Emmanuel, God with us!

Think about the Christmas Story…. Now complete the chart below in your Religion book. Leave space – we will add to it again later. 

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Matthew 2:1-12 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

Wise Men Come to Visit Jesus

Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea during the time when Herod was king. After Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.  They asked, “Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east. We came to worship him.”

When King Herod heard about this new king of the Jews, he was troubled. And all the people in Jerusalem were worried too.  Herod called a meeting of all the leading priests and teachers of the law. He asked them where the Christ would be born. They answered, “In the town of Bethlehem in Judea. The prophet wrote about this in the Scriptures:

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    you are important among the rulers of Judah.
A ruler will come from you.
    He will be like a shepherd for my people, the Israelites.’” Micah 5:2

Then Herod had a secret meeting with the wise men from the east. He learned from them the exact time they first saw the star. Then Herod sent the wise men to Bethlehem. He said to them, “Go and look carefully to find the child. When you find him, come tell me. Then I can go worship him too.”

The wise men heard the king and then left. They saw the same star they had seen in the east. It went before them until it stopped above the place where the child was. When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy. They went to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary. They bowed down and worshiped the child. They opened the gifts they brought for him. They gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But God warned the wise men in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they went home to their own country by a different way.


Now,  write down in a different colour new ideas after hearing this version of the Christmas story in the chart above. Underline thinkings from before hearing the story that were in the story.

Then answer the following questions:

Which characters, places, events or symbols are not in Matthew’s Gospel?

I wonder why some of the characters are not there?

I wonder why Matthew has the Magi even though Luke doesn’t?

I wonder why Joseph is a main character and Mary a minor character?

Explore one of the characters in the Christmas narrative of Matthew. 

Retell the story from the perspective of that character. 

In your retelling, identify what the character was waiting for or expecting. 

What signs did the character see? How did the character feel? 

Present your retelling as a cartoon or another interesting and different way. 


The Jesse Tree is another symbol of Advent that help people prepare for Christmas. Click on the picture above to learn a little bit about the Jesse Tree.

Choose one of the following people from the Bible that are featured in the Jesse Tree:

Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesse, King David

Learn about the person. In your book retell the story of that person. Explain how they have prepared the world for Jesus.  Draw a picture of your person.

NOW, take a Jesse Tree symbol to colour for our class Jesse Tree. 


Christmas Cards

Create a Christmas card using pictures based on Matthew’s Gospel account of the birth of Jesus.

Make it to give to someone you know who reflect Jesus Christ. 




 Hope, Peace/Preparation, Joy, Love

In your Religion book, draw an Advent Wreath. Label it and write an explanation about the meaning and symbolism of the wreath. 




Creation, Climate Change and Stewardship

Genesis 1: 26-31 God creates humans and gives them the Earth

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image and likeness. And let them rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky. Let them rule over the tame animals, over all the earth and over all the small crawling animals on the earth.”

27 So God created human beings in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. 28 God blessed them and said, “Have many children and grow in number. Fill the earth and be its master. Rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds in the sky. Rule over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 God said, “Look, I have given you all the plants that have grain for seeds. And I have given you all the trees whose fruits have seeds in them. They will be food for you. 30 I have given all the green plants to all the animals to eat. They will be food for every wild animal, every bird of the air and every small crawling animal.” And it happened. 31 God looked at everything he had made, and it was very good. Evening passed, and morning came. This was the sixth day.

Answer these questions in your book:

  1. What happens in this part of the Creation story?

  2. What do you think is the main message of this part of the story?

  3. What is God asking us all to do?


Watch this video and look at the powerpoint about Climate Change…


In your books, explain what Climate Change is and draw and label a diagram showing the Greenhouse Gas Effect. 

Answer the following questions in your book:

  1. What could happen if the climate changes?
  2. Would it be a good thing, or bad thing and why?
  3. What can we do to stop climate change and care for God’s creation?


Finally, click on the Caritas picture below to go to their website. Choose one person and learn about how Caritas has helped them share in God’s creation.

Create a Powtoon or Google Slide presentation demonstrating what you have learnt about Creation, Climate Change and how we can help others around the world. 

Answer the following questions in your presentation:

What is the Creation story?

What is the important message of the Creation story?

How can we take better care of God’s Creation?

Write a reflection about how Caritas helps others share in God’s Creation.

Creation – Living in harmony





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Watch the video and discuss the reading, then write a reflection about it. Then, comments on 2 other student’s comments.


Now, use the Ecological Footprint Calculator to work out how much of the Earth’s resources you use….


Reflect on the following questions:

  • How can you live more in harmony with others, God and the world? 

  • What do you do as a family to be stewards of creation? 


Look at the following picture of natural and urban settings….


In your Religion book, write a reflection in light of reading ‘Belonging’ by Jeannie Baker. In your reflection, write about how these places might be threatened or changed? Reflect on how Manor Lakes or Melbourne has changed over time.




Now, research a special food or meal from your cultural tradition…

Answer the following questions;

When is it made/eaten?

How do people make it?

How is it eaten?

What is the history of the food or meal?

The Church lives in the Word of God

The Exodus 

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1. Picture Story books – Share your Picture book stories to small groups. As a group, create a poster with the name of each book and the key themes or messages in the stories.

