Whole school worship this week gave us the opportunity to consider how Jesus shows love and how we can show love. We reflected upon how we can show love through our actions and through words that we say. By showing love to those around us we are also showing our love to God. In class we have turned our thoughts to how we can live a full life with Jesus; loving ourselves and loving each other were suggestions that many children made.
In lessons this week Year 4 have been analysing different scriptures to find information about what heaven is like. They then drew the picture of heaven that had been created through the scriptures.
In Year R children have been retelling key elements of the Easter story. They enjoyed making Easter books and colouring Easter pictures adding some key words.
Have a lovely week! Next week RE news from Year 6, 1 and 2!
Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd; in worship this week children considered why Jesus called us His sheep. Sheep all look the same but Jesus knows each and every one of us as individuals. He can hear our thoughts. He knows when we are happy. He knows when we are sad. Our lovely Year 5 and Year R identical twins Dylan and Freddie and Eddie and Patch helped me to explain this to the school. They may look very similar, in fact sometimes it is very hard to tell them apart, but they are different people with different thoughts and different feelings. All four boys tell me that their families are good at telling who is who just like Jesus knows each and every one of us.
We also heard about how Jesus is ‘the gate’. The gate to God and leading a good and fulfilled life. Sheep follow their leader. Jesus wants us to follow Him, our leader, in the same way. In class worship we have been reflecting on how to lead our lives in the best way possible. How can we follow Jesus? Year 2 wrote their ideas on footprints and then created a pathway.
In lessons Year 2 found out more about the symbolism of the Paschal Candle. They started off by labelling a picture of a Paschal Candle. They were particularly interested to find out about how five jewels on a Paschal Candle can represent the five wounds that were inflicted on Jesus. Some children then went on to make their own candles and decorate the prayer area with them along with their footprints from worship.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand has been the focus in Year 3 lessons. They have been applying their skills from English to write newspaper reports about the events of the miracle and thinking about the similarities to the events in Mass.
Have a lovely week!
This week our Year 6 children are taking their SATs tests and so we keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Due to the hall being used for testing, worship has taken part in class every day this week. Children are reflecting on how Jesus is ‘the way in’ through Him we can find the entrance to God’s Kingdom if we choose to follow Him when He calls our names.
In lessons, Year 4 have been learning about The Hail Mary prayer and how part of it is scriptural, and where in the scriptures we can find the words we speak when we say the prayer. Children then looked at how the second part of the prayer is about us as children of God asking Mary to pray for us. I think that you will agree that they produced some stunning work.
Year 5 have been deepening their understanding of the Easter Vigil and thinking about why the resurrection is so important to Christians and how life might be if it had never happened. They then went on to showing the signs and symbols of the Easter Vigil through stained glass window art work.
In Reception children have looked for signs of life in their surroundings and have also looked at symbols of new life in the bible. They could refer to the tadpoles and chicks that they watched grow in class and they are beginning to think about imagery that represents new life in their religious lives.
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This week in school we are thinking about how Jesus is revealed to us more and more in much the same way he revealed himself to the two disciples traveling to Emmaus. We can get to know him better by reading his remarkable life story, thinking about what it means to us, and praying for guidance. We always think in school about how we can follow in the steps of Jesus and reflected on this in this weeks worship with the help of the display that the whole school created with their own footprints.
Year 3 and 4 spent a wonderful morning at the Church on Tuesday thinking about Mary and their own mothers. It is always a pleasure to visit the Church with our children; thank you to all the families and friends who helped us to celebrate.
Key Stage 1 children have also been thinking about how Easter is celebrated in church and have found out all about the Paschal Candle and the meaning of the symbols used. Year 1 enjoyed finding out about how the disciples reacted to The Resurrection thinking about how they felt when then saw Jesus. Our Year 1 children love spending time reading our school bibles.
Our entire school is a reflection of this liturgical season. Our prayer areas will turn their focus towards Mary this month and our altar and prayer cloths remain white throughout Easter.
Here are some photos of the displays around school for you to enjoy…