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Year 3 & 4

Our school uses The Way, The Truth and The Life scheme which was adopted by our Diocese. Year 3 and Year 4 learn about the following topics:

YEAR THREE

First Autumn Term - The Christian Family

“The Church is the family of God, the people that God gathers in the whole world.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will develop their understanding that the Church is the family of God and know that we join this family when we receive the Sacrament of Baptism. They will learn what happens at Baptism and learn about the signs used and why they are used. They will learn about the promises made by parents and godparents at Baptism and develop their understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.

The children will have a chance to:

  • reflect on what it means to be part of a family
  • reflect on what it means to be part of the Christian family

At home you could help your children by:

  • sharing your experiences about their Baptism. Look at any gifts or photographs that they received on their special day.
  • discuss what it means to be part of God’s family
  • go online to www.tere.org and complete the interactive activities

YEAR FOUR

First Autumn Term - The Bible

“The Scriptures are the living Word of God, written under the guidance of the Holy Spirit received and faithfully handed on within the living Tradition and teaching of the Church.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will learn that the Bible is a story of God’s love and concern for us. They will learn that the Bible is a living book through which God speaks to us and tells us about himself. They will learn that the Bible is one story told through many different books and they will learn about Moses, David and Jonah as well as learning how to find a Bible reference.

The children will have the chance to:

  • explore how the Bible helps us to pray and experience how God speaks to us in the Bible
  • participate in a liturgy and experience a guided meditation on a text from the Bible

At home you could help your children by:

  • reading some of the stories the children have covered in class
  • go online to www.tere.org and complete the interactive activities.

Second Autumn Term - Mary our Mother

“Mary the Mother of Jesus and therefore the Mother of God is the first disciple…She is the Church’s model of faith and charity and because of her singular response to God’s Word is Mother of the Church.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will learn that God called Mary to be the Mother of Jesus and learn how Mary responded to God’s call. They will learn the ‘Hail Mary’ and begin to understand what the words mean.

They will learn that Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas and begin to understand that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. They will also learn about the stories of the shepherds and the wise men’s visit to see the baby Jesus.

At home you could help your children by:

  • saying the ‘Hail Mary’ everyday
  • talking with them about the importance of Mary in Jesus’ life
  • going online to www.tere.org and complete the interactive activities.

Second Autumn Term - Trust in God

The children will learn about Jesus’ teaching and the importance of trusting in him. They will learn that it is not always easy to trust in God (e.g. Zechariah).

They will learn about the promise God made to Mary through the angel Gabriel and learn how Joseph put his trust in God when the angel appeared to him. They will become familiar with Mary’s song of praise and trust in God (the Magnificat) and learn that God fulfilled his promise to Mary when Jesus, the Son of God, was born.

The children will have a chance to deepen their awareness of God’s love for us and know that he asks us to trust in him. They will reflect on the times it is difficult to trust and on the importance of keeping promises. They will make their own Advent promises. The children will reflect on how Mary and Joseph placed all their trust in God and experience a celebration of the Nativity.

At home:

You could help your children by:

  • making an Advent calendar with them
  • go online to www.tere.org and complete the interactive activities.

First Spring Term - 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 and complete the interactive activities.

First Spring Term - 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 and complete the interactive activities.

Second Spring Term - Eucharist

“In the Eucharist we participate in the Lord’s sacrifice. We are joined to the eternal praise and thanksgiving he offers as Son of the Father, and to his sacrifice on the cross. 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 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

Year 3 will know why Sunday is special for Christians and will know that we come to Mass to hear the teaching of Jesus and pray to him. They will learn that in the Mass we offer thanks to God the Father for the gift of his Son and learn that during Mass the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. They will learn that when we receive Holy Communion we receive Jesus and learn that Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. They will also learn some of the responses in the Mass and understand that Jesus died on the cross, and rose from the dead.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • talking to them about all the things we have to be thankful for 
  • talking to them about how Sunday is a special day for Christians
  • visiting www.tere.org

Second Spring Term - Jesus the Saviour

Jesus “is truly God and, as a man, truly human. His life, death and resurrection are the central event of all human history and at the heart of faith. His cross is the sign of his unique offering of himself for each and every human being.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Year 4 will learn that Jesus is truly God and, as man truly human and learn that Jesus came to share our life so that we can share his life. They will learn that when Jesus died on the cross he took away our sins, learn what happened in Holy week and learn what happened on Easter Sunday.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • reading the stories of Jesus’ last week with them
  • visiting church during Holy Week
  • visiting www.tere.org

First Summer Term - Celebrating Easter & Pentecost

“God’s Self-Revelation is perfected in us by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, promised by Jesus and revealed at Pentecost.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Year 3 will learn that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on Easter Sunday. They will learn that because Jesus rose from the dead we too will rise from the dead. They will hear the story of the appearance of Jesus on the road to Emmaus and to Thomas. They will also hear and reflect on the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • talking to them about how the Church celebrates the resurrection
  • reading the story of Pentecost with them
  • discussing with them what they would have felt if they were one of the Disciples

First Summer Term - The Mission of the Church

“Through the Church Christ fulfils and reveals God’s plan to unite all things in him. Christ gave his Church a structure in calling and choosing twelve apostles. With them and their successors he shares his mission, his power and authority. In the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost the Church was revealed and its mission to the nations was begun… The ultimate purpose of this mission is to share in the communion of life and love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Year 4 will learn that Peter was chosen by Jesus to play a special role in the Church and that Jesus gave his followers a mission – to spread the Good News to others. They will learn that Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to help his followers and that Pentecost was the beginning of the Church. They will learn about the missions of Peter and Paul and about Stephen the first martyr of the Christian faith.

At Home you could help your children by:            

  • discussing with them the life of St Peter and that he was the first Pope
  • reading the missionary journeys of St Paul in Acts of the Apostles (Ch16)
  • visiting www.tere.org 

Second Summer Term - Being a Christian

“The greatest commandment of all: “Listen Israel, the Lord your God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: you must love your neighbour as yourself.”
Mark 12: 29-30

“The truth of our union with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is tested by whether or not we really love our fellow men and women.”
Pope John Paul II, 1979

Year 3 will develop their understanding of what being a Christian involves. They will reflect on the joy and challenges involved in following Jesus and learn about these through the lives of Ss. Peter and Paul. The children will reflect on their gifts and talents and the gifts the Church calls Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. They will reflect on how to use the gifts God has given to us to be a Christian .

At Home you could help your children by: 

  • Encouraging them to recognise and praise the gifts and talents.
  • talking about their experience of receiving Holy Communion and help them to make the link between receiving the gift of Jesus and becoming more like Jesus

Second Summer Term - Belonging to 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

Year 4 will learn that we all belong to a community. They will learn about different types of community and know what it means to belong to a community. They will develop their understanding of what it means to belong to community of the Church and know that people become a member of the Church through Baptism. The children will be introduced to the Creed – a statement of the Catholic faith and learn about the structure of the Church’s liturgical year.

At Home you could help your children by:            

  • helping them with their parish project
  • visiting www.tere.org