December 16th, 2020 by jcoates
This afternoon, we have been talking about differences and similarities. We have discussed that human beings are all different and that this makes us special and unique. How are you different? How are you similar? Why is it good to be unique? How are you special? How are you important?
We are also lucky enough to have two pairs of twins in our class, which provided some great opportunities for discussion.
“I am special because I have a birthmark on my forehead.”
“I am special because I try my best in all my work and I love animals.”
“I am special because I go to this school.”
“Me and Joseph both have blue eyes so we are the same.”
“Me and Tom are different because we have different colour eyes and hair.”
“Me and William are different because he normally plays football and I usually throw the ball.”
“It’s good to be different because if we were the exact same it would be confusing.”
“Me and my twin do different things because we don’t have to do the same thing.”
“Me and my twin don’t eat the same things because that makes us happy.”
“I don’t want to be the same as my twin!”
To finish off our session, we made some beautiful candle prayers while we listened to reflective music, thanking God for our very special gifts.
December 14th, 2020 by jcoates
Today, we have been thinking about the gifts that God has given us.
We have considered the importance of Jesus’ coming at this special time of year and have discussed how He is the light of our world.
To celebrate this, we have listened to the hymn ‘This little light of mine’ and have come up with ideas on how we can be thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice and how we can make the most of our gifts, letting them shine out and grace the world.
December 14th, 2020 by jcoates
Today, we have been making our Christingles – Christingles are festive celebrations taking place in Christian communities every year. They get their name from the objects lit during the ceremony – oranges decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. Christingle is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope.
Now, more than ever, we must shine the light for those living in the darkest situations. Together, we can rekindle the hope for children and young people across the country.
We have built the Christingles and we understand the importance of each element.
December 14th, 2020 by jcoates
Today, in RE, we have been reading Luke 2: 1-7: The birth of Jesus and Luke 2: 8-20: the shepherds. We have also looked at works of art which depict the Nativity.
We have discussed that it was the shepherds (amongst the poorest and least important in society) who were chosen to be the first people to visit Jesus and have been looking at how they showed their love to Jesus.
Here are some of our key questions:
~How do you think Mary and Joseph felt as visitors to Bethlehem, realising they had no place to stay?
~How do you think the shepherds would have felt knowing that God loved them so much he chose them to be first to know about the Son whom God sent into the world to tell everyone about God’s love for us?
~Discuss and explain the range of emotions they would have experienced. Why do you think God chose the shepherds to be the first to visit Jesus?
It was a lovely lesson where we talked about how the shepherds and kings may have felt at the birth of Jesus.
“The shepherds promised to look after Jesus like they look after their sheep.” – Charlie
“I would have taken Jesus the gift of a diamond because its rare and precious like him.” – Joseph
“The wise men brought Jesus gifts and that’s why we give gifts today.” – Katie.
November 30th, 2020 by jcoates
This week, we have been writing promises that we would like to keep during Advent. We have had reflective moments of quiet hope, thinking about the Good News and Jesus’ birth and life.
We have also begun to take part in the Red Cross Kindness Campaign for Advent, where children are encouraged to learn about and practise kindness during December through the story of The Snowman and The Snowdog. This has helped us build emotional literacy, empathy and resilience.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
November 17th, 2020 by jcoates
Today, in small groups we discussed the responsibilities of being a godparent, as part of our learning about baptism. We talked about what kind of jobs Godparents have, what role the play in Baptism and how they influence of Godchild’s life. We even talked about our own Godparents and how they are special.
“Godparents help us to follow God’s ways and show respect to others.” – Grace
“Godparents are people who care for you. They are sometimes your Mam or Dad’s friends.” – Katie
“Godparents go to the church when you get baptised and they help you grow and believe in Jesus.” – Finch
“They help us to be good people.” – Joseph
“Godparents are a bit like back-up parents.” – Reuben
November 5th, 2020 by jcoates
We have been learning about the different rules Christians try to live by in God’s Church and how these affect their lives. Today, we discussed the rules and guidance involved in different areas of our lives and why we have these rules. We then shared experiences of groups and clubs we belong to.
