St Joseph's Catholic

Primary School and Nursery

‘Growing in love, in the spirit of Christ, for the benefit of all’


Year 2 - Religious Education



Our first topic of the New Year is 'Books'. During this topic we will be talking about the experience and feelings about the different books that are used at home and school and will be able to say what they wonder about the importance of books in their lives.  We will learn to ask and respond to questions about our own and others' experience and feelings of the different books used at home and school.  We will also be looking at the Bible and recognising that it is a special book and name some of the stories in the Bible as well as other special books used in church. 


Our artwork focus is 'The Miraculous Draught of Fishes' by John Reilly. It represents the Gospel story according Luke 5 - Jesus Calls His First Disciples



Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God's love.  Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus. 


See below for our knowledge organiser and key scripture that we will focus on during our Advent topic - Preparations. We will also learn about the meaning behind the Advent wreath and retell the stories of 'The Annunciation' and 'The Visitation'.



Our artwork focus - 'The Annunciation'

Judaism Week 


Week commencing 15th November, we all celebrated a multi-faith week - Judaism. In year 2, we learnt all about Shabbat and the celebrations and traditions that take place. We also tasted some delicious challah bread made by Mr Heath.

Signs and Symbols


Our second topic (4/10/21 - 12/11/21)  is Signs and Symbols. In this topic we will be learning about the Sacrament of Baptism and important signs and symbols used within this Sacrament. If you have a photograph of your child being Baptised or Christened, please send it in so we can place it on our R.E display.  


Our artwork focus is a painting called Baptism of the Christ II by Daniel Bonnell. We will be recreating this image using paint. 



Our first topic is Beginnings. Throughout this topic, we will look at the Creation story from the book of Genesis and talk about different beginnings we have experienced. Bring in a baby photo to place on our display to represent beginning our lives.


Throughout this topic, we will be using the following piece of artwork as a stimulus and to evaluate. The artwork is called 'Seven Days of Creation II' by Sushobha Jenner.

Genesis 1

In the beginning God created the sky and the earth, the sea and land, the mountains and valleys.

And God saw that it was good.

Next God made plants; trees and flowers, vegetables and fruit.

And God saw that it was good.

God made the sun to shine in the day and the moon and the stars to shine at night.

And God saw that it was good.

God filled the seas and rivers with all kinds of fish and water creatures. God made the birds to fly in the sky.

And God saw that it was good.

God made all kinds of animals, large and small to live on the earth

And God saw that it was good.

Lastly, God created a man and woman who were like himself. He asked them to look after the world and all its creatures.

And God looked at all creation and saw it was very good.

When God finished all this work of creating, God rested.

Our Trust Prayer


God Our Father,

Give us strength so that, guided by Our Lady’s example,

we can have the courage to say yes to you.

Help us to love like she loved, have faith like she had

and follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.

Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness, so that we can use

the gifts you have given us for the good of all in our community

and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette,

as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love

and forgiveness to others.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord.



Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.