Pentecost and Mission

Jesus promised to send his Spirit and at Pentecost we see that he kept his promise.

“Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Lk 19:1-10
Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit enables pupils to listen to and act out the story of Pentecost.  Opportunities are provided to explore the role of a disciple of Jesus. Pentecost is shown as being about the Father, Son and Spirit.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Know the Sign of the Cross.
  • Listen to the Easter story.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Prayer sacks.
  • Painting.
  • Role-play.
Vocabulary
  • Spirit
  • Pentecost
  • Disciples
  • Sign of the Cross
Explanation of the Theology

Fifty days after the resurrection at Pentecost the glorified Jesus poured out the Spirit and revealed him as a divine person and so revealing the Holy Trinity. The mission of Christ and of the Spirit became the mission of the Church.

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Jesus sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit invites pupils to deepen their knowledge of the Pentecost story and consider the symbolism of the story. Opportunities are provided to explore the nature of the symbolism. The nature of the disciples’ response to Pentecost is explored.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Builds on the previous year’s work on Pentecost and discipleship.
  • Unit 5 – Revelation.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including bridge maps, single bubble maps.
  • Story boards.
  • Writing postcards.
  • Making kites, stained glass windows.
Vocabulary
  • Wind, fire, dove
  • Holy Spirit
  • Pentecost
  • Disciple
Explanation of the Theology

Fifty days after the resurrection at Pentecost the glorified Jesus poured out the Spirit and revealed him (the Holy Spirit) as a divine person and so revealing the Holy Trinity. The mission of Christ and of the Spirit became the mission of the Church.

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Jesus promised to send his Spirit and at Pentecost we see that he kept his promise.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

In this unit, the pupils’ knowledge of the Pentecost story is built upon. Some key concepts of the events at Pentecost are shared. The nature of the promise made by Jesus is a key focus. An understanding of Pentecost as the birthday of the Church is developed. Links are also made between Confirmation and Pentecost.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Know the story of Pentecost.
  • Old Testament story of Noah.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including similar/different diagrams.
  • Writing calligrams.
  • Writing invitations
Vocabulary
  • Pentecost
  • Confirmation
  • Promises
  • Sealed
  • Holy Spirit
  • Fiftieth
  • Birthday
  • Church
  • Apostles
Explanation of the Theology

The Church was founded by the words and actions of Jesus Christ and fulfilled by his redeeming death and resurrection. The Church has been shown as the mystery of salvation by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

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Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit should enable a deeper understanding of the gift of the Holy Spirit, as well as providing support for those pupils engaged in preparation for their first Holy Communion. Study of the conversion of St Paul explores the transforming nature of the Spirit. Study of the Eucharistic Prayer focuses on the Consecration and the power of the Spirit.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Knowledge of the Pentecost story.
  • Know about St Paul, the apostle.
  • Knowledge of the Eucharistic Prayer and the parts of the Mass.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including continuum line, creating diagrams, fishbone diagrams, Gantt diagrams.
  • Writing letters.
  • Creating adverts.
  • Dance.
Vocabulary
  • Pentecost
  • Fruit of the Holy Spirit
  • Transform
  • St Paul
  • Eucharistic Prayer
  • Holy Spirit
  • Consecration
Explanation of the Theology

In the liturgy of the Church, it is his own paschal mystery that Christ signifies and makes present. Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to the apostles and trusted them and their successors with the power to make the work of salvation present, through the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments.

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We are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, given to us by Jesus.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

The focus for this unit is the ‘handing on of faith’ through the work of the apostles, saints and ourselves. The nature of the Holy Spirit is explored as identified in Scripture. This should develop an understanding of what this means in their own life.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Old Testament stories.
  • Pentecost story.
  • Know that St Paul wrote letters.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Creating simple biographies.
  • Thinking skills, including SWOT analysis, flow charts and similar / different diagrams.
Vocabulary
  • Good News
  • Word of Christ
  • Clothes of love
  • Holy Spirit
Explanation of the Theology

The Holy Spirit prepares the Church to encounter the Lord Jesus Christ. He makes the mystery of Christ really present. He unites the Church to the life and mission of Christ and makes the gift of communion bear fruit in the Church.

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We, inspired by the Holy Spirit, are called to give witness to the Good News.

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

In this unit pupils are invited to consider the universal nature of the Church by identifying the range of people represented in the account of Pentecost. By exploring the different titles of the Holy Spirit pupils should be able to explore how they can be disciples of Jesus. They should also understand the Holy Spirit as being part of the Trinity.

Prior Learning in RE
  • Titles of the Holy Spirit.
  • Scriptural references to the Holy Spirit.
  • The Pentecost story in detail and the effect on the disciples.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Dance.
  • Thinking skills, including resisting force diagrams, priorities grids.
  • Devising adverts.
  • Writing press releases.
  • Using other languages.
  • Map reading.
  • Writing a diary and a recipe.
Vocabulary
  • Universal Church
  • Paraclete
  • Spirit of Truth and other titles of the Spirit
  • Convert
Explanation of the Theology

The Spirit builds, animates and sanctifies the Church. As the Spirit of Love, he restores to the baptised the divine likeness that was lost through sin. He causes them to live in Christ, the very life of the Holy Trinity. He sends them forth to bear witness to the truth of Christ.

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We are called to be witnesses to the truth of Jesus so that we might bear ‘the fruit of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5: 22)

Rationale: aims and purpose of the unit

This unit explores the concept of heaven and the Church’s belief in Mary and the feasts celebrated in her honour. It examines our understanding of what heaven is. The children will take a more detailed look at the lives of the Holy Souls and the saints and their significance for us today. In the multi-faith element, the importance of the prophet to the Islamic faith is also covered

Prior Learning in RE
  • Knowledge of feast days including feasts in honour of Mary.
  • Knowledge of heaven and that saints share in the life of heaven.
  • Some prayers to Mary.
Other Skills and Knowledge Required
  • Thinking skills, including priorities grid, SWOT analysis, similar/different diagrams, Venn diagrams, affinity diagrams.
  • Estate agents’ specifications.
  • Job descriptions.
  • Character profiles.
Vocabulary
  • Revelation
  • Assumption
  • Annunciation
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Holy Souls
  • Eternal life
  • Heaven
Explanation of the Theology

By ‘heaven’ we mean the state of supreme and definitive happiness. Those who die in the grace of God and have no need of further purification are gathered around Jesus and Mary, the angels and the saints. They thus form the Church of Heaven where they see God ‘face to face’. (1 Corinthians 13:12) They live in a communion of love with the most Blessed Trinity and they intercede for us.

“Mary and all the saints share in the life of Jesus in heaven”.