This week at Sacred Heart, we have been learning about democracy in action as part of UK Parliament Week. This is an annual event that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.
In Year 2, we have been investigating what it means to be in charge of a country and have come up with a list of wonderful ideas about what we would do if we were Prime Minister for a day. What an interesting idea!
Today was our eco council plant-a-thon! We were prepared with our forks and trowels to tackle the soil and grass to make way for our new trees.
We had 3 very helpful and enthusiastic volunteers who brought their own tools to help us complete our mission.
Although we planted a lot of the trees, we still have lots left! Since we had so much fun today, Mr Naughton said it would be great if we could do it again to see if we can plant all of the trees that we have! Our parent helpers were sent by Oskar (rec), Eliza (Y2), Matthew O (Y2) and Kate (Y5), who have each been awarded 5 dojo points!
Our next plant-a-thon will be held next Thursday 23rd November from 11am. Please come and help!
Today, we have begun to explore our next RE topic ‘Preparations’. During this unit, we will be learning that Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.
During our class liturgy, we conducted the following to introduce ourselves to the true meaning of preparing for Christmas.
GATHER: We will breathe in God’s peace, breathe our any worries
LISTEN: A reading based on Isaiah 9: 2-6
RESPOND: We will offer up ways to prepare for Advent. Some children will also offer up short prayers they have written – Help us to prepare…Let’s think of people who are lonely at Christmas, and try to think of ways to help.
GO FORTH: We will go forth with the message of Jesus’ coming, to share with our families and friends.
Click the links below to watch some wonderful videos of our learning.
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By this time, we were so excited that we had to listen to a Christmas carol to celebrate!
An update on our classroom mascots! Fizzy and Suzie have been having a wonderful time so far this year. They have visited Beamish, trampoline parks, been on sleepovers, eaten at Pizza Hut, and been to see more movies than I can count! A huge thank you goes out to all of the families who take them time to enjoy our mascots with the children – they really enjoy hearing about what Suzie and Fizzy have gotten up to, and they truly deserve the recognition for their hard work in literacy numeracy. Thanks again, and we look forward to hearing more about their adventure very soon.
The Adventures of Fizzy and Suzie
At Sacred Heart, we have classroom mascots for Literacy and Numeracy. The job of these mascots is to help us understand the key steps we need to take to be successful. To do this, each mascot is displayed in our classroom and holds our success criteria for each unit of study (e.g. we need to be able to punctuate our sentences correctly).
In Year 2, we have Fizzy the Fish, who is our literacy genius! We also have our resident numeracy whizz, Suzie the Squirrel!
Fizzy and Suzie like to come home with the children each weekend to have adventures outside of school. They choose their Star of the Week for numeracy and literacy, and this child gets to enjoy the mascot for a few days. Fizzy and Suzie will both visit every child during the year, and they cannot wait to stay with you!
Year 2 loves to hear about what their friends have been up to during their adventures at home.
Would you be kind enough to write up a little message about any fun you had with them? Or better yet, take some photos which we can stick in?
Perhaps you went to soft play, or visited the park? Maybe you did nothing more than had a sleepover with the mascot. Whatever you get up to, let us know!
These are the adventures of Fizzy and Suzie!
This week, Year 2 have been also completed their liturgical celebration of our Signs & Symbols unit, celebrating the topic of baptism. We have gathered today in prayer to reflect and share on this topic, and focused upon the story of Jesus’ baptism at the hands of John.
Gather: We gathered together with the sign of the cross
Listen: The story of Jesus’ baptism by John
Response: Completing a ‘baptismal wishes’ activity
Go Forth: We wrote promises to try to be worthy of being in God’s family
This week, Year 2 have been celebrating their classroom topic of ‘Beginnings’. We have gathered today in prayer to reflect and share on this topic, and focused upon the theme of seeds and growing in the image of God. We sang two celebratory hymns, shared examples of times when God has been with us and reflected on the opportunities and choices that each new beginning brings.
Gather: We sang ‘My Lighthouse’ and reflected upon our artwork, bringing the attention of those in attendance to our themes of growing seeds and new beginnings.
Listen: We heard the story Jesus told of farmers, growing seeds but not understanding their workings. We discovered that it is God’s light that shines down on us all and encourages us to grow as his children.
Response: We each offered up a time when God has been with us during our new beginnings. These included starting new schools, becoming big siblings and beginning new clubs. We celebrated these times with the song ‘Thank You, Lord’.
Go Forth: We watered our hopes and dreams for the future, and invited all families present to think about how God is present during their next new beginning.
Thank you to Father Dixon and all the parents who attended our liturgy. The children had a wonderful time.
Are you green fingered? Love being outdoors? Free next Thursday from 11am? Then come along to our Plant-a-thon!
Along with our school Eco council, we need willing volunteers to help plant some of the many bulbs and trees that have been generously donated by our amazing school families. All you need is a spade, pair of gloves and a wheelbarrow full of determination!
We hope to see you there!
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.
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.
Lord, please help us to remember those who have sacrificed for our sake.
We began our lesson by listing insects and minibeasts we know about. This led us to discover the types of habitats that they like; moist, dark, damp, leafy, dirty, etc.
We then ventured outside to discover minibeasts in their natural habitat and to spot a variety of natural objects we could build our bug hotels out of. We found slugs, snails, centipedes, worms and woodlice, living in homes under logs, beneath leaves, in damp puddles and in the earth.
This has given us a variety of ideas for our own bug hotels next week, and we discussed all of our findings about habitats and the needs of insects on our return to the classroom.
Click on the pictures below to watch videos of our findings!