Creation

We see God in the world around us.

For this we give thanks through our words and our actions.
Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit is designed to nurture an understanding of the world around. It introduces children to God as creator of all that they see around them and the idea of giving thanks.

It helps the children understand that they, their talents and gifts are God-given.

It helps them understand that we have special signs to show we give God praise and that we can find out about God from the Bible.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Children should have heard the story of creation.
  • Know how we say ‘thank you’ and give praise to God.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Painting.
  • Use of colour to express feelings.
  • Simple paint and draw package on computer.
  • Thinking skills, including simple bubble maps.
  • It is helpful if a parent can help in the making of story sacks.
  • Role-play.
Vocabulary
  • God
  • God’s house
  • Church
  • Creation
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Prayer
Explanation of the Theology

Children are beginning to build up an understanding of the world around. The Catechism reminds us that the world was created for the glory of God, who wished to show forth and communicate His goodness, truth and beauty. We respond to that creation by giving praise and fully appreciating the beauty and glory of God’s world.

The human person is the summit of visible creation, in as much as we are created in the image and likeness of God.

We can see God in the world around us. For this we give thanks through our words and actions.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit is designed to develop children’s appreciation of themselves and the world around them as part of God’s creation. It should help children know that our response to His creation is to give praise. They should start to know that the church is a place of prayer and praise as well. The multi-faith element introduces the Jewish religion.

Prior Learning in RE
  • God
  • God’s house
  • Church
  • Creation
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Prayer
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Painting.
  • Use of colour to express feelings.
  • Simple paint and draw package on computer.
  • Thinking skills, including simple bubble maps.
  • It is helpful if a parent can help in the making of story sacks.
  • Role-play.
Vocabulary
  • God
  • God’s house
  • Church
  • Creation
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Prayer
Explanation of the Theology

Teachers might want to discuss what the following words, which are based on the Catechism, mean for them, prior to teaching the unit. The key theological message for the pupils is highlighted in red.

Children are beginning to build up an understanding of the world around them. The Catechism reminds us that the world was created for the glory of God, who wished to show and communicate His goodness, truth and beauty. The ultimate end of creation is that God in Christ might be in ‘all in all’ for His glory and for our happiness. God created the universe freely with wisdom and love. Christ is the centre of that wisdom and love.

God the Father is also known as God the Creator. We respond to his creation by praising him in many different ways. The most important form of praise is prayer.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit is designed to give some insight into the stories and characters of the Old Testament. It will build on their knowledge of God as creator and start to provide an image of God wishing to protect and care for His universe. It highlights how God works through people to exercise this care and protection. The unit should also begin to highlight the importance of the Old Testament for the Church. And why we proclaim it as the Word of God. The multi-faith element looks at the Jewish Festival of the Harvest.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Children should have heard the story of creation.
  • Know how we say “thank you” and give praise to God.
  • Be familiar with the term Old Testament and that it tells us about the work of God.
  • Readings at Mass.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Questioning skills.
  • Thinking skills – compare and contrast diagram, concept maps, Gantt diagram.
  • Know how timelines work.
  • Collage skill.
  • Understand what an advert or notice is.
Vocabulary
  • Noah, Jonah
  • Ark
  • Proclaim, Mass, readings
  • Old Testament
  • Word of God
  • Festival of Harvest, Shavuot/Sukkot
  • Jewish
Explanation of the Theology

The key theological message for the pupils is highlighted in red.

The Catechism reminds us that the world was created for the glory of God. He is the master of His plan but to carry it out He makes use of those whom He has created. God grants us the dignity of acting on our own and co-operating with Him. God respects our freedom and asks us to co-operate with Him and gives the ability to do so through actions, prayers and sufferings. Cf paragraphs 55 & 56 Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church.

This unit shows us how God calls us to co-operate with Him and respond to His creation and calling.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit is designed to give some insight into how we are called to be part of God’screation. How we are called is examined through the calling of the disciples. The main teaching of this calling is that we should respond. Through baptism we are called and our parents respond on our behalf. Baptism calls us to see the world through God’s eyes and live out a new life with Him. By living out that life and responding to His call we are protecting His creation. The multi-faith element looks at initiation rites in the Hindu faith

Prior Learning in RE
  • Know that baptism is a sign of new life.
  • Know that baptism welcomes us into God’s family and that we are called to live in a new way.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Questioning skills.
  • Thinking skills, including similar/different diagrams, affinity diagram, single bubble maps, continuum lines.
  • Know how to construct simple poems, play scripts.
  • Know how to construct story boards.
Vocabulary
  • Sacrament
  • Baptism
  • Godparents
  • Oil of Chrism
  • Font
  • White shawl
  • Symbolism
  • New creation
  • Initiation rite, Hinduism
Explanation of the Theology

We are all called by Christ to be a new creation, which means to be at one with God and be part of His creative work. We are born again when we are baptised. To baptise means to immerse in water. The one who is baptised, is immersed into the life and death of Christ and rises with him as a new creature. The faithful born again through baptism are strengthened by confirmation and then nourished by the Eucharist.

