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This document maps all relevant areas of the profile to the topic ‘Getting to know Jesus’. Early Years teachers are asked to try and make a connection between Jesus as a baby at Christmas and Jesus as an adult in this topic by a focus on the early life of Jesus as presented in Luke chapter 2 verses 39-52. There is an opportunity to focus on Jesus growing up and on the story of the Finding of Jesus in the Temple in Luke 2:41-52. There is also an opportunity to include the Cure of the Ten Lepers from Luke 17:11-19 as a healing miracle which focuses on the fact that Jesus shows God’s love and compassion to people and brings them joy. Finally, the wording of fourth learning outcome from the Teacher’s Book is not appropriate i.e. ‘Begin to know that Jesus showed he was the Son of God at the Wedding at Cana.’ This should be changed to ‘Begin to know that Jesus showed God’s love and compassion … It will be important to include the healing of the Blind Man and/or the cure of the Ten Lepers as illustrations of this learning outcome.
Early Years teachers who want to focus assessment upon one particular area are asked to choose the Prime Area – PSED.

Prime Area – Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Assessment opportunities within this prime area for Religious Education

16 – 26 months

22 – 36 months

30-50 months

40-60 months

ELG’s 40-60 months

Making Relationships

• Plays alongside others.

• Plays cooperatively with a familiar adult

Can play alongside using the theme of doctor/nurses/hospital

• Interested in others’ play and starting to join in.

• Seeks out others to share experiences.

• Shows affection and concern for people who are special to them.
Can join in a role play about doctors/nurses; Finding in the Temple/Cure of the Ten Lepers/blind man/presentation of Jesus/wedding

Can join in with class worship

Can show concern for people through their prayer/drawing of someone in hospital etc.

• Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas, e.g. building up a role-play activity with other children.

• Initiates play, offering cues to peers to join them.

• Keeps play going by responding to what others are saying or doing.

In home corner and outdoor continuous provision

Can role play jobs in care: care assistant, nurse, doctor, GP surgery/hospital

Can role play story of the Finding in the Temple

Can role play the Cure of Ten Lepers/Blind Man

Can role play Presentation of Jesus

Can involve themselves in caring for others scenarios

Can build a Temple

Can build a hospital bed/ward/doctors’ surgery using small world construction

Can build a table and design its contents for a wedding/can draw/build food for a dinner plate for a wedding

• Initiates conversations, attends to and takes account of what others say.

• Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.

Can listen and respond to what they hear about other peoples’ stories about hospital visits or weddings or family visits to church.

Can ask a question(s) about the role play they’re taking part in and listen to what is happening

Can ask questions about the role play of others and what others have drawn or made.

Can talk about the religious aspect of what they have drawn or seen in a poster or picture book on the story of the Finding in the Temple/Cure of Ten Lepers/Blind Man/Presentation of Jesus/ Wedding at Cana.

Can respond to ‘I wonder’ sentence starters.

Can ask questions about stories.

Can express, in some way, how they can show their love for Jesus.

Early Learning Goal
Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They listen to each other. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings because they are showing their love for Jesus.

Self-confidence and self-awareness

• Explores new toys and environments

• Gradually able to engage in pretend play with toys
In home corner:

Can engage in pretend play within the home corner or with small world activities helping people who are ill

• Expresses own preferences and interests.

Can express what they like best about the home corner/a story

Can say which character they want to be in a role play

• Can select and use activities and resources with help.

•Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks.

•Confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about own home and community.

Can select materials to create their own get well card

Can set up the worship table or carry out a small task in a worship/help set up the role play

Can use picture cards, recording equipment, big books to help them to sequence the story of the Blind Man/Presentation of Jesus/Wedding at Cana

Can talk about visits to people their family care for when they are ill or visits to the hospital or a family wedding when engaged in continuous provision in the home corner

• Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.

Can talk about their own interests and opinions in response to a story or in circle time

Can talk about how they can help others

Early Learning Goal
Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities (making ‘get well’ cards) They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing feelings and behaviour

• Is aware of others’ feelings, for example, looks concerned if hears crying or looks excited if hears a familiar happy voice.

Continuous within the topic
Observed in the home corner/circle time

Using doll or puppet given a scenario it is ill today what can we do to help?

