We began this lesson by discussing how there are special occasions in everyone’s life, times when something happens which is different from normal life, times when you do something special, are with people you don’t often see or a time of making a special effort for some reason. We discovered that the ninth month in the Muslim calendar (which is different from the one used in the UK), is called Ramadan. It is the month when Allah first gave his message to Muhammad. Muslims commemorate this special event by fasting for the whole month of Ramadan. If you are very old or very young, or unwell you do not have to fast. Children are introduced to it gradually. It means that Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. It does not just mean not eating or drinking but also trying to do good deeds too, to spend more time praying and thinking about Allah.

It also helps Muslims to share the experience of many people in the world who do not have enough to eat. It is hard for Muslim children at school where there are non-Muslims and everyone is eating lunch and having snacks. When it is night time Muslims first eat some dates and then have meal together. Sometimes the local Mosque puts on meals. We then watched a BBC learning clip about a Muslim family. The children then completed their main task for the lesson. Working in pairs, they designed a poster which could be used during Ramadan, writing a slogan which says why anyone should give. They shared these with the rest of the class at the end of the lesson.

Eucharist Hymns

We began the lesson by discussing how there are several  Eucharistic prayers with some written specifically for  children. There are four main ones that are used at Mass on Sunday. It was then revealed that in in Eucharistic prayer II, after everyone has joined in with proclaiming the Mystery of Faith, the priest continues the prayer, offering to God the Father the consecrated bread and wine which is Jesus Christ’s own offering. It is a prayer which remembers and thanks Jesus. The children were then given their main task for the lesson—in mixed ability groups they were to explore the meaning of different hymns that are sung during the Eucharist and  present their findings to the class.

Creative – Stonehenge

In this lesson, the children learnt all about the history of Stonehenge, discussing what they had learnt and made predictions based on the evidence presented to them throughout. Working in groups of 5 or 6, children were then given a ’role’ each, and spent some time arguing their character’s opinion on the original purpose of Stonehenge in a small debate setting. The groups decided on their most convincing argument and shared their reasoning in a whole class debate. Overall, after several informed discussions, the class decided that Stonehenge was most likely to have been built as a place to study ancient astronomy.

Research – Tower of London prsioners

In this lesson, the children were inspired by a recurring theme in David Walliams’ fantastic Gangsta Granny to use tablets to conduct research about a famous prisoner of the Tower of London. First of all, the class enjoyed reading an extract from the text together. The children were given an opportunity to discuss and reflect upon this extract with a partner, focussing on the references to the Tower of London and its significance to the story. The children then conducted internet research on previous prisoners of the Tower of London in order to deepen their understanding of the story, working in pairs but individually selecting and noting down important information. This new knowledge will be consolidated as a fact file in the next lesson, and will definitely inform future learning about Gangsta Granny.

RE – Eucharist

We began our lesson on the Eucharist by watching a video clip of the Consecration. We discussed how every time the Eucharist is celebrated, Christians are keeping the memory of Jesus alive. The Eucharist is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and makes that present and real, just like for the Jewish people the events of their freedom from Egypt are made present to them each time they celebrate the Passover.

During the part of the Mass called the liturgy of the Eucharist, in the Eucharistic prayer, the priest holds the host and says some important words; we looked at these together as a class.

At that moment the memory of Jesus’ actions at the Last Supper are called to mind and made present and real for Christians. These are called the words of consecration, consecration means made holy.

Catholics believe that at this point in the Mass, through the power of the Holy Spirit the bread becomes truly the body of Christ and the wine the blood of Christ. The server will ring a bell as the priest holds ups, elevates, the host and then the chalice. People will look up and make an act of faith and pray in their hearts something like ‘My Lord and my God’, affirming that they truly believe in the words of Jesus, when he said at the Last Supper ‘this is my body, this is my blood.’ This is the real presence of Christ. The children then completed their main task for the lesson – creating a poster on the Eucharist.

Open Day – Druid Crowns

The Year 5 children had a great time on Open Day when they made some Druid (the priests of the Celts) crowns. They learnt how the Celts were a group of the most powerful tribes in Europe during the Iron Age. The Celts believed in over 400 gods and goddesses that lived in rivers, cliffs, springs, lakes, bushes and other natural places.

The children were then given their main activity for the lesson. They went outside and collected some natural materials from the school grounds. They used these materials to make a crown fit for a Druid.

Big Clean Up Cont.

Year 5 timed their Big Clean Up right and were able to roam around the school grounds in just their shirts. Another fantastic effort which has helped greatly in the bigger process. Thank you Year 5!

Litter Pick

Year 5 were Eco Warriors this week by picking up lots of litter lying around our school grounds. The wonderful Eco-Council provided us with litter pickers so we could hunt rubbish and we did a fantastic job making areas around school a lot cleaner. Well done, Year 5!

Creative – D&T

The children used the tablets to help them research different materials and their properties in this D&T lesson.

We began by learning that any substance that is used to make something is a material. Natural materials such as stone, wood and cotton are used or worked with in the way they are found in nature. Synthetic or man-made materials are made from natural materials, but are altered with the help of heat or chemicals. Some examples include plastics, polyester and Kevlar. The words used to describe a material are known as its properties. Each material has its own set of properties. These properties make different materials useful for different purposes.

With this in mind, the children were then given their main activity for the lesson. The children referred back to their superheroes and considered what properties their costumes, weapons, armour etc. would have. They researched the different materials that had these properties and decided which material would be the best option for their superhero. They made a note of this and write down justification for each material. At the end of the lesson, they shared their findings with the rest of the class.

The Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in a special one-off lesson based around the BBC Blue Planet TV series this week. The children joined thousands of other children around the UK as they watched a live lesson on BBC iplayer and completed some activities based around the environment. The children considered plastic pollution in the worlds oceans and the impact it has having on marine life around the world.