CAFOD ONLINE ADVENT CALENDAR 2020
CAFOD has created a daily Advent reflection for everyday during Advent which you may wan to use at home as part of your Advent preparations. It is an interactive online Advent calendar specifically for Catholic primary schools, with daily reflections and Christmas activities. This year's online Advent calendar includes stories and activities to help children learn about and pray for people around the world. It is suitable for children in both KS1 and KS2. We will be using it everyday in class as part of our collective worship but it would be wonderful if you could join in at home too! I have attached the website link to the calendar PPT and resources below and I will be giving 50 house points for any child who posts about using the CAFOD online advent calendar on their blog. Let's make this Advent 2020 a special time of true preparation and reflection.
Advent Worship with Dan and Emily December 2020
On 4th December 2020 Emily and Dan will be leading an Advent Preparation themed worship session. This is out of school hours but I really encourage you to join in this at home- their meditations are always so spiritual and relaxing and will really help you to prepare for Advent and the upcoming birth of Jesus.
Please see the picture below for details on when the event is and how to access it. Make sure you post you joining in the worship on your class blogs for extra house points!
Advent Worship with Dan and Emily Details- 4th December
Autumn 2 Week 5 - 30.11.2020- 4.12.2020
This week we are returning to focusing on prayer. Each day three different children will come up to the front and say their own prayers with the class. We will listen to their prayers and reflect on the words they say. Each day I will be writing the children's own prayers on the website so that you can see them at home and reflect on their beautiful words. Perhaps you could do some of your own collective worship at home using the prayers that the children have written?
This week the children have been writing and creating their own prayers in class. The children have focused on writing prayer for others who may need our help in our community. This could include the homeless, the hungry, the sick or the lonely. There are many different people we can pray for in our community and who need our help, especially in these difficult times. Year One created their beautiful prayers and then shared them with their peers in the classroom. Take a look at the prayers they wrote below- there are also pictures of the children sharing their prayers and worship with the class.
Monday 30th November 2020-Lacey Mai, Gia, Sophia
Please give the homeless a house.
Please keep the elderly safe.
Please help the sick people to get better.
Tuesday 1st December 2020 -Derry, Isabella, Jenilia
Please give the hungry food and clean water.
Help me to care about other people.
Please give lonely people a friend.
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 -Andrew, Olivia, Ezamay
Please help my friends to have a wonderful Christmas and keep them safe.
Please make it the best Christmas for everyone.
Please keep my family safe.
Thursday 3rd December 2020 -Ayah, Emmanuel
Please keep our lovely teachers safe and well at this difficult time.
Thankyou for the lovely teachers in our school. We love them so much.
Friday 4th December 2020 - Lola, Leo, Leilah,
Autumn 2 Week 4 - 23.11.2020- 27.11.2020
This week we will be reading different Bible Readings in class. We will have a different reading to focus on each day and will discuss and reflect on the story and what it means to us, both as a class and individuals. Each day this week we will be using the Rosary and looking at a new Bible Story. The timetable is as follows.
Monday- - Jonah and The Whale
Tuesday- The Good Samaritan
Wednesday-David and Goliath
Thursday- The Lost Sheep
Friday- The Prodigal Son
I have added PPTS of the stories below so that you can read the Bible Stories with your child at home and discuss it with them. It would be fantastic if you could join in our collective worship at home- these are such beautiful stories and there are lots of hidden meanings to them about how we should live our lives with God and Jesus at the centre.
Jonah and The Whale Story PPT
The Good Samaritan Story PPT
David and Goliath Story PPT
The Prodigal Son Story PPT
Singing in Collective Worship
All of this week Year One have been learning hymns as part of their collective worship. They have sung so beautifully and our favourite hymn has been 'Lord you have my heart.' They so enjoyed singing this song and I wanted to share you with you their hard work and beautiful voices. I have therefore uploaded a video onto the Video Sharing Platform of the website. By clicking on the link below you can watch the children's beautiful singing and I will be using this video sharing platform more in the future. We will be uploading lots more videos of our learning including PE, singing and collective worship so keep your eyes peeled on the website!
Autumn 2 Week 3 - 16.11.2020- 20.11.2020
This week we are focusing on hymns and singing worship in class. Each day the children will learn a different hymn song focusing on the words and the tune. We will also be thinking what the words of the hymn mean and use them to feel close to God and Jesus. The hymns we are learning every day are below and the words are there for you to practise at home. It would be wonderful if you could ask your child to sing the hymns to you at home which they have learnt each day in class- I am sure they would love to show you and they have such beautiful voices!
