Y5/6 trip to St Albans Synagogue & Cathedral

Y5/6 brought their RE learning to life by going on a trip to St Albans. We visited a synagogue first to learn about Judaism. The children gained first hand experience of how Jewish people worship and celebrate their faith. My group particularly enjoyed ‘Friday Night Dinner!’ Huge thanks to all the ladies from the synagogue for making us feel so welcome.

Then, a short trip back to the Cathedral, lunch in the wind, then inside for a tour. We learnt about St Alban (the first Christian martyr), and the changes the building had gone through from its beginnings as a shrine to St Alban, to the grand Norman building we see today.

A great day out. Year 5/6 – what interested you?

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Christmas Celebration Service – War Child Donations

I really hope everyone enjoyed a good sing down at St Thomas’ Church earlier today. I thought you were all in fine voice!

At the end of the service, we read ‘Refuge’ by Anne Booth & Sam Usher. This is a beautifully written and illustrated re-telling of the famous nativity story. The donkey and it’s precious load simply needed the kindness of strangers when they were in danger: a very topical theme.

Lots has been written, and many opinions have been shared about the plight of the refugees; it remains a contentious issue. However, what my class, year 5, unanimously agreed is that the children caught up in dangerous situations are innocent and really should be helped.

This is why we took a collection for War Child at the end of the Carol Service. War Child is a charity that gives aid, support and education to children who are caught up in dangerous and frightening situations; whose lives have been torn apart by war.

If you didn’t manage to donate at the end of the Service but you still want to donate, please see any member of staff and they’ll make sure your donation gets added. Also, if you’d like to buy the book, you can buy it online here. £1 from every book sold goes to War Child. You can get a sneak preview below.

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Year 2 visit Westminster Abbey

We had a wonderful visit to London and the historic Westminster Abbey. The children experienced a special tour and saw the Coronation Chair. We were able to stand together in a circle and sing as way to spread peace and joy! Each child was able to create their very own Westminster Abbey Christmas star to be hung up as a reminder of all that they learnt.  The most special part of the day was hearing a special prayer for Maple Cross School read out to the whole of the Abbey! A wonderful day of learning.

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Christingle creativity

This morning, during our Religious Education lesson, Year 1 learnt about the Christian tradition of making christingles. They learnt about what each part represented in the Christian faith and were very respectful and understanding of differing religious viewpoints. They then worked systematically to create their very own christingles. If you see anyone from Year 1, ask them about what each part of the christingle stands for.

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Learning about Islam

Year 2 have been learning about a new religion and culture. Miss Ahmed taught the children about some of the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. The children saw inside a Mosque on an interactive video and even learnt to speak some Arabic words. Ask Year 2 what an ‘Imam’ and ‘Qibla’ are! It was a pleasure to learn about different beliefs and the children were very respectful of cultural differences. Everyone was asking questions and sharing their own thoughts.

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Year 2 offer art work for St. Thomas’s Church Flower Festival 2016

Year 2 children were invited to create their own art work for the annual Flower Festival at St Thomas’s Church. The children were all involved in printing their own flowers for a very special display. This morning, the children had the opportunity to visit their art work and view some of the amazing floral displays. The children had many questions for the adults who look after the church and will be able to use this experience for their learning after half term.

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Multicultural visitors

We welcomed Father Jairo and some of his friends to the school today: The Reverend Emily from East Hertfordshire; The Reverend Sam from Barnet; Helen from Sweden and Bishop Phillip from Belize!

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The children in Years 1 to 6 explored their own ideas of ‘Angels’; learned that the word angel means messenger and were asked to think of a message an angel might come and tell them. My personal favourite was, ‘clean your room!’

This week we have been celebrating diversity across the world and we look forward to welcoming parents to a short open afternoon on Friday, after Celebration Assembly, to come and see what the children have been learning.

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Multicultural Week CHALLENGE!

Dear All,

We begin a week of multicultural learning on Monday. All the children will be engaging in some form of cultural learning linking to their topics and the Religious Education curriculum. We are also excited to welcome some friends of Father Jairo to speak with the children on Wednesday – Bishops no less! To launch our celebration of diversity, respect and tolerance, I challenge you to learn, ‘The Alphabet of Nations’ (by the band They Might Be Giants.) Can you take it one step further to locate these countries on a world map and find out something amazing about them?!

 

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