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Year 2 ‘Preparing’
During the Reveal section in the topic ‘Preparing’, pupils explore Advent, the four weeks of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Within Learning Focus 1 the pupils learn about how Christians prepare their hearts for the birth of Jesus many years before.
Using the pictures from Church’s Story 2 pages 54 and 55 that are part of the content of the lesson, discuss these ways, and others, (reconciliation, acts of charity etc.) to show how Christians prepare during Advent .
Children are given the following activity (which is not one of the suggested activities in the Come and See book):

• Write a simple guide entitled ‘Let’s get Ready for Jesus,’ describing some of the ways in which Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus. (Level 2).


The pictures in Church’s Story and the added suggestions above focus on how believers act and behave to prepare for the birth of Jesus. They do not focus on prayer and ritual (AT1ii). And to achieve Level 2 pupils will be able to offer a detailed description of their actions.
If pupils recognise ways that Christians behave to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus but cannot offer a detailed description of actions they will be working at Level 1
Pupils will need to give reasons for the ways in which Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus to achieve Level 3. In Level 3, articulation of the relationship between belief and action is now expected of pupils: pupils will not only say what believers do, they will say why they do them.



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