Welcome to this week’s RE blog!
Firstly I have some dates for this term for you;
26th Sept Year 1 liturgy (parents welcome)
6th Oct CAFOD Harvest service (children only)
10th Oct Year 2 liturgy (parents welcome)
13th Nov Year R liturgy (parents welcome)
21st Year 5 and 6 Mass at Church at 10.45
5th Dec Advent service at Church 10.20 (we invite parents to walk to and from Church with us but unfortunately there will be no extra room for parents as this is a whole school event)
13th Dec Carol service in Church KS2 6pm
Worship this week reminded children about forgiveness. Mrs. Knight encouraged children to think about how many times they should forgive each other and how this feels. Children recognised that forgiving is not always easy. During class worship children will continue to reflect on forgiveness and the quote from whole school worship: ‘If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you.’
During RE lessons this week children have begun their learning about creation which is our topic for the next few weeks. In Year 3 children are looking at their responsibility towards God’s creation and thinking about why they were given this responsibility. They are also examining the role of Baptism in new creation and the specific duties of the Godparent. Year 5 have been thinking about how they personally are unique and have a unique place in God’s creation.
Here are some of Year 3’s posters and explanations of how and why they look after God’s creation.
Best wishes for a peaceful week!
Autumn Term has arrived! It was wonderful to welcome the children back to school last week looking happy and refreshed. We hope you had a great summer with your families. We began the school week with whole school worship led by Mr. Cunningham. He linked the Gospel reading to our new start at school and our mission statement and shared this reflection:
We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy. Bless us as we start this new year with our friends and teachers. Help us to make the most of every chance we have to start afresh. May we show love to one another and to all. May the new beginning of this school year remind us that you give us chances to start over again and again. Help us to forgive others as we receive your forgiveness. Help us to learn and to work together. Allow us to achieve our goals in life. Help us to listen when we should and to know te best words when we speak.
Our first Monday whole school worship of this term was very relevant to the children’s learning about their relationships and friendships. In the Gospel reading we heard; ‘where two or three are gathered together I am there’. We began by simply reflecting on Jesus’s presence with us. We then thought about how when we argue and upset each other it is hard to be together and we go away from where Jesus is. Jesus wants us not only to say sorry and forgive but also to explain to those who have hurt us how they have made us feel.
In class all children will be looking in depth at our mission statement analysing what it means and what it looks like in action. Our mission statement is ….“To walk hand in hand with God, loving Him, loving each other and loving ourselves, doing our best with the gifts He gave us to make the world a better place. Year 2 children made posters showing how the mission statement looks in reality in our school.
Year 3 made links between stories in the bible and our mission statement showing why we feel and behave the way we do at St. Peter’s.
I will look forward to updating you each week with all news that is RE related! Next week we have our first whole school mass to look forward to.
It was wonderful to welcome the children back to school on Tuesday. It feels like summer is a distant memory already!
The children have begun their learning about the Stone Age and have been archaeologists in maths searching for hundreds, tens and ones ‘stones’. We have already had some Stone Age home learning following the pyramid that was sent home on Tuesday. In English the children have been writing about their holidays concentrating on paragraphs.
As well as the pyramid for home learning please share your child’s new homework diary with them. There is a very valuable section at the front which includes prayers that we say at school. At the back is a section about behaviour.
Soon we will be sending a date for our welcome meeting – please check book bags. We look forward to meeting you all.
Have a restful week, please visit weekly for important Year 3 information!
Mrs. Luter, Miss Honeywell, Mrs Chapman and Mrs. Wickes
Make the impossible possible was the theme of this weeks worship. Mrs. Pfeiffer talked to the school about a disabled boy who became world class at wheelchair athletics. He said that if you change the way that you think about disability then anything is possible. He was a determined young man who made choices that enhanced his quality of life. By making choices through our relationship with Jesus we can do the same; our lives can flourish because of our faith.
