Religious Education Blog
  • Saturday 19th October (Mrs Dyer)

    What a great day Sukkot was yesterday! The children drew an amazing imaginary Sukkah each. The designs were extremely imaginative, ranging from Sukkah on dirt bikes to Sukkah in trees and even a Sukkah on a dog!

    They also made decorations for the Sukkot they had made on Thursday.

    Everybody made a Lulav and we took them out to a waving ceremony with the whole school. Reverend Anand read the prayer in Hebrew and we all waved the Lulav in the six directions according to Jewish law.

    Finally we finished the day in our Sukkot with a biscuit Sukkah we had made and somr breadsticks and raita. After all the festival of Sukkot is all about celebrating the harvest with friends and family.

  • 'The Light of the World' (Mrs Bratley)

    'Light of the World' underpins our new school vision and children have been undertaking different tasks to help them understand what this means.

    Our reception children in Potter Class have been exploring light and dark and have talked about how God helps us to see in the dark and guides us. They related light to kindness and being happy and darkness to unkindness and being sad.

                                

    Our year one and two children in Nightingale Class discussed how our 5 school values: Compassion, Citizenship, Caring, Creativity and Courage can link to 'Let Your Light Shine'.  They thought about how they could let their 'light' shine by making sure that their share their talents and good qualities with others, rather than keeping them hidden/in the dark.  Inspired by a book that Luca had brought into school to share with everyone, they made their own picture card creation that showed their good qualities/talents only being shown when they are in the light.

                                        

      

    In Class Lowry, year three and four children used the Bible to carry out research to find out when light is referred to.  Discussion was had about what they think the references meant.  Links were made with our school values.

       

     

     

     

  • It's All Good - We are made in God's image (Mrs Bratley)

    In this week's assembly, we used 'Care', one of our school values to help us explore what it means to be in God's image. A poem about the Creation story was shared to help us think about the most special thing that we thought God had made and to help us realise how very special God is.

     

    We also watched a great clip about the Creation story.  By seeing the Creation Story presented in a poem and through art in an animation, we were also able to think about Creativity - another one of our school values. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHu352QwXXM

    We decided that God was the most special thing that God made as people are made in God's image.  I explained that part of this is to do with creativity - with making, imagining and loving, like God did when he made the world.

      

  • Sunday 28th April (Mrs Bratley)

    I hope everyone had a lovely break over the Easter Holidays and was able to enjoy the sunshine. With it being St Georges’s Day on the first day back, I was able to link ‘Courage’, one of our school values to St George, the patron Saint of St England.  After some fun role-play, we were able to understand that whilst we may not be physically brave like St George, we can be brave by not following a crowd when we know that something is wrong or by doing things by making the world a better place. We also listened to story about St George and the dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEwNd_yInKA

  • Wednesday 10th April (Mrs Bratley)

    Spring Term ended in a very special way, with us all coming together for our Easter Service, which was held at the church.  The day started perfectly as we walked in the glorious sunshine to the church.  'Compassion', one of our new school values was used to theme our service this year, and after a group of children opened the service with a lovely Easter poem, the choir sang 'No Matter What' - a beautiful song about compassion.    

    As the photographs show, children in Class Lowry (Years 3 & 4) performed an interesting and informative sketch about Palm Sunday.

         

    Our reception children from Class Potter focused on 'The Last Supper' and exhibited a wonderful 'Last Supper' banner that they had all worked hard to create back in class.  They sang 'Take this bread' and we were all impressed with how successful they were in retelling events that happended during 'The Last Supper'.

      Class Newton performed a very powerful sketch about the 'Crucifixion' - 'Conversations at the Cross' and through this, we were able to think about the event from different people's perspectives.

       

    After singing 'Lord of the Dance' and a reading from Matthew 28:1-20, Class Nigtingale (Years 1 & 2) performed a poem called 'He is risen'.  

      

    Reverend Anand led the prayers and blessing and used some great props to help us understand the Easter Story.

      Easter wouldn't be Easter without us singing one of our favourite Easter songs - 'A Spring Chicken', which we sang to conclude the morning at the church.