Autumn 2 Week 2 - 9.11.2020- 13.11.2020
Remembrance and Peace
Exploring the following statement from Pope Francis:
“Faith and violence are incompatible.”
Talk to the children about how the way they behave, the things they say etc. can either further our goal of peace and harmony or it can lead to conflict.
Explore and observe pictures from war. Also talk to the children about the men and women of the armed services who do an amazing job: defending the UK, peacekeeping around the world, helping in response to natural disasters around the world and supporting the fight against Covid-19.
Remembrance Service and Meditation ( 2 minute silence at 11am.)
Also discuss the origins of the Last Post and the Words of Ghandi. Please find the two texts we will be talking about below.
Origin of The Last Post: (From the BBC)
The Last Post will be played all over the world on Remembrance Day. But its origins had nothing to do with mourning. Arthur Lane was a bugler in the British Army when he was captured by Japanese forces during the fall of Singapore in 1942. He spent the remainder of World War Two in PoW camps and working on the notorious Burma Railway. But he also had a more melancholy duty. He still had his bugle with him and it was his task to sound the Last Post for each of his comrades who died during those years. "I'd have to go and set the fires at the crematorium. The lads would build them during the day, put the bodies on, and then somebody had to be delegated to set fire to the funeral pyres, and see that they were properly burnt, so I had to do that." For the rest of his long life, he was haunted by nightmares. And he never played the Last Post again. The sound of a lone bugler playing the Last Post has become one of the most distinctive sounds in the world. Eerie and evocative, it exists beyond all the usual barriers of nation, religion, race and class, charged with the memory of generations of the fallen. But it wasn't always like this.
Below is a quote from Ghandi, please discuss the meaning of the words and how negative/unkind/hurtful thoughts can turn into life changing actions:
"Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions.
Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits.
Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values.
Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny."
Discussing and exploring the two Children's Rights Articles which specifically talk about War:
- Article 38: Governments must not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces. Governments must do everything they can to protect and care for children affected by war and conflicts.
- Article 39: Children who have experienced neglect, abuse, exploitation, torture or who are victims of war must receive special support to help them recover their health, dignity, self-respect and social life.
Exploring the following statement from Pope Francis:
"Peace making calls for courage... Much more so than warfare.”
Discuss the idea with the children.
Remind the children about the "Good News" of the gospels. Forgiveness and a path to God's Kingdom.
Autumn 2 Week 1 - 2.11.2020- 6.11.2020
This we are focusing on prayers. Each day three different children will come up to the front and say their own prayers with the class. We will listen to their prayers and reflect on the words they say. Each day I will be writing the children's own prayers on the website so that you can see them at home and reflect on their beautiful words. Perhaps you could do some of your own collective worship at home using the prayers that the children have written?
This week the children have been writing and creating their own prayers in class. The children have focused on writing thank you prayers, telling God what they were grateful and thankful for in their lives and have then shared their beautiful prayers with their peers in the classroom. Take a look at the prayers they wrote below and pictures of the children sharing their prayers and worship with the class.
Thursday 4th November 2020 -Soela Kaiven, Salimata
I am sorry for sometimes being a bit silly with Mommy. She loves me lots.
I am sorry for not helping Mommy clean up sometimes. I will help her at home.
I am sorry for sometimes not playing with all my fiends- I love and miss them].
Wednesday 3rd November 2020 -Jasmine, Veronicas, Jacob
Thankyou for my friends who I play with and the lovely toys I have.
Thankyou for every new day and for the light from the sun.
Thankyou for my great school and my lovely classroom where I learn.
Tuesday 2nd November 2020 -Siah, Matilda and Emila
Thankyou for my teachers who look after me so well at school.
Thankyou for my lovely family and all my friends at school.
Thankyou for all my friends who play with me so nicely at school.
22.10.2020- School One Body Assembly
On Thursday 22nd October all of St Rose took part in a whole school assembly via Teams. The assembly was based on The Corinthians Reading One Body which you can find by clicking on the document below. Each class was asked to participate through some kind of worship or offering and Year One wrote different prayer based on the reading.
The reading is all about having one body made of many parts and the Year Ones wrote beautiful thankyou prayers to God, thanking him for their different gifts and talents. They wrote their prayers while they were isolating at home and then posted them onto their blog. Mrs Lynch and I had the great pleasure of reading the prayers and were so amazed by what the children had produced. They other classes also contributed in different ways and it was put into a big video for the assembly. I have put a copy of the reading below and you can find and watch the assembly on the website by clicking the following link below. I hope you enjoy the assembly and especially Year One's contribution as much as we did!