What promises do you make?
What are the rules you keep?
Is there a ceremony of enrolment or initiation?
Do you have to renew promises?
What are rules?
Why are rules important?
What would happen without rules?
What type of rules do we have?
Do we have different rules in different places? Why?
What is common and what is unique?
Here are some of the rules we collected.
November 1st, 2020 by jcoates
We have been learning about God’s family and what it means to be part of Christian families, in RE.
Together, we discussed the joys and sorrows of being a family at home and talked to try and come up with some solutions to solve difficult family problems.
Here are some of our ideas and thoughts:
What makes your family special? – “Having my family there with me.”
What do people do for you at home that makes you feel special? – “My Mum and Dad are kind to me and look after me lots.”
What is sometimes difficult about being part of a family? – “Sharing things and being part of a group.”
October 22nd, 2020 by jcoates
Today, in RE, we have been reading St Paul’s letter to the Colossians. St. Paul was writing to the people who were part of the Church in Colossae, encouraging them and advising them. We spoke about how his advice shows us how to be good Christians and people of God.
Our task was to act out aspects of the behaviours recommended by St. Paul.
We acted out looking after our friends, saying sorry, thanking God, fillling our hearts with Christ and much more.
September 25th, 2020 by ereid
This week saw the end of our first RE topic: Ourselves. The children celebrated this by planning a class liturgy which gave us time to reflect on what we have learnt over the last 3 weeks. Upon our reflection, children were able to share their favourite pieces of scripture, explaining what this scripture meant to them and how it made them feel.
Later in the week we created our focal point and held the liturgy in our classroom. It was a great moment for the children to think about their own qualities and talents.
February 25th, 2020 by ereid
Year 6 got off to a flipping great start to Spring 2 today as we celebrated Shrove Tuesday! The children were all able to make and flip their very own pancake before loading it with sweet toppings before the fasting of Lent begins tomorrow.
We also wrote out our Lenten Promises focusing on praying, fasting and almsgiving through then next 40 days and 40 nights.
November 7th, 2019 by jcook
Year 6 have began their advent topic in RE this week – Expectations. On Thursday, the class created their own PowerPoint presentations to show what they felt Isaiah’s expectations were based on some of the readings we looked at.
Miss Reid was very impressed with the children’s computing skills as well as their ability to explain in their own words what they felt the message was from the scripture.
One group responded to the question: “How do the words of the prophet make you feel?” with, “Hopeful that these things will happen and happy that they will possibly happen. My expectations are quite high.”
Another group said, “Hopeful because it says that Jesus is coming. Happy because the scripture says we should rejoice. Faithful because we should believe in Jesus.”
October 18th, 2019 by jcook
Today Year 6 held a class liturgy to celebrate the end of their second RE topic, Vocation. The children each planned a liturgy in their respond booklet before one child was selected to prepare for their liturgy for the class with some help from friends.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic thinking about commitments in life. As well as commitments, they have thought about their own vocation and mission in life at this time. Overall, the topic has been a great way for the children to reflect on how they act during their last year at primary school. A lot of them have come to realise how important their role is in Year 6: helping the rest of the children on their journey through primary school.
September 27th, 2019 by jcook
This morning Year 6 had held their first liturgy for their families. Our topic was loving and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the whole topic. They were able to plan and prepare their whole liturgy choosing their own scripture, songs, hymns and prayers. Thank you to all those that attended and a special thank you to those that got involved.
September 17th, 2019 by jcook
Since our class liturgy is next week, we have began to prepare what we are going to do for our parents and families. Split into groups, the children were given a role in order to help us build our liturgy. So far we have decided on our listen, respond and go forth aspect; we are yet to confirm the song choice as part of our gather.
We cannot wait to show everyone what we come up with!
June 28th, 2019 by jcook
Today was a very special day for everyone at school as we gathered together to celebrate the Feast of Sacred Heart. We began our celebrations today in church with Fr Dixon and the parishioners. Year 6 wrote their own bidding prayers and led the service. To end our day of celebrations, the Mission Team planned and prepared for a whole school liturgy. The children worked hard to prepare a beautiful focal point and a reflective atmosphere. It was lovely to hear their own prayers and intentions. Well done to everyone who were involved today to help us make this a very special occasion.
