The children love the Saddleback Kids (www.saddlebackkids.com) and Crossroad Kids (www.crossroadkids.net) websites. They are full of wonderful animated stories and songs telling of God's love and goodness.
Look for Saddleback Kids 'Bible Stories' and Crossroad Kids 'God's Stories' and music videos.
We also use www.request.org.uk which has many fabulous resources for teaching religious education (look at the Re:Quest primary age tab). At the moment we are focusing on the Easter story (Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus's death and resurrection).
Prayer Spaces in Schools (www.prayerspacesinschools.com) has some lovely ideas for use at home.
God the Holy Spirit
Key Question: What do Christians say the Holy Spirit is like?
The children will learn
That the Holy Spirit is like the wind
That Pentecost is the church's birthday
That the Holy Spirit gives people good feelings
That the Holy Spirit is received as a gift
If you are able to, go outside on a windy day. Have fun with windy toys (eg. ribbon streamers, windmills, bubbles, streamers, kites). Talk about what is happening to the toys.
Ask your child 'How does the wind make you feel?' and 'can you think of 'windy' words?'
Make a collection of words associated with the wind.
Watch the story about a windy day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yayq7VgQPxY or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJlT9y_X7iE or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-RaNs_vUTU
Tell your child that they are going to hear a Bible story which has wind in it. Read the Pentecost story (or watch on youtube)
Saddleback Kids - God sends the Holy Spirit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMQKy1Mx49M
Crossroad Kids - Pentecost https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuUK6REOWuE&t=2s
Request.org.uk - http://request.org.uk/restart/2017/07/12/pentecost-2/#
Ask 'what happened to the disciples in the story?' and discuss with your child.
Blow up a balloon and let it go.
Ask 'what happened to the balloon? and do this several times with different times.
Ask 'what happens?' and discuss.
Explain that air is coming out of the balloon and forcing the balloon to move as it comes out of the balloons.
Explain that just like the wind you can feel this air (from the balloon) but not see and hear but not see it.
Make a link back to the story of Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit affected the disciples. They felt something and they could hear something but could not see anything. Explain that this story has become the birthday of the church which is a day remembered every year when God gave the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Have a pretend birthday party for a toy. Make hats with flames on, make invitations, make a cake.
Light a birthday candle to put on the cake and talk about how the Holy Spirit makes us feel. Blow out the candles and eat the cake.
Ask your child 'What have we learnt today about the Holy Spirit?'
This half term's religious education concept is God
The key question is 'What do Christians say God is like' and the key texts are:
Old Testament: David & Goliath: 1 Samuel 16:16-17 and God as a Shepherd: Psalm 23:1-2
New Testament: Parables of Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin: Luke 15:1-7 and 8-10
The children will learn that Christians believe that God is strong and powerful, a mighty helper who is also kind and loving.
They will learn that God is like a shepherd for Christians.
Christians believe that God is strong and powerful, a mighty helper who is also kind and loving.
God is like a shepherd for Christians.