Advent means coming and it is observed by Christians as a time preparing for the celebration of Christmas. It commences four weeks before Christmas. The four traditional advent themes are: The candle of HOPE, the candle of PEACE, the candle of LOVE, the candle of JOY. A fifth candle if sometimes lit to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
This week in PSHE we were discussing the responsibilities we have as we grow older. Some of us have the responsibility of feeding our pet, helping parents look after younger siblings and even doing some household chores. Some of us have responsibilities at school, our class jobs. We discussed how we are different from teenagers and what we can do when we are teenagers, such as watching different rating film and playing different games, being allowed to stay up late and even go out alone. We all are looking forward to growing up and having more responsibilities.
St Andrews Day
St Andrews is Scotland's patron saint and it is celebrated on 30th November. According to Christianity's teaching, he was one of Jesus Christ's apostles born in Israel. He died a martyr and was crucified on a X shaped cross in Greece . This symbol is used on the Scottish flag.
Today we had special visitors who spoke about their role as PC and PCSO and what their job entails. They also shared what they do for the community we live in.
An assembly delivered by Birmingham City Mission about sharing and the importance of sharing.
Children In Need
Today was non-uniform day so we could raise money for Children In Need. This will help other children around the country who are less fortunate than us.
Today we reminded ourselves of the importance of Remembrance Day. We discussed what happened and why Remembered Day is held? We wear poppies to show our respect and remember all the people who were involved in war.
This week we were looking at the stages of life. Our life cycle starts from the time we are in our mother's womb. The rest of the stages are: baby, toddler, adolescent (teenager), adult and elderly.
All Saints' Day
In Collective Worship, we learnt about the Christian celebration of All Saints' Day. This is a time for Christians to remember all of the Saints. Saints are people who were very special to Christians. They believe that saints even performed miracles.
This week we read the story about 'The Red Crayon'. It was an interesting story as the crayon's label was red but he would colour in blue. Everyone thought he was red, but he was different. He did all sorts of things to try and be read but he couldn't. Finally, he realised he was blue and he stopped trying to be red.
Today we had a visit from the nurse who spoke to us about confidence and self esteem. She showed us a happy face and asked how that made us feel. It obviously made us feel happy but then she showed us a sad face. That expression made us think about all the times we felt down and upset. We also discussed about not giving up, believing in ourselves and having another go.
In Collective Worship, we learnt about the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali. We learnt that it is the festival of light. People celebrate Diwali by wearing nice clothes, praying and setting off fireworks.
Black History Day
Today we celebrated Black History Day by dedicating our time to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. We found out that Martin Luther King was a civil rights leader and he always stood against racism in America. He dedicated all his life to create fairness and equality for people of all backgrounds. His demonstrations were peaceful and he was against hate, prejudice and violence.
Cornerstone Innovate Day (Ancient Greece)
We started the our innovate day with the story 'Pandora's Box'. We read and watched a clip about the box being opened. We discussed whether Pandora did the right thing, should she have opened the box, shouldn't she have opened the box?
We then wrote persuasive argument for and against opening the box. We also created boxes ourselves to keep things that mean something to us. In the afternoon, we created masks as we know Ancient Greeks loved the theatre and the actor wore masks. We acted out Pandora's box.
This week we had the opportunity to visit the Health Caravan. We discussed choices and how we always have to make choices. Sometimes it will be good and sometimes we make bad choices which have consequences. We also discussed that we are unique and different from each other and it's ok to be different.
Interfaith Week of Prayer
In Collective Worship, we learnt about Interfaith Week of Prayer. This is when people of all faiths come together to celebrate their differences and similarities. It is a time for people learn about each other and to build bridges.
This week in PSHE we learnt about the recovery position. We discussed why it might be important to know how to put someone in a recovery position. We realised that we could save someone's life just by putting them in such a position. We then practised how to put a casualty in a recovery position.
We looked at the Jewish festival Sukkot this week. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Feast of Booths. It is celebrated by building a fragile hut in the garden. The hut should have a roof made out of branches and leaves and should be able to see the sky through it.
This week in PSHE, we were discussing emergency services. We established what an energetic first and then we spoke about the three types of emergency services: fire, ambulance and police. We know we have to fail 999 and ask for the service we require. We role played few scenarios and realised that it is essential to know your own address, stay calm and follow instructions given by the emergency services.
On Thursday our Maths lesson was slightly different from our usual lesson. We started with an Anchor task and then moved onto working in small groups with different materials solving Maths problem. We thoroughly enjoyed the session and it enabled us to not only become fluent in our Maths but also explain our thinking process.
This week we looked at Michaelmas, which is a minor Christian festival observed on 29 September. It is also known as Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels. This festival is kept in honour of Michael and all Angels. Rebecca (4H) told her class that her family celebrate this festival and they gather with her cousins and friends and have a big meal together.
In Collective Worship, we learnt about the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur. This is a time when Jewish people fast, pray and think about how they treat other people.
This week we spend an afternoon thinking about all the people affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. We watched videos of the hurricane which was extremely frightening and we discussed how we would feel if this unfortunate event occurred in our town. We spoke about the UNICEF rights the children's will lose out due to this devastating even. Children will be loosing their right to play as it is not safe for them to go outside. They will also lose their right to education as their schools have been destroyed by the hurricane.
In Collective Worship, we learnt about the Buddhist celebration of Higan. Higan is usually celebrated in Japan and is a time when workers can reflect on their performance.
This week in PSHE we discussed how we can stay safe in and around school. We talked about the dangers around the playground or even a park and what measures we need to take to ensure we are safe. For example, it is lovely to have a pond in a park but we must not run around it or go too close in case we fall into it.
This week we looked at the Ethiopian New Year which is celebrated on 11th September (12th September on a leap year). It is celebrated as Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland. Its history is remembered through biblical passages. We also found out that the Rastafarians celebrate Christmas on a different day.
This week in PSHE we looked at a book called King and King, which is part of our No Outsiders collection. This was an interesting book and we discussed why people get married and that we have a choice to marry whoever we want. We watched the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate. Have a look at some of the royal wedding cards we created.