The first week of our new term began very differently to the one we planned but as usual the children of Year 6 have been undeterred. Lockdown home learning began in earnest and their enthusiasm hasn’t waned.
We are exploring a new class book called, The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett which is set in World War Two. To help us understand what it was like in Britain during World War Two, we have done some work on evacuees and explored how the propaganda posters of that time were very persuasive. Some children made their own posters.
The children then learned about the evacuation process- what the children were allowed to pack. The children then spent time choosing what they would take with them.
Yesterday, using three Google Meets, the children had a class debate. The children prepared some very persuasive points and debated very respectfully and formally. I was very impressed with their preparation for it.
Being so reliant on technology especially for remote learning, we recognise it is so important for us to be safe online. The children have created some E-Safety posters to remind themselves and us all of how to stay safe.
Today, during our class worship we reflected on how we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. At times we may feel we are struggling or not good enough. Yet we MUST be good enough- God made us! and He made has beautifully.
We pray that God will strengthen us. Just as the evacuees in the 1940s faced new challenges as we do too during this lockdown, we must never forget that He is with us, He will help us and all we have have to do is lean on him as we draw every closer to Him.
In the season of Advent, we have many expectations of ourselves in terms of the intentions we have for how we will help our families prepare for Christmas by decorating our homes, helping to make mince pies or write Christmas cards.
We have expectations of others: we often provide our family members with a list of our ideal Christmas gifts or suggestions of visits we’d like to make over the festive season. We have expectations of how we will celebrate in school with the familiar concerts and routines which have been established over the time we’ve been at St Adrian’s.
Finally, we have the expectations of which Scriptures we will hear at mass and carols we will sing as we prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But are our expectations realistic? Are our expectations too great or too limited?
We may have heard the familiar Scriptures during Advent, we may have sung the Christmas carols year after year but have we really stopped and thought about what the expectations God intended when He sent His Son to be incarnated- made flesh? Have we thought about the how Gabriel’s visit to Mary must have been beyond all expectations Mary had for her life? The expectations God had for Mary were bigger than she could ever have imagined- this must have been daunting to say the least. Yet, despite any reservations she may have had, Mary accepted the honour God had bestowed on her and lived up to God’s exceptionally high expectations for her.
What expectations does God have for us? Can we live up to them?
During this topic, we will explore the expectations God had on Mary, Joseph and on Jesus. We will also explore in depth the expectations God has for us as we continue in our faith journeys with Him.
RE Home Learning:
I would like you to design an Advent calendar, in any medium you choose, where each day you open a challenge to do something faith-based as you prepare for coming ever closer to the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Please make these challenges varied and achievable.
Suggestions could be:
Read a passage from one of the Gospels
Give a note of encouragement to _______________
Help Mum / Dad to ___________________
let my brother/ sister sit in the front seat without arguing
Below I have given a few ideas for how you could design your calendar but it really is up to you. I would like you to be able to use your Advent calendar each day so you can challenge yourself to be kind, thoughtful and have high expectations of yourself throughout the season of Advent.
Please bring a picture of your Advent calendar into school by 2nd December so you can stick it into your RE books. You can also share your photo of your calendar with me on Google classroom. If you want to bring the actual calendar into school to show me and your friends on 2nd December, please do but not if it risks damaging the hard work I’m sure you’ll put into it.
As you support your children through their learning, please join us through prayer:
Through the time of Advent, we pray that you will revive in us a hunger and urgency to be ready for the coming of your Son, Jesus.
O Lord our God, make us watchful and cheerful as we await the coming of your Son, Christ our Lord, that when he comes and knocks, he will find us not sleeping but awake and rejoicing in his praises.
May we use this time of Advent to be your hands and feet and support others who need your love and support.
During this topic we will cover this somewhat sensitive theme. The experience of ‘family’ in society today is varied, with many joys and sorrows. Whatever the experience, family still remains the first place for growth and development, the basic social unit. We will look at questions such as:
What does the word ‘family’ mean to you?
What people do you associate with ‘family’?
What joys and sorrows do you remember of family life?
For Christians the pattern and ideal of family life is found in the Scriptures. God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family. While offering ideals for family life, it is important to acknowledge and respect the real experience of some children which is not ideal.
The following scripture summarises perfectfully what we want to God to reveal to us:
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” (Colossians 3: 12-15)
We will ask ourselves:
In your daily life, how can you be ‘clothed with compassion’ or ‘with love’?
In practical terms, how can these be expressed?
At the end of the topic, we aim for the children to respond to it by asking themselves and each other:
What positive message about the family of the school is put across in the classroom?
How does the school ensure that when it welcomes a child, it welcomes that child’s family?
In what ways can the partnership between home and school be developed?
I’m sure the children will tell you more about the topic as it progresses over the next four weeks. Do ask them what they have been learning- it’s always nice to include you too.
Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18th-24th May) and the theme this year is Kindness. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the importance of kindness!
We would like all of St Adrian’s to get involved, so we have attached some activity ideas at the bottom of this post to help you to celebrate this week – if you would like to.
There is a Kindness Calendar which challenges you to be kind twice each day – once to yourself and once to someone else (that is only two acts of kindness a day, we’re sure all of us St Adrian’s are kinder than that!!)
And for our competitive pupils there is a Kindness Cup trophy to design. If everyone in your home takes part in in the Kindness Calendar Challenge you can award your Kindness Cup to the winner!
As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing seriously. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Please see the pages below with helpful links to services and resources.
Please log on to Google Classroom to see the work for today. Remember that you will need to go into designated groups to find the work (Mrs May or Mr Sallis). You will find your English and Maths work under your respective teachers and any other subject work under the Y6 classroom folder.
Today your subjects will be English, Maths and Science. Your new RE homework task is available too. Continue to read daily and use additional resources to practise skills of other key areas.
Remember that you can use the stream to ask questions.