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Year 3 2018/2019

September 2018

 

Mission Accepted!

In our Religious Education lesson we reflected on our school mission,

'Christ is the centre of our school community

where we live, love and learn together.'

 

We thought of so many ways our class family can live, love and learn together and displayed them on our 'Mission Tree' display.

 

Are you cooperative, kind, responsible, forgiving, supportive, respectful, compassionate, faithful and patient? These were only a few of our choices.

Our class display!

Our class display! 1
Our class display! 2
Our class display! 3

We have accepted our mission to follow in the 

footsteps of Jesus. 

 

How can you do this today?

Let us pray...

 

At the start of our new school year we wrote some asking prayers.  We want God's help with the challenges that lie ahead. All our prayers are in our prayer area and we share them when we pray together in the morning. 

Lord hear us...

Lord hear us... 1
Lord hear us... 2

What would you like God's help with? 

 

Dear God,

Help me this year to persevere

to improve my handwriting and get my letter heights right.

Help me to pray more often to your son Jesus.

Lord in your mercy...

hear my prayer

 

Beginning our work on 

' Belonging - We gather as God's family'

 

Team work was definitely dream work when we worked in groups to decide on what responsibilities and qualities were necessary in our school family. 

Progress and cooperation...

Progress and cooperation... 1
Progress and cooperation... 2
Progress and cooperation... 3
Progress and cooperation... 4

Some of our ideas...

We have to be mature and share with others...

We must be supportive when our friends get something wrong.

We must persevere and not let our school group down.

Sharing and listening...

Sharing and listening... 1

October

Would you be a fisher of men?

 

In our Religious Education lessons we read the story of the 'Call of the Disciples' and sorted reasons for and against answering Jesus's call. After careful consideration and much debating, the majority of Beech class decided that the answer was YES but it would be difficult to leave your family, friends and home!

What would you do?

What would you do? 1
What would you do? 2
What would you do? 3
What would you do? 4

Who are Jesus's disciples today?

Who are Jesus's disciples today? 1

A Blessing for the New School Year

 

Beech class were delighted to welcome Deacon Tim to their class to celebrate the start of our new school year. It was a really reverent and special occasion when we  gathered to ask God’s blessing on

  • us, as we live together as his family
  • on our classroom, where we learn together
  • on our prayer area, where we show our love together for Jesus

and all the time remembering that Jesus is at the heart of all that we do.

Let the little childre come to me...

Let the little childre come to me... 1
Let the little childre come to me... 2
Let the little childre come to me... 3

Someone is being compassionate and loving! Box 2 filled!

Someone is being compassionate and loving! Box 2 filled! 1

Working hard to understand the signs and symbols of Baptism!

Working hard to understand the signs and symbols of Baptism! 1
Working hard to understand the signs and symbols of Baptism! 2
Working hard to understand the signs and symbols of Baptism! 3

Learning from each other!

Learning from each other! 1
Learning from each other! 2

More harvest donations and box 3 filled!

More harvest donations and box 3 filled!  1 'Compassionate and Loving' Beech boys!

November 

Month of the Holy Souls

 

During the month of November, Beech class are remembering those people who we love and who have died. We also remember those who have no one to pray for them. We have also reflected on Remembrance Sunday and the many who lost their lives in war. 

 

Our class prayer area during November...

Our class prayer area during November... 1
Beech class remember a loved one in their prayers each day, when we choose a name from our 'Remembrance Tree'.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord...

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord... 1

Share this prayer together as a family at home. 

We are praying and learning it together in class. 

 

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them. 

May they rest in peace.

Amen

After our first Mass of the new half term, we prayed together for our deceased family and friends.

We lit a candle and remembered them. 

We remembered...

We remembered... 1
We remembered... 2

Meet Year 3 choir members... so many... so proud!

Meet Year 3 choir members... so many... so proud! 1

And our faith filled and hopeful Mini-Vinnies!

And our faith filled and hopeful Mini-Vinnies! 1

Prayer bag launch!

 

A super start to Beech Class prayer bag being shared at home. Wonderful work and beautifully presented. It was a pleasure to see the commitment and effort made.

Reconciliation...what does it mean to you?

Reconciliation...what does it mean to you? 1
Reconciliation...what does it mean to you? 2
Reconciliation...what does it mean to you? 3

We can't wait to see who has the prayer bag each week!

 

Another great week with Beech classes prayer bag going home. St John Vianney was the chosen subject with a very reflective discussion about his life of humble service as a priest - very well done!

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The Great Outdoors!

 

Enjoying and appreciating God's beautiful world during our Forest School afternoons! 

Read the story of Creation in the Old Testament and remind yourself of how God made our world. 

And on the seventh day God rested...

And on the seventh day God rested... 1
And on the seventh day God rested... 2
And on the seventh day God rested... 3

Compassionate and Loving in action!

 

After Forest School we heard about a very compassionate and loving young man who helped his friend and encouraged her when she was trying to wade through water. This is exactly how Jesus wants us to live and love like him.

Well done! Definitely following in the footsteps of Jesus!

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Red Wednesday 

 

Christians around the world are being persecuted because of their faith. Today we showed our support by wearing red. Beech class were shocked to hear that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world

We support faith and the freedom to practise it...

We support faith and the freedom to practise it... 1

We prayed for people who have suffered...we are faithfilled and hopeful that there will be change.

We prayed for people who have suffered...we are faithfilled and hopeful that there will be change. 1

Taking care of God's world. We wished everybody would!

Taking care of God's world. We wished everybody would! 1
Taking care of God's world. We wished everybody would! 2
Taking care of God's world. We wished everybody would! 3

We are practising for our school Mass on Friday, the feast day of St Andrew...

