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					CHOICES REMEMBER REJOICE RENEW
EARLY YEARS Remember
That some choices make them happy; Some choices make others happy; What Jesus says about making choices
Start the session with a moment of quiet reflection. Using the display children may be able to contribute to the following by use of discussion, role play, drama, art, cue cards etc.

It may be useful to have a plate with a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other when reflecting on this.  Choices that make them and others happy(wt AT2iL1)  Choices that make them and others unhappy(wt AT2iL1)  What Jesus says about choosing to be happy  Jesus’ rule for being happy (wt AT1iiiL1)  Prayers and hymns they have learned

REJOICE
Plan

Celebrate: The children’s new knowledge and understanding that some choices make them happy, some choices make others happy and what Jesus says about making choices.
Decide from all the children have remembered what will be included, share some refreshment at the end

GATHER WORD ~ LISTEN RESPONSE GOING FORTH

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RENEW
The teacher helps each child to make an individual response hold on to and make their own, what they have understood of their own experience and of the experience of the Church community. Apply their learning. How can I make someone happy today? Some sample ideas Place an assortment of names in a bag e.g. their own names, teacher, parent, brother, sister etc. In another bag put ideas on individual cards of the things that make them and others happy. (work done during Recognise). Invite different children to draw a card from both bags e.g. teacher/try my best, parent/carer/give a smile, john/share my toys. Invite the children to take one of these ideas and work on it that day. Choose a different idea and person on different days during the week.

Teacher evaluation: is
ongoing and will inform future teaching and learning, which will include assessment for learning

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CHOICES REMEMBER REJOICE RENEW
YEAR ONE Remember
that everyone makes choices; that their choices can hurt others; what God wants people to choose
Start the session with a moment of quiet reflection Using the display children may be able to contribute to the following questions by use of discussion, role play, drama, art, cue cards etc.

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Experience of choices they have made and their feelings about them [ AT2:i L1] Question the effects of poor choices on themselves and others and how they and others felt [ AT2: i L2 ] Recognise Jesus’ rule for choosing well [ AT1: i & iii L1] Retell how everyone chooses and what God wants people to choose [ AT 2: i & iii L2] Describe the rule Jesus gave and how it is lived out [ AT 2: iii L2]

REJOICE
Plan

Celebrate: Choosing well
Decide from all the children have remembered what will be included, share some refreshment at the end

GATHER WORD ~ LISTEN RESPONSE GOING FORTH

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RENEW
The teacher helps each child to make an individual response hold on to and make their own, what they have understood of their own experience and of the experience of the Church community. Apply their learning. What do I need to do to choose well today? Some sample ideas  design a check card ‘how to make a good choice’ Or  with a partner give each other a situation from life, where a choice has to be made and ask the other person how they might make the choice

Teacher evaluation: is
ongoing and will inform future teaching and learning, which will include assessment for learning

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REMEMBER REJOICE RENEW
TWO Remember
Right choices; Wrong choices; What sin is; How to make a new start.

CHOICES
Start the session with a moment of quiet reflection. Using the display children may be able to contribute to the following by use of discussion, role play, drama, art, cue cards etc.  Describe times when choices are easy and hard ( AT2iL2)  Ask and respond to questions about right and wrong choices(AT2iL2)  Jesus’ rule for choosing well  How to make a new start (3 simple steps) (AT1iiiL2)  What to do at the end of each day – say thank-you, say sorry(AT1iiiL2)  Words and phrases from scripture, prayers and hymns they have learned

REJOICE
Plan

Celebrate: The children’s new knowledge and understanding that there are right and wrong choices; what sin is and choosing a new start.
Decide from all the children have remembered what will be included, share some refreshment at the end

GATHER WORD ~ LISTEN RESPONSE GOING FORTH

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RENEW
The teacher helps each child to make an individual response hold on to and make their own, what they have understood of their own experience and of the experience of the Church community. Apply their learning. Where do I need to make a new start today? Some sample ideas At the end of each day invite each child to examine their own conscience using the three simple steps: I have upset...hurt...by... I am sorry. I say sorry. I am forgiven. I make up by... Ask them to actively make amends.

Teacher evaluation: is
ongoing and will inform future teaching and learning, which will include assessment for learning

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REMEMBER REJOICE RENEW
YEARS 3 AND 4 Remember
Choices have consequences good and/or bad; The importance of thinking about what they do, say, think, don’t do; examination of conscience.

CHOICES
Start the session with a moment of quiet reflection. Using the display children may be able to contribute to the following by use of discussion, role play, drama, art, cue cards etc.

 Talk about choices they have explored and made ( AT2iL4)  Describe the consequences – good and bad of their choices(AT2iL2)  Discuss the importance of examining the consequences of their actions  Discuss what helps Christians to choose well and wisely, (prayer, listening to the Bible, the word of God, examination of conscience) (AT1iiiL4)  Discuss the importance of Reconciliation for Christians(AT1iiiL4)(AT2iL4)  Make links between some of the stories they have heard and what Christians believe(AT1iL3)  Describe the Sacrament of Reconciliation(AT1iiiL4) (AT1iiL4)

REJOICE
Plan

Celebrate: The children’s new knowledge and understanding that choices have consequences, good and bad, and the importance of the examination of conscience.
Decide from all the children have remembered what will be included, share some refreshment at the end

GATHER WORD ~ LISTEN RESPONSE GOING FORTH

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RENEW
The teacher helps each child to make an individual response hold on to and make their own, what they have understood of their own experience and of the experience of the Church community. Apply their learning. Next time I have a difficult choice to make, what do I need to think about, consider (or I will think more carefully about the consequences)? Some sample ideas Put a basket on the focus table. On strips of paper ask the children to write down something they would consider a difficult choice. Place all the ideas in the basket. At the end of each day invite a child to pick one from the basket. Consider the consequences of dealing with the situation in a variety of ways. Ask them to consider how they think a Christian would address the issue and why. Invite the children to make an act of Contrition.

Teacher evaluation: is
ongoing and will inform future teaching and learning, which will include assessment for learning

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CHOICES REMEMBER REJOICE RENEW
YEARS FIVE & SIX Remember
that sometimes they make wrong choices; ways of putting things right; the importance of acknowledging wrong choices
Start the session with a moment of quiet reflection. Using the display children may be able to contribute to the following pointers in a variety of ways: e.g. discussion, mind / concept mapping, what I know now I didn’t know before, etc.

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compare their own and other people’s ideas about why we sometimes make wrong choices [AT2: ii L3] Give reason why acknowledging wrong choices and confessing sin is important for Christians [AT1: iii L3] Use religious vocabulary to describe and explain the different steps in the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation [AT1: ii L3] Explain the story of Onesimus the links with the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation [AT1: i L4]

REJOICE
Plan

Celebrate: Reconciliation
Decide from all the children have remembered what will be included, share some refreshment at the end

GATHER

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WORD ~ LISTEN

RESPONSE

GOING FORTH

RENEW
The teacher helps each child to make an individual response hold on to and make their own, what they have understood of their own experience and of the experience of the Church community. Apply their learning. Next time I make a choice which is wrong. I will… Some sample ideas After a time of quiet reflection offer children the opportunity to  Write in their journal their own response to the question And/or  Have board suitably decorated with the question as a heading and everyone is invite to write their ideas on a posit and put it on the board so others can read them.

Teacher evaluation: is
ongoing and will inform future teaching and learning, which will include assessment for learning

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