Subject Ambassador: Mrs. D. Cross
Link Academy Councillor: Ms. S. Ingwersen
Statement of Intent:
Opal Learning Zone
Independence – Recently, we have spent a number of circle times discussing what it means to be part of the Opal Learning Zone and how we can achieve our super power of independence. Our class discussions have allowed the children to understand what it means to be independent and how can accomplish this. Each week an Opal Ambassador is awarded a certificate for their excellent independence. The lucky pupil can wear the Superhero outfit for the day and be a fantastic role model to their peers.
Amethyst Learning Zone
Why we should be proud of ourselves – Collective Worship has played a vital role in our daily discussions in the Amethyst Learning Zone. This week our discussion was centred around confidence and why we should be proud of ourselves. The children were given a time to think about something they have achieved whilst been in the Amethyst Learning Zone and then informed their peers.
Lana told the group, “My reading is better now. My Dad said I am such a good reader.”
Edward added, “I am more independent because I get myself ready for me for PE easily.”
Sapphire Learning Zone
Important People in our Lives – As part of our RSHE, we have been looking at important people in our lives. We have discussed people who inspire and motivate us. The children thought carefully about a specific person they would like to choose and then shared it with the class. We had a wide range of people from our parents to David Attenborough and The Queen! The children were confident to share in their ideas and explain their reasons for their choices.
Play and Learn – The children have begun working towards their superpowers collected in the Sapphire Learning Zone. They have been exploring their new learning environment, spending time to play and learn alongside others engaging in child led activities. The children use ‘Super Sapphire’, our class mascot, to help guide them through different situations they might need support with.
Ruby Learning Zone
Buddhism – This term our topic has been to look at the Buddhist faith. The children have learned lots about how Buddhists live their lives and the history of how Buddhism started. They used what they have learned to perform a drama activity about the life of Buddha. They then wrote their own scripts based on this and recorded their final ideas to make a short film using the iPads.
Emerald Learning Zone
Sikhism – In the Emerald Learning Zone we have been learning about Sikhism. The children have discussed the 5 K’s (Kesh, Kangha, Kara, Kachera and Kirpan). They have also been learning about the 10 Guru’s, in particular Guru Nanak who was the founder of Sikhism.
Diamond Learning Zone
The Kingdom of God – Our focus for RE this half term was the Kingdom of God, the children looked at two songs (The Lord of the Dance and Down to Earth). From this, they were able to think about what kind of king Jesus portrayed himself to be as well as what kind of kingdom he would have. The children then created and produced their own songs to reflect on this.
September 2020- February 2021
The Christmas Story – In R.E. this half-term, we have focused on the Christmas Story. We read and acted out the story. We thought about why Christmas matters to Christians and what made baby Jesus so special. We have learnt about advent, and found out how Christians count down to Christmas.
RHSE – This half-term, we have covered a lot of areas. We learnt a lot about Remembrance Day during “War Week.” We have also learnt about Bonfire Night, anti-bullying and road safety.
Christian Creation Story – In RE this half-term, we have focused on the Christian Creation Story. The children have read, watched and acted out the story. We found out what God created on each day of the week and made a wheel to help retell the story. We also took part in a class-based harvest festival, thanking God for food and everything else He provides.
Here we are – There has been a strong focus on settling the children back into school this half-term. We took part in a whole school integration topic, ‘Here We Are.’ We focused on integrating the children back into school and finding out about themselves and the ever-changing world that they live in.
Friendship – In Character development, we have been working on our friendships. We have investigated the qualities needed to be a good friend and have looked at our differences.
Incarnation – In RE, the children have been looking at Incarnation. We have looked at the Christmas story and unpicked the different characters and the roles that they played. We have asked why Jesus was a special baby and looked at people that are special to us. We have discussed what gifts we can give for free this Christmas, like the gifts the Wise men gave to Jesus.
We have also visited our prayer space, taking the time to be quiet and reflect upon someone we might want to give a special prayer or thought to.
Christian Creation Story – In RE this half term, we have looked at the Creation Story. The children have acted out the story and thought about their favourite day and given reasons for their choices. We have thought about God’s planet, his creation and how we can look after it for him. The children took part in a class-based harvest festival and we gave thanks to God for food and many other things that the children are thankful for.
The children wanted to give back to the local community so have made cards and pictures for the lonely and vulnerable people who aren’t able to get about due to Covid restrictions.
Feeling settled – In Character Development, we have been using a range of texts to help the children to settle back in school life. We have looked at how we are all unique and the special qualities that we all have.
Christian Creation Story – This half term, Class 3 have focused on the creation story in RE. We looked closely at the main parts of the story and decided why these were important to Christians. The children had some great explanations and have all worked very hard.
Feeling settled – There has been a big emphasis on settling the children into their new classes this year. We have worked a lot on: self-confidence, changes and our feelings. The children had great fun thinking about their family tree and what each person means to them. The children were able to talk openly about this and had some great ways as to why their family is important to them.
Incarnation – We have been learning about the Incarnation in RE. In this lesson the children spent time reading passages from Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:26. The children found key words linked to the Holy Trinity in their text and discussed the context they were used in. They were able to locate words such as Father, Son, Holy Spirit, King.
How we are all different – In Character Development, we have been exploring how we are all different. This included our anti-bullying week when we discussed different types of bullying including cyberbullying. The children participated in mature discussions and were able to identify adults they could go to, to report bullying in school.
The Ten Commandments – In RE, we have been looking at God’s instructions (The Ten Commandments). The children took it in turns to be an ‘instructor’ in groups and had to describe a picture for their group to draw. Jack did a great job of describing his picture to the rest of the class.
Anti-Bullying – Since coming back to school, we have focused on the mental health and wellbeing of children. We have looked at how bullying can affect others and what we can do if we are being bullied. We had a great discussion about this and the children were able to recall the different forms of bullying.
Bible Stories – Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the children have been participating in class assemblies. They have really enjoyed listening to Bible stories read by a range of different people. They have had the opportunity to participate in class discussions and reflect on the stories they have heard.
Lily’s Poem – Lily wrote a beautiful poem on “How does God feel about His wonderful creation:
The Big Picture – In RE, Class 5 will be working on Christianity during this academic year. We will open our learning by looking at ‘The Big Picture’ where we will be studying main events in the Christian calendar. We will begin by doing work on ‘The Creation’ whilst asking the question ‘What does it mean if God is Holy and Loving?’.
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