We use The Way, the Truth and The Life for our RE teaching. It begins in Reception and goes through to Year 6. It is broken into 6 topics across the year. We also teach other major faiths across the school in Multi-Faith weeks that reflect the diverse world in which the children live. We have daily Collective Worship; Whole school assemblies on Monday and Friday mornings, class based Collective Worship on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Hymn Practice on Thursdays. We use the 'Pray Together' resource by Pat Ainge for our class based worship. We have regular whole school masses and each class celebrates an intimate class mass each term.
Stations of the cross activities
On Wednesday each class went into the hall to do a range of activities linked to the stations of the cross. Here is each activity station before the children got busy:
Each activity was linked to a station. It made us think about what Jesus would have gone through on his journey to Calvary.
Here is a selection of photos from all classes enjoying the activities:
We raised £1066 (although money is still coming in) in our sponsored water walk for our Water Week. All of the money went to a charity called Water Aid, so children and adults who are not able to have clean healthy water will be able to.
On Thursday we had a talk from a lady called Sue, who worked for water aid. She told us that it takes £15 to give someone clean drinking water. With the money we have raised we have managed to give 213 people clean drinking water!
Now that Lent has started our thoughts and efforts have turned to fundraising for our chosen charities, CAFOD and The Good Shepherd appeal.
On Wednesday the 1st March, we participated in our annual faith lunch for CAFOD. The staff and children in KS2 had a simple lunch of a sandwich and a piece of fruit to be help them to understand and to be empathetic towards the millions of people who still do not have enough to eat.
The children learned about Florence and the CAFOD appeal for this year, 'Big Fish' which encourages people to start up their own fish farming businesses.
Stations of the cross activities
On Wednesday each class went into the
Prayer tables Autumn Term 2 2016
Our prayer tables reflect the liturgical year and 'The Way, the Truth and the Life' theme. The colours of the vestments that the priest wears during the liturgy also help express the character of the mysteries being celebrated. Prayer tables in our classrooms reflect the liturgical colours. A white or white and gold vestment will be worn by the priest during Easter.
The last week of Lent is known as Holy Week. It is when Christians remember the last week of Jesus' life and is the most important time in the Christian year. There are many church services and processions.
Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week. It reminds Christians of the journey Jesus made into Jerusalem, on a donkey, to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach). Jesus chose a donkey to show that he had come in peace. Many people welcomed Jesus by shouting, waving palm branches and throwing branches down in the path of the donkey. They hoped that Jesus was the Saviour who the Bible had promised.
Palm Sunday is both a happy and sad day. Christians are happy because they are singing praises to Jesus but also sad because they know Jesus died less than a week after his arrival in Jerusalem.
Holy Week 2015
Key Stage 1 and Year R began Holy Week by telling us about Palm Sunday.
Year 2 retold the story of Palm Sunday while Year1 and Year R waved their palms.
On the night before his death Jesus had a final meal with his friends. Before this festival meal for Passover, Jesus surprised his friends by washing the feet of every person, a task that was normally done by a servant. He wanted to show his followers that they should love one another in humble ways.
Year 4 retold the story of the washing of the feet.
Later in the meal, which is known to Christians as 'The Last Supper', Jesus passed round bread and wine. He said the bread was his body broken for them and the wine was his blood shed for them. He was telling them that he was going to die and that when they share bread and wine they should remember him. Christians share bread and wine at their church services all year round, but it is even more special on Maundy Thursday. Jesus also told his friends that they should love one another. It was later on this night that Judas betrayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Year 5 retold the part of the story where Judas betrayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
On Good Friday we remember the day that Jesus was killed on the cross. He was nailed to a wooden cross by Roman soldiers. This is the reason why the cross is an important sign for Christians today. There are crosses in churches and many Christians wear a cross on a chain.
Good Friday is a sad day and churches never have flowers or decorations on this day. The church is left dark and all images, crucifixes and statues are covered with a purple cloth. It is known as Good Friday because Christians believe that Jesus gave up his life for the good of everyone.
Year 6 retold the story of Jesus' crucifixion. Pilate sentences Jesus to his death.