     

     

  • One Way Club (Mrs Bratley)

    Over the last four weeks of the Spring Term, a wonderful team of helpers from the Parish has kindly given up their time to visit the school to run ‘One Way Club’. This has been really popular with the children, who have enjoyed doing the creative crafts that have been on offer. In their first session, they focused on Palm Sunday and explored people welcoming Jesus and understanding how humble a King he is.  During their ‘Last Supper’ session, salt dough bread rolls were made and discussion was had around how we remember the meaning underlying bread and wine when taking communion.  Last week, during ‘Crucifixion’, children enjoyed decorating cross biscuits.  The focus was on how Jesus willingly took the punishment, even though he is completely innocent.  Children were encouraged to think about how brave Jesus was on our behalf.  In the last session, for the theme of ‘Resurrection’, craft egg magnets and scratch eggs were made, with the key focus being on the hope of joy in the new life that we have through Jesus.

      

     

  • Jesus, our superhero ... (Mrs Bratley)

    In keeping with our World Book Day superhero theme, Helen from the Parish led a thoughtful assembly last Thursday.  She asked everyone to think about the powers that superheroes have and then talked about who her superhero was, by listing all the amazing things that Jesus can do.  Whilst all the superheroes from the fiction books that we read are imaginary, she felt that as Jesus is real, there is no better superhero than Jesus himself. From reading his teachings in the Bible, we can all learn about compassion.

        

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwTqbkkAZ2A

  • Worship Group (Mrs Bratley)

    Our Worship Meeting will be starting their meetings again.  We will be meeting on Tuesday 26th March at 12:40 -13:10. We will be discussing our new school values and will be thinking about biblical stories that we can link with them, along with moving forward with our 'Worship Bags' for the Spritual Garden, our story telling pebbles and a new school prayer.  We have lots planned.  Parents, Governors and Parish members, we welcome your support.

  • CALENDAR (Mrs Bratley)

    Do use the calendar to find out when key events and meetings are taking place!  

  • Courage (Mrs Bratley)

    In last week's assembly, 'Courage', another one of our new school values was explored, with the story of Gideon from the Old Testament being used to help us understand how we can grow in confidence and have courage to do things. The story was brought to life through role-play with children taking on the characters of the Israelites, the Midianites and of course Gideon himself. We talked about how Gideon needed lots of reassurance from God and how we should not be scared to admit that sometimes we may need reassurance, and that we should not be afraid to ask for help. The assembly ended with children being asked to think about an area that they would like to have more courage with.

  • Compassion (Mrs Bratley)

    ‘Compassion’, one of our new school values has been explored in an assembly. To help children understandwhat compassion meant, I used role-play with five children to help me explain. I set a scenario in whichchild ‘A’ came onto stage feeling sad and sat down with their shoulders hunched over. Child ‘B’, looked at child ‘A’ in despair, child ‘C’ pointed accusingly at child ‘A’, child ‘D’ looked at child ‘A’ and looked away. It was only child ‘E’ who looked at child ‘A’ and went and put their arm around her. I asked children to think about who they thought Jesus was and we discussed how Jesus always wanted to help, no matter who it was or however big the problem was. By asking child ‘E’ to put on child ‘A’s shoes, I explained that to give compassion towards somebody, we have to sometimes put ourselves in their shoes. To demonstrate this, I used the Good Samaritan Bible story about Jesus healing the man with leprosy.

            

     

  • Working Together (Mrs Bratley)

    A recent practical assembly focused on working together and teamwork. To help children think about the qualities needed, I carried out two activities with them. The first involved children working in two teams of six. Each group was given 5 pieces of paper that they had to use to step on to get from one end of the school hall to the other. They quickly realised that they didn’t have a piece each! The other task involved children standingin a circle, holding hands with two different children and then working together to untangle their hands without letting go. We decided that a good team has to collaborate, listen and most importantly that everybody has a part to play. In Helen Williams’ assembly, she talked about the success of Louis Hamilton and the very big team that he has. With reference to the bible, we have thought about the role of the disciples and the part that each of them played.

     

     

  • Our New School Vision (Mrs Bratley)

    Following the vision work carried out last term, we're delighted to now have our new school vision and a new school sign ...

     

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  • Vision Building Workshop: 12th November (Mrs Bratley)

    Come along at 1:30 to our vision building workshop.  Listen to our children present their creative vision homework and work with us to create our new vision.