Year 6 ‘Expectation’ During the Reveal section in the topic ‘Expectations’, pupils have been learning about Advent as a time of joyful expectation of Christmas, the Word becoming a human person, Jesus.
Waiting in expectation
In Explore pupils look at the meaning of expectation. In Learning Focus 1 and 2 pupils learn that the Advent ‘coming’ reminds us of the anticipation and the strong, confident expectation over hundreds of years of the people of Israel for their Messiah and promised King, Emmanuel (God with us). They expected the Messiah to come and bring peace, justice and righteousness to the world. Isaiah tells us what the Messiah will be like and the expectations placed on God’s people. In Learning Focus 3 pupils reflect on Mary’s anticipation and expectation at becoming the mother of Christ.
In Advent Christians recall God’s promise to send a Messiah. Christians wait in joyful expectation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, when they celebrate the birth of Jesus in history, just as the people of God were waiting for the Messiah. Christians are also anticipating the Second Coming of Jesus because at his second coming, he will put an end to all injustice, sin, evil, and suffering: he will finish the work he began with his first coming. Advent is a time to reflect on how God's people are waiting for his promises to come true. A Christian believes that in the end ‘all shall be well’.
A life shaped by belief in the coming of Jesus
Level 4 1iii is concerned with how belief shapes life. Pupils will need to describe situations in which there is a clear link between what a person believes and the way they live. They need to move beyond the individual specific actions of believers to draw wider conclusions about how belief shapes all of life. This level requires a more comprehensive view: ‘I believe and my beliefs impact on the way I choose to live’.