• Can express their own feelings such as sad, happy, cross, scared, worried

• Tries to help or give comfort when others are distressed

Can express their own feelings about questions about the story of ‘Jesus and the Children’

Can try to help or give comfort in scenarios about people who are ill (doctors/nurses etc.) and then apply in real life situations

• Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.

Can take turns in the home corner and during activities

Early Learning Goal
Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules.

Prime Area – Communication and Language

Assessment opportunities within this prime area for Religious Education

16 – 26 months

22 – 36 months

30-50 months

40-60 months

ELG’s 40-60 months

Listening and Attention

• Enjoys stories and demonstrates listening by trying to join in with actions or vocalisations.

Can listen and enjoy stories about helping people who are ill – Jesus cures Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19 (for picture see or picture pack from RETODAY ‘Picturing Jesus’), Jesus at his presentation, Finding in the Temple, Luke 2:41-52, wedding at Cana

• Listens with interest to adults when they read stories.

Can listen with interest to stories about Jesus

• Listens to others one to one or in small groups, when conversation interests them.

• Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.
Can listen to others when they are talking about their visits to hospital or a family wedding

Can listen to stories from the life of Jesus with increasing attention and recall

• Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity.

Can sit quietly during Circle time, worship and small group activities based on activities in the topic

Early Learning Goal
Children listen attentively in a range of situations including acts of worship. They listen to stories about Jesus responding to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately.


• Selects familiar objects by name and will go and find objects when asked, or identify objects from a group.

Can identify objects associated with being ill or going to the doctors within the home corner/photos.

• Understands ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ in simple questions (e.g. Who’s that/can? What’s that? Where is.?).

Can understand simple questions about being ill: visits to hospital, family weddings, special objects of a nurse/doctor: ‘Who’s that?’;’ Where would you find..?’ using home corner to ask questions.

• Understands use of objects

• Beginning to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.

In the home corner:

Can show understanding of the use of objects by a nurse/doctor or when someone is ill.

Can show they are beginning to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions about medical objects

Can show understanding of how they can help someone who is ill.

• Able to follow a story without pictures or props.

• Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.
Can follow the story of Tom/The Finding in the Temple/the blind man/the Presentation of Jesus/Jesus and the children/Jesus Cures Ten Lepers/Wedding at Cana

Can listen and respond to ideas expressed in circle time or group activities about helping people who are ill and show our love for Jesus.

Early Learning Goal
They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events about helping people who are ill and about how they can show their love for Jesus.


• Beginning to ask simple questions

• Beginning to talk about people and things that are not present.
Can ask simple questions of a story about Jesus from the topic.

Can talk about a visit to the hospital or people they have met in stories.

• Uses a variety of questions (e.g. what, where, who).

• Uses simple sentences (e.g.’ Mummy gonna work.’)
Can ask questions about stories from the topic

Can use simple sentences about a visit to the doctors/hospital or a family wedding

• Can retell a simple past event in correct order

• Uses vocabulary focused on objects and people that are of particular importance to them

• Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experience

• Questions why things happen and gives explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how.

• Uses talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in play, e.g. ‘This box is my castle.’

Can retell a simple event when they hurt themselves

Can use vocabulary in their retelling about people important to them

Can use small world to connect ideas from the topic to their play

Can role play scenarios that recall or relive past experience or being ill or visiting the hospital

Can predict what is going to happen next in stories

Can talk about being ill and why things happen and give explanations, asking ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘how’.

Can use talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in home corner play

• Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words

• Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.

• Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events

• Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.
Can use new vocabulary about doctors/nurses and being ill by grouping and naming and exploring their meaning

Can use language to recreate roles in stories in play situations

Can use language to recreate the story of the Finding in the Temple, Jesus and the Children or the Wedding at Cana

Can use talk when playing outside in groups building a Temple or hospital etc.

Can introduce a storyline or narrative into their play on doctors/nurses

Early Learning Goal
Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened in their family or are to happen in the future e.g. when they predict an ending to a story. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events from family life or stories from the topic.

Specific Area – Literacy

Assessment opportunities within this specific area for Religious Education

16 – 26 months

22 – 36 months

30-50 months

40-60 months

ELG’s 40-60 months


• Interested in books and rhymes and may have favourites.

Shows interest in picture books and rhymes like ‘Ouch, I need a plaster’, and Kipper stories and ‘Topsy and Tim go to Hospital’, ‘Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs’ series and may have a favourite.

• Has some favourite stories, rhymes, songs, poems or jingles.

Has a favourite story from the topic

• Listens to and joins in with stories and poems, one-to-one and also in small groups.

• Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.

• Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.

• Looks at books independently.
Can demonstrate these aspects within the topic of Getting to know Jesus

• Begins to read words and simple sentences.

Can read words and simple sentences from the topic ‘Getting to know Jesus’

Early Learning Goal

Children read and understand simple sentences about illness, caring for other people and about how Jesus helped others. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read about Jesus.


• Distinguishes between the different marks they make.

Can say what different marks stand for in their work on Getting to know Jesus

• Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint.

• Ascribes meanings to marks that they see in different places
Can give meaning to what they have drawn or painted about their visit to the doctor’s or hospital or about a story of Jesus from the topic

• Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint.

• Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.
Can give meaning to what they write about how they can help someone who is ill

Can write short sentences about their visit to hospital or a family wedding

Early Learning Goal
Children write simple sentences about the topic which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Specific Area – Understanding the World

Assessment opportunities within this specific area for Religious Education

16 – 26 months

22 – 36 months

30-50 months

40-60 months

ELG’s 40-60 months

People and Communities.

• Is curious about people and shows interest in stories about themselves and their family.

• Enjoys pictures and stories about themselves, their families and other people.
Can show interest in stories about their family

Can enjoy stories about visits to hospital and about Jesus using photos from home and picture books

• Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience

• Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them

• Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life

• Recognises and describes special times or events for family and friends
Can remember and talk about significant family occasions like mum’s visit to hospital to have a new baby

Can show interest in the stories about illness or weddings which relate to people familiar to them

Can show they are interested in the job of doctor and nurse etc.

Can describe special family times like a family wedding

Early Learning Goal
Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members.

The world

• Remembers where objects belong.

Can put religious objects back on prayer table or back in liturgy box

Can put objects from doctors and nurses in correct place in the home corner

• Enjoys playing with small-world models such as a farm, a garage, or a train track.

• Notices detailed features of objects in their environment.
Can play with small world which reflects people who help us get better

Can notice features of special objects for doctors and nurses

Early Learning Goal
Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects and materials.

Specific Area - Expressive Arts and Design

Assessment opportunities within this specific area for Religious Education

16 – 26 months

22 – 36 months

30-50 months

40-60 months

ELG’s 40-60 months

Exploring and using media and materials.

• Experiments with blocks, colours and marks.

Can experiment with blocks, colours and marks in work on ‘Getting to know Jesus’

• Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.

• Joins construction pieces together to build and balance.
Can construct parts of a doctor’s surgery or hospital

Can construct a Temple building (finding in the Temple)

•Can construct a room for a wedding reception.

• Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
Can construct their surgery, hospital, Temple or wedding reception room using a variety of resources

Early Learning Goal

When constructing, children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being Imaginative

• Pretends that one object represents another, especially when objects have characteristics in common.

Can role play with construction or small world pretending that one object represents another

• Beginning to use representation to communicate, e.g. drawing a line and saying ‘That’s me.’

• Beginning to make-believe by pretending.
Can use representation to communicate during the topic Getting to know Jesus

Can begin to make-believe by pretending during the topic

• Notices what adults do, imitating what is observed and then doing it spontaneously when the adult is not there

• Builds stories around toys, e.g. farm animals needing rescue from an armchair ‘cliff’.

• Engages in imaginative role play based on first hand experiences

•Developing preferences for forms of expression

• Uses available resources to create props to support role-play.

Can set up worship table or doctors/hospital pontaneously

Can build up stories about illness and Jesus around toys

Can engage in role play about illness in their family

Can choose to express themselves through paint, construction, home corner, outdoor provision

Can use available resources to make objects to support role play on family illness and Jesus

• Create simple representations of events, people and objects.

• Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.

• Plays alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme.

• Plays cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative.
Can create simple representations of family members and objects about illness and caring for those who are ill through painting, drawing, acting, chalking, small world

Can introduce a storyline or narrative into play about visit to the doctor or hospital

Can act out a story from the life of Jesus

Early Learning Goal

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes in their work on Getting to know Jesus. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories about their own experiences and about Jesus.


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