Learning Focus 3

Introduction

This lesson planning page takes you through the lesson materials for Year 1, Branch 1, Learning Focus 3.

Before you begin, make sure you have watched the Year 1 Branch 1 Overview videos, which introduce the key themes to draw out across all Learning Focuses within Branch 1. If you have already seen these videos, feel free to skip on to the next section.

Key Information

Take a look at the following key information about Learning Focus 3, which includes all the links and documents you need to plan your session:

Branch 1
Creation and Covenant


Learning Focus 3
Catholics believe that…God shows His love for us through Creation.


Teaching time
Approximately 2.5 hours


Downloads

Lesson Plan Template (access restricted)

Y1 | B1 | LF3

Assessment Framework (access restricted)

Y1 | B1

Self-assessment proformas (access restricted)

My Favourite Way to Sense That It Is Good (access restricted)

Handout

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You might like to use our Lesson Plan Template for Year 1 Branch 1 Learning Focus 3 to make your own notes/plan as you go along. This template is pre-populated with the Learning Focus, Expected Outcomes and Success Criteria, and a list of titles of available lesson materials. The rest of the document is left blank for you to complete.

What is Learning Focus 3?

Catholics believe that…God shows His love for us through Creation.

Learning Focus 3 helps children to recognise that though people cannot see God, they can sense His presence through the awe and wonder experienced in the beauty and order of Creation.

The activities within Learning Focus 3 use story, music and all five senses to help children understand this and formulate their own creative response.

What are the Expected Outcomes and Success Criteria?

Before we look at the lesson materials in detail, it’s useful to know the desired outcomes. This curriculum is based on the RED Expected Outcomes for each year group. Below is a table mapping specific Expected Outcomes to Success Criteria statements as well as the titles of lesson activities that could be used to achieve these.

Lesson Materials

There are 6 main activities that you can use as building blocks to create your own session. These are explored within this section.

These activities have been planned to utilise the screen, but there are always very easy ways for the activities to be adapted for off-screen and we’ll give examples as we go through.

‘All We Need’

‘All We Need’ is an interactive quiz within the Believe Knowledge Lens, which helps consolidate learning from the previous Learning Focus.

It also introduces the concept that the world that God created for us provides all we need to survive and be happy.

Question 5 invites pupils to consider the days of Creation and how God created all that we need. Pupils might need assistance in recognising where food, water, shelter and friendship can be found amongst the things that God created.

‘Sense It Is Good’

The next activity is within the Live Knowledge Lens. ‘Sense It Is Good’ invites children to use all five senses to remember that God’s Creation is good and can help us feel closer to God.

Note – Throughout this activity, please be sensitive to those with sensory impairments. It is especially important that children with sensory impairments do not feel that their ability to experience God’s love through Creation is lessened.

First children are asked to identify what the five senses are.

Then for each sense they are confronted with a choice of four things they could see/smell/hear/taste/touch. They must choose their favourite, and you might also like to take suggestions of other ideas that aren’t pictured. Be sure to highlight that there are no wrong answers, and observe how good it is that we all perceive beauty differently – God has created something for everyone!

Note that on the ‘hear’ slides, you can click to hear the sound effects represented by the image.

There are some reflection slides at the end which invite children to consider how their favourite picture made them feel, offering suggested words of ‘joyful’, ‘calm’, ‘excited’, ‘happy’, ‘peaceful’ and ‘full of awe and wonder’. You might need to discuss the meaning of some of these with children. The following explanations might be useful:

  • Awe – an overwhelming (big) feeling of amazement and respect, which can be mixed with a bit of fear. The feeling of ‘wow’ and being speechless with eyes and mouth wide open.
  • Wonder – a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful. There can also be questions and curiosity as part of this. The feeling of ‘wow’ with some ‘how?!’ mixed in.

This activity could be facilitated without the screen presentation by bringing in different items for each sense for children to explore. For example, you might like to create touch and feel boxes, light a scented candle or incense, share some fresh fruit to eat, look at pictures of landscapes and play a rainforest soundtrack.

‘Seeing God’

‘Seeing God’ is an activity that falls within the Live Knowledge Lens. It involves reading (or watching)  ‘This I Know: Seeing God in the World He Made’ by Clay Anderson, a short story where a child learns to see and appreciate God’s love through the created world.