June 26th, 2019 by jcook
Year 2 shared their final KS1 liturgy this morning with their families. The children read beautifully, sang amazingly and even performed their drama with great enthusiasm. Year 2 focussed on the Holy Trinity and how the Holy Spirit guides each and every one of us. We remembered how Pentecost was a very special time when the disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit to overcome their fears. We used this to reflect on what we would like to receive from the Holy Spirit and wrote these down on our fruit of the Holy Spirit. The children and staff were delighted with the support shown from families, which we are hugely thankful for. Well done Year 2!
March 13th, 2019 by jcook
February 1st, 2019 by jcook
Today, we celebrated Candlemas, the presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Year 5 and Year 6 Mission Teams created a beautiful focal point and led a wonderful liturgy with the whole school in respectful prayer, readings, hymns and collective worship. We shared the special message behind this special occasion that Jesus is the Light of the World.
September 21st, 2018 by jcook
Year 6 have had a rollercoaster week, this week. There has been an awful lot going on and the children have definitely shown that they’re ready for the challenges ahead.
July 3rd, 2018 by jcook
This month, we remember Our Lady as the Star of the Sea.
This chosen title for July is Star of the Sea because on the second Sunday of July we celebrate Sea Sunday. On Sea Sunday, the Catholic Church, along with other churches, remembers seafarers and prays for them, their families and those who support them.
Pray with us.
You chose Mary to be the mother of your son and so our mother.
This month we remember her as Star of the Sea, a guiding light,
a beacon, showing us the way through the storms of life to safely reach her son, Jesus.
We hold in prayer all seafarers who often have dangerous journeys
as they work to supply our needs.
We hold in prayer the work of the Apostleship of the Sea who support them.
We make these prayers in Jesus’ name.
To commemorate those at sea, we reflected together quietly and listened to the sounds of the ocean while we made origami boats, to symbolise our thoughts being with those at sea.
June 27th, 2018 by jcook
June 26th, 2018 by jcook
June 14th, 2018 by jcook
Thank you to all of the mission team members from Year 5 and their parents for attending the evening of worship at St. Patrick’s School, Dipton. The evening was a fantastic success full of singing, dancing and reflection and was a perfect opportunity to go forward together in hope. We also enjoyed a selection of food and drinks along with all of the other children, parishioners and parents across the partnership.
February 22nd, 2018 by jcook
Margaret from CAFOD visited Sacred Heart School to promote the fantastic work CAFOD do all around the world. Margaret got all of the children involved in learning about how to save precious water and to save on electricity to ultimately save our planet. We also discussed our Lenten promises for this special time of year and took on board the important message Pope Francis has given us, ‘Live wisely, think deeply and love generously’.
February 22nd, 2018 by jcook
This week, we have been discussing responses and how important they are in the Catholic faith.
We talked about when and why we say litanies and what they mean, and spent some reflective time creating stained glass windows, which we decorated with popular responses.
Join us in prayer.
Loving God, in the midst of our daily lives, we remember.
We remember, O God.
As we worry about getting to stay up late, having to share our room, or needing a bigger closet to hold all of our toys, we remember children who don’t have a room, a place to sleep, or even a shelter to call home.
We remember, O God.
As we worry about buying name-brand clothes, sports shoes, compact discs, and computer games, we remember families who have no money to buy clothes, shoes, music, or toys.
We remember, O God.
As we worry about taking out the bins, doing the dishes and getting told off, we remember kids who have been abused, abandoned, or don’t
have a family to call their own.
We remember, O God.
As we worry about homework, taking quizzes, and turning in science projects, we remember children who don’t have a school, pencils, papers, books,
or other opportunities to learn.
We remember, O God.
February 22nd, 2018 by jcook
To celebrate and recognise this Holy time of Lent, Year 2 have been discovering Jesus’ journey through the desert.
“We give up things because Jesus gave himself up for our sins.”
