In this topic, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

•  The joys and sorrows of being a family at home 

•  God’s vision for every family

YEAR 3 AUTUMN 2 BAPTISM/CONFIRMATION - BELONGING

The promises made at Baptism and Confirmation are the call to a new way of life. At Baptism and Confirmation people are welcomed and initiated into the Christian Church and supported in responding to God’s call.

In this topic, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

  • Belonging to a group involves promises and rules
  • The meaning of the promises made at Baptism 

Year 4 AUTUMN 1 DOMESTIC CHURCH - LOCAL CHURCH: COMMUNITY

We discussed our own families before learning about Jesus' family. 

The Church names the family the ‘Domestic Church’ where children may begin to understand the Church which is ‘nothing other than the family of God.’  This topic explores the truth that Jesus had a natural family with real people with names and a history.

In this topic, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

•  Our family trees.

•  The family of God in Scripture

 

YEAR 4 AUTUMN 2 BAPTISM/CONFIRMATION and ADVENT/CHRISTMAS 

We learned about people who have been called by God and what it feels like to be called ourselves. We discussed the importance of Baptism and Confirmation in a Christian's life. Following this unit of work, we prepared for Christmas with lots of lessons on Advent. We learned about the symbols of Advent and the importance of preparing for the arrival of Jesus. 

 

In these topics, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

The response to being chosen 

Confirmation: a call to witness

 

•  The gift of love and friendship 

•  Advent and Christmas: The Church’s seasons of preparing to receive God’s gift of love and friendship in Jesus

Year 5  AUTUMN 1 DOMESTIC CHURCH– FAMILY

In the first part of the Autumn Term, we explored our talents and skills. We learned that each person is unique, but is made in the image and likeness of God. We also learned that our uniqueness is central to our wellbeing.

In this topic, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

•  Who I am and that I am unique and loved by God.

•  Ourselves as made in the image and likeness of God.

 

Year 5 Autumn 2: Domestic Church– Baptism/Confirmation - Belonging and Advent/Christmas - Loving 

In the second part of the Autumn Term, we looked at the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage. We learned that Christians are called to a commitment of holiness and service of others. Later in the term, we explored how to wait hopefully for the birth of Jesus, the promised one, and how this is preceded by the season of Advent.

 

In this topic, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

•   How to show care and commitment.

•   The call to life and love within the community; marriage.

•   How to wait hopefully

•   How advent is the Church’s season of waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus, the promised One, at Christmas and at the end of time.

Year 6 Autumn 1 DOMESTIC CHURCH - FAMILY

In this half term, we have learned about the meaning of unconditional love and the importance of forgiveness as an essential part of this.

In this topic the learning outcomes were to know and understand

  • the love and care of people
  • God's love is unconditional and never-ending

Year 6 Autumn 2 BAPTISM/CONFIRMATION and ADVENT

In Year 6, we have learnt about vocation and commitment in our own lives and the vocation to the priesthood and religious life. 

During Advent, we have looked at the meaning of expectation and how Advent is a joyful expectation of Christmas, the Word becoming a human person, Jesus.