After the story, discuss the different ways in which the child sees that God loves her (the sunrise, her baby sister, the butterflies, the ocean, the puppy, the thunder, the rainbow, the mountains, the leaves, the universe, the crickets).

You might like to use a bag of objects or pictures to represent each, which children can lucky dip from to inspire their answers.

You might like to invite children to write their own lists of all the things they love and how they can see God in the world each day. You could give them a special envelope or bag to keep them in.

  • For pupils working at a deeper level, there is a click to reveal questions about what it means to take the world for granted. With all or a small group of pupils, discuss what ‘to take for granted’ means, for example, we don’t recognise something’s worth or we don’t appreciate it. In this context, it means that we don’t remember that God made the world for us to enjoy and that the world shows His love.
  • You might like to extend discussions, about for example what it might look like to take the world for granted: dropping litter, not caring about using the world’s resources, cutting down trees without thinking etc. This will form a useful introduction to further discussions around this topic in Learning Focus 5 and Learning Focus 6.

‘Creation Shows His Love’

The next activity is ‘Creation Shows His Love’, a film about how Creation reveals God’s love for us and we can respond in praise. This is within the Hear and Celebrate Knowledge Lenses.

The film ends with a reading of the Creation story from Genesis 1, and the invitation for pupils to think about places and things in Creation where they see, feel or experience God’s love. To aid children’s reflections, you might like to provide writing/drawing materials for pupils to creatively reflect either during or after the end of the film.

‘You Show Me’

The next activity is within the Celebrate Knowledge Lens. ‘You Show Me’ invites pupils to:

  1. Create a prayer station.
  2. Read the Scripture from Genesis whilst thinking about a place where they see or feel or experience God’s love.
  3. Pray a litany together by taking it in turns to say, “God, you show me your love in…” Children could write their word or phrase on a sticky note, or choose a small world item as a symbol, and add them to the prayer station.

Note – For children who struggle with this or for whom this is not culturally appropriate, you might like to invite them to say, “I feel grateful for…”

Some examples are on screen for children to borrow if they are unsure.

“God, you show me your love in… / “I feel grateful for…”

…the way the trees bend but don’t break.”…the baby ducks that follow their mother.”…the way the sun rises every day.”

‘The Creation Song’

‘The Creation Song’ is within the Live Knowledge Lens and invites children to sing about God’s love for us in Creation.

If children enjoy singing this song, you might like to invite them to make up their own verses featuring their favourite aspects of Creation.

Explore More

There are three activities in the Explore More section, which you might like to use to extend learning, or instead of other suggested activities.

‘My Favourite Way to Sense That It Is Good’

‘My Favourite Way to Sense That It Is Good’ is within the Live Knowledge Lens and follows on from the ‘Sense That It Is Good’ activity.

Print out the pictures from the ‘My Favourite Way to Sense That It Is Good’ handout, and invite pupils to select their favourite.

They should create a poster using the picture, and around it write why they love the picture (or what it represents), and how they can feel God’s love through it.

‘Where I See God in the World’

‘Where I See God in the World’ is within the Live Knowledge Lens and builds from the short story read in ‘Seeing God’.

It invites pupils to paint a picture for a gallery wall with the title ‘Where I See God in the World’, and create a gallery card to go with it explaining what it is and how it helps them to see God in the created world.

You might like to create a gallery display of these pictures and invite other children, parents and governors to view it – you could even hold a gallery opening event! You might also like to share some images on your school’s social media platforms.

‘My Story of Creation’

‘My Story of Creation’ is within the Believe and Live Knowledge Lenses.

It invites children to consider how God’s world provides us with all we need, including food, water, shelter, family, friends, beauty and adventure, and challenges children to make their own mini-world with all these things.

Use small world and loose parts play, including indoor and outdoor play, sand, water, tuff trays etc.

 

As children are creating, ask them to describe how their creation reflects God’s Creation and His love for us. You might like to invite them to make labels to help explain this.

If you have used different storybooks about creation throughout Branch 1, you might like to have them for children to refer to here in order to inspire their creativity.

A prayer as you plan and lead this Learning Focus

God Our Father, 

Thank you for the opportunity to explore this content with the children in my care.  

By the power of your Holy Spirit, lead and guide me as I prepare this lesson.  

Bless me, and each and every child, with an open heart and mind to continue our journey of knowing you more clearly. 

I ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our Lord, 

Amen

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