Baptism is when we are called by name to follow Jesus.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit is designed to give more information about the story of creation. It is designed to help children explore the concept of ‘image and likeness of God’ and because God is in all of us we are called to respect and value our similarities and differences. In valuing and respecting those similarities and differences, we are called to be united together to eradicate injustice and give dignity to the human person. Through knowledge of the Jewish faith, the children will explore the skills of reverence and respect and reflect on how to apply these in their own lives of faith. Artefacts of Judaism are explored in the multi-faith element.

Prior Learning in RE

Knowledge of the creation story. Know some figures from the Old Testament and what they teach us about our relationship
with God (e.g. Noah and trust).
It is helpful if the children know the difference between the Old and New Testaments.

Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Knowledge of the school’s mission statement.
  • Questioning skills.
  • Thinking skills – priorities grid, driving force/resisting force diagram.
  • How to compose newspaper headlines.
  • IT skills in constructing instructional texts.
Vocabulary
  • Image and likeness
  • Abraham, Isaac
  • Old Testament
  • Torah, jealousy, sacrifice and reconciliation
  • CAFOD
Explanation of the Theology

The Catechism reminds us that the human person is created in the image of God, in the sense that he or she is capable of knowing their creator in freedom. Human beings are the only creatures on earth that God has willed for their own sake and has called through knowledge and love in His own divine life. All human beings, in as much as they are created in the image of God, have the dignity of a person. A person is not something, but someone, capable of self-knowledge and of entering into communion with God and with other persons.

To know that because we are all created in God’s image and likeness, we all have something of God in us, which means we have to respect the similarities and differences of all people.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit is designed to explore how we become co-creators. The starting point for this exploration is the two creation stories in Genesis. This then requires understanding of what it means to be the People of God as expressed by St Paul and of the teachings expressed in the Beatitudes. This will help teachers to reflect with the children on their own God-given talents and living their lives in response to the teaching of Christ. The multi-faith element looks at the five pillars of Islam.

Prior Learning in RE

Children will require some knowledge of the creation story. They will need to know some figures from the Old Testament and what they teach us about our relationship with God (e.g. Noah and trust). It is helpful if the children know the difference between the Old and New Testaments and have had some opportunity to know to whom we are referring to when we talk of the People of God.

Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including Gantt diagrams, priorities grids, similar/different diagrams, SWOT analysis.
  • ICT reports.
  • Job descriptions.
Vocabulary
  • Deacon
  • Beatitude
  • Peacemaker, words for peace
  • Dignity
  • Co-creator
  • Islam / peace
Explanation of the Theology

The dignity of the human person is rooted in his or her creation in the image and likeness of God. We attain beatitude by virtue of the grace of Christ and following His teaching. In the Beatitudes Jesus points out to his followers the way that leads to eternal happiness. The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching and they take up and fulfil the promises that God made, starting with Abraham.

We are the People of God, in other words the people God is calling to live out the Beatitudes.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit explores what it means to be the ‘People of God’ through the eyes of Moses. Having been created by God, we exercise our freedom to deepen our relationship with God and overcome the barriers of jealousy and disharmony. It also highlights the need to follow God’s law and by upholding the commandments, we uphold the will of God. Upholding the will of God involves personal choices and often sacrifices. The nature of this sacrifice is explored in this unit. The work of the Church in overcoming the barriers is also considered. By exploring these concepts the children are providing meaning to the line in the Creed which states: “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church”. In the multi-faith element, the importance of the Sabbath for Jews is examined.

Prior Learning in RE

Pupils will need to have some understanding of what it means to be the People of God, united in faith, facing sacrifice to live
out God’s will. Knowledge of the Sabbath.

Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • It would be helpful if the pupils know what an estate agent’s specification is.
  • Thinking skills, including timelines.
  • Knowledge of what a CV is.
  • Knowledge of Jewish art, knowledge of what a biography is
Vocabulary
  • Prophet, Sacrifice
  • Moses, Exodus
  • Promised Land
  • Commandments
  • Cain and Abel
  • Sin, Disharmony
Explanation of the Theology

The word ‘Church’ refers to the people whom God calls and gathers together from every part of the earth. They form the assembly of those who, through faith and baptism, have become children of God and members of Christ. In Sacred Scripture we find many images, which bring out various complementary aspects to the mystery of the Church. The Old Testament offers images that are bound to the ‘People of God’. The New Testament shows how we are linked to Christ as head of this people which is his body.

We are called to be part of the Church and must work to overcome conflicts and disharmony to become closer to God.