This week in Year 1 we have been learning that Jesus is the special person for the Parish Family. We have already recognised this special people in our life ad our community and we have celebrated these special people with a display in our classroom.
When the parish family gathers to celebrate Mass we have an important part to play by listening to God’s word. The Priest reads the Gospel and one of the stories we have been listening to is the story of the Presentation. In this story we hear about Mary and Joseph taking Jesus, as a baby, to be presented to the Temple. We wrote newspaper articles retelling what happened. We also made story boards using connectives such as next, then, after, and lastly to retell the story. We also used the chatterpix app in the IPad to record what we think Anna and Simeon said when they met Jesus.
Alys – Anna said ‘Thank you God for Jesus’
Carter – Simeon said ‘Jesus will bring light and joy to the World’
We learned that a Temple is the holy place of God in Jerusalem where people can pray. Next week we will be hearing another story about Jesus, when Mary and Joseph made another journey to them Temple when Jesus was 12 years old.
WALT: Recognise that Jesus was born at Christmas.
Advent is a time of waiting in joyful hope for Jesus; it encourages us to wait for Christ who comes each day and who will come in a special way at the end of time.
Prior learning: Advent: looking forward to Christmas, the birthday of Jesus.
This Topic: learning outcomes
Know and understand:
- About the times that it is necessary to wait and the use of that time - Explore
- That Advent is a time of waiting to celebrate Jesus' coming at Christmas - Reveal
Acquire the skills of assimilation celebration and application of the above - Respond
Dyma Mair a Joseff yn mynd i Bethlem. Mae Mair wedi blino. Mai Joseff wedi blino. Mae'r asyn wedi blino. Does ddim lle yn y llety. Dyma'r Baban Iesu yn y preseb. Mae'r bugeiliad yn mynd i Bethlem. Mae're tri gwr doeth yn mynd i Bethlem. Mae pawb yn hapus yn y stabl. Pen-blwydd hapus Iesu.
I am Gloria the brightest star in the sky. I lit up the sky above the manger where Jesus was born. The wise men followed me all the way to Bethlehem. Everyone followed me to Bethlehem. I was shinning bright so that everyone could follow me to the New Born King.
I am Mary. I walked a really long way and we needed to go back to Bethlehem because we needed to be counted. I was with Joseph and my donkey. I felt tired because Bethlehem was a long way away. When we first got there there was no room at the Inn. The Innkeeper told us that we could have the baby in the stable. Everyone came to the stable to see Jesus.
We use the Advent wreath to help us as we wait for Christmas.
Come and See - Belonging
We talked about different clubs and groups that we belong to in school, at church and in the neighbourhood e.g. swimming, Rainbows, Beavers, Choir, Rugby etc. We thought about what it feels like to belong to the group. We used our ICT skills to design a badge to show ‘belonging’. Our School badge reminds us that we all belong to St Philip Evans RC Primary School.
We recognised that Jesus loved children and welcomed them. Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”. Mark 10: 13. We added speech bubbles to the picture to record the conversation between Jesus and the children. We recognised that the children sitting near Jesus would be feeling happy and excited.
We talked about a new baby coming home and how it is made welcome in the family where it belongs. The Church family also gathers to welcome the new baby, who through Baptism belongs to the Church family. We brought in pictures from home of our own baptisms.
We are able to recognise and use some religious words and phrases used in Baptism, such as ‘I baptised you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of The Holy Spirit’. Next week we are looking forward to visiting the local church in order to identify the baptismal font.
Families – God’s love and care for every family.
Last week we brought in some photographs of our own families and talked about what they do and how they show love and care. We hung the photos from our alter and made a real life family tree in our classroom! During our collective worship we gathered around the alter. We had a quiet moment together to reflect on and appreciate: All that is done in the family to show love and care, and someone in our families we want to thank for loving us so much. We were able to recognise the stories and psalms which reveal God’s love and care. We decorated the thanksgiving psalm and wrote our own psalm thanking God for his love.
During this topic we have learned that;
- God loves and cares for everyone.
- We can trust God.
- Jesus was part of a loving family.
- The importance of prayers
- Psalms help us pray and think about God.
- God cares for us as a loving parent.
We learned about Jesus life growing up with his family. Mary, Joseph and Jesus lived as a family in Nazareth. Mary and Joseph taught Jesus to pray and told him stories about God the Father. We role played in the home corner to reflect Jesus’ house.
This is one of the special prayers that we composed in small groups. This is a prayer that we can say at night time thanking God in Welsh