2. KWL – Complete your KWL chart in your workbook or digitally. Think about what you already KNOW about the Bible and Bible stories, and what you WANT to know about it.

3. Bible Stories – make a list of the Bible stories you know, including words and pictures.




Sacraments of Initiation

Group Project

In small groups students visually represent one of the sacraments of Initiation. This may take the format of a 3D display, PowerPoint presentation, poster or brochure.

Your project should include:

the symbols, signs and actions from the rite/sacrament, and why they are used

– the related Scripture for the sacrament

– reflection on what the sacrament means to you or those who participate in it






What was your experience of being initiated into school?

What do you remember about your first days at school – people, feelings, experiences?

Does it matter what age we begin school?


Your Task: Complete a Y-chart about starting school. Starting school felt, looked, sounded like….

After watching this video about ‘Celebrating a baby’s baptism’, answer these questions:

  1. Where is this ceremony taking place?
  2. Who is there?
  3. What is special about what Vincent is wearing?
  4. Why is water poured on Vincent’s head?
  5. What does the white garment show?
  6. Why does the godfather light a candle?
  7. What happens at the christening party?


Finally, this video shows a Christian celebration. People of different religions have different celebrations. Find a person from a different religion to your own. Ask them about their religious celebrations and ceremonies. First make a list of questions you can ask. Try to use ‘What?’, ‘When?’, ‘Who?’, ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’ questions.


Meeting God through Prayer

Research the life of ONE saint: St Teresa of Avila, St Ignatius of Antioch, St Catherine of Sienna and St John Vianney.


Use the document in your Religion Folder in Drive with the following questions as a guide for the investigation:

– How did these saints pray?

– How did prayer affect their lives?

– What do they teach us about prayer?


St Teresa of Avila

St Ignatius of Antioch

St Catherine of Sienna

St John Vianney


Thursday Week 8

What do you think the song is about?

How did it make you feel?

How is it like prayer?


 Independent Task:

Monday Week 8

Prayer Journal 

After meditating as a group, reflect on and answer the following questions:

What did I do?

How did I feel?

What thoughts or images came to my mind?

What did I like/dislike about this type of prayer?



How is prayer a part of people’s lives?

How is prayer a part of my life?



Answer the following questions in your Religion book:

– What is communication?

– How do we communicate with God?

– Why do we communicate with God?

– What is a ‘friendship’?

– How do we build up a friendship with God?





Pentecost – Come, Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit comes to Mary, Peter and the Apostles…

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter heals the lame man…

The Sacraments – Eucharist

Learning Intention: Eucharist as Jesus giving of himself.

After reading your Scripture passage, complete the following as a group on large poster paper:

1. Loaves and fishes

2. Wedding feast at Cana

3. I am the Bread of Life

4. The Last Supper

  • Summary of the passage – 5 finger retell


  • How is this story like the Eucharist (Mass)?

  • What is the meaning of the passage (What is God teaching us)?


Learning Intention: To understand the Order of the Mass.

Use this website: Together at One Altar 

Correctly sequence the parts of the Mass. In each box, write the name of the Mass part, write one sentence about it, and draw a picture for each. 




Eucharist as a Gathering of Community.


What is a community?

What do people do in community with others?

How are we like a community when we are at Mass? (Church)

In what was does your family dinner reflect the Eucharistic meal – Mass?



The Last Supper

Together at one altar


Answer the following questions in your Religion book:

– What connections can you make between the Passover and the Last Supper?

– How do you think the disciples felt when they shared this meal with Jesus?

– Why was the Last Supper so important to Jesus?

– Have you seen some of the actions of Jesus at the Last Supper at Mass?

– Have you heard some of the words of Jesus at the Last Supper at Mass?



1) Watch the following video about the Passover.

Write in your Religion book 5 things you have learnt from the video.


2) Look at the images below of the Seder Plate.

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Seder Plate

Draw a Seder plate in your Religion book and label the items on the plate.

Then write about what the Passover and Seder meal remind you of….


Lent to Easter – Journeying to Alleluia!

Websites to help you answer your questions:


Easter Investigation

You will have until next Thursday when you will present your learning to the group.


In pairs, explore the season of Easter by investigating one of the following questions:

–        How is Ash Wednesday connected to Easter Sunday?

–        What are the main events leading up to Easter?

–        Why does the date of Easter Sunday change?

–        How many Sundays are in the Easter Season?

–        What symbols do we use during this season?

–        Why is Easter the most important season?

–        What do we celebrate during this season?

–        Why is Easter a season of hope?


Success Criteria:

– Choose an effective partner (someone you will work well with!)

– Brainstorm ideas for your project – write them down in your book.

– Choose a question to answer.

– Research and answer the question. Find information in books, online, ask people who experts.

– Make a presentation: using an app, in your books, poster, iMovie, keynote etc…

– Present to the group!


The Nativity Story 

Learning Intention: To understand the season of Christmas in the Catholic church.

When did Christmas start? Is it the same as Advent? When will Christmas end?



Task: draw what you think the nativity scene looked like when Jesus was born. 

Answer the 3 questions with your own explanation.

Read the following article:

When does Christmas Start and End

Make a list of new words and dates that you find in the article that you did not know before.

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