Learning Focus 2 (Y6 B1)

Introduction

This lesson planning page takes you through the lesson materials for Year 6, Branch 1, Learning Focus 2.

Before you begin, make sure you have watched the Year 6 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.

 

Video 1: About the Branch

 

Video 2: Knowledge Lens Content

 

Video 3: Catholic Terminology Explained

 

Video 4: Assessment

How to find and use our resources

All of the lesson materials are deconstructed building blocks that you can use to build your own lessons that suit your style, your class, and the breakdown of teaching time that you have available. Whilst we will present them here in a progressive, linear fashion, and you are welcome to use the materials in the order in which we present them, there is no requirement for you to do so.

Watch this short video about how to find and use our materials. If you have already seen this or are familiar with how to use our materials, feel free to skip to the next section.

Take a look at the following key information about Learning Focus 2, which includes all the links and documents you need to plan your session:

Learning Focus 2
Catholics believe that…the Second Account of Creation and John 1:1-5,16-18 help us understand the concept of Original Sin and how Jesus, the Word, comes to save us from sin.

Teaching Time
Approximately 2.5 hours

Downloads

  • Lesson Plan Template – Y6_B1_LF2
  • ‘I think this means…’ Handout
  • ‘We believe…’ Handout

You might like to use our Lesson Plan Template for Year 6 Learning Focus 2 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 2?

Catholics believe that…the Second Account of Creation and John 1:1-5,16-18 help us understand the concept of Original Sin and how Jesus, the Word, comes to save us from sin.

This builds upon Learning Focus 1, and so it is especially important to ensure all children understand the Second Account of Creation so they can understand how it is compatible with scientific explanations of the universe.

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

‘The Fall’

The first activity falls within the Hear Knowledge Lens. In ‘The Fall’ is an opportunity for pupils to read again the Second Account of Creation – Genesis 2:5-10, 15-23, 3:1-7,9-13, 17-19 – and focus particularly on ‘the fall’. You might want to remind the pupils that the Bible is the Word of God, one of the ways he speaks to us today and invite them to listen out for what He may be trying to teach them.

As with all Hear activities, the reading of Scripture should be the foundation of the learning. Especially for the first time that the Scripture is encountered, it should be read directly from the Bible (not from a screen or handout), and the Bible should be treated with reverence and respect. If possible, all pupils should be able to read or follow along with the passage in a Catholic children’s bible.

After reading the scripture you can invite the pupils to consider the following questions; What did Eve and Adam do that they weren’t supposed to? What was God’s reaction? How did this change things for everyone? How does this make you feel? At this point, you may want to display the scripture on screen.

‘In the Beginning…’

The second activity also falls within the Hear Knowledge Lens. ‘In the Beginning…’ is a scripture reading activity. Invite the pupils to listen to or read along with John 1:15,14-18. Before you start you may wish to tell the children not to worry if they don’t understand it all just yet.  Please remember that the first reading of the Scripture should be directly from the Bible.

After reading the scripture you may want to display the text on screen and invite the pupils to consider the following questions; what similarities can you see to the creation story in Genesis 1? Who do you think ‘the Word’ is?

‘What Does It All Mean?’

The third activity falls within the Believe Knowledge Lens. ‘What Does It All Mean?’ is a short video that will help the pupils make sense of what they have read in Genesis 2 and John 1. The video is approximately 6 minutes long. It explains how sin first came into the world and God’s plan to save Humanity through Jesus.  At the end of the video, the pupils are asked to reflect on what God’s great plan means for them. You might like to ask the pupils to share their ideas with their partner.

‘I Think This Means…’

The next activity falls within both the Hear and Believe Knowledge Lens. ‘I Think This Means…’ is an opportunity for pupils to work in groups and read John 1:15,14-18 again. They should use the ‘I Think This Means…’ handouts to write what they think different parts of the text mean. This is a working document and you might like to invite the pupils to write in pencil so they can edit their answers.

Pupils should then watch a video, which breaks open the text and invites them to think more deeply about what the scripture is telling us. The video is just under 7 minutes long. This video uses a slightly different translation of the Scripture. Your schools might be using a slightly different translation from us. All translations are slightly different as the original Hebrew/Greek are very difficult to translate from as the words carry multiple meanings. You may want to discuss any discrepancies and use them as an opportunity to discuss the differences and how they might help us to understand more about God and His people.

