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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Judaism and Christianity

In Easter week we had an RE focus. 
We know that RE means "learning about what different people believe".

We started by learning a bit about Judaism, in particular the Passover meal that Jewish people have to celebrate and remember their freedom from being slaves. We made our own Seder plate, learning about what each type of food represents. We had a communal Seder meal together. Some of us were very brave because we tried something new. We each wrote down something good that we could remember from our own lives. 


We then learnt about the Easter story as understood by Christians. 

This followed on well, as we learnt that Christians believe that Jesus's last meal with his friends was a Passover meal. We had to think about why Christians call Jesus their "Saviour", which is tricky to understand. We then thought about who has "saved" us as different times, for example a friend may have saved us at playtime when we had no-one to play with. 

The orange words below are what we knew about Easter before our Easter lessons.

 The blue words are what we were able to add at the end of our RE lessons. We agreed that we should enjoy all of the orange things - but think of all of the blue things -  during the Easter holiday. 


Sycamore class have discovered netball!

Hopefully we can build on these skills in the summer term and get some really good matches going. 

Out and About - the Finale!

Our last session with Mrs Kelly in our "Out and About" birdwatching lessons had to be special. So, we looked carefully at pictures of some of the birds that we have become most familiar with, such as blue tits, great tits, thrushes, blackbirds and robins. We then made our own bird from clay - but not to take home or have in the classroom! We took the birds out into the school fields and hedges and found safe places for them to live. Some of us found perches for our birds, whereas some of us built nests and put our birds in there for safety. 

Thank you to Mrs Kelly (and to Mrs Caswell, Mrs Charnick and Mrs Hubbard for helping). We have really enjoyed going out and about with you on Fridays. 


Celebrating collaboration!

In Sycamore Class we are getting more and more used to working in our "Thinking Groups". We find this sort of work tricky, because it means that we have to listen to other people's ideas, and sometimes we may not get to do exactly what we each want to do. We are learning about compromise, and about using the different strengths that we all have. Some of us find it easy to be a team leader. Some of us find it hard to let someone else be the team leader. Some of us would rather have anyone else be the team leader than be it ourselves!

Here, we are working together to compare the lengths of sticks that we have collected.

Here, we were given a challenge - to be able to ask a builder for the right amount of materials to build a bridge over a river. We found that if we asked the builder for "10 sticks", for example, she would give us sticks that were too short or too long. So we had to be more precise.

And here, we were given a challenge by Mrs Kelly - to use leaves and sticks to make a picture of a bird. We had to look at some ideas, in our Thinking Groups. Then we had to decide what sort of bird picture we were going to make, then go out and collect the correct materials. And then build! We hope that you like our pictures.

This was our biggest Thinking Group Challenge yet. As part of our "Wonderful World " topic, we have been learning about the continents on Earth. Each group was given their own continent to research and make a map of. Each group then had the job of teaching the rest of the class what they had learnt about their continent. Some of us loved being teachers, others found it more tricky that they had expected!