Helping our neighbours
Have a think about who you think your neighbour is. Do try to have a chat with someone at home about what you think.
You might think that the people that live next door to you are your neighbours or maybe someone you used to sit next to at school or outside of school in your swimming lessons or dance lessons.
Take a look at the powerpoint below to find out about a different kind of neighbour.
SOME KEY QUESTIONS
- Where does Marie-Dorianne live?
- How old is she?
- How is Marie-Dorianne like you?
- Marie-Dorianne is not your next-door neighbour; she isn’t a neighbour in your class; she isn’t a neighbour in your school. Why do you think Marie-Dorianne is your neighbour?
- CAFOD helps our neighbours around the world, particularly those who are poor. How has CAFOD helped Marie-Dorianne’s family?
In God's family we believe that everyone is our neighbour and we can show God's love to everyone no matter where they live.
Summer Term 2 - Week 4
In John’s gospel, we hear about a new rule Jesus gave us. It is a rule which Jesus always kept. Jesus is always there to help us.
Have a look at the picture above. When we are living out Jesus’ new rule to ‘love one another’ this is shown in our thoughts and actions. What could we do to show this rule to others? (Shaking hands as a sign of peace etc.) It is good to make up and say sorry when we don’t keep this rule and try not to let it happen again.
During Mass, after the Our Father, the people are invited to share with one another a sign of peace. They can shake hands and say, ‘Peace be with you’. In this way, they are living out Jesus’ new rule by showing they want to be friends with one another.
SOME KEY QUESTIONS
- How did Jesus show his love for all the people he met?
- What would happen if we all kept Jesus’ new rule - what would the world be like?
- How do you think the world would be a happier place?
- How can we try to be more like Jesus?
- What rules could we have for ourselves that would make others happy?
These are some really big questions but I wonder what you think the world would be like if we all loved each other as Jesus did. Maybe you could write down how you think our world would be if that was the case. I would love to know what you think. Please share on Purple Mash! It would be lovely to share some Art that you have created about following the rule 'Love One Another'. There's a beautiful picture at the top of this page to inspire you!
Think about the story of Zacchaeus. Do you think he found it easy to change their ways and be sorry? It isn't easy to do this by ourselves but God is there to help us, just as Jesus helped Zacchaeus.
Have a look at the pictures above. Isaiah wrote about God's forgiveness, even before Jesus came to earth. He made it clear what good choices we need to make to be kind and to make ourselves and others happy.
SOME KEY QUESTIONS
- What is God’s promise?
- How do you think people feel when they hear Isaiah’s words?
- What kind things does Isaiah suggest that we do?
- Can you think of any other kind things to do?
- What would the world be like if everyone followed Isaiah’s advice?
Below is a thought bubble. You could write or decorate a 'Sorry!' side and 'Thank you!' on the other. You could keep it under your pillow. When you go to bed, think about the good things that have happened and say 'Thank you!' to God for them. Then have a think about any wrong choices that you could say 'sorry' for.
Summer Term 2 - Week 2
This week we are still thinking about being sorry but are also looking at a story in the bible where a man was very sorry about his actions. Watch the video clip and read the story below.
We know that Jesus forgives us when we make wrong choices.
Have a think about these questions.
- What wrong choices did Zacchaeus make?
- Why do you think he wanted to see Jesus?
- How did Zacchaeus feel when Jesus told him that he was coming to his house?
- Why did the people complain?
- How did Zacchaeus show he was sorry for his wrong choices?
- Why was it a happy day for Zacchaeus?
Maybe you could make your own tree and draw Zacchaeus in the tree and Jesus calling him down. I have added some ideas that you might like to use as inspiration below. There is also a song to help us remember the story of Zacchaeus. I remember this song when I was a little girl!
We are beginning to think of a new topic in our RE. It's all about 'Being Sorry'.
Below is a story about being sorry. Can you talk about situations where we have to choose what to do and how sometimes we make good choices - good for others and for ourselves - and sometimes we make wrong choices which make others and ourselves unhappy.
Have a look at the picture above. Sometimes it is hard to say sorry when you have made a wrong choice and sometimes it can be hard to forgive others when their choices have hurt you.
- What do you think has happened in the picture?
- How do you think the boy and the girl feel?
- How do you know?
- What choice has the girl made?
- What do you think happens next?
- When have you had to make choices like that?
- What helped you?
- What good choices have you made?
- How did you feel?
- What happens when you make a wrong choice?
- How do you feel, then? How can you try to make it right?
