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					                                               Here I Am

                                             Topic: Friends

                                                Year 3/4

          Thanks go to the Newport cluster of primary schools for this contribution

                              Sample activities for the ‘Relate’ section

AT1: Learning about religion
Strand (ii) celebration and ritual

Level   outcomes:
Level   1: Recognise some religious signs and symbols and use some religious words and phrases.
Level   2: Use religious words and phrases to describe some religious actions and symbols.
Level   3: Use a developing religious vocabulary to give reasons for religious actions and symbols.
Level   4: Use religious terms to show an understanding of different liturgies
Level   5: Describe and explain the meaning and purpose of a variety of forms of worship

At2: Learning from religion
Strand (i) engagement with own and others’ beliefs and values.
Learning outcomes:
Level 1: Talk about their own experiences and feelings.
Level 2: Ask and respond to questions about their own and others’ experiences and feelings.
Level 3: Make links to show how feelings and beliefs affect their behaviour and that of others.
Level 4: Show how own and others’ decisions are informed by beliefs and values.
Level 5: Explain what beliefs and values inspire and influence them and others.

At 2: Learning from religion
Strand (ii) engagement with questions of meaning and purpose
Learning outcomes:
Level 1: Say what they wonder at.
Level 2: Ask questions about what they and others wonder about and realize that some of these questions
are difficult to answer.
Level 3: Compare their own and other people’s ideas about questions that are difficult to answer.
Level 4: Engage with and respond to questions of life in the light of religious teaching.
Level 5: Demonstrate how religious beliefs and teaching give some explanation of the purpose and meaning
of human life.
Specific topic expectation:
Level 3b: Give reasons about what they enjoy or find difficult in having or being a friend.
Level 3b: Give reasons for Baptism and Confirmation being God’s call to friendship.
Level 3a: Give reasons for the joys and the demands of friendship.
Level 3a: Give reasons to explain that Baptism and Confirmation are sacraments of friendship with God
and the joys and demands of this and that the saints are friends of God.
Level 4c: Show understanding of the joys and demands of God’s call to friendship in the Scripture they
have explored.

Overall objectives: To understand the joys and demands of friendship and to know and understand
that Baptism and Confirmation are the call to friendship with God.

The ‘Friends’ topic can be split into 3 main areas of learning; Q1: How can you be a child of
the light, Q2: What do the scriptures tells us about the joys and demands of being a friend
of God? Q3: How are Baptism and Confirmation calls to friendship with God?

As a result we have highlighted 2 focussed activities that can be completed with the children
and a range of suggested stepping stone activities to choose from, that will enhance the
children’s understanding to complete the focussed activity.

There is no expectation to level each activity. The levels are highlighted to ensure that you
are planning activities and success criteria for the level the children are at. These activities
should be used in conjunction with the Here I Am file and a ‘best fit’ level for the 2
focussed activities should be awarded.

SEARCH: (recognise, reflect, respect)
Additional activities to what is in the Here I Am file
What makes a good friend?                            Circle time:
Give each child a post-it note on which to           Around the circle share
write what they think makes a good friend.           A friend is…
Share with class.                                    I don’t like it when my friend ….
Using post-its above, create a recipe for a          Role play the joys and demands of friendship.
friend e.g. a teaspoon of kindness, a cupful of      Perform a scenario when a friendship is
fun, a tablespoon of giving, a pinch of              broken. What would you do next?
patience etc.
REVELATION: (relate)
Q: How can you be a child of the light?
Read the story if Joseph’s Baptism from the    Sort ways of being a child of the light and
Here I AM file p162. Paul asks ‘Am I a child   those that aren’t.
of the light? How can I tell if I Am?’         On a cut out outline of a candle, write on one
Complete a post-it note challenge of ways in   side, ‘I am a child of the light when I ….’ On
which you can be a child of the light.         the other side write ‘I am not living in the
                                               light when I …’ Share in a prayer time and
                                               place own paper candle around a lit candle
                                               symbolising Jesus, the light of the world.

