Each class was invited to take part in the Spirited Arts competition over the last few weeks. The Spirited Arts competition is run by NATRE (National Association of Teachers of Religious Education). They provide themes for schools to choose from and receive entries from around the world every year (including Australia, Hong Kong and Thailand as well as the UK)
This half term's RE lessons were planned and taught based on each classes chosen theme and the children then created their entries for the competition which could take the form of any of the following:
A maximum of 10 entries can be sent to the international competition so we ran our own competition in school. The winners from each Unit were selected by teachers and have been put forward to the international competition. You can see the entries below:
Unit 2 transformed their activity area with amazing artwork to represent God's good earth which complements their class poems beautifully. Have a look at the photos below:
We invited the children to produce an Easter inspired masterpiece. This could be as creative and ‘out of the box’ as they wanted it to be. They could choose to represent what Easter means to them in cake, biscuit, sculpture, painting, collage or something else. The choice was theirs.
What an amazingly talented school of children we have! It is an understatement to say that we were absolutely delighted by the effort and thought that clearly went into the eggsellent masterpieces. Choosing the winners of each class was a very difficult task. Please take a look through the gallery below to see the wonderful creations.
Happy Easter to you all.
Whole School Mustard Seed Day - 30.1.20
On Thursday, the whole school spent the day learning about and learning from the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13: 31-35, Mark 4: 30-32, Luke 13: 18-19). As mentioned on last week's newsletter, this parable encompasses who we are as a school and links with our Care Achieve Persevere Enjoy Learn ethos.
Mr Cornish shared the parable of the mustard seed with the children in Collective Worship. There was a distinct gasp of surprise from the children when they were told that our wonderful oak tree started life as a small acorn.
From this parable, we have taken 'With faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains' as our strapline. The children have been learning a song to help them remember the strapline and Unit 3 have been working on adding actions to the song. We're sure many of you may have already had the pleasure of listening to the very catchy song.
Once back in their classrooms, children listened to or watch a video of the parable and then worked in pairs to retell it. A highlight of the day was when Unit 2 and Unit 1 children paired up so that Unit 2 children could retell the story to small groups of Unit 1 children. They then worked together to create role play of the parable.
The children also spent a lot of time discussing what the parable means and what message it has for them. We talked about the importance of having faith in God and having faith in yourself to allow you to grow just like the tiny mustard seed that grew into a huge tree where birds came to nest. KS2 children wrote on a paper leaf a goal that they can use their faith in God or themselves to help them achieve.
When you enter the school, you will see the amazing displays that the children have created based on the parable of the mustard seed. There are pictures below too.
From January 2020 the school will be working on our ethos, answering the question what is it that makes our school a distinctively Christian school?
Keep coming back to this page to find details of what we will be doing and how we will be engaging the children!