LO: to choose to use our talents to help others.
Introduce the children to the symbols of Lent: ashes (refer to going to mass) from Palm Sunday, the liturgical season colour purple, fish - to remind us to fast by not eating meat on Fridays, barren stones to remind of Jesus’ time in the desert and pretzels to remind us of fasting and praying hands. Have examples if possible to show children and maybe make some pretzels at home.
Introduce what a parable is – a story which Jesus told to teach his followers a lesson in how to live their life. Tell the Parable of The Talents and discuss how we are expected to use the talents that God has given us and how we can do this?
Think about using our talents to help others. Create a family talent chart for children to think about using their talents during Lent to serve God and to care for other people.
Activity: How can you serve and help others during Lent? Complete the Lenten Promise wheel.
LO: To know North, South, East and West
Children will learn how to use simple compass directions (north, south, east and west) and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map. Play a game outside where children have to run between identified compass points to consolidate vocabulary. View the PowerPoint and label the compass point sheet.
LO: To know that maps have a key and use NSEW
Look at the blank treasure map. Introduce the key that is used on maps and point out the compass in the corner – revisit that North is at the top of the map. Show the four places (mountains, lake, forest and cottage) and the key. Ask children to cut out the pictures and place on the map in the correct position – NSEW.