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Year 1 & 2

Our school uses The Way, The Truth and The Life scheme which was adopted by our Diocese. Year 1 and Year 2 learn about the following topics:

YEAR ONE

First Autumn Term - God’s Great Plan

“As the first action of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, creation is the first step towards the covenant relationship God seeks with every human being”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will learn about the beauty of God’s world and explore and respond to the wonders of creation e.g. the seasons. They will also hear about the story of Creation from Genesis and talk about its meaning.
They will be reflecting on the knowledge that God made us because he loves us and develop their understanding that we show God we love him by looking after the world and each other. They will learn that we can spoil God’s creation and that we have a responsibility to look after it, as well as hearing an appropriate part of the story of Noah and the Flood and its message of salvation and hope.

At home You could help your children by:

  • talking about how we can look after the world, e.g. recycling, not dropping litter, conserving energy and how we can care for plants and animals
  • look at the trees during the autumn season and talk about the different colours.
  • You could collect leaves to make a collage or painting

YEAR TWO

First Autumn Term - The Chosen People

“In order to gather together scattered humanity God calls Abram … and makes him Abraham, that is, ‘the father of a multitude of nations.’ … God formed Israel as his people by freeing them from slavery in Egypt … he gave them his law so that they would recognise him and serve him as the one living and true God, the provident Father and just judge, and so that they would look for the promised Saviour.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church

The children will learn that we are chosen by God and learn that God chose certain people to lead and guide his people. They will learn that God called Abraham and that God chose Moses to be a great leader. They will also learn about how Samuel responded to God’s call and find out about the story of Daniel in the lions’ den. They will have an opportunity to reflect on Abraham’s trust in God and learn that we should always trust God.They will learn that God chooses unexpected people and will be given the opportunity to reflect on their own response to God’s call.

Second Autumn Term - Mary, the Mother of God

The children will learn that God sent the Angel Gabriel with a message to Mary and learn why this is important. They will learn that God asked Mary to be the mother of his son and will have an opportunity to reflect on her response.

They will hear about Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth and reflect on the good news. They will begin to reflect on how we can prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus and learn that Mary is our mother in heaven and that she is looking after us.

At home you could help your children by:

  • reinforcing why Mary is important for Christians
  • discussing the importance of mother

Second Autumn Term - Mysteries

“God is one and God is Three, a Trinity of persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will learn about and reflect on mysteries. They will be encouraged to say and reflect on what they wonder about. The children will learn that there are three persons in one God and that we can experience God in three different ways as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

They will learn about and reflect on God’s choice of Mary and Joseph and know that Jesus is God’s gift to the whole world.

At home you could help your children by:

  • reminding them, as they make the sign of the cross, that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • reading the Christmas story and encourage them to ask questions
  • visit www.tere.org and complete activities.

First Spring Term - 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

First Spring Term - 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 and complete activities. 

Second Spring Term - Following Jesus

“From the beginning, Jesus associated his disciples with his own life, revealed the mystery of the Kingdom to them and gave them a share in his mission, joy and sufferings.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church

Year 1 will hear how Jesus chose some of the first disciples (Luke 3. 5: 1- 11) and reflect on how we choose our friends. They will hear how Martha and Mary were friends of Jesus and think about how we can be his friends. They will listen to the story of Jesus and his followers going into Jerusalem and think of how we can praise Jesus. They will learn that Jesus died on Good Friday and know that God raised Jesus

At Home you could help your children by:

  • Encouraging them to invite a friend to play
  • Visit www.tere.org and complete activities.

Second Spring Term - The Mass

“In the Eucharist we receive him as our life and food, a promise of the eternal banquet of heaven. At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that becomes 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

Year 2 will learn and reflect on the importance of the celebration of the Mass. They will learn about the readings at Mass and why we should listen to them, and learn that at the Offertory we offer gifts to God. They will also appreciate that at the Consecration the bread and wine are changed into Jesus.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • reading some bible stories with them
  • visiting www.tere.org and complete activities.

First Summer Term - The Resurrection

“Jesus’ Resurrection … is the source of our future resurrection: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church

Year 1 will learn that Jesus appeared to his disciples in the Upper Room and will think about the times when they have experienced great joy and surprise. They will learn that Jesus helped his disciples to understand that he was risen from the dead and was with them (John 21: 9-14) and this made them very happy. They will learn that when Thomas heard that Jesus was alive he did not believe it. They will also become aware that sometimes, like Thomas, we don’t understand what is happening.

At home you could help your children by:

  • reading stories from the Bible about Easter and Pentecost

First Summer Term - Eastertide

“It is the Holy Spirit who forms and guides God’s people to know God and enter into communion with God through Jesus Christ.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Year 2 will learn that Jesus rose from the dead and still lives with us. They will learn that Jesus told his disciples that he would go back to Heaven but promised that the Holy Spirit would come. They will learn that Jesus ascended into Heaven and promised to return again and that this gives us hope. They will also know the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles at Pentecost and know that the Holy Spirit is promised to us.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • talking about how the Holy Spirit helps us
  • having a close look at the Paschal (Easter) Candle when at Mass

Second Summer Term - Miracles

“The signs worked by Jesus attest that the Father has sent him. They invite belief in him. To those who turn to him in faith, he grants what they ask. So miracles strengthen faith in the One who does his Father’s works; they bear witness that he is the Son of God.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church

The children will hear some stories from the gospels which tell of Jesus using his God-given power to show his love and compassion. They will hear the story of the Calming of the Storm and know that we can ask Jesus to help us when we are afraid. They will learn that Jesus showed his love for sick people when he cured a man who was paralysed and know that Jesus has great love for people who are sick today. They will learn that Jesus responded to the faith of the blind man with compassion and think of ways that we can trust Jesus in situations of need.

At home you could help your children by:

  • reading the story of the Calming of the Storm or other miracle stories from the New Testament
  • talking to them about how we can ask Jesus, through our prayers, to help us

Second Summer Term - The Birth of the Church

“The Church is the family of God, the People that God gathers in the whole world. This Church is the communion of Christ’s disciples brought together in Christ its Head by the Holy Spirit. It is the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Spirit. As the People of God, the Church is drawn into Christ’s praise of the Father and Christ’s mission in the world."
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children in Year 2 will learn that when the apostles received the Holy Spirit they spread the Good News. They will reflect on how they can spread the Good News. They will learn about the early Christian community and understand that the Christian community continues today to live by Baptism, the Eucharist and its mission to love God by loving our neighbour.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • talking about the symbols of the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit helps us
  • go online to www.tere.org and complete the activities