In class all children continue their journey in learning about sacraments. Children in Year 5 have been learning about the wedding of Sarah and Tobias and then linking this to the promises made in marriage today.
Children in year 4 and 5 have been considering why there are less priests, nuns and practising Catholics in the world today. Year 5 turned their attention to whether it was because God was calling less people. They had plenty of their own ideas showing an excellent understanding of theology but also drawing on information that they found on the internet for example the quote by Pope Francis:
Children in Year one have been exploring symbols of peace which are used in the bible and in the sacraments.
We have just one week left of our Summer Term. On Tuesday Year 6 enjoyed a much deserved fun day with bouncy castles on the field and a disco in the hall. We will miss all of our year 6 children and wish them love and prayers for their future.
Enjoy the last week of school runs!
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ The message from this weeks Gospel may have had some words that were unknown to many children at the beginning of this weeks whole school worship but the message is easy to understand. Jesus is always there for us. We can share, at any time, our worries and concerns with Him and He will make us feel better. He supports us when things are difficult.
This week Year 6 had their final mass with us. We hope that the parents who joined us had happy memories dating right back to their first whole year group liturgy in reception. We also hope that they enjoyed their cream teas after mass! We have witnessed the children grow spiritually throughout their years here and wish them a happy and fulfilled journey to their next school.
Last week Year 2 had their final liturgy of the year. It was a beautiful celebration which many parents came to share.
The theme was Pentecost. There was some wonderful acting, thoughtful prayers and reflections and some superb singing. Well done Year 2. Next Year you will have masses in school and at church to help to prepare you for Holy Communion.
Our unit of learning in RE in school at the moment is sacraments. Children are learning about the significance of the sacraments in their own spiritual lives. Children in reception have been learning about their own baptisms and sharing photos. Children in year 6 have been looking at the Rites of Confirmation and comparing them to the Rites of Baptism.
Below are some pictures of the front entrance display created by the reception staff and children.
As followers of Christ how can we welcome Him into our lives? During whole school worship this week children thought about how they can be welcoming in their everyday lives. How can they welcome visitors to their homes? How can they make sure that their friends always feel welcome? Mrs. Osborne explained that if we welcome others into our lives we welcome God at the same time. By being welcoming to others we welcome God.
Lessons in class this week have focussed on sacraments with each year group beginning to think of the relevance of the sacraments in their own lives. Children in Year 2 led a liturgy together on Tuesday and they were joined by many family members and friends. We just have one year group celebration left this academic year which will be the Year 6 Mass followed by cream teas for family and friends. The mass will be held in the school hall on 11th July at 1.30.
Congratulations to all the children who have taken or are taking their First Holy Communion in our local churches. Their photos are proudly displayed at school for all to see, and I know that the children have enjoyed the congratulations given to them during worship time.
Such a special time as you deepen your relationship with Jesus. We hope that you all enjoy your family celebrations.
God bless you all,
“Do not be afraid”. The message delivered to the whole school during worship this week. Mrs Knight talked about some of the things that she is afraid of and gave children time to think about their fears. What can we do when we are afraid? We can place our fears in the hands of Jesus. He is always with us even when we are scared, worried or alone. How wonderful it is that we have the Lord to soothe our fears whenever we need Him.
On Thursday this week we celebrated the feast day of St. Peter and St. Paul. We were joined by Father Jeremy and Father Vitalis for a whole school Mass. Children have spent their RE lessons this week learning about St. Peter with each year group focussing on a different story that we learn about in the bible. Then, as is tradition on this feast day which is particularly special to us, all children were given a celebratory ice cream! Year 6 children also organised a cake sale which the children enjoyed attending in the afternoon.
Here are some photos of our mass.
Below are some photos from the annual Diocesan School Mass at St. John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth, that I attended with five children form Year 6 last week. It was a beautiful service with wonderful contributions from children from around our diocese.
We can hardly believe that there are only three full weeks left of term! It is so lovely to look back through our blogs and see just how much that we have achieved this year.