Maybe you could think about a time when you were sorry. What made you happy and what made you sad. You can print off some work below or just write a sentence in your books at home. If you would like to think more about being sorry there is a powerpoint and a song you can listen to as well.
Summer Term - Week 5
Have a look at this picture. Holy days, like holidays, are times for celebrating and enjoyment. We relax from ordinary life and think about other things. Holy days are special times for thinking about the life of Jesus and about God the Creator’s love and care for us. This is Good News. The Holy Spirit guides us and gives us strength and courage to share that Good News with others.
SOME KEY QUESTIONS
- What are the people in the picture doing?
- What is the Good News they are hearing?
- How do you feel if you have good news to tell or receive? What do you do?
This week I would like you to have a think about how you can share the Good News of Jesus to others around you. Maybe you could make bookmarks to give to others, maybe you could do something kind, maybe you could read someone the story of Jesus. Have a think and see what you could do. I have put some ideas below for you to have a look at.
Go out, go out in Jesus’ name
Tell the world His story
By the way you live and work
By the love you show
Bookmarks to Share
Summer Term - Week 4
Jesus had returned to God, his Father, and the Holy Spirit was helping the friends of Jesus to pass the message on to others so that they might become his friends too. This marked the beginning of the Church, its birth. Pentecost is a holy day on which many parish families celebrate with a party. On the holy day of Pentecost, the priest wears red vestments at Mass like the colour of fire.
SOME KEY QUESTIONS
- Who is in the picture?
- What do you think the people in the picture are celebrating?
- How do you celebrate a birthday?
- Why is Pentecost a holy day?
To help us to remember the holy day of Pentecost and what it means there is another video below. I wonder if you could make a head band with a flame on. The flame template is below but you could draw your own.
Could you write on it how the Holy Spirit guides you to help and serve others. It might be easier to think about what you could do to share the love of Jesus. The 'fruits or gifts of the Holy Spirit' can help us think about the kind of people we would like to be.
What will I do to share the love of Jesus?
Summer Term - Week 3
This week we are looking at the amazing story of Pentecost in the Bible. The moment that the gift that Jesus had promised was sent to his disciples.
Please read the story below and watch the video and think and talk about the following questions.
1. Who was in the room when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost?
2. What were the signs of the Holy Spirit?
3. How do you think Mary and the disciples felt?
4. Why do you think they felt like that?
5. What do you like best about the Pentecost story and why?
6. What change had the Holy Spirit made to the friends of Jesus?
7. How would you be able to tell what the Holy Spirit had done?
8. What was the Good News the friends shared?
God is like a triangle. He has three parts. The heart represents that He is God the Father who loves us and takes care of us.
The cross represents He is God the Son, Jesus, who died on the cross for us.
The hand represents that He is God the Holy Spirit who is our helper.
You need all 3 parts to have all of God.
God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost story and activity
The Holy Spirit is a lot like the wind coming from a fan or the wind outside on a windy day. Even though we cannot see it, it is there. Just like the wind from the fan moved the paper, the Holy Spirit moves us. The Holy Spirit guides us and helps us when we need to make important choices.
Summer Term - Week 2
Jesus goes up to heaven
It was 40 days after Easter that Jesus ascended to heaven. I have given you lots of activities so that you can learn about the story. I look forward to seeing some of you craft on Purple Mash!
Try to answer these questions. Have a good chat with your family at home!
- What happened on Ascension Day?
- Why were Jesus’ friends sad again?
- What was the promise Jesus gave to his friends?
- Who was the helper and guide?
- How did this make Jesus’ friends feel?
Summer Term - Week 1
Holidays and Holydays
This term our R.E. begins with us thinking all about holidays and Holydays.
Lots of our R.E. is all about us talking to each other and sharing our ideas. First of all what I would like you to do is have a think about where you would like to go on holiday. At the moment we can't go anywhere but if we could suddenly go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Would it be a really hot place with sandy beaches or a swimming pool? Would it be mountains to climb? Would it be a snowy place? Would you camp in a tent or stay in a cottage or in a hotel? Maybe your favourite place is your back garden! Have a good chat about what you would love to do.
Then have a think about what you would need to take with you on this amazing holiday. A swimming costume, suntan lotion, a warm ski jacket and hat, a wet suit, flip flops, walking poles! Think carefully about what you would need.
Below there is an activity that you can print and complete but you can always design your own. The words at the bottom of my activity are words that we are going to be thinking about in this topic. You will know some of them already!
I can't wait to hear about where you would love to go for your dream holiday! Add it to the R.E. blog on Purple Mash!
If you wanted to challenge your learning you could always look at a map to find out where exactly in the world your chosen destination is!