“I am going to help my Mammy more to make God happy.”
“I am going to make a quilt with my Mammy and give it to charity.”
Please join us in prayer.
I Will Turn
Lord, I will turn,
Turn my face towards you.
I will lay before you the desert areas I hide
And turn to soak in your refreshing words of life.
I will cast aside the barren, selfish pursuits
And turn to rest in the tranquil warmth of your love.
I will draw back from the harsh pull of media
And turn to bathe in the gentle power of your Spirit.
Lord, today I turn my face towards you.
I will turn
To soak in your words of life,
To rest in the warmth of your love,
And to bathe in the power of your Spirit.
Lastly, we completed some Lenten promises to mark this liturgical season, and have displayed them on our prayer tables. These promises will also be offered up in Mass this week from all classes.
February 9th, 2018 by jcook
Thank you to all who attended the Year 6 Liturgy based around our theme of Healing. This fitted in with the Sunday Gospel and the February Year of Mary theme of being charitable towards the sick. The children reflected on how lucky we are to get medical help when we need it. This is not the case all around the world where people do not have access to medical supplies or doctors. The children then shared why they are thankful for their health; reflecting on the nice things that they are able to do.
The children read and sang beautifully. Well done Year 6!
February 5th, 2018 by jcook
As part of our celebration of the Year of Mary, Year 2 have today created their class focal point.
The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady’s song of praise, the Magnificat, ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’. The Pope has chosen to focus on Mary for the next two years’ World Youth celebrations, culminating in Panama in 2019. Pope Francis has asked young people to journey with Mary, describing her as ‘a role model to be imitated’.
This month, we have discussed what we already know about Mary:
‘She is Jesus’ Mother’
‘She is a very holy lady’
‘We say prayers for her’
We also worked during quiet music to create celebration cards, featuring Mary, to show our love for her. We then added scripture to our selections and our teacher transformed them into a wonderful prayer chain! This has been added to our focal point in class and will help us to remember Mary and her many virtues.
Please join us in this month’s prayer:
Lord Jesus, We remember how you healed the sick, the lame, the blind.
Send your love and mercy to all people who are suffering.
Give them courage, healing and strength.
We thank you for all doctors and nurses and for all who look after the sick.
Give them wisdom, skill and patience as they bring help and care to those in need.
Help us to share your love and mercy through our prayer and support.
We ask Our Lady of Lourdes to be with those in pain, that they may feel her comfort and love.
December 15th, 2017 by jcook
Thank you to all the school community who donated food for our collection this Autumn term. The Mini Vinnies have been collecting all the food and making a note of the items donated from each class. The winning class was Year 3 with 52 items donated who will now receive an extra break in the final week of term. Well done! The Mini Vinnies met Frances on Friday morning who collects food for Stanley Food Bank. We brought all the food over to Church where we helped Frances count and move the food into her car to drop off. This will make a real difference to lots of families this Christmas.
December 12th, 2017 by jcook
Well, that’s a wrap on our Christmas Celebration Concert 2017. Well done to all the children, who have represented our school so beautifully today, and have worked their socks off over the past few weeks in order to prepare our Advent concert for friends, families and parish alike.
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Advent with us. Sacred Heart, as a staff, hope that you have enjoyed the event, which some Governors and parents have kindly called our best concert yet. A huge thank you to Miss Cook for all her hard work with the graphics, and congratulations are due to every single child for braving the season’s coughs and sneezes to perform with their hearts and souls.
The children of Y1 performed wonderfully as our Nativity characters and our Y5/6 soloists did an excellent job. What fantastic voices!
Well done everyone. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
November 22nd, 2017 by jcook
Year 4 had their first liturgy all about ‘People’. We gathered together to celebrate the special people in our lives and remembered how we are all part of God’s family. The children worked very hard to prepare this liturgy and had a lot of fun choosing the hymns they thought we best! Well done, Year 4!
November 17th, 2017 by jcook
The Mission Team planned and delivered this week’s Liturgy. The children decided to read the Gospel from Matthew 25: 35-40 all about looking after others such as giving people food when they are hungry and water when they are thirsty.
