We were so busy this week finishing an amazing art project, talking about Sikhism and celebrating Kindness week.
This week the children explored different religion – Sikhism. They made lovely Diva lamps (still drying and getting ready for painting on a Monday 🙂 ), we baked flat bread to share, we made Sikh puppets and tried to make the Sikhism symbol using black paint and white paper. Well done children for all your hard work.
We were very busy creating our doctor, using only recycling materials. The children were really excited to finish it today and dress him in his PPE. Amazing work EYFS!!!
This week we also talked a lot about kindness. We made a lovely Kindness tree display and everyone contributed. The children began by making hand prints and then adding them to our special tree. Of course we had plenty of ideas:
‘With our kind hands we can pick up toys.’
‘We can help a friend.’
‘We can buy a plaster from the shop and help someone.’
What a busy week it has been in Year 3 this week! We started the week with creating a key worker from recycled materials (thank you very much for your donations!). Our policeman looked instantly recognisable with his high-vis vest but keeping the sculpture standing was the tricky part. With a lot of patience, team work and tape, we were able to create a free standing sculpture of a policeman!
It was also Anti-Bullying Week this week but we focused on being kind and spreading kindness. We started by creating a kindness jar, writing anonymous acts of kindness we had seen in the class. We also wrote something kind about a member of the class. When sharing these reasons for kindness, it made us feel warm and fuzzy, we decided it was best to always be as kind as possible. We also wrote kind notes to ourselves and shared them as a class too.
It was also Faith Week this week, focusing on Sikhism. We started by concentrating on the symbol for Sikhism, a khanda. We then created our own symbols to represent our beliefs and who we are as people. Next, we looked at the inside of a gurdwara and focused on the importance of the Gura Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. Our final lesson involved focusing on langar, the free vegetarian meal served at gurdwaras. We learnt everyone sits on the floor for langar as everyone is equal. This was based on a story of Guru Nanak’s, which we acted out in groups using role play.
It has been such a busy week but we look forward to starting our learning about Advent next week.
The children have been so busy this week as we have enjoyed our ‘Other Faiths’ week, learning about the Guru Granth Sahib and Sikhism, exploring ways to be kind to each other and ourselves as part of anti-bullying week, and creating, co-operating and negotiating as we have worked to make our sculpture of a firefighter, as part of our art week.
Thanks to you all for sending in the recycled materials. Some have made it as far as our sculpture, some have been worn around the class all week, and some may yet make it back to you as an essential piece of firefighting equipment. The children have loved it!
We are looking forward to welcoming Fr Francis on Friday to celebrate our class mass. We continue to protect our bubble and so Fr Francis will join us remotely. Sadly, this means that no-one will receive the Eucharist, it will not be distributed. However, all children are invited to dress up and celebrate the mass. For those who have already taken their first Holy Communion, we invite them to wear their outfits. For those who’s parishes were unable to hold the first Holy Communion, we invite them to wear any suitable outfit to celebrate the mass. Children should wear their uniforms to school and they will have the chance to change ahead of the mass.