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Please follow the link to download and read the newsletter. Autumn 1 2019 Newsletter
Inspiring – Educating – Developing
We Are All Flowers in God’s Creation
Ava, Natalia, Caitlin and Martha from Class 6 led our collective worship on the 11th June. They read the Creation story from the Bible and shared the important message that we are all flowers in God’s creation. We thought about how we can take care of the world including the animals and people in need by sharing our thoughts as we passed the candle around. We ended our prayer time singing ‘Our God is a Great Big God’ and with our school prayer. Thank you to the girls for a calm and faith-filled collective worship.
We learnt about the story of Pentecost and chose to act this out in the classroom. We made fire headbands and danced around our classroom to some music that reminded us of the wind. We reflected on the special gift of the Holy Spirit and what we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us with.
The Easter Story
James and Nelson, from Class 5, led our collective worship on 21st May. They read the Easter story form the Bible and helped us to reflect on how the people who found the empty tomb would have been feeling. We each wrote our ideas down and came back to the prayer circle to share these with each other. We enjoyed singing ‘He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands’. Thank you to the boys for their thoughtful, and peaceful collective worship today.
We continued on our Lenten journey through Holy Week and learnt about what happened to Jesus during the week. We started with Palm Sunday and acted out this story in class using palm leaves that we had made and shouting ‘Hosanna’ as we rejoiced with the crowd, who had seen Jesus on that special day. We learnt a new technique to make our palm leaves, called weaving, and all worked hard to make the patterned leaves with paper. We played a freeze frame game too and shared our ideas about the thoughts and feelings of Jesus, his disciples and the crowd on that special day.
We learnt about The Last Supper and acted out this story too imagining what it would have felt like to share the bread and wine with Jesus on that day.
During Lent we learnt about what a special time of year this is and how it is a time of year when we can focus on being more like Jesus. We each made our own Lenten promises that we shared during our collective worship in class. We also collaged the word ‘Lent’ using a range of purple coloured materials. We used these to decorate our classroom altar.
We performed the Nativity with Hopscotch Pre-School to share the very special story of when Jesus was born. We all enjoyed having a role in this including acting, speaking and singing. Our parents and families came to watch us and were all very proud. Thank you to Mrs Hazelton for all her hard work helping put this together.
People Who Help Us
We learnt about the special role of a priest in our church community and how they help to take care of the church too. We visited our church to find out more and got the opportunity to look at some of the special artefacts that are in church and used at Mass. Thank you to Christine Dodd for kindly giving her time to share this with us and answering our questions.
People Who Care for Us
We learnt about the special people who care for us, including our families and teachers. We drew pictures of these people inside a heart, to remind us that they choose to care for us because they love us; and we love them! We used these to decorate our class altar which looked wonderful. We also had smaller hearts placed on the altar which we could take and share with others that we love and care for.
Growing in Faith and Love
In Reception Class, collective worship is a special part of our day where we gather, listen and talk with God. The children help to prepare this by choosing objects from the class altar and other places too. This may include candles, our statue of Mary, our ‘Circle of Friends’, the Bible, our prayer bear, our prayer tree and natural objects from the world around us. The children help to plan the collective worship by choosing elements to be included, using our prayer planning cards.