The Year 5 children did a fantastic job on Friday when they delivered their assembly on The Victorians. The children have been studying The Victorians this year as part of their creative work and have been learning all about this amazing era. They used roleplay to highlight how tough life was for children in those days. They focused on one girl in particular – Lizzie Dowson – a girl who actually lived in the Victorian times in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle. They followed Lizzie’s life as she went to school, saw a Punch and Judy show and went to work in the lead factory where she died. They followed this with a court case where the children debated who was to blame for her death. Great job Year 5!
The theme for July was based around Oscar Romero’s words ‘Aspire not to have more, but to be more’. The children thought about they could aspire to be more as they approach the end of another academic year and their final year in primary school approaching. The children completed an engaging activity to help them think about this as they created their very own ‘chatterbox’. The children had a chatterbox template with eight numbered statements; each one a saying from Oscar Romero. The children wrote in the corresponding numbered triangle what they were going to try to do to fulfil that statement. They also coloured in the four corners in an El Salvadorian Cross Style using bright colours. Once they had done this, the children used the chatterboxes on each other to share their personal thoughts and feelings. To finish, we came back together as a class and said a prayer together.
The children came into school in non-uniform on the 29th June to celebrate the ‘Day of Many Colours’ – run by Mission Together. This linked in to the Year of Oscar Romero for June. The children began by watching a short assembly presentation which highlighted how Mission Together carry out fundraising to help children all around the world. The children then prayed together for the children in different continents. They used these prayers as inspiration to write their very own own mission prayers which were shared with the class. Finally they coloured in a flag template to create their very own Mission flag.
The children brought some money into school which they spent in the afternoon at a cake sale with some of the proceeds being given to those most in need.
The Year 5 children had a great time visiting the Ouseburn Valley on Thursday as part of their creative work on the Victorians. We began our trip by taking a trip down the Victoria tunnel and learning all about how it was used in Victorian times. After some lunch, we explored some more of the Ouseburn and investigated how things have changed since the times of Lizzie Dowson – a young girl who died through lead poisoning many years ago. To finish, we visited the Ouseburn farm and handled some of the animals. Fantastic!
A big well done to the children of Year 5 who shared their transformation liturgy on Wednesday. The children discussed the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the spirit that they possessed. Thank you as well to the parents and carers that came to see the liturgy.
The children had a great time learning about lots of different animals this week. The children got the chance to get up and close and personal with animals such as meerkats, snakes and scorpions! The children were very brave and really enjoyed themselves.
The children continued the Year of Oscar Romero in the month of May by looking at the Church. We discussed the role of the Church and how it aims to help those less fortunate across the world. We looked at the work of CAFOD over the years and how they have helped those most in need. The children then researched the different ways that the Church / CAFOD have helped communities around the world. They presented their findings to the class and we finished with a prayer.
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.
After Romero’s death, many of the ordinary people of El Salvador began calling him ‘San (Saint)Romero’ and came to his tomb to pray. In February 2015, Pope Francis declared that Romero was a martyr. This meant that he would become known as ‘Blessed Oscar Romero’, the first step to being officially declared a saint.
In El Salvador, there is a tradition of producing very colourful crucifixes. The bright decorations not only have a figure of Jesus at the centre but also include images of the local community set in a Salvadoran landscape.
In the blank outline of a cross or using the template on the next page, the children designed a cross with drawings / cut-out photos from their school, parish or other community of faith.
They thought about the background landscape, colours that reflected their surroundings and which aspects of their community’s life to include.
As they worked, they brought their community’s joys and sufferings to Jesus on the cross.
The Year 5 children had a great time at the Centre for Life on Wednesday. The children took part in a Space workshop which highlighted some of the skills that an astronaut needs before they blast off into space. They investigated space nappies and air pressure; and used a robotic arm to move things around. The trip also allowed the opportunity for the children to use the planetarium where they learned about our solar system. What a great day!