The children then created a focal point based around this Gospel.
Well done Mission Team!
November 17th, 2017 by jcook
Year 3 had their first liturgy on Wednesday to remember those less fortunate on World Day of the Poor. We greatly appreciate all your kind donations for Newcastle food bank.
November 16th, 2017 by jcook
As this week is anti bullying week we started our day by holding an in class liturgy. I prepared a reading and left everything else up to the class!
Gather: We stood in a circle and held hands whilst listening to quiet music.
Listen: We listened as some of the children took turns to read aloud the reading. The reading was from the Gospel according to John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another,”
Respond: We then cut out a hand shape and wrote a prayer on it to help remind us to love one another and treat others as we wish to be treated. Following this we said our prayer aloud whilst dropping a prayer pebble into some water.
Go Forth: Going forward we promised to try our best to love everyone and be a good friend.
What a lovely start to the week!
November 14th, 2017 by jcook
This week, the Mission Team planned and delivered a wonderful Statement to Live by liturgy. We celebrated the winners of this weeks statement to live by which was ‘I know how to look after myself’. The Mission Team then read the Gospel according to Matthew 22:36-39. The children discussed the reasons why we should try to love your neighbour as yourself and how we can do this. Some of the Year 4 children also prepared a fantastic video relating to the Good Samaritan, which showed that a mother and child and a teenager were too preoccupied to help an elderly lady who was struggling with her shopping bags and wanted to call a taxi to get home. In the end, a window cleaner (who was busy at work) stopped and helped the lady kindly. You can view the video of the Year 4 children on our facebook page. Again, this was a very clear message that although we are busy in everyday life, we should always try and look after others. We ended our Liturgy with a fantastic song that the children love to sing ‘My Lighthouse’.
November 14th, 2017 by jcook
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!
November 13th, 2017 by jcook
Today, the children planned the liturgy which will be happening during tomorrow’s statement to live by. The children chose the following:
Gather: Join together as a school and sing our first hymn ‘Thank you Lord’.
Word: To read the Gospel according to Matthew 22: 36 – 39.
Response: Say the Our Father.
Mission: To love one another as ourselves. Sing our final hymn, ‘My Lighthouse’.
The children also created a beautiful focal point based around our new statement to live by which is ‘I try to love others as I love myself’ which links perfectly to the Gospel the children chose to read.
Well done Mission Team for all your hard work and we look forward to your whole school liturgy tomorrow!
November 10th, 2017 by jcook
Today, the children visited the prayer garden to take some time to have a quiet moment of peaceful reflection. We focussed on saying sorry, in relation to our recent R.E topic ‘Reconciliation’ and discussed ways in which we can show we are truly sorry for something we have done wrong. The children then thought of something they would like to sorry for to God, and prayed for his forgiveness. Following this, we shared a prayer from our class prayer book to reflect on penance and asking for God’s love and care.
November 10th, 2017 by jcook
The Mission Team planned and delivered the Remembrance Day Liturgy in front of the whole school. The children decided on how everyone would gather, the word they would like to share from our Gospel readings, the response and how to go forth. The Mission Team played a very important role of accepting each class candle at the beginning of the Liturgy, placing the wreath onto the focal point and singing and dancing to the final hymn, Thank you Lord. We are very proud teachers – well done Mission Team! To see the children in action, please click on the link below!
Thank you Lord
November 9th, 2017 by jcook
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
November 9th, 2017 by jcook
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.
November 9th, 2017 by jcook
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.
November 8th, 2017 by jcook
Year 4 prepared their end of topic Liturgy all about Reconciliation. The children discussed what they had learnt from the topic, including what the sacrament of Reconciliation is (Confession) and what penance means (saying sorry for your sins). The children then planned their own liturgy be choosing the following:
Gather: Pass around a poppy to remember that Jesus is always with us.
Word: Matthew 22: 36-39 – Love your neighbour as yourself and worship God with all your heart, soul and mind.
Response: To sing a hymn celebrating God’s forgiveness and love (My Lighthouse).
