LO: to understand the meaning of some of the symbols of Baptism: the Baptismal Candle
Start the session with a game of pin the tail on the donkey. How did it feel to be blindfolded when trying to do something. Discuss with the children what it is that we need to be able to see – link with our topic work about sources of light. Show children different sources of light.
Refer to Gospel of St John Chapter 8:12: 12 When Jesus spoke to the people again, he said: I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the light of life.
Show children a Baptismal Candle and refer to the part of the ceremony which refers to the Baptismal candle – this reminds us that when we join God’s Family at Baptism, we are following the light of Jesus and that he promises to take care of us and guide us when we follow him. Look at the symbols that are upon the candle and discuss their meaning.
Discuss in what other ways ‘Christ is our Light’.
Make a crafted candle (this could be done using modelling clay or a card tube that is decorated). Paint them white and add the symbols so that all children have their own Baptismal Candle.
This week we will be talking about all of the things that we have been learning this half term. To engage the children we will be talking about Tessy Bear who can’t get to sleep. She got all mixed up when she was getting ready for bed, then her room was too dark, she couldn’t find her snuggly blanket and she could hear funny noises in the woods outside. Poor Tessy. Tessy Bear needs your help to get ready for bed and understand more about night time.
Read the story 'Tessy Bear gets ready for bed' (In the Literacy section) as part of the project. Use the Challenge Booklet below with your child at home.
NB: Activity 4 will also be our Literacy activity this week.