To the ends of the Earth: ‘Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ (Mt 28:19). In this branch, pupils will study the events that flowed from the Resurrection and Ascension in the coming of the Holy Spirit and the work of the apostles and early Church. They will also learn about the Catholic Church today as the apostolic Church and how its liturgy and structures flow from the early Church. (Religious Education Directory 2025 p.62)

Branch 5 is taught in the first half of the Summer term, which includes the season of Easter and Pentecost.

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:

  • Studying places beyond the United Kingdom.
  • Developing understanding of charity and missionary work, including key people from the past.
  • Easter
  • Pentecost
  • Changes in history over time, including how the Catholic church developed.
  • Beyond our locality

How this looks in:

Early Years Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6