Teaching and learning strategies to support the ‘meals’ topic



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TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT THE ‘MEALS’ TOPIC

Below are SOME EXAMPLES of the kind of activities you might use to ensure sufficient level of challenge for each level of attainment in some of the strands. Setting the right activities and using the right language is the key at the planning stage.
Also use this link for more suggested Teaching & learning activities: http://www.rcadc.org/schools_director_re_primary_here_planning.htm
Level 1

AT1i - Recognise some religious stories
AT1ii - Recognise some religious signs and symbols and use some religious words and phrases.

A sorting activity using pictures and art:

Collect a number of pictures. Some need to be related to Communion/Eucharist e.g. the Last Supper, Mass, chalice, hosts, priest, paten, etc

Where to find them: Story Cards, Jesus Journey Pack, Church’s Story books and CD, Welcome to the Mass ( St Paul’s), Last Supper art.

As an individual, small group or class activity, ask pupils to:

Identify and name which pictures/stories are ‘religious’ (connected to learning on Meals).

Level 2

AT1i – Retell some special stories about religious events and people.

Write a script to go with a Last Supper painting retelling what happened.


AT1ii – Use religious words and phrases to describe some religious actions and symbols.

Design a booklet/information leaflet/website page describing some of the things which happen when people gather to celebrate Mass.


Level 3

AT1i – Make links between religious stories and beliefs.

Address the question: ‘Why is the Last Supper important for Christians?’


AT1iii – Give reasons for certain actions by believers.

Using pictures or images, explore: ‘How do Christians today live out what Jesus asked of his disciples when they shared their last meal together?’ (Breaking of Bread & Washing of the Feet – many electronic images available) Or, ‘How do Christians live out the command at the end of the Mass?’



Level 4

Design other website pages/links exploring the following questions:



AT1iii - Show understanding of how religious belief shapes life.

Using their knowledge & understanding throughout the topic and Parish newsletters detailing the ‘work of the Parish children are asked to consider how the Eucharist, or the command at the end of Mass, shapes the way a Catholic lives’.


AT1ii – Use religious terms to show an understanding of different liturgies.

Children explore the Liturgy of the Eucharist (using Eucharistic Prayers for children) showing an understanding of its main parts.


AT1i – Describe and show understanding of religious sources, beliefs, ideas, feelings and experiences making links between them.

Using a painting of the Last Supper, how does the artist show their belief in Eucharist and reflect Scripture teachings?

Make links between ‘Jesus, Bread of Life’ & ‘The Last Supper’ showing an understanding of the beliefs about Jesus & the Eucharist.

AT2i – Show how own & others’ decisions are informed by beliefs & values.

Using the CAFOD website, children research and present their findings on the work of CAFOD & those beliefs CAFOD holds which support that work. Children record what they do for those in need and are able to say why.


Level 5
AT1i – Identify sources of religious belief and explain how distinctive religious beliefs arise.

When engaged on research into the work of CAFOD, children identify those Bible stories (Gospel accounts) which support the work of CAFOD and explain why helping the poor is an essential task for followers of Jesus.



AT1ii– Describe and explain the meaning and purpose of a variety of forms of worship.

Explain the meaning and purpose of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.


AT2i Explain what beliefs and values inspire and influence them and others.

As AT2i above but with more emphasis on the beliefs that prompt CAFOD and them to act to help those in need overseas.




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