The learning schedule for RE at St Peter’s follows the Liturgical Calendar as closely as possible, meaning that before the Easter holiday the focus was squarely on the Lenten journey and the events of Holy Week. This also means that the Easter season is taken up with the study unit of Easter, even though we may be thinking of Easter Sunday as fading into the background as summer approaches. This week, therefore, Year 5 pupils have had a strong learning focus on the symbolism of items found within the Easter Triduum. This ranges from the empty tabernacle and the covered statues to Easter Vigil and the Paschal candle.
Mr R Cunningham
The Big Ask is a survey for children and young people aged 4–17 in England, launched by the Children’s Commissioner for England Dame Rachel de Souza. The survey is split into different age groups, so the pupils in school will fill in a version appropriate for their age, with support provided for our youngest children. The Big Ask survey won’t ask for a child’s name, phone number or email, and will keep the individual survey answers safe and private – they won’t be shared with anyone else. Children don’t have to answer any question if they don’t want to.
The Big Ask is children’s chance to have their say on the things that matter to them, expressing what their life is like, what they want in the future, and anything they think is holding them back. The outcomes of the survey will be used to inform local and national government decisions that affect the lives of children and young people.
The pupil survey can be found here The Big Ask and is open until 19th May.
There is also a version of the survey for completion by those aged 18+ and are a care leaver, a parent, or who work with children to share their views here Adults . I would encourage as many of you linked with the St peter’s community as possible to take part in this national survey, the biggest of its kind ever to be carried out in England.
Mr R Cunningham
Welcome back to St Peter’s for the summer term 2021.
The gradual return to something approaching normality continued this week with pupils at St Peter’s returning to Year Group assemblies. Indeed, for our youngest children in the Reception Year, Monday was their first experience of an assembly, led by Assistant Headteacher Mrs Knight. The theme for the Year R assembly, aligning both Laudato Si (May 2015) and Earth Day (22 April), was care for our natural environment, concluding with the following prayer:
Dear God, thank you for this beautiful planet.
Bless it and keep it safe from harm.
We pray for the protection of the animals, the soil, the air and the water.
May we care for all you have made.
Help us to love the Earth just like you love us.
We pray in Jesus’ name.
Children in Years 1 to 3 had their assemblies on Friday 23 April, so naturally inspiration was drawn from St George’s Day. Even though legends surrounding St George vary considerably, the common theme of the assembly was one of selfless service and helping others, which of course wove in the example of the late Duke of Edinburgh. Next week, assemblies will return for pupils in Years 4 and 5, where the theme will be music. These will include a mini-concert from the Hampshire Music Service, as we look to involve more children in learning to play musical instruments. Pupils in Year 6 will have a Friday assembly on the importance of consequences from actions, as they begin their last term as pupils at St Peter’s before moving on to secondary school in September.
Mr R Cunningham