Going Forth: Think of a way to tell someone you are sorry and show that you mean it. Also, to forgive others and love your neighbour as yourself.
The children were very reflective and very much enjoyed singing ‘My Lighthouse’ which you can view below. Well done Year 4!
November 6th, 2017 by jcook
Reception W and B had their turn in the Prayer Garden today. Our prayers for the day were all about ‘help’. We thought about times we may not have helped someone when we should have and said sorry to God for that; we thought about times when we have been helped by someone and said thank-you to God for that; and we asked God to help us help other people.
November 6th, 2017 by jcook
Reception Class and the Early Years Staff joined Father Dixon at Mass on Saturday Night. We listened carefully to a reading from the Gospel according to Matthew, about ensuring we are not boastful. Jesus recognised that some of his people were only doing good things when others were watching.
Jesus told us that we should live humbly. That means that instead of calling attention to how special we are, that we should be modest and remember that in God’s eyes we’re no more – or less important – than others.
This week in Reception class we have been trying to remember:
We do good things because they’re right. Not because someone is watching.
November 3rd, 2017 by jcook
As part of our “Welcome” RE topic, the boys and girls in reception class visited church to talk about Baptism with Father Dixon and Mrs Parker. We welcomed baby Henry into the church family by carrying out a Baptism. We had a Mammy, Daddy and two Godparents who took on the role sensibly and responded to the questions that Father Dixon asked. We learnt all about the signs and symbols of Baptism and were kindly given a Baptism Candle to bring back to school to add to our prayer table.
November 2nd, 2017 by jcook
The Year 6 children visited the prayer garden on Wednesday. Tying in with our topic on vocation; the children spent some time discussing what they wanted to achieve in their lives. Following this, we discussed All Saints Mass and remembered loved ones who are no longer with us. We finished by saying a silent prayer in front of the cross.
October 27th, 2017 by jcook
We began the lesson by discussing how some men and women are called by God to live their vocation in the religious life. This means that they are called to live in a religious community as brothers, sisters or priests.
One of the most well-known saints who was a member of a religious order was Francis of Assisi; in fact he started a religious order. He was the rich son of a merchant born in Italy in 1182. Whilst he was recovering from having been captured in a war, he started praying and thinking about his life. He thought about how Jesus had been poor and had helped everyone he met. Francis realised he had been selfish and not thought about anyone else. He gave all his riches away to the poor and sick and dressed himself in some clothes he took from a scarecrow in a field. Some of his friends thought he had gone mad.
Francis travelled around telling people about God’s love for them and encouraging them to love everyone. Other people joined him. They lived together in simple wooden huts and slept on the ground. They made three promises called vows; to be poor like Jesus and to share everything, to be obedient to God by following the rules they had agreed on and not to marry so they could give all their heart to God. Francis had a great love of nature and of birds and animals, because they reminded him of God and the wonderful gift of Creation. Francis wrote a beautiful hymn or canticle to God about Creation.
The children were then given their main activity for the lesson. They worked in pairs to explore the canticle and design a poster; explaining how it honoured God’s creation. They fed back their ideas at the end of the lesson.
October 15th, 2017 by jcook
We began our new topic on vocation by thinking of the word commitment. We discussed what we thought it meant and brainstormed other words that have a similar meaning:
dedication, loyalty, promise, pledge, devoted
It was highlighted that whatever you do in life, you need commitment to do it well. We thought about some of the jobs people do—some paid and some voluntary. We made a chart on the IWB and added jobs to it—answering questions such as:
What does it involve? What is the commitment? What are the personal risks? How do you measure this commitment?
The children were then given the main task for the lesson—research a story of an adult or a child who showed great courage and commitment. What did they do? How did they show commitment and why do you think they acted like that? They shared their findings with the class at the end of the lesson.
October 13th, 2017 by jcook
In Year 2, we know that God is present in every beginning. Our learning about creation is important as it concerns the foundations of human and Christian life, making explicit the response of the Christian faith to the basic questions; Where do I come from? Where are we going? What is our origin? Where does everything that exists come from and where is it going?
