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In Year 4 we learned all about Advent and what Advent means. We learned about the symbols associated with Advent. We made our own Advent Calendar and wrote our own prayers for inside the Advent Calendar.

Year 4 St. Faustina

This week my class learnt of the dedication and sacrifice of our class saint – St. Faustina. We discovered how she grew up so poor her family were reluctant to her becoming a nun. It is because of St. Faustina we have the very famous and beloved image of the Divine Mercy as well of the Chaplet prayer.

“Jesus, we trust in you.”

Jewish New Year

Today in year 4 we learned about Rosh Hashanah, the New Year of the Jewish Calendar. It ends with Yom Kippur also known as the Day of Atonement. For the Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah is a time to look back over the past year. They believe that God gave human beings free will to choose between good and evil and that God will forgive anyone who is really sorry. Saying ‘sorry’ in Hebrew means returning – that is, returning to God. The word ‘sorry’ in Hebrew is ‘Teshuvah’ which means ‘returning’. It is a time to put right any wrong committed against other people and to express sorrow for sins. When people meet each other they say, ‘May you be inscribed for a good year.’ Year 4 children wrote letters to Mr Devereux to let him know everything they learned and made links with Christian belief.

Hot-seating Journalists!

LO: To participate in role play using improvisations to understand character’s feelings and motives.

To help the children understand the role of quotes within newspaper reports, the children acted as characters within the model article. The children were then split into pairs. Half were journalists and the other half were witnesses. Each pair created interview questions. The journalists were given the job of gathering as much information as possible whilst the witnesses needed to express their version of the story.

Ash Wednesday!

LO: To make links to Lenten rituals by celebrating Mass for Ash Wednesday.

To mark the beginning of Lent the children attended mass on Ash Wednesday. The congregation was invited to receive ashes on their foreheads. Father Keith and members of the Chaplaincy team, dipped their fingers into the ashes, spread them in a cross pattern on people’s forehead, and said, “From dust you came and to dust you will return.”

Where do the ashes for this service come from?

Let’s Whoosh!

To help the children better understand the structure of a newspaper report, the class worked in groups to retell the text. All children were given the opportunity to step in the shoes of a character through a story whoosh. They displayed their understanding through altering their tone of voice and body language.

Our Sacred Space!

This term in Religious Education, our topic has been ‘A People of Prayer’. We have heavily focused on the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer. Our class monitors have ensured that our prayer table has been well organised and our table cloth is green to represent that we are in a period of ordinary time.

The children chose to display the Sermon on the Mount as our Bible passage.

Let’s Learn about the Beatitudes!

In today’s lesson, Year 4 made links between the Beatitudes in Scripture and what they mean to us in Human Experience. We focused on the following Beatitudes:

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The class linked the Beatitudes to the school’s Gospel Values; described what each Beatitude meant and then provided examples of how they demonstrate each Beatitude in their everyday lives.

Here are some examples of our learning: