Themes: Jesus as Teacher & Healer The Gift of the Holy Spirit



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Month / Season: October Class: Primary 4 Level: First


Themes:
1. Jesus as Teacher & Healer

2. The Gift of the Holy Spirit

& us.




Strands of Faith : Experiences and Outcomes


Core Learning


Learning & Teaching

Class / School / Home / Parish




Resources


Assessment


Hours of God
RERC 1-15a

I can honour Mary as Mother of Jesus and our Mother. I can share why we honour Her.



Son of God
RERC 1-06a
I have examined some political, social, historical and religious elements in first century Palestine and gained an understanding of Jesus' life on earth.

RERC 1-06b


I have examined the role of Jesus as a teacher and a healer and I have reflected on how His words and actions influence my own life and the lives of others.

I can participate in the creation of a prayer space in my classroom in honour of Mary – especially during the season of Advent and the months of May and October.

I know that Jesus celebrated Jewish festivals and that the most important of these was called ‘Passover’.

I have listened to Exodus 12: 1-14 and I can explain that Passover is when Jewish people celebrate being freed from slavery in Egypt.

I know that Jesus went to a synagogue on a holy day, which is called the "Sabbath".

I know that the Jewish Sabbath is a Saturday and that Christians have a holy day which is a Sunday.

I know that the Sabbath is holy because that is the day God rested after creating the heavens and the earth (Genesis 2: 2).

I know that Sunday is the Christian holy day because that is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. (Matthew 28: 1)

I can recognise that, while in the synagogue, Jesus would have read prayers called Psalms and I know that when we go to Mass on Sunday we pray the same

Psalms which are taken from the Old Testament.



key vocabulary Passover, freed from slavery in Egypt, Synagogue, Sabbath, Psalms, Old Testament.
I know that we learn about Jesus as teacher and healer through the Gospels.
I can hear, read and recall some examples of Jesus teaching, healing and nourishing in the Gospels e.g.,

  • the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 5-13)

  • the cure of the centurion’s servant (Matthew 8: 5-13)

  • first miracle of the loaves (Matthew 14: 13-21)

and I know that Jesus teaches, heals and nourishes us when we ask him.

I know that all of Jesus’ teachings show us how to live in relationship with God our Father and each other.




Class – Children will help the teacher to decorate the class altar in honour of Mary for the month of October. They will complete an art activity. Using the template of Mary attached they will use tissue paper to create a textured look. The finished images should be hung on the altar wall.
Class – Children will read from scripture the story of Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:41-52). The children will discuss the story.

The teacher will print out a picture of Jesus onto A4 or A3 paper. This should be backed onto card and cut into six pieces. Prior to the lesson the teacher places these pieces around the school yard. The children will seek out each pieces and together make the puzzle. The teacher will explain to the children that Jesus wants us to seek him out just like treasure.


Class – Revisit the story of Jesus in the temple. Show the children a map of the Promised Land http://www.lifeofchrist.com/history/maps/birthmap.asp

and show how far Mary and Joseph travelled to celebrate Passover. Do you remember what Passover is? It is important to remember that Jesus and his family would not have travelled alone. They would have been accompanied by cousins, aunts and uncles as well as neighbours and friends.


Jesus looked for God like treasure. He wanted to learn everything he could about God. Jesus wants us to be like him. He wants us to learn about God and seek God out just as he did. How can we seek God out? E.g. by praying, by reading the Bible, by going to church, by asking questions. Follow up worksheets attached to planner.


Blue and white tissue paper

Photocopy of Mary image (Preferably on card)

Bibles


Printed picture of Jesus
White board to display map.


Children will assist in the preparation of the class altar.

Children will be able to recognise that Jesus was both teacher and healer. They will be able to retell the stories covered in class.





Strands of Faith : Experiences and Outcomes


Core Learning


Learning & Teaching

Class / School / Home / Parish




Resources


Assessment

Signs of God


RERC 1-09a I am exploring the Sacraments of Initiation and Reconciliation and I have reflected on how the Sacraments help to nurture faith.

Signs of God
RERC 1-10a
I have examined the role of the Holy Spirit in my life and in the lives of others.

Continue preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

I have examined the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the saints in the other Strands of Faith and I recognise that the Holy Spirit helps and strengthens us to respond

to God’s call to us to be saints.





Class – Children will locate the story of Jairus’ Daughter in the Bible (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43). They should read this together. Discuss – Do you think Jairus might have known about Jesus before he went to Him for help? How might he have known about Him? If someone in your family was ill who would you go to for help? Can you recall any other Bible stories when someone went to Jesus for help? It is important that we help people who are in trouble or who are ill. Why do you think this is? Sometimes we overlook people because we are so wrapped up in ourselves.
Class – The children will make ‘magic caring glasses’. These are a fun way to make the children understand that we should always be looking and helping people who need our help. (see attached craft plan) Children can complete crossword about this Bible story (attached to planner).


KEY VOCABULARY: Jesus as Teacher, Jesus as Healer, Jesus nourishes us.

Class – The teacher will follow the instructions to complete Confirmation Workbook.

Class – Children will complete a reciprocal reading task on ‘What is a Saint?’ They will be able to clarify and question only. (attached to the planner).
Home They will carryout a research task on patron saints as a homework task. (attached to planner). Children who do not have access at home to the Internet should be given break/lunchtime access to complete task.

