Year 2’s Big Question this term is
“Why does Christmas matter to Christians?”In our first lesson we reminded ourselves of the details of the story of Jesus’ birth in the Bible. We found out about the word “Incarnation” and what it means to a Christian: God’s rescue plan for the world means God came to Earth as a man.
Our Christian Ambassadors have been working really hard on devising a Collective Worship to deliver to the classes in Key Stage One. Over a number of weeks, they gave up their lunch times to create and practise a Collective Worship session all about the Parable of the Lost Sheep. They all did absolutely brilliantly, engaging Yellow and Blue classes excellently with the story. I'm really proud of them and what they have achieved - on to Year One and Year R next!
Learning about the Holy Trinity in Year 4
Year 4 have been asking the 'Big Question', What is the Holy Trinity? We had a very active R.E. lesson when we went outside to the playground to reflect on this question and record our ideas about how Christians believe God is like 'three in one', that is God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit. We talked about when Jesus was baptized and how Christians believe the Holy Spirit came to him from God in the form of a dove. We discussed the meaning of water and why baptism is important to Christians.
This week, we focused on Yom Kippur, which is a special day for Jews all around the world. We thought about how saying sorry makes us and others feel. We gave examples of things that someone might apologise for and created a drama in which someone had to ask forgiveness.
On Thursday Key Stage 2 had their annual harvest festival. At the harvest festival they sang songs and showed work that they had done in class about harvest. Some of the songs they sung; Cauliflowers Fluffy, The Harvest Song and the most loved… Conkers!
Year 4 performed a poem called ‘Its Harvest Time’ which was about what happens and the different stages of harvest. They performed this energetic poem about how much they love harvest really well!
Year 5 were asked the big question… “What does Harvest look like?” They perfectly showed how they thought harvest looks on amazing posters that they designed by themselves in class. They used different shades of colours to paint the different fruit and vegetables that grow at harvest time.
Year 6 talked about what harvest would have been like back in World War 1. They spoke about how the Women’s Land Army was formed to help on the farm while the farmers were away fighting in the war. They also talked about rationing in World War 1 and what it would have been like. They presented their posters that they designed in class to recruit woman for the Woman’s Land Army.
Overall everyone had a great time at the harvest festival and we can’t wait until next year!
Harriet and Becky- (School Bloggers)
'You have to trust God to believe in Him.'
This is an amazing Year 3 response when discussing how Abraham followed God (Genesis 18: 1-10).
Outdoor Prayer Spaces Week
This week, we have been thinking about the Holy Trinity in our Outdoor Prayer Space. Three activities have been planned to help us consider the three aspects of God - God as three in one.
We have been thinking about what God the Father means to us, and drawing ideas in chalk all around the Outdoor Prayer Space. Mrs Wish's favourite quote so far is 'everyone needs a second chance' (written by Tegan in Year 4)
For reflecting on God the Son, we have been thinking about things that we are sorry for. Jesus died so that we could all be friends with God, so we have been writing things we are sorry for in sand, and then rubbing it away, to show that Jesus rubs these things away if we choose to become friends with Him.
Our contemplation of the Holy Spirit was a silent exercise. Using calming glitter jars, we sat and kept our minds clear, trying to listen out for the still, small voice within that Christians believe is the Holy Spirit speaking to them.
It has been lovely to use our brand new Outdoor Prayer Space for our Prayer Spaces Week this week; Mikey in Year 6 said that he really enjoyed the experience, saying that it made him feel closer to God because he was in His creation. Have a look at our pictures of children enjoying our Outdoor Prayer Space!
At school we have a new area outside the year 6 classrooms called the ‘Prayer Space’. It is a nice, calm area with benches and a cross in the middle to remind us all of God and that he is always with us. When it was being built, just before Easter, every class were invited to put stones in the cement to form the cross shape on the floor.
Minster Primary School has been working alongside 3 other schools. However, it’s not just the adults doing the work from each school as our Christian Ambassador Pupils are sharing ideas to improve the Prayer Space too. Did you know only ¼ of schools today have a calm area for prayers to travel to God? Our new Prayer Space will help the children to relax and speak to God and it’s a nice feature to have in the school.
We would like to say a special Thank you to Mr Higgin and Mr Hall for building this lovely, calm area that all the children at Minster CE Primary can enjoy. We are looking forward to June when our Prayer Space will be opened officially by the Bishop of Dover.
