The children had a special assembly on Friday as they learnt all about Our Lady of Fátima; a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday 13th May brings about the 100 year anniversary of the famed Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, in Fátima, Portugal.
On 13 May 1917, the children reported seeing a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun. She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray “the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war”. The second appearance occurred on 13 June, the feast of St. Anthony, patron of the local parish church. In the following months, thousands of people flocked to Fátima and nearby Aljustrel, drawn by reports of visions and miracles.
This week we have been making the most of the spring weather and taking our learning outside. On Wednesday we went in to the school grounds with Father Kelly to have a lenten prayer session. It was wonderful to be able to spot all the signs of spring and talk about God’s creation.
On Thursday, as part of our creative topic on the Cottingley Fairies we went out in to the forest school to take our own fairy pictures. You never know what kind of mysterious, magical creatures you might find around Burnopfield!
Year 1 worked really hard creating some colourful Christmas goodies to sell on Enterprise day. The children sold a variety of crafts: Reindeer food, Salt dough Christmas tree ornaments, colourful foam decorations and Christmas fairy cakes to eat on the day. Mrs Miller (Jays mum) and supporter of The Friends of the School very generously gave us some wrapped tins of Christmassy sweets as well—Thank you.
On the day the children not only bought treats for themselves but some of the pupils helped sell the items which they thoroughly enjoyed doing and which was a big help.
The ingredients for cakes and the craft materials totaled £ 14 and the takings on the day came to £64.00 So our overall profit was £50.00! A FANTASTIC EFFORT! What will we spend it on?
Y1 had an amazing time today at the Centre for Life exploring Mini Beasts! They met a real life tarantula, some cockroaches, stick insects and giant snails which were amazing and Mrs Broomhall was super impressed by how well behaved all the children were!
The Eco Council had great fun planting bulbs and seeds along the school path! We planted lots of wild flower seeds and daffodil bulbs with the hope of them blossoming in Spring time!
This week in literacy the Y1 children have enjoyed reading the book “King Jack and the Dragon” by Peter Bently. Inspired by the hero, Jack, they built their own dens and labeled the different parts. They then drew some giant pictures of Jack and wrote about how his feelings changed throughout the story. We also now have a castle role play area too where knights, princes and princesses can read their topic books!
The Year of Mercy came to an end this week and we celebrated all we had done this year with a special closing liturgy with Father Kelly in attendance. The liturgy also celebrated Youth Friday with a special video message from Bishop Seamus. In preparation for the liturgy, the children worked in class to recap what mercy means and looked at times when Jesus showed mercy. We looked at the story of the Good Thief and how Jesus was merciful even as he was dying on the cross. The children wrote their hopes, dreams and prayers for the new year in the Church, remembering those who still need our love and mercy. The children shared their ideas which were then written on a template of a door. These class doors were brought forward during the closing liturgy. The children behaved beautifully throughout and a big well done to Maddison, Bella, Nancy, Ava, Roan, Tia, Evie and Jessica for reading on Friday and again at the Sacred Heart Mass on Saturday.
This week in literacy the children have been learning about labels, lists and signs through our topic of castles. We read the Julia Donaldson book “Zog” and discussed the different types of people who might have lived in a Medieval castle. We did some role play activities and made our own junk model castles. They were enormous and very colourful! We then labeled them with our topic words like “moat”. “tower” and “arrow slits”.
This week the children brought in photographs of their own Baptisms. It was great to look at them together and then we talked about what it means to be a member of the church. We then read a scripture passage about how Jesus welcomed children into his family and made speech bubbles to go with one of the illustrations.
In our creative topic we brought in some different types of food which come from Asia and designed our own meals using them. Some of them looked very tasty!
In science we have been sorting mini beasts according to their features. We now know that insects have 6 legs and arachnids have 8!