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St Philip Howard
Catholic Primary School
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WC 11th July 2022
In RE this week we learnt why Sunday is a special day to us. We discussed how we get ready for this special day including washing, doing our hair and putting our best clothes on. We set up a pretend altar and chairs outside for the children to role play going to church. We encouraged talking about the church services we go to and what they do; sing hymns, eat bread and drink wine, read from the bible and do the signs of the cross. This was a great experience for the kids and gave them a chance to be the priest.
WC 4th July 2022
This week we looked at knowing and being thankful that lots of people help to look after the church for us. We looked at pictures inside St Peter's church and thought about the jobs that might need doing in there. Children spoke about cleaning and hoovering it and changing the flowers. We linked this to looking after our school and our homes and all the jobs and people needed to do this.
WC 27th June 2022
This week we spoke about Jesus being present in a special way in the tabernacle and we can visit him. The children were shown pictures of the tabernacle and sanctuary lamp at St Peter's church and we spoke about their meaning. We introduced the word 'genuflect' and how we behave in church when we pray. The children got down on their knees to do our prayer to practise genuflecting.
WC 20th June 2022
This week in RE we have been looking at a church, knowing that it is a holy place where we can all pray and are welcome. We spoke about the behaviours we would expect in a church and what we do when we go to church. The children saw pictures of our two churches that the school visit - St Peter's church and Marychurch. We spoke about using the sign of the cross in our prayers and the children were offered the opportunity to draw a church.
W/C 13th June 2022
This week in RE, we looked at families. We spoke about our church family, school family and our family at home. We created a house using ticks and then drew our families inside. We discussed who we have in our family and who lives in our house and elsewhere.
WC 6th June 2022
This week we have been looking at Pentecost. We looked back at Jesus' ascension and how he said the Holy Spirit would come to look after the disciples. We read the story and looked at the symbols of wind, fire and water and a dove.
The children made wind sticks, to see if the wind blew, they also looked at how the wind carries bubbles in a certain direction. The children tried to make wind with their bodies and managed with their hands, nose and mouth.
We then looked at fire and and they made fire crowns to represent the fire over their heads like the disciples experienced. They also had the chance to paint a picture of fire if they wanted to.
Next we spoke about water and when we are baptized that we receive the Holy Spirit, we shared some baptism photos and then role played with the babies.
Lastly, the children could make white hand does, using their hand print and feathers.
WC 23rd May 2022
In RE this week, we have continued to look at the ascension. We discussed what we say when we say when people leave and the children came up with; goodbye, see you later, see you soon, bye. We also spoke about how we feel when someone important leaves, how did the disciples feel when Jesus left to go back to his Father. We also tried saying goodbye in the languages spoken in our class - English, Romanian, Polish, Telegu, Italian and Sri Lankan.
WC 16th May 2022
This week in RE we looked at the Ascension. We spoke about Jesus going back to his Father in heaven. We made pictures of Jesus ascending into Heaven and how he is still here although he is not here anymore.
WC 9th May 2022
This week we looked at the story of Jesus visiting his friends, and how they felt when they saw him. Also how Thomas felt when he appeared to him after the others knew. We role played the story using puppets and how Jesus can bring us peace, even when we are frightened.
WC 2nd May 2022
This week we looked at Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene. We recapped why everyone was happy after Easter Sunday and what had happened to Jesus. We celebrated that Jesus is risen and used streamers to have a joyful dance.
WC 25th April 2022
This week we reread the story 'Why are you smiling?' we looked at why Peter and Mary are smiling because Jesus had rose from the dead. We discussed new life and Spring, looking at what animals are born this time of year. We then spoke about how we can make people smile. We sat in a circle and children passed their smile along to the next person. Although we cannot share a smile we can still show people one and hope to pass it on.
WC 18th April 2022
We read the story of Why are you Smiling? Discussing what things make people smile and what we can do to make them smile too. Some of the children chose to make a paper plate face with a smile on. They could take this round the class to give smiles and we chose to keep them on our RE table for everyone to see and smile.
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W/C 7th March 2022
This week we read the story of Zacchaeus, we spoke about what he did wrong and how we could make it better. The children ordered the story and then discussed what to do if they do something wrong. We looked at different ways of saying sorry using our body language as well as words. We hugged, shook hands, signed sorry in makaton and touched one another arm.
W/C 28th February 2022
This week we looked at Mardi Gras/ Pancake Day. We discussed their meanings and what we do to celebrate here and in other countries. We made masks to have a mini carnival in the class, we used green, yellow and purple colours to decorate.
We also had some fun with pancake mix, mixing up our own recipes and trying pancakes at snack time. The children enjoyed telling everyone about the toppings they enjoy. They all sounded very yummy!
W/C 21st February 2022
This week we have been learning about what it means to be kind and unkind. We spoke about different behaviours that we can do to to be kind, these included: Playing with friends, showing people love, sharing our toys and saying hello to our friends and family.
The children showed me a thumbs up or thumbs down to whether they thought certain behaviours were kind or unkind.
W/C 7th February 2022
This week we learnt about how Jesus cured the man at the pool. We listened to the story and spoke about how Jesus made the sick man better. We questioned the children about who helps us when we are poorly. They came up with doctors, ambulances, Mummies and Daddies.
We role played helping sick people using dolls. We had bandages and plasters and the children dressed up as doctors and nurses. We used language such as stethoscope, thermometer, temperature, injection.
W/C 31st January 2022
This week we have been speaking about being kind to our friends and how we can show that. We sat in a circle and took it in turns to hold the bear and say what we could do to be kind to our friends. The children sat beautifully whilst listening to their friends and waited patiently for their turn.
Some of their ideas were: Listening to our friends, read a book together, kind hands, share our toys and playing with our friends.
W/C 17th January 2022
This week we have been practising the sign of the cross when doing our morning and end of day prayers. We have been talking about how we should be sitting when praying and who we are talking to when we pray.
We listened to the story of Jesus and the children. We retold key parts from the story using puppets and spoke how Jesus loves each one of us. The children traced their name on a piece of paper to represent them being loved by Jesus.
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"We are part of God's family. We follow the way of Jesus by loving, learning and doing our best."
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