Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Outstanding Catholic School(Nov 2015
Diocese of Clifton)

RE Planning

  Creation Prayers, Saints and Feasts Advent Christmas 


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Year 1

Learning about how God created the world in 7 days. Exploring how and what we are thankful to God for creating.

Learning who helps us to learn about God and how they help us. Focused on the role of the Parish Priest.

Learning what we as Christians do during the time of advent to prepare. How we light the Advent candles, listen to stories of Mary and Joseph, open the Advent calendar and create Christingles. The children make and understand the symbol of the Christingle.

Listening and understanding the story of the Annunciation. Learning and being able to retell the story of the Nativity. We think about the gifts from the wise men and in turn what gifts we would have given Jesus at birth. 

Year 2

This unit is designed to give some insight into the stories and characters of the Old Testament. It will build on their knowledge of God as creator and start to provide an image of God wishing to protect and care for His universe. It highlights how God works through people to exercise this care and protection. The unit should also begin to highlight the importance of the Old Testament for the Church. And why we proclaim it as the Word of God

This unit is designed to extend the children’s knowledge and understanding of the life of Mary and Jesus through prayer (Rosary, with a particular focus on the Mysteries of the Light) and Scripture. The children will extend their knowledge of the liturgical cycle. They will learn about how we are called to respond to Jesus. They will learn about some saints who responded to the call of Jesus.

This unit is designed to deepen pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the season of Advent. It looks at getting ready for the Birth of Jesus by helping us remember that God promised to send us His Son and that Jesus is the fulfilment of that promise. It introduces the idea of what a prophet does and what angels do.

It helps us understand that people such as John the Baptist help us understand the nature of this promise and provide example and inspiration of how we should respond to it. Further reinforcement is provided on the symbolism of Advent. It also develops the idea that we get ready as a parish community, as the family of God.


This purpose of this unit is to deepen understanding of the Annunciation and the events of the Christmas story. Emphasis is placed on the journeys associated with the Birth of Jesus, as well as highlighting what we learn about Jesus from these journeys. This work will help set the context socially, religiously and geographically for the Birth of Jesus.

The question is also raised of the implications for the Church’s work today. For example consideration is given to the Church’s work with refugees in the light of the ‘Flight to Egypt’.


Year 3

This unit explores how we are called to be part of God’s creation and the calling of the disciples. The main teaching of this calling is that we should listen to it and do something about it. To learn that through baptism we are called and our parents respond on our behalf. Baptism calls us to see the world through God’s eyes and live out a new life with Him. By living out that life and responding to His call we are protecting His creation.

This unit explores the themes of peace and forgiveness expressed both by Jesus and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The children develop their knowledge of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as an understanding of what Jesus taught about forgiveness in the story of Zacchaeus. Through the life of St Francis of Assisi, the place of prayer in seeking forgiveness and peace is also explored.

In the multi-faith teaching the pupils will look at the role of Mohammed as the last prophet.

This unit explores The Journey of the Shepherds.

Reflect on:

What journey did the Shepherds make?

What gifts do you think they might have brought?

Shepherds were treated as being outsiders. Most people thought they were wild and rough and didn’t want them around. Why do you think the Good News came to them first?

The shepherds recognised God’s messenger they were willing to set off and make a journey. How can people today learn to recognise God?

 Children spend time thinking about who might need help, love and support not only during the time of advent but throughout the year. The old, the lonely, the hungry. They think about how they could be helped.


 The word means little saint. In France people make these little figures to put in the crib. They usually start the figures off away from the crib and move them closer each day. These figures however are not the normal ones you might see. They are images of ordinary people from the past and the present.

Each of the people carries something important to them so that they can do or give something special to Jesus. The children think about what they would give and why?

The children create or draw an image of themselves carrying or doing this thing.

This unit looks at the Christmas story from the perspective of the shepherds. The response of the shepherds invites an exploration of the language they used and also consideration of the nature of the ministry of Jesus, which was to care for and live among the poor and isolated.

The symbolism of the nativity scene is examined through the story of the first crib.


Year 6