Once the pupils have watched the video they can revisit their original answers on the handout. They may want to add to, edit or change their original responses.

‘God’s Redemptive Plan’

The fourth activity falls within the Live Knowledge Lens. ‘God’s Redemptive Plan’ is a discussion activity based on a video. You should begin by explaining to the pupils that God had a plan for us but humans didn’t follow it and this led to original sin separating us from God. But God came up with a new plan – Jesus! This is what Catholics mean when they speak about ‘God’s Redemptive Plan’ His plan to bring us back into right relationship with Him, through Jesus.

You might like to use one of two suggested videos, telling stories to illustrate this point. If you do use one of the videos, you may want to ask your class these questions after you have watched it. Was the story you watched a simple explanation of God’s redemption plan, or whether they are allegorical – which means using a story to explain something? Think about the imagery and symbolism used in the illustrations, what is communicated that is additional to the text?

‘Roadmap to Redemption’

The next activity also falls within the Live Knowledge Lens. ‘Roadmap to Redemption’ is an engaging activity where pupils are invited to apply what they have learnt so far and create a roadmap of God’s Redemptive Plan. They can use images, symbols and notes to plot out the story on a timeline. There are example images to inspire and guide them on the slides provided. You should provide enough guidance to ensure that all the key moments are included; Creation, The Fall, Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection.

‘Your Own Story’

The sixth activity also falls within the Live Knowledge Lens. ‘Your Own Story’ invited pupils to use their roadmap to plan and write their own children’s story to explain God’s redemptive plan. The pupils should make use of their knowledge of scripture and include references to the Second Account of Creation in Genesis. Pupils should take inspiration from the story they saw during the ‘God Redemptive Plan’ activity.

Pupils might like to include their own examples of how the world was/is in disarray because of humans continuing to disobey God e.g. disease, pain, illness, suffering, loneliness etc. Pupils may wish to illustrate their story If you have time. Pupils could also include a glossary of terms and their explanations.

‘The Nicene Creed’

The next activity falls under the Celebrate Knowledge Lens. ‘The Nicene Creed’ provides the opportunity for the pupils to consider how Catholics respond to God’s Redemptive Plan. This links back to the work they did on how Catholics respond to God’s creative, with prayer, praise and worship. Pupils should be reminded that the Nicene Creed is a Christian statement of belief and is said by Catholics every Sunday at Mass.

Pupils should watch the short video provided to find out more about the Nicene Creed. This video is 5 minutes long and will explain some of the key vocabulary found within the Creed. The video concludes with the Creed being read. The pupils can read the Nicene Creed together using the handout or the slides. Alternatively, they can follow along with the video and pray it together with the presenters.

The final activity falls under the Celebrate Knowledge Lens. ‘I Believe’ provides an opportunity for the pupils to engage in scripture journaling. The amount of explanation this activity needs will depend on your pupil’s prior experience of journaling.

Scripture journaling is a way of creatively expressing our faith, thoughts and questions. It involves firstly, reading a passage of Scripture – or in the case of this activity the Nicene Creed. The activity should feel a little different, as it can be a prayerful experience. You should create a prayerful atmosphere in your classroom. You might like to consider the use of music, lights and a prayer focus.

Next, give out the ‘We Believe’ handouts and pray the Nicene Creed together. The text of the Creed is also provided for you to share on the screen. The pupils should be asked to contemplate words and phrases that stand out to them. You should ask them what they think about what God is saying to them through it.

Finally, invite the pupils to respond to the prayer in the margins in their own chosen way. There is no right or wrong way to respond, the responses will be unique to each pupil. The pupils might like to write, draw or decorate keywords in the margins, expressing their meaning or what they mean to them personally. You can remind the pupils that Scripture journaling can also involve writing down or drawing any questions they may have. You may like to share some of the examples we have provided with the pupils.

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.

‘Redeem’

Firstly ‘Redeem’ is an opportunity for pupils to explore further the definition of the word ‘redeem’ using dictionaries and comparing it to the catholic understanding of God’s redemption plan and other usages of it, e.g. Jesus the Redeemer.

You can then ask the pupils to demonstrate their understanding by creating a poem (perhaps an acrostic) about the word ‘redeem’.

A prayer as you plan and lead this lesson

Lord, 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.

In your name, Jesus, 

Amen