Year One- One Body Reading for Prayers and Assembly
Week 8- 19.10.2020- 23.10.2020
This month of October marks the month of Mary so for this week, as part of our collective worship in class, we are going to be focusing on praying to her and using the rosary. I have added a document below which shows you how to pray to The Rosary using the beads and the different prayers such as The Our Father and The Hail Mary. Please look at the sheet as it will be a great help to you. As part of the Rosary it asks you to focus on telling a story of one of the great mysteries--we will be focusing on the Luminous Mysteries this week and telling a new story each day.
Each day this week we will be using the Rosary and looking at a new mystery story. The timetable is as follows.
Monday- - The Baptism Of Jesus.
Tuesday- The Wedding at Cana
Wednesday-The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
Thursday- The Transfiguration
5- The Last Supper
I have added PPTS of the stories below so that you can read this story with your child at home, discuss it with them and try some of the activities. Don't forget to pray to the Rosary first before reading the mysteries- you can find out how to do this by looking at the attached sheet below.
The Holy Rosary Guide- How to Pray Using The Rosary
The Baptism of Jesus Story PPT
The Transfiguration and The Kingdom of God
The Eucharist Last Supper PPT
5.10.2020- Breathing Meditations
This week we are focusing on controlling our breathing and trying to be relaxed and comfortable as part of our class collective worship time. We will then be using our breathing to help us when talking to God in worship, talking in prayer and in our silent thoughts to him. The children listened to a video all about their breathing and learnt how to use their own focus and concentration to keep their breathing slow, steady and calm. We will continue to use this all week in our collective worship session so that the children feel calm, relaxed and comfortable when talking to God. Please use the link below to access the meditations we are doing in class at home- it will really help the children the more they practise!
Taking part in our Daily Mediations-30.9.2020
This week the children took part in a fantastic meditation where they thought about being a star and all the power they had inside to shine brightly. We spoke about confidence and listening to God to find out how to shine our very best and make the most of our talents and gifts. We then finished by praying to god, thanking him for all he has given us any be showing our gratefulness for his generosity.
Learning about Special Objects in Church
Today the Year Ones went to the Church with Mrs Lynch and myself to learn all about the special objects that are there. We saw pews, the altar, crosses, candles, stained glass windows and an organ. We stood in the pulpit, reading the bible from the lectern and even put holy water on our forehead from the font. The children learnt about the names of the special objects and what they are used for in Church. God wants us to be curious about his house and to marvel and wonder at the amazing things in it and to find out more about what they do! It helps us to feel closer to him.This will also help the children as they now move onto their Celebration topic where they learn about different masses, celebrations and services in Church and what different objects and symbols are used.
Doing our Wednesday Word- 24.9.2020
Today the children had a collective worship session where they listened to The Wednesday Word and reflected on it's meaning which is all about changing ourselves for the better or for our own good. God knows how we can even improve and when we listen to him he can give us guidance and wisdom on how to do this. The Year One's had some fantastic ideas on how they could improve themselves or change for the better such as sharing, talking and praying more to God and even by helping out more at home. It was so wonderful to see the children's own reflections on the message of change this week..They have taken their Wednesday Words home today in their book bags so I really encourage you to look at your child's work and ask them about it- see what they can tell you!
Learning our Daily Prayers
This half term we are focusing on learning the daily prayers needed for Year One. We are focusing on learning the Our Father and the Hail Mary and are practising these daily as part of our collective worship. We are reflecting on what the words of these prayers mean and how they can be used in our daily lives. God wants us to take time to speak to him and listen to his words and praying using the words he taught us is a great way of doing this and showing our devotion to him. These are such beautiful prayers and it would be wonderful if you could also practise saying these with your child at home and seeing if they can remember them. Thank you for your co-operation.
Meditations and Silent Prayer
The children have been learning bout Silent Prayer in our collective worship sessions and how we can pray in our heads to God on our own, not always out loud with others. We spoke about the importance of speaking to God in and from our hearts with love and listening to his voice carefully to see what he wants for us. We put candles on and reflective music and partook in a silent meditative prayer session where the children said their own silent prayers to God. We then shared some of our prayers at the end and they were truly wonderful- we had thank you prayers, sorry for wrongdoings and even some children who asked God for help! I am very proud of Year One for being so meditative and reflective- well done!
Learning about the story of Creation
This term we are learning all about how God made the world in the wonderful story of Creation. Today we learnt the story and acted it out using various props and visuals to help us. The children loved learning about how God made the world and what he made on each day and they are so excited to write about in their books later this week!
God wants us to be curious about the world that he created for us to live in, and when we learnt about it we appreciate it and take responsibility for the planet. It is up to us to care for the planet and look after the wonderful world that we have for future generations.