Best wishes for your weekend ahead,
This week we heard in whole school worship how Jesus calls Himself “the bread of life” and tells people that whoever eats His bread will live forever. We know that Jesus doesn’t really mean that He is a loaf of bread! He’s making a comparison in just the same way that He compares Himself to a shepherd. Just like bread is something that helps our bodies to live and grow, Jesus is reminding us that the way to keep our spirits strong and alive (both now and forever – with God in heaven) is to follow his example. Jesus is food for our souls in the same way that real bread is food for our bodies. Children will continue to find out how Jesus can be the ‘bread’ of their lives during worship this week.
Years 5 and 6 took a very hot walk to Sacred Heart on Tuesday. Only a few took the minibus back to school! The Mass was all about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I think that Father Jeremy was impressed with the knowledge that they already had but further helped them to understand the gifts, what they meant, and how they bear ‘fruit’. Thank you to all the parents and family members who joined us.
Tomorrow 6 children form Year 6 will represent our school at the annual Schools’ Mass at St John’s Catholic Cathedral in Portsmouth. We will be taking our school banner along as will all the Catholic schools in our diocese as a symbol of our unity. It is a chance for us to gather round the table of the Lord and give thanks for God’s grace on our schools and ask for His blessing on those in need that we have been supporting through our charitable endeavours. We will present a certificate detailing the amount we raised during Lent supporting CAFOD’s Big Fish appeal.
Reuben, Edward, Jessica, Molly, Bethany and Elliott from Year 6 will be joining me at the cathedral tomorrow, selected by their teachers for consistently showing a commitment to our Catholic ethos throughout their time at St. Peter’s.
Enjoy the sunshine!
Whole school worship this week gave us the opportunity to reflect on a concept that children of primary school age find very hard to understand; The Holy Trinity. Mrs Osborne compared the concept to an apple. One God; three parts. The outer skin is like God holding everything together. The flesh of the apple was compared to Jesus – the physical part of the Trinity who came to earth to teach us how to live. The seeds or the Holy Spirit help us to grow in our everyday lives.
Every class continues their learning about Pentecost and Mission this week. The Fruits of the Spirit have been a focus in many year groups helping us to understand how we can be good Christians. Through examining the Fruits of the Holy Spirit children have been able to recognise how the Holy Spirit is working in and around us even when times are turbulent in the world and in our own lives.
Children have been writing prayers to add to our prayer tree saying how they can spread God’s message today. Our prayer tree is at the entrance of the school where children can visit during their break times.
Children have also been contributing to a British Values display in the last couple of weeks. When they have been learning about British Values in class they have then added to a whole school display to reflect learning in this vital part of social development learning which weaves throughout our RE curriculum.
Best wishes for the week ahead,
During whole school worship on our first day back of the final half of our Summer Term, Mr Cunningham delivered an important message to all staff and children. Following on from Pentecost Sunday we were reminded that the disciples had an important message for the whole world. To deliver the message of God. Of peace. Of love. Whatever the language that we speak, whatever our creed or colour; the message is the same. In light of current events in our country this was a powerful message and children were reassured that we, together as a school community will support each other.
In lessons this week children will have the opportunity to further explore the message that God wants us to spread. Children will be able to add their own ideas to our school prayer tree about how they can spread God’s message in their daily lives.
Year 5 will be looking at how the Holy Spirit works in our lives and in the wider world. Younger children will explore the story of Pentecost thinking about how the disciples may have felt and how they may have reacted if they had been in the room with the disciples.
Children in Year 2 have been examining the Hindu festival of Holi. They compared the similarities and differences to the Christian celebration of Easter. There were many similarities which surprised the children. The main difference involved the throwing of colourful paints at each other which we agreed seemed like great fun. The children especially loved the fact that this Hindu festival is a real family event where all of the family have chance to spend time together.
We hope that you all had a restful half term. It hardly seems possible that we have arrived at our final half term of 2016-2017.