By Alex and Josh (Year 6)
Easter Church Service 2017
The whole school went to church for our Easter service on Thursday 30th March. With the help of our Christian Ambassadors, Rev. Richard told us the story of Easter and we sung beautifully. We were encouraged to remember the special message of Easter when whenever we see a hot cross bun, an egg, a chick and a chocolate Easter egg. Can you remember what each of these symbolised?
We have been learning about Christianity and learning about temptation. To understand how Jesus may have felt being tempted by the devil, the children were given different scenarios. One side tried to convince them to do the wrong thing, the other tried to convince them to choose the right thing to do. We had a good discussion about how we all have a choice even if people ask us to do something.
We have been looking at the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach). We learnt that the items of food on the Seder plate are all symbolic and make us think about what it means for Jews today. For example, the Charoset (a mixture of ground apples, ginger, cinnamon and grape juice) looks and feels like mortar and symbolises the bricks and mortar which the Jews were forced to use when they were slaves in Egypt.
Year 3 have been considering Creation. We have reflected on God as creator, wondering what kind of God He must be. Here are some of the children's thoughts.
"God is powerful. God is like a battery and without batteries, things won't work."
"God is mighty and brave. God likes creating things. He is the light and life of the world."
"God is the key of the world to unlock the power and the door."
"He is the God of everything because he is the one who made everything. God is the world."
Rainbow and Sunshine had an amazing time performing the Christmas Nativity this year to their parents and KS1. The show had many songs plus the band done a fantastic job playing the musical instruments. The narrators spoke confidently and clearly. The actors all looked fabulous too!
On Friday 15th December KS1 excitedly walked down to the church to perform their Nativity play to their parents, grandparents and carers. The children enjoyed learning all about the birth of Jesus and worked very hard to learn their words! The performance was a great success and enjoyed by all! We would also like to thank the parents for the wonderful costumes that were provided for your children to wear.
Key Stage 2 Christingle
Yesterday evening, the children celebrated Christmas at Minster by taking part in the Christingle at St Mary’s Church. The children sang beautifully, read clearly and really enjoyed themselves. The church looked magnificent as a result of a huge congregation (every square inch was filled). However, when the Christingles were lit, the church became even more magnificent.
Well done to all the children who attended – you made it a wonderful occasion and as a result, have made all of the staff feel very Christmassy!
Thank you also for the very generous donations you have made – the proceeds of which will be sent to The Children’s Society. We raised £374.10
Creation of the World
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
God created everything that exists out of nothing. All He had to do was speak, and whatever He said, it happened. First He said, “Let there be light!” and there it was. He spoke land and sea and sky and animals and birds and trees and plants and… everything into existence. But last of all, He made his most prized and precious creation. Us. We are God’s children. And just like a parent might say when they see their baby for the first time, He told us that we look like Him, that we are made in His image, and that we are the most beautiful thing He has ever made.
Use the resources to help make your year group’s ‘creation day’. We will create a Minster masterpiece together.
This week, year 6 have been reflecting on the Jewish celebration of Passover and the feast known as Pesach. During this time, Jews recall the story of 'The Escape From Egypt' and think about their freedom today.
Below are some posters from Orange Class about what Freedom means to us today.
Thank you for all the wonderful people we have that do lots of wonderful things like running clubs and teaching us new things that we didn't know about.
By Connie, Year 5
Both the lower school and upper school Harvest Festivals were held on Thursday and they were both wonderful services. The Reverend Richard was delighted to welcome us to St Mary’s Church and thankfully the dreadful rain did not interfere with walking to and from the church.
Many people have let Mr McCarthy and I know how delighted they were by the services held, and all our thanks goes to the teachers and children who worked so hard to make them such special events.
On Friday 24th June, our Collective Worship was led by some of our children. They asked to lead the Worship as they wanted to follow up from Monday, where we reflected on being thankful to God and the part played by Holy Communion in this.
Maisie and Maddie (Year 6), took the lead with support from Mia and Darcie (Year 3). It is great to have such young leaders, very willing to take an active part in our whole school Collective Worship.
Prayer Space Week
We held a Prayer Space Week from 23rd - 27th November. Prayer Spaces offer the opportunity to increase understanding of our Christian Values and the importance of prayer within the children’s spiritual and pastoral life. The children were asked to spend time reflecting on three of our Christian values. We explored Peace, Friendship and Forgiveness through simple activities that offered opportunities for everyone to reflect and pray. The adults who supported the children in these activities all commented on the depth of thought and engagement that the children demonstrated. We will hold a second Prayer Space Week in Term 4, where we will reflect on Justice, Creation and The Holy Trinity.