A Children's Prayer for Lent
Lord, please show me what I should give up for Lent
And when I've given it up
Remind me to pray to You instead
To thank You
To love You
To hear from You
Each day and every day in Lent
St Cecilia's Feast Day
St Joseph's celebrated St Cecilia's Day in style with a musical assembly involving the whole school. It was truly an uplifting assembly led by Year 3 and Mrs Heatley which involved clarinets, flutes, the trombone, recorders, voice and guitars.
New School Year
At the start of the new school year - children and staff were welcomed back to school in our whole school Collective Worship on Firm Foundations. Mrs Knight used the Bible reading from Matthew 7:24-27 The Wise and Foolish Builders. The school's spiritual life is its firm foundations and is expressed in the way we practise our faith, love, treat and respect others.
We began the new term by finding out more about our class saints.
Prayer Tables - Green Ordinary Time
Our prayer tables reflect the liturgical year and 'The Way, the Truth and the Life' theme. The colours of the vestments that the priest wears during the liturgy also help express the character of the mysteries being celebrated. Prayer tables in our classrooms reflect the liturgical colours. The colours are green; green is used during Ordinary Time.
During Faith Fortnight each year group studied in detail a different faith to our own. We looked at the signs, symbols and practices of the faith. We found that many of the faiths had similar practicies to our own - they pray, attend a place of worship, sing praise, have a holy book, give to others who need our help and gather together to pray.
- Year R - Hindusim
- Year 1 - Buddhism
- Year 2 - Sikhism
- Year 3 - Islam
- Year 4 - Judaism
- Year 5 - Buddhism
- Year 6 - Hinduism
We finished the fortnight by sharing our work in assembly.
What our faith means to us
We thought about what our faith means to us in words and pictures. There was some very thoughtful responses.
Pentecost Party Day
Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter. To celebrate this important day we had Pentecost Party Day in school. We had a super day making pentecostal crafts. The day ended with prayers and hymns.
Well done to all the children in Year 3 who made their First Holy Communion recently. It was a beautiful service. Each child received their first Holy Communion with their family which made it really special. Thank you to Mrs Skeoch, Father Lawrie and many others who made this a memorable day for the children and their families.
Good Shepherd Appeal
During Lent we raised money for Catholic Care through various funding raising events - bun sales, filling Smartie tubes with money, a book sale and making and selling rubber band jewellery. As a member of The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust, Mrs Knight, Niamh, Niamh and Evie represented St Joseph's at a special mass to present all the monies collected.
Mrs Knight welcomed us all back after the Easter break. In whole school Collective Worship we listened to the Gospel of John when the disciples discovered Jesus was not in the tomb and had risen. Then we discussed and reflected on what 'He Is Risen' means to us. In RE we drew pictures, wrote our own thoughts and reflections on what 'He Is Risen' means to us. Reception led Friday assembly on their interpretation of the Gospel reading. Year 5 have been thinking about what their Catholic Faith means to them.
Eastertide Prayer Tables for Collective Worship
During Eastertide the Liturgical colours are gold and white. The priest wears white and gold vestments. The Prayer Tables in our classrooms reflect the Liturgical season and colours.
Whole School Collective Worship
Year 3 Prayer Table
The children in Year 3 set up the prayer table for class Collective Worship.
Recently the Minnie Vinnies have done a bun sale and toast days to raise money for the shoe box appeal we were delighted to help children who are less fortunate than us but there are still other people who need help ! we have had a meeting recently and have been thinking of ways to raise money for lent here are some : water aid -two people carry a bucket of water a certain distance then see how much you don't spill , bun sale -possibly bake at school ,school fair - a small group of Minnie Vinnies have a stall each and you have to pay for a go e.g 50p per go , field seaside games , e.g seaside photo booth or hook a fish you have to pay 25p for a go , Pj day come to school in your pyjamas with a donation , toy day bring a toy and a donation (no electrical's!) , tuck shop sweets and snacks every two weeks, food bank- bring in food and a donation and cafe - buy tokens for a bun sandwich and a drink ! these are only a few ideas and if any other children who are not Minnie Vinnies that have some sensible suggestions see Mrs Tremlett for an answer .
Written by Amber Teale yr 6