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Religious Education

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.

https://www.prayerspacesinschools.com/prayer-spaces-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

 

Lesson 1

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

 

Lesson 2

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.

 

Lesson 3

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.

 

Lesson 1

  • Remind your child about learning about Good News in the Autumn term.
  • Introduce story ‘David and Goliath’ 1 Samuel 16:16-17. Tell a simple version of story or play this one from Crossroad Kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zLAcUZkxHA
  • Talk about the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines - how the Israelites were afraid of the Philistines because of Goliath but in the end the Philistines ran away from the Israelites because David had trusted God and not been afraid of Goliath
  • Sing 'My God is so big so strong and so mighty’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbrPc1S06oI or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiWYtwFt9Jc
  • Talk about the good news in this story (God helped David win the battle)
  • Link back to song and ask 'was God big, strong and mighty?'.  How?  Discuss.

 

Lesson 2

  • Hides a toy sheep somewhere in the room and ask your child to search for it (letting them know if they are getting cold, colder, warm, and warmer until the sheep is found).
  • Ask your child 'How did you feel when you found the sheep that was lost? How do you think the sheep felt?
  • Read 'The Parable of the Lost Sheep’ Luke 15:1-7; 8-10 or watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ry2MaMyvGo from Saddleback Kids or this one from Rod the Ney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyWZeOlaRo4&t=6s
  • At the end of the story ask 'Why do you think the shepherd searched and search for the sheep? Establish that the shepherd loved the lost sheep. Ask: Why do you think Jesus told the story to people? Draw out that Jesus told this story to show the listeners that God is like a shepherd who loves everyone.
 

Lesson 3

  • Read 'The Parable of Lost Coin' Luke 15:8-10 or watch this one from Saddleback Kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvHxUxjaboE
  • Ask your child 'Why did Jesus tell this story?' and 'Can the story help people understand what God is like?' 
 

In conclusion 

  • Discuss with your child the three Bible stories they have heard: one about a giant, one about a lost sheep and one about a lost coin and ask what they can learn about God from these stories.
  • Remember the key learning points: 

 

Christians believe that God is strong and powerful, a mighty helper who is also kind and loving.

God is like a shepherd for Christians.

 

 

 

 

 

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