The children planned and carried out their own class liturgy deciding how to gather, listen, respond and go forth. We then built up our focal point with our favourite prayer resources.
We Gathered: With quiet, reflective thought
We Listened: The creation story
We Responded: Sharing stories of times when we have noticed God’s wonder in the world around us
We Went Forth: Greeting each other with promises to be more thankful for our gifts
October 5th, 2017 by jcook
This week, Year 2 have been enjoying our Prayer Garden. We gathered together with the sign of the cross and had a heartfelt discussion. Today’s topic was ‘Same & Different’, and we have been talking about the similarities and differences between all of the children in our class.
‘I am different from Logan because he is English and I am Chinese.’
‘I am different from Jack because he is taller than me.’
‘I am the same as Sophia because we like the same things.’
We also spoke about how important it is to recognise our differences, and how special they make each of us. Being different is fantastic, and it keeps life exciting!
‘If we were all the same, it would be boring because we couldn’t race each other anymore.’
This was a very thoughtful conversation and it allowed us to recognise the wonderful in each and every member of our class.
September 27th, 2017 by jcook
Year 4 visited the prayer garden and took some time to reflect on why we pray and how we can say sorry for the things we do wrong. The children understood that God always listens and praying can help us put our worries and concerns into perspective and ask for help and guidance when needed.
The children joined together to say the Our Father to ask for God’s forgiveness and love.
September 25th, 2017 by jcook
Today was our first opportunity as a class to use the Father Kelly prayer garden! Even though it was a little damp, we still made the most of it and are excited to enjoy the special space all year around.
September 21st, 2017 by jcook
Today, we have been learning about the Creation Story! Visit our school facebook page to watch our video about our discoveries…
July 6th, 2017 by jcook
This month, we have been celebrated the Year of Oscar Romero by looking at school leavers. We have celebrated all the times when God is with us in times of need, and in times of success.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Our task was to make an ‘Aspire’ card for the children moving up to our class in September, all about the things they will love ad learn in Year 2.
We thank you for all the great things we have done at Sacred Heart school.
We have learnt so much; we have had fun; we have grown up.
Look after us as we prepare for a future in a new school.
Help us stay true to the faith and values that have been so important in this school.
Help us aspire to be more.
July 4th, 2017 by jcook
Today, Year 2 has have been reflecting on times when we might not have lived as good Christians. Although we are good people and lead good lives, sometimes people make mistakes, and today we have been trying to think of times when we could have made better choices.
The children were very excited to make a ‘video prayer’, recognising times when they might not have acted in the best way, and saying sorry to God for making a different choice.
The children have also thought of other times when they have had to say sorry and how this felt. We have decided to make new starts, moving forward with the message in our hearts that we can make good choices and we can love one another, as God wants, as our families want, and as our school wants.
June 28th, 2017 by jcook
This week, Year 2 have celebrated their learning with collective worship on the subject of ‘Rules’, which we have shared with parents, staff and governors. The children have reflected on the different rules we experience in life, both in school, at home and in our faith, and shared what they have learnt, including their own beliefs in what is truly important, and why we should adopt these rules in our daily life. On reflection on the gifts of God and the guidelines he gives us for harmonious living, Year 2’s learning has allowed us to think deeply about what is truly important and why, and we hope that you enjoyed sharing our journey with us.
June 26th, 2017 by jcook
It was fantastic to see so many parents and guardians at our last Liturgy in Year 4. It was lovely to celebrate such a special feast – the feast of Sacred Heart. We discussed what the feast is all about and reflected on why the body and blood of Christ is so special.
June 22nd, 2017 by jcook
Today, Y3 completed their last liturgy before moving up into Y4. Their focus was ‘choices’, as is their current RE topic. The children read the story of Zaccaheus the tax collector and thought about how he listened to his conscience and turned bad choices into good choices.
We examined our own lives, thinking about what we are thankful to God for and what we are sorry to God for.
June 12th, 2017 by jcook
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.
May 12th, 2017 by jcook
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.
February 17th, 2017 by jcook
Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who attended Y6’s liturgy this week. It centred around the idea of how we can let Gods love shine.