Peace Day – September 2018
Our Mini Vinnies and Chaplains planned a collective worship together which they could deliver to the whole school. This involved thinking of those who are struck by war, famine or poverty across the world. We prayed for unity and that these people will work together and embrace each other’s differences. We are grateful to have such a huge variety of languages and cultures in our school.
Reception October 2018
World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness.
The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.
“The goal is that we hope kindness is spread every day of the year, but World Kindness Day is a day we can be a little bit louder about our kindness,” said Brooke Jones, vice president of the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation.
“Happy #WorldKindnessDay! Don't forget that something as small as a smile or saying hello to a friend can make a big difference to others”
"This #WorldKindnessDay, remember that when we're good to one another, the world is a little bit brighter."
World Kindness Day brings a little light to a dark world
Nursery October 2018
How do we show kindness?
In Nursery this week, we celebrated World Kindness Day. We discussed what kind hands meant. The children associated this with being nice to our friends when playing by either sharing toys, giving friends a hug if they are sad or by waving to people who enter the classroom. The children then discussed this further by saying what they did at home that was kind and helpful.
We celebrated all our different beliefs and cultures this week. Each class chose a country to study, we had visitors and speakers from different cultures and we learned a dance from another country.
Reception February 2019
Chinese New Year
This week, we have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year. We have read the story with some of us acting it out, we have looked at lots of different artefacts relating to China and celebrating Chinese New Year and we were very lucky as Rocky’s mum offered to cook a Chinese meal for us all to enjoy. The food was delicious. Thank you very much Rocky’s mum.
Chinese New Year
This week we celebrated, Chinese New Year. To help us learn some information, we watched some videos of children explaining all about the celebration and how they prepare for it. We looked at some artefacts from their culture and we also had a special Chinese dinner at school. As it’s the year of the pig, we enjoyed making pigs masks using different shapes for different parts of the pigs face.
We loved watching a lion dance, which is part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. To learn more about this, we had to listen very carefully to the music in the background. We guessed correctly about hearing drums and said that they were very loud! Some of us also heard some bells. We had a lion puppet that we used to dance around and we all took turns using the instruments to make the music for the lion to dance.
CAFOD are part of one of the largest aid networks in the world. Because of their global reach and local presence, together they have the potential to reach everyone.
CAFOD have the potential to reach so many people because they are a member of a global Church network with a presence in 165 countries. The local Church is trusted even in the most dangerous countries, regions and communities regardless of religion.
As part of Aspirations week, we met with Ann, a volunteer, who had given up her time to support those people who have been struggling to fulfil their basic needs. This has inspired us to think about how we can help those less fortunate than ourselves. It is important to remember that, despite our differences, we should treat each other as we would like to be treated ourselves.
Year 3 and Year 4 Mosque Visit
As part of our work with other faiths, we were lucky enough to be able to visit Eccles Mosque. We were so excited to experience the inside of another place of worship and to draw comparisons. We were blown away with how beautiful the mosque was as well as how things work inside. Mr Ahmad showed us the Qur’an as well as the special stand on which it sits. We were shown the different rooms men and women go to pray as well as the social rooms away from the prayerful places. It was a brilliant experience.
Friday 12th April 2019
Today we have been exploring British Values. We have looked in particular at 'Tolerance of Different Cultures and Religions'. Last year we visited a mosque and we have built on our understanding of what tolerance of other religions means.
Reception's challenge to colour the world with kindness
Reception shared this video during one of our British Values sessions. The children said it made them think about the impact they can have on others, in school and at home. This is a challenge for all people to make it A Better World in any way they can. Small actions make a big difference!
Through the story of Cinderella, the children explored the concept of tolerance. They looked at differences between characters and why that might make people treat them differently. The children found that the Ugly Stepsisters were not tolerant of any character and treated Cinderella unfairly because she was different. The children then acted out parts of the story, changing the plot to show hoe characters could have been more tolerant of each other.
Tolerance: How are differences good?
In Year 2 we thought about the diversity of our school family and all the good things about being different. We discussed how we are all different and how important it is to celebrate our differences because we all have a range of skills which we can share with others. We realised that we can all learn from each other. Then we sorted a selection of words and phrases which illustrate how differences are good. We also thought about what happens when we are not tolerant and how this can lead to a lack of understanding, disagreement and unhappiness. Finally we created spider diagrams to illustrate our learning and to emphasis the benefits of being tolerant and understanding.