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P7 - Paul and Pilgrimage

These exemplar narratives follow the core learning chosen by the John Ogilvie cluster group/working group, and the Our Lady's/Cardinal Newman cluster group/working group and contained in the diocesan planning exemplars:
P7 Paul and Pilgrimage short version (click to open)
P7 Paul and Pilgrimage long version (click to open)


Exemplar narrative 1:

St Mary’s, Cleland:

Introduction or Starting Point: 

Link to children’s own personal experiences of ‘journey’ to help them gain a sense of change and growth over time.


  • P1 to P7 academic journey through school

  • Spiritual and Sacramental journey of faith through Baptism; Reconciliation; First Communion and Confirmation

  • Children could bring in personal reminders of receiving the Sacraments; such as photographs, workbooks, Baptismal candle or gifts received (with permission)

  • Transition from Nursery to Primary and from Primary to High School

  • Actual holidays - Going away kind!

  • Create individual or group Flow Charts of these journeys

  • Development:Introduce St. Paul and his personal journey from conversion to mission.

  • St. Paul’s life before conversion

  • Conversion

  • What his mission became

  • The end of St. Paul’s life (I have fought the good fight...I have kept the faith...all that is left for me now...)

  • Use bibles in groups to study scripture readings from St. Paul’s letters, especially on theme of ‘Love’

  • Map work to follow his actual journey

  • Create a flow chart of St. Paul’s journey



Introduce idea of places where people travel to on special journeys called ‘Pilgrimage’; and why they go there.  For example:

·         Lourdes

·         Fatima

·         Santiago de Compostela

·         Holy Land etc.

·         Class can study and research one place of pilgrimage in class.

·         Invite someone from a local group of HCTP for example to come and give personal experience of           pilgrimage and what it means for him/her.  Children compile a set of questions to ask.

·         Children can undertake to do a personal research project on one of the other places of                             pilgrimage, which they present to the class/school assembly.


Plenary Activity

·         What do I know about St. Paul?

·         What do I understand ‘pilgrimage’ to mean?



Exemplar narrative 2:

St. Ambrose cluster

Scottish/Celtic faith heritage

- Mark on the map five places (seats) of learning

-Create the first word from an illuminated manuscript.

-In a group learn a Taize chant

-Listen to the story of Br. Roger of Taize, discuss his character.

-Stained glass depicting the daily tasks of a monk.

- Write a diary entry for a monk in a Scottish Abbey from the ancient past.

-Meditate as a class on the mission of (listen) St. Therese of Lisieux.

-Compare the mission of St. Therese of Lisieux with a modern prayer mission -Sciaf, missio etc.

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