Remembrance

Throughout this month we have been remembering the heroes of war who gave their lives for us. The children made a poppy with their hand prints and even had poppy biscuits for lunch! We talked about the significance of the poppy and the children were all very keen to purchase poppies to wear after this.

 

Year of Oscar Romero – November: Remembrance

The theme November for Year of Oscar Romero is Remembrance – based around Remembrance Sunday. We discussed what Remembrance Sunday was about and why we mark the occasion. The Year 6 children have been helping to sell poppies all week and we discussed how the poppy has become the symbol for Remembrance Sunday.

The children then completed an activity: doing an outline of their own hands and cutting out on red paper. They wrote prayers on these hands and then we put them all together to form a giant poppy. This poppy was used in whole school collective worship on Friday afternoon. We finished by praying together and hoping for an end to bloodshed and war.

Remembrance Day

Today in year 5 we talked about the importance of Remembrance through the month of November. We shared stories and thought about those that are sadly no longer with us. Then the class discussed why we wear poppies, what they show and the meaning that they have.

As we read our remembrance prayer, we took a moment of silence to show our respect and compassion for those we have lost.

Every child then wrote their own remembrance prayer which we then listened to as we gathered.

Finally, we each made a red hand print on a piece of card to make our own class poppy. Mrs Robinson Crow and Miss Reid will then help the children display this in our classroom for the rest of the month.

Remembrance – Oscar Romero

This month’s Oscar Romero theme is Remembrance.

We have been reflecting on the significance of this act by listening to Psalm 121.

I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not suffer your foot to stumble; he who watches over you will not sleep.
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall keep you from all evil; it is he who shall keep your soul.
The Lord shall keep watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore.

In response, we have worked in small teams to write remembrance acrostic poems and have listened to quiet, reflective music while using our own handprints to create a poppy wreath.

Please join us in prayer.

Loving God,

During November we pray for all those who have died, especially members of our own families and friends. Help us to keep our loved ones alive in our hearts and minds. In this month of remembrance we pray for those who have lost their lives through war. We pray for peace in our troubled world. We pray for all those who are sad because they have lost someone. We ask you to console them and be with them. Send your love and mercy to comfort all sorrows. We ask this in your name, Lord.

Amen

Lord, please help us to remember those who have sacrificed for our sake.

 

Oscar Romero – Remembrance

Today, the children reflected on Remembrance and all the men and women who have died in the war. We gathered together to say a prayer for them and wrote a Remembrance poem for those who have lost their lives.

Justice

Throughout September we have been thinking about this month’s theme ‘Justice’. We have thought about people who are less fortunate than us and who are hungry. We prayed for them and thought about what Jesus would have done. We drew a picture of Jesus feeding the hungry on a plate and role played these actions using our play food.

 

Year of Oscar Romero – Justice

The theme for the month of October was Justice. We discussed the meaning of justice and the ‘rights of all’ to have a voice. We learned about the work of CAFOD to help bring justice and peace to the people of El Salvador. After watching a short video, the children got into small groups and created an El Salvador factfile; researching the impact of the civil war; the work done by CAFOD to help; and other interesting facts. At the end of this process, the children fed back to the class what they had found out. We finished by saying a peace prayer about justice in the world.

Oscar Romero – Justice

Today, the Year 4 children focused on this month’s theme – Justice. The children discussed the work of CAFOD and all they do for poor people in El Salvador. We learnt that thanks to CAFOD’S good work, a lot of people can now grow their own food and have a healthy, nutritious meal. Year 4 designed a Romero cross decorated with symbols of food.

Well done Year 4!

 

Oscar Romero – Justice

This month’s Oscar Romero theme is Justice; we will be thinking about injustice around the world and why this is such a travesty to humanity.

Please join us in our prayer.

Loving God, we know it is not your will for some of your people to have everything and others to have nothing. We pray for justice in your world that all your gifts may be justly shared. Give us the strength to work for this. Help us to build a fairer world by being generous with what we have. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen

In our reflection today, we have seen how food is a common injustice I the world. We discovered how thousands of children are starving in Africa, and that we have more food in England than we can eat! We have discussed the needs of all of God’s people, and have decided to help however we can. We are going to pray for the children of Africa and will ask God to help them.

For I, the LORD, love justice. – Isaiah 61:8

He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the loving kindness of the LORD. – Psalm 33:5

 

Oscar Romero – Peace

In continuation of our Oscar Romero reflections, we have this month’s topic – Peace. Please join us in our prayer for peace. 

Dear God,

We thank you for giving us your peace. Help us to be peacemakers at home and at school by loving and caring for one another. Help us to be peacemakers by listening to one another, even when we don’t agree. Help us to be peacemakers by sharing our time with those who are lonely and who need a friend. Help us to be peacemakers by thinking and praying for children who have no food or who are frightened and live in fear. Let us pray every day for peace for our families, for our friends and for ourselves. Let us pray for peace throughout your world.

Amen

This week, we have been reflecting on what peace means. The children have worked in pairs to produce reflections on peace and its meaning in our lives. We have also decorated Romero crosses with symbols of peace.

We then took a quiet moment to think about the meaning of peace in the word of God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

 

Miss Bray