Learning Focus 3 (Y6 B1)


This lesson planning page takes you through the lesson materials for Year 6, Branch 1, Learning Focus 3.

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 3, which includes all the links and documents you need to plan your session:

Learning Focus 3
Catholics believe that…Baptism is the basis for Christian life; it cleanses from sin and unites Christians with Jesus Christ in His Church.

Teaching Time
Approximately 2.5 hours


  • Lesson Plan Template – Y6_B1_LF3

You might like to use our Lesson Plan Template for Year 6 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…Baptism is the basis for Christian life; it cleanses from sin and unites Christians with Jesus Christ in His Church.

This Learning Focus will build upon pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism from previous years.

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

‘The Catechism of the Catholic Church’

This activity falls within the Hear Knowledge Lens. ‘The Catechism of the Catholic Church’ invited the class to find out about the Catechism by reading an article about it on screen. The children should be invited to get involved and read out bits of information.

After they have read the information pupils will be asked to answer four questions to check their knowledge and understanding. These questions could be answered in a variety of ways depending on your class.


The next activity also falls within the Hear Knowledge Lens. ‘Baptism’ builds upon the previous activity and invites the children to use the Catechism and YouCat to find out more about Baptism.

The content is available on the screen or as a handout. In groups, pupils should read the information and make a note of any questions that they have. Pupils should share their questions with the class and highlight or make notes of any they have that are the same as the other groups.

‘Symbols and Sacraments’

The next activity falls within the Believe Knowledge Lens. ‘Symbols and Sacraments’ is an engaging activity where pupils will watch a video to find out more about the Sacrament of Baptism; what it is, what it means, and what symbols we can find within it. The video is split into three parts so that you can pause it and discuss key learning points as you go along.

Questions for each section of the video have been provided in the Lesson Materials document. You might want to discuss the answers after each part of the video or you can use the Symbols and Sacraments handout. You can pause the video when you see each image on the handout to discuss what the pupils heard or to allow them to make notes.

This handout could also be used to recap and consolidate the pupils understanding at the learning at the beginning of the second lesson.

‘What Do You Remember?’

This activity falls within the Believe Knowledge Lens. ‘What Do You Remember?’ is an interactive quiz that allows pupils to recap their learning from this Branch. It includes good and evil, original sin, God’s redemptive plan and Baptism. There is a variety of different question types and pupils will only be able to progress to the next question once they have got the previous one correct.

‘What do you know’

The next activity falls within the Live Knowledge Lens. ‘What do you know’ is an opportunity for the pupils to reflect on their thoughts about what Catholics think and believe about what the story of the Fall says about human beings and suffering. Catholic beliefs should be fresh in their minds from the previous activity and so now pupils can be invited to consider what they think about those beliefs and why. It is important to encourage pupils to give an explanation to support their opinion or view.

Pupils could complete this task by privately writing down their response or they could spend some time discussing it with a partner first.

‘A Guide for Parents’

The next activity falls within the Live Knowledge Lens. ‘A Guide for Parents’ is a creative activity in which pupils create a guide for parents who are considering getting their child baptised. You should share with the pupils that the purpose of the guide is to increase the parents’ knowledge of the sacrament. You may wish to replay the video from the Symbols and Sacrament activity or allow pupils to use the notes they made.

Pupils could work in pairs or groups to complete the activity. They may wish to create a PowerPoint presentation, written booklet, audio guide or video and they should be prepared to share their work with the class.

Share with the pupils the images to inspire and guide the pupil’s work. The images and titles link to key teachings you have learned about Baptism and should inspire the content for each of the different sections of their guide for parents. The pupils should provide the words to go with the image and title. They should also make sure they clearly explain what teaching it represents and how it relates to Baptism. Encourage pupils to support their explanations with references to the Catechism, YouCat and Scripture passages they have studied in this branch.

‘United With Christ’

The next activity falls within the Celebrate Knowledge Lens. ‘United With Christ’ is an opportunity for pupils to watch a video and discover more about how Christians are united with Christ through their Baptism. The video is XX minutes long and explains how Catholics respond to the invitation of Baptism. It also includes an introduction to how to pray the Rosary, which links to the next activity.

‘Praying the Rosary’

The final activity also falls within the Celebrate Knowledge Lens. ‘Praying the Rosary’ includes two different sets of slides. The first explains how to pray the Rosary and the second includes images and text that will help pupils to pray it. You could also use the ‘How to Pray the Rosary’ handout if your class are less familiar with this type of prayer.

You should explain to your class that the Rosary is a form of meditative prayer that reflects upon the life, ministry, and death of Jesus and His Blessed Mother, Mary. Pupils will pray the first Luminous Mystery, Jesus is Baptised in the Jordan. As they repeat the familiar prayers, invite the pupils to allow their minds to think about the lives of Jesus and Mary here on earth.

After you have finished the decade there are a series of questions to help the pupils reflect on their experience. You can reassure the pupils that, if they are not used to this type of prayer, it can be difficult.

Explore More

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

‘The Luminous Mystery’

The first ‘Explore More’ activity falls within the Celebrate Knowledge Lens. ‘The Luminous Mystery’ offers crossovers with Prayer and Liturgy, and pupils are asked to prepare and lead a class liturgy inspired by the Luminous Mystery of Jesus’ Baptism. Remind pupils of the four-part structure that should be used with a Celebration of the Word. They can use this structure to guide their preparations. We have provided some ideas and inspiration but you may ask your pupils to complete this independently.

Praying the Rosary resource

The final activity also falls with the Celebrate Knowledge Lens. If your school subscribes to Ten Ten Prayer and Liturgy you can access our Praying the Rosary resource, which includes the Luminous, Sorrowful, Glorious and Joyful Mysteries.

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,