SPIRITUAL BLOG

Summer Term 2018

RE - Year 6

"In RE, Year 6 have been learning about the majority of people who follow a specific religion. In our class, we did a tally for how many people are: Christian, Muslim, atheist or agnostic. The tally told us that most of the class are Christians because this is a Christian school. Also, we discussed that children from other religions come to the school because it has values that not just Christians have to keep. We also learnt about how many different religions there are and how many places of worship there are in Croydon. The result was, there are more Christians in Croydon than any other religion." Leigh-Ann Year 6

 

RE - Year 4

"In this term's RE we've been looking at Sikhism, Christianity and Islam. During Sikhism, we learnt about the 5 k's and wrote about our own five values. During Christianity, we looked at the Ten Commandments, British Values and what our own personal values are. During Islam, we learbt about the 5 Pillars and the different prayer times. Year 4 also went on a trip to a mosque in Morden. I think year 4 have enjoyed this term's topics." Adaeze Year 4

 

 

Easter 2018

We hope everyone has a great Easter and thank you for all your hard work this term. The children have been learning about Holy Week at shcool this week. Year 6 made some booklets to illustrate each important day from Holy Week, whilst Year 3 wrote from the point of view of Mary Magdelene, as she witnessed the empty tomb of Christ and the Resurrection.

Thank you to those that attended the service at the Minster. Children told the Easter Story in the form of poetry, and Father Lee commented on the clarity of their voices. Well done!

 

March 2018

Here is a selection of spiritual quotes from the children, taken from RE lessons:

"Praying makes you wealthy because it means you have God in your heart..."

Mia, Year 3, on the subect of riches and the story of King Solomon

"If I could have all the money in the World, I would give it to children in hospital and the homeless..."

Lilac, Year 3,on the subect of riches and the story of King Solomon

"If I could have anything in the World, I would have God's trust..."

Elijah, Year 3, on the subect of riches and the story of King Solomon

"If we all love each other, we will be full of joy forever. We could make the world a better place. If we make a difference, the world might not be called Earth. It could be called 'Joyful Planet'. We could learn, talk, respect and never give up..." 

Simone, Year 5 Avocets, on the subject of the Christian fruits of the Holy Spirit.  

 

January 2018

Thank you to Father Bayes for a lovely Worship on 30th January. He brought his magic rucksack with him and this time it held lots of different sources of light. He had children holding up different types of torches and even a string of Christmas lights. He discussed how the Sun was our main source of light and warmth. Candles were also lit as he reminded us that Jesus is a constant guiding light in times of darkness.

Father Bayes will be touring the school and watching some RE lessons in action.

 

Christmas Service

Thanks to all those who came to the Minster for our Christmas Service. It was a magical end to the term, with some confident singing and acting performances from the children. Year 6's up-to-date Jingle Bells round was very entertaining!

Thanks also to Father Lee for his input, and not least for charing his festive flashing jumper and slippers with us!

 

What Have We Been Learning?

Year 6 recently produced some fantastic Islamic designs based on the style of Islamic prayer mats. They also looked at Salat, one of the Five Pillars of Islam Salat, and particularly focussed on the Wudu part of Salat.

Year 5 have been looking at pilgrimages and how visiting sacred places differs from a normal holiday. They also looked at Prophets and the prophecies that led to the birth of Jesus. The children then linked this with the preparations leading up to Christmas, as well as making links to how other faiths prepare for religious festivals.

Year 4 also looked at prophets, particularly John the Baptist. They then looked at Christmas advertising and how advertisers and manufacturers, rightly or wrongly, often use spiritual or thought-provoking messages to help sell products. The children were encouraged to discuss the true meaning of Christmas and how the act of giving, sharing and spreading love can transcend material and commercial concerns.

 

Christmas Service Dec 2017

Don't forget the Christmas Service at the Minster on 20th December 2017. Details to follow.

 

Values Awards

Click here to see this month's values winners.

 

What's On at the Minster Church?

Click here to see events at the Minster Church in Croydon.

 

Sept 2017 Harvest Festival

How lovely it was to spend Tuesday afternoon at the Minster to honour this yearly tradition. It was the first time we have been together in the Minster with our new Year 3 children. Father Lee gave a lovely service, in which he celebrated this fantastic time of year and all that it has to offer, especially the autumn sunshine and colours. He used a can of soup as a means of giving thanks for all that it represents.

We were treated to some great readings from Year 5 children, and we sang a lovely collection of songs including seasonal favourites such as 'Autumn Days' and 'Conkers'.

However, it has to be said that by far the most memorable part of the afternoon was seeing the generosity of the children of Minster Juniors, whio filed up to the front so sensibly and completely covered the altar in offerings of food for those in greater need than themselves.

 

 

 


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