Desert to garden: ‘Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day’ (1 Cor 15:3). In this branch, pupils will study the season of Lent and its culmination in the events of Holy Week. They will learn about the Paschal Triduum at the heart of the Catholic Church’s Liturgy and life. The title of this branch points both to the liturgical journey from the desert of Lent to the garden of Resurrection, but also to the Paschal journey from darkness to light, barrenness to fruitfulness, death to life. (Religious Education Directory 2025 p.62)

Branch 4 is taught in the second half of the Spring term, which includes the season of Lent.

When planning the curriculum for this half term, we note the number of key events in the liturgical and school calendar and look for clear and explicit opportunities to embed learning by making links between different aspects of our wide curriculum.

In addition, we have identified some key opportunities and themes linked to the unit description.

These include:

  • plants, animals and growing
  • RSHE
  • Habitats
  • Egyptians linked to Passover and the Last Supper
  • Life cycles
  • Lent, preparing and waiting
  • Charity

How this looks in: