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Year 5 & 6

Our school uses The Way, The Truth and The Life scheme which was adopted by our Diocese. Year 5 and Year 6 learn about the following topics:

YEAR FIVE

First Autumn Term - Gifts from God

“Each human person is unique and made in God’s image and likeness”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will learn the story of Creation and the Fall in the Book of Genesis. They will learn that we are all created in the image and likeness of God and know that God calls us to care for others and all creation with love and respect. They will learn that there are times when we fail to be good stewards of creation. They will also learn that there are people who show great respect for creation and for the weakest members of society.

The children will have the chance to:

  • appreciate how we can show respect for ourselves, for others and for God.
  • reflect on times we have failed to show respect and reflect on the gifts and talents God has given each of us.
  • reflect on the use and misuse we can make of these gifts.

At home you could help your children by:

  • talking to the children about how they could care for creation and the environment
  • visit www.tere.org and complete activities.

YEAR SIX

First Autumn Term - The Kingdom of God

“The Kingdom belongs to the poor and lowly, which means those who have accepted it with a humble heart”
Catechism of the Catholic Church

The children will learn about the beginning of Jesus’ public life and that he was tempted by the devil. They will know about the conditions for following Jesus and know that Jesus performs mighty works, wonders and signs.
They will learn that through his parables Jesus invites people into the Kingdom of God. They will develop an understanding that deeds, and not just words, are required by Jesus, through the example of the Parable of the two sons. They will learn why Jesus chose to eat with sinners, learn that we must make use of our talents to gain the Kingdom and develop an understanding that God has boundless love and mercy.

The children will have the chance to:

  • reflect on our invitation to the Kingdom of God
  • be aware that we have to do good to enter the Kingdom
  • deepen our awareness of how we use the talents God has given to us
  • be aware that through the Sacrament of Reconciliation we can make a fresh start to follow Jesus.

At home you could help your children by:

  • visiting www.tere.org
  • talking to them about their talents and how they can use them to help others.

Second Autumn Term - The Commandments

The children will learn that God loves us and calls us into relationship with him. They will learn that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai because he loves us.

The children will understand that the Ten Commandments are a gift from God to help us.

They will learn how Jesus summarised the Ten Commandments (Matthew 22: 36-40) and begin to understand how we can show our love for God by keeping his commandments with his help.

The children will also learn that God sent his Son Jesus into the world because he loves us, and that we celebrate this gift at Christmas.

At home you could help your children by:

  • talking to them about how we try to live by the Ten Commandments
  • visit www.tere.org and complete activities.

Second Autumn Term - Justice

“Love of neighbour … involves working for a just society, both locally and internationally”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will learn that God called the prophets from the Old Testament and learn about the different ways they responded. They will learn that the prophets spoke out against injustice and that some prophets were persecuted because they spoke out.

They will learn that Christians are called to work for justice and find out about individuals who have been persecuted for speaking out against injustice.

The children will learn that Advent is a time of waiting and hoping for the birth of the Messiah at Christmas and understand that the birth of Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.

At home you could help your children by:

  • thinking about how your family could support the work of CAFOD
  • visit www.cafod.org.uk to learn more about CAFOD and its work in the developing world
  • include an intention for people fighting injustice in your prayers with the children.

First Spring Term - 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 and complete activities.

First Spring Term - 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:

  • bringing 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

Second Spring Term - Reconciliation

“There is no limit to God’s grace, nor to God’s mercy and forgiveness when we fail. Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing. Reconciliation makes present Jesus’ call to conversion, involves contrition for our sins, confession of them to a priest, and absolution spoken by the priest in the name of Jesus Christ. In the celebration of the sacrament we acknowledge (confess) God’s holiness and mercy and are reconciled to God and the community of the Church.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Year 5 will learn that sin is a failure of love and learn that when we sin we hurt ourselves and others and damage our relationship with God. They will begin to understand that God loves and forgives us if we are truly sorry and learn that God heals our friendship with him and others through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They learn how we can prepare ourselves to receive this Sacrament and learn what happens during the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • talking to them about what strengthens their friendships
  • reading the stories of Jesus’ last week with them

Second Spring Term - Jesus, Son of God

God’s Self-Revelation and the covenant relationship reach their fullness in Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God. He 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. As truly God, Jesus reveals the truth and love of God; as truly human, Jesus reveals the perfect response to God and intimate communion with his Father – ‘Abba’.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Year 6 will learn that Jesus healed many people, brought others back to life and that His miracles led many to believe that he was the Son of God. They will learn that Jesus’ enemies plotted to have him arrested, and learn about the arrest and the trial before the high priest. They will learn about Jesus’ trial before Pilate and learn that Jesus was condemned to death and crucified. They will also learn what Jesus said before he died and about His glorious resurrection. The children will have the chance to reflect on the miracles of Jesus. They will have the opportunity to make the Stations of the Cross and participate in a dramatisation of the passion, death & resurrection of Jesus. They will also reflect on the meaning of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus for us today.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • visiting www.tere.org
  • discuss what they have found out in class and how it will affect their life journey.
  • look at the Stations of the Cross and talk about their relevance for us today.

First Summer Term - Life in the Risen Jesus

“Prayer is a living relationship with God in, with and through Jesus Christ. All prayer, whether private or public is God’s gift, the action of the Holy Spirit in us and an expression of this living relationship. Prayer is an expression of the universal search for God and of the response of faith to God’s Self-Revelation”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Year 5 will learn the story of the appearance of Jesus to Mary of Magdala and learn that the risen Jesus us present among us in different ways. They will learn about Jesus’ teaching on, and example of, prayer and have a better understanding of the Lord’s Prayer. They will learn that we can pray in different ways.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • Reading and discussing the story of Mary of Magdala
  • talking with them about prayer
  • making time for prayer together

First Summer Term - The Work of the Apostles

“’Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.’ Strengthened by this mission, the apostles went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2

The children will learn how the apostles changed when they received the Holy Spirit. They will reflect on the power of the Holy Spirit working in the apostles and think about how the Holy Spirit can help them today. They will learn about the character of the first Christian community and read about the special role that Peter and Paul played in spreading the Good News.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • visiting www.tere.org
  • reading the story of Pentecost with them and discussing how the apostles changed
  • discussing what they have learned about the Holy Spirit and how they can apply this to life

Second Summer Term - People of Other Faiths

“The Church therefore urges her sons and daughters to enter with prudence and charity into discussion and collaboration with members of other religions. Let Christians, while witnessing to their own faith and way of life, acknowledge, preserve and encourage the spiritual and moral truths found among non-Christians, also their social life and culture.
Nostrae Aetate

Year 5 will learn that we live in a country where people have different beliefs and different cultures. They will learn that Christianity comes from Judaism and learn something about Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. The children will learn what Christianity shares in common with other faiths and learn some of the differences between the faiths.

 At Home you could help your children by:

  • finding out about different places of worship

Second Summer Term - Called to Serve

“The gifts of the Holy Spirit enable us to share the mission of the Church.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will learn about Jesus’ teaching and example of service of others. They will develop their ability to recognise that God has given us all gifts and talents to use in the service of him and his people. They will learn about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and understand that we receive these gifts in a special way through the Sacrament of Confirmation. The children will have an opportunity to reflect on a life of service through the role of the priest, religious and married life.

At Home you could help your children by:

  • visiting www.tere.org
  • discuss the importance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • discuss the many ways in which we can be called to serve God and our neighbour
  • chat about their gifts and talents, both obvious ones and hidden ones