Q: What do the scriptures tells us about the joys and demands of being a friend of God?
Route A:                                           Route B:
Read 1 John 3:1-3, 6; Titus 3:4-7 and John     Read John 12:44-46, 49 -50, Matthew 22:34-
13:34-35 using Copy master A                   40 and Ephesians 1:3-6 using Copy master B
Answer the key questions:                      Answer the key questions:
What are friends of God called to be and do? What does Jesus tell us about himself?
What does Paul tell us about God’s love and    What does he tell us about the joys and
friendship?                                    demands of friendship with God?
What does John tell us about being a friend    What does Jesus tell us friends of God are
of God?                                        called to do?
In pairs, use 2 colour highlighter pens to     What joys and demands does God plan for
identify joys and demands of being a friend    God’s friends?
of God. Share with another pair and compare In groups, create a table of joys and demands
answers.                                       of friendship with God.
Individually, create a table of joys and
demands of being a friend of God.
For those children working at Level 4c
Independently create a character sketch of what a ‘child of the light’ is like and how they
show they are friends with God whilst identifying the joys and demands of being a friend of
Q: How are Baptism and Confirmation calls to friendship with God?

Display images from Church’s Story 3 (book     Take the children to church and show them
or CD Rom) of what happens at Baptism.         the Baptismal font. Take other artefacts
What can you see? What do you think you will   with you e.g. white garment, candle, shell, holy
hear? Who will be there? What will be          water and discuss what happens at the
happening? Compare answers with those in       Sacrament.
Church’s Story.                                Role-play the Sacrament of Baptism.

Introduce the elements of Baptism including    Explain to the children that at Confirmation
the Litany of Saints.                           your friendship with God continues to grow.
Introduce Saints as being particularly good     The person chooses a new Confirmation name.
friends to Jesus.                               If you could choose a Saint’s name, which one
Pray the Litany of Saints as in the Here I Am   would it be and why?
file p163
Post-it note challenge – write a Saints name
on a post-it note, collate together.
Ensure the children include: saint of school,
local parishes, places where they live etc
Pray a class litany using saints from post-it
Homework – Research a Saint of their choice.
Introduce the elements of Confirmation using    Make a ‘photo card’ of an element of the
Church’s story 3 and include the Renewal of     Sacrament of Confirmation (words/pictures)
Baptismal promises (See Appendix 1)             U this to play the BINGO game (next
Make a zigzag book or storyboard to show        activity) or make into a comic strip in groups
what Christian’s believe.                       of what happens at Confirmation.
Focussed activity
Imagine you have just been to a celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. Write a letter to a
friend explaining what happened and how that child needs to continue to be a ‘child of the
light’ and how they will do that.
Level 1 – Recognise symbols and actions used at Baptism e.g. when looking at a picture of the
white garment the child can identify what it is.
Level 2 – The child describes what happened, who was there, what they saw and heard.
Level 3b – The child gives reasons to explain why Baptism is so important including that the
Baptised child is now a closer friend to God and is a child of the light.
Level 3a – The child also discusses, as part of the letter, how Saints are friends of God and
that at Baptism the Litany of Saints is prayed. The child will also understand that in
Confirmation the person being confirmed chooses a Saint’s name and deepens their friendship
with God.
                                                   Appendix 1
Renewal of Baptismal Promises

The Archbishop asks the candidates to renew their Baptismal promises. These promises once made in Baptism
for them by their parents and God parents are now made by the candidates themselves.

Archbishop: Do you reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises?
Candidate: I do.

Archbishop: Do you believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
Candidate: I do.

Archbishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was
crucified, died and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
Candidate: I do

Archbishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord the giver of life, who came upon the apostles at
Pentecost and today is given to you sacramentally in Confirmation?
Candidate: I do.

Archbishop: Do you believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body and life everlasting?
Candidate: I do

Archbishop: This is our Faith. This is the Faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our
Lord. Congregation: Amen

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