November 13th, 2017 by jcook
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.
November 10th, 2017 by jcook
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.
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
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.
November 6th, 2017 by jcook
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.
October 20th, 2017 by jcook
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.
October 15th, 2017 by jcook
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.
October 11th, 2017 by jcook
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!
October 10th, 2017 by jcook
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.
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
September 20th, 2017 by jcook
In continuation of our Oscar Romero reflections, we have this month’s topic – Peace. Please join us in our prayer for peace.
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.
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
September 15th, 2017 by jcook
Reception class have been focusing on “peace”, the theme for the year of Oscar Romero in the month of September. In circle time we talked a lot about what we thought peace was and what it would look like in our lives. We looked at the Oscar Romero cross and what symbols were used to depict the idea of Peace. To round off our discussion we made our own and displayed them in our classroom on our prayer table.
September 11th, 2017 by jcook
Today, the children researched who Oscar Romero was and how he was named ‘The Voice of the voiceless’. The children then reflected on how Oscar Romero tried to bring peace and how we can bring peace in our own lives.
September 11th, 2017 by jcook
The theme for the month of September was peace. We discussed the meaning of peace and considered the type of world we would live in if everyone was at peace with one another. The children consolidated their knowledge on how Oscar Romero pursued peace and then thought about the different symbols for peace. The children used these symbols to make crosses which the children decorated. These were then put up on display to remind us of what we had learnt. We finished by saying a peace prayer together.
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 5th, 2017 by jcook
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.
June 30th, 2017 by jcook
This week, the children celebrated the ‘Day of Many Colours’ – run by Mission Together, by wearing non-uniform. 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 the colours represented to design their very own Mission flag depicting children helping people all around the world.
June 29th, 2017 by jcook
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.
May 16th, 2017 by jcook
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.
May 8th, 2017 by jcook
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.
April 6th, 2017 by jcook
The children continued with the Year of Oscar Romero by completing an activity for February. This month explored the idea of light which also fitted in with our Candlemass Liturgy. We looked at several scripture references involving light and prayed together as a class asking Jesus to ‘Shine in our darkness!’ The children then completed an activity; they took a ‘flame’ card. They thought about all that they had learnt about Oscar Romero, a guiding light for his people and how we can also bring light to others. They wrote a prayer or message sharing how they would let their light shine. We then placed our decorated ‘flames’ around the prayer space.