Bibles


Photocopy of Template

Pre-laminated sheets

Glitter, glue, stickers

Confirmation Workbooks

What is a Saint – Reading Sheets

Homework sheet photocopied


Children will complete their Confirmation workbooks.


Children will have a basic understanding of what a saint is, how people become saints and the purpose of saints.




Strands of Faith : Experiences and Outcomes


Core Learning


Learning & Teaching

Class / School / Home / Parish




Resources


Assessment


I know that when I listen to God’s Word, the Holy Spirit speaks to me and helps me to follow Jesus closely in my daily life.


Class Children will discuss the homework task. They will share information on saints that they have researched. The teacher leads the discussion: What is common in all these stories? Where do you think their strength, bravery, faith came from?

Children read from scripture the story of Pentecost (Acts 2:1 – 13)

While the teacher reads the story the children will complete worksheet ‘Pente-what?’ ( attached to planner).


Parish – The parish priest visits the children to discuss this very important sacrament. He will explain to the children that the Holy Spirit speaks to us and guides us, helping us to follow the example of Jesus.

(Pages 20-24 or Confirmation Workbook – Complete or revisit)


Class – Prayer to the Holy Spirit should be written up as a handwriting lesson in jotter and decorated. A copy of the prayer should be sent home to be learnt by heart (cards attached to planner should be photocopied and laminated). A poster should be placed on the class altar and included as part of daily prayers. ( attached to planner).
Useful website

http://www.catholicmom.com/2007_lesson_plans/pentecost_word_jumble.pdf

KEY VOCABULARY: Holy Spirit, saints, listened to God’s Word, follow Jesus.



Bibles


Worksheet – ‘Pente-what?’
Contact Priest to arrange class visit

Prayer Cards printed and laminated


Class Poster

Children will understand that the Holy Spirit gives them strength and to follow the example of Jesus and the saints.















GLASSES CRAFT – See What Jesus Sees
The children will make a pair of glasses to remind them to look for people who need them. People who are sad, lonely, ill or hurting.



Materials

1 sheet of card with glasses template printed

Clear pre laminated sheet

Glue


Crayons or colouring pens

Glitter & sticky stars



Method

Cut out the eyeglass template and decorate

Cut out laminate shapes to glue or sticky tape onto the back (lenses)

Teacher will staple legs on to glasses and tape over any sharp edges.



Remind the children of how Jesus helped people and wants them to do the same.





What is a Saint?




What is a saint?
A saint is a person just like you and me that God gave special graces to in order for them to do special things.  All the saints were holy men and women.  Some of the saints could work miracles, some could heal, some had the ability to be in two places at once.  God knew these people, as He knows us, and gave them these abilities because God knew these people would do His Will.  How often do we pray to do God's Will?  The saints asked all the time.


How do we make a saint?
The process used by the church to name a saint is called canonization.  This process has been used since the 10th century.  For hundreds of years they had saints but the acts performed by the saints may or may not have true so that is why the Church, in all her wisdom, changed the rules.  Pope John Paul II, our pope now, made huge changes to make it more fair to us all. The bishop waits for a long time after the death of a person.  Then an investigation is started.  His or her life is looked at and any books or papers that are found are read by the bishop to be sure that person follows the true teaching of the church.  Then a group of people called Theologians and
cardinals in a group called "Congregation for the Causes of Saints" at the Vatican look into it and they decide if they should be approved.  If they are approved then the pope makes them Venerable.

The next step is after death they have to perform a miracle.  That make sure that the person is in heaven.  A person like you or me has to ask them for a special thing such as a healing.  If we are healed, then the pope can Beatify them.

The third and final step is one more miracle.  After that miracle then the pope can canonize them.  That tells us that the person has led a holy life, is in heaven, and is to be honoured by the Church.

Do we worship the saints?

No, we don't.  We only worship God.  The saints only assist us in our prayers to God.  We only ask for the saint's intercession for us to God. The saints wrap up our prayers real nice and hand them to God for us.  They can talk to God for us.  Then it is up to God to either say yes or no.


You can have a picture or a statue of a saint. Having a statue of St. Francis of Assisi might remind you of the beauty of our earth.  They are just reminders, nothing more.

Patron Saints

Using the internet find out the names of the patron saints for the following:




Description



Name of Saint

Lost Causes




Lost Items




Animals and Nature




Accountants




Athletes




Toothache and Dentists




Soldiers




Gravediggers and Undertakers




Astronauts




Football




Police




Lawyers



Find out about the lives of two other patron saints, what they did, where they were from, and what they are patron saints of. You will be asked to share the information your find with your classmates in a future lesson.


Patron Saints (ANSWER SHEET)

Using the internet find out the names of the patron saints for the following:






Description



Name of Saint

Lost Causes

Saint Jude

Lost Items

Saint Anthony

Animals and Nature

Saint Francis of Assisi

Accountants

Saint Matthew

Athletes

Saint Sebastian

Toothache and Dentists

Saint Apollonia

Soldiers

Saint Joan of Arc

Gravediggers and Undertakers

Saint Joseph of Arimathea

Astronauts

Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Football

Saint Mirren

Police

Saint Michael

Lawyers

Saint Thomas More


In the box below, write down key words while I read out the story of Pentecost.

The second time I read it, add to your words, underline or highlight what you think are the most important.

Now draw a story board in the 6 boxes below to show what happened.











































Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.





Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.









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