We are practising for our school Mass on Friday, the feast day of St Andrew... 1 The word of the Lord...
We are practising for our school Mass on Friday, the feast day of St Andrew... 2 Their word goes forth through all the earth...
We are practising for our school Mass on Friday, the feast day of St Andrew... 3 Lord in your mercy...
Picture 1 We will lead the entrance procession...
Picture 2 Offering the unconsecrated bread and wine...

Class prayer bag...thoroughly enjoying taking it home!

 

Another really great presentation this week! Lots of detail and information about the Rosary and all of the mysteries.

Hail Mary...

Hail Mary... 1

Beautifully illustrated..

Beautifully illustrated.. 1
Beautifully illustrated.. 2
Beautifully illustrated.. 3

Living the Jesuit Virtues in Beech class!

 

Our excellent role models who won certificates

for being 'Compassionate and Loving.' 

 

Pupils in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

are growing to be..

 

Compassionate towards others, near and far,

especially the less fortunate;

and loving by their just actions and forgiving words. 

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December 

and the start of Advent!

 

The First Sunday of Advent and Year 6 received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

Thank you to Beech choir members who gave their time and beautiful voices to help Year 6 celebrate their Confirmation. It was lovely to hear a member of the congregation congratulate the children on their singing. 

Well done one and all!

 

 

 

Let's get ready to support Year 6 Confirmandi. We are sharing our talents!

Let's get ready to support Year 6 Confirmandi. We are sharing our talents! 1
Let's get ready to support Year 6 Confirmandi. We are sharing our talents! 2

Advent - a time of preparation!

 

Our class altar reflects the Holy Season of Advent. Purple is the Liturgical colour for Advent. Look around school and in church. Where is the colour purple being used?

Sharing our Walk with Me calendar is a special part of our Advent prayer reflections

Sharing our Walk with Me calendar is a special part of our Advent prayer reflections 1
We wrote some very reflective prayers to help us begin our preparations for the birthday of Jesus. We really thought about who needs our prayers and how we can be the best people we can be! Not always easy, but were going to try very hard. Our prayers are displayed in our prayer basket and we share them during class prayer time.

We pray for peace, hope, joy and love

We pray for peace, hope, joy and love 1
We pray for peace, hope, joy and love 2

I pray for all the priests in the church because they work hard for us and they show us the value of

following in the footsteps of Jesus.

Father Sean would definitely approve of this prayer!

Our Advent calendar has an act of kindness task inside it. We are trying to be 'Advent Angels' and are working hard at being even kinder than we need to be.

When we have completed our act of kindness, we write it on our angel on the tree. 

 

How can you put others before yourself this Advent?

Be kinder than you need to be!

Be kinder than you need to be! 1
Be kinder than you need to be! 2

Acts of kindness in action! I had to surprise my teacher with a random act of kindness...

Acts of kindness in action! I had to surprise my teacher with a random act of kindness... 1 Wonder what my task will be?
Acts of kindness in action! I had to surprise my teacher with a random act of kindness... 2 A home made card with a lovely message inside!

Look what Advent Angel task we had to do!

Look what Advent Angel task we had to do! 1 I made a paper chain with loving messages...
Look what Advent Angel task we had to do! 2 I wrote a thank you letter to Fr Sean...
Look what Advent Angel task we had to do! 3 I helped tidy up after dinner...

The Annunciation

 

In our Religious Education lesson this week we have been reading the Annunciation and reflected on how Mary felt before, during and after this wonderful event. 

Mary felt faithfilled and hopeful! God would watch over her...

Mary felt faithfilled and hopeful! God would watch over her... 1
Mary felt faithfilled and hopeful! God would watch over her... 2

We made some really amazing connections using this Gospel story. 

 

  • "I know this story is in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Also we think about it on the third Sunday of Advent which is a joyful time. We light the rose coloured candle and remember how joyful Mary was."

 

  • "I can make a connection! We say the words from the story when we say Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with you!"

 

  • "Mary trusted God like Daniel trusted that God would not let the lion kill him."

 

  • "Mary obeyed God like Abraham did when he took his Son Issac to be sacrificed."

 

Mrs Creegan loves a good connection and was so impressed!

Prayer bag 

 

A most amazing prayer bag presentation. This week was all about Jesus with the thieves on the cross. A great discussion on admitting our sins, belief in everlasting life and the way we need to live our lives here on earth. Super RE discussion work from Y3.

Do we always say sorry and mean it?

Do we always say sorry and mean it? 1
Do we always say sorry and mean it? 2
Do we always say sorry and mean it? 3

Year 3 Mini Vinnies think about how they can help others in need and pray together...

Year 3 Mini Vinnies think about how they can help others in need and pray together... 1
Year 3 Mini Vinnies think about how they can help others in need and pray together... 2
Year 3 Mini Vinnies think about how they can help others in need and pray together... 3

Delivering my thank you letter to Father Sean after our Advent school Mass...

Delivering my thank you letter to Father Sean after our Advent school Mass... 1

Christmas Cards and more connections!

 

In our Christmas carol service, Beech class are singing the Gloria and our reading reminds us of the angels appearing to the shepherds and bringing the good news that Jesus has been born. We decided to make a connection to this wonderful event when we made our Christmas cards. 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Gloria in Excelsis Deo! 1
Gloria in Excelsis Deo! 2
Gloria in Excelsis Deo! 3
Gloria in Excelsis Deo! 4

Glory to God and peace on earth...

Glory to God and peace on earth... 1

We used Beech class bidding prayer from our carol service for the inside of our card!

Told you, we love making connections! LOL

 

I pray that your guardian angel will watch over you

and take care of you.

 

Advent Angels gave up their lunch time to add the stars to our Christmas cards!

Advent Angels gave up their lunch time to add the stars to our Christmas cards!  1
Advent Angels gave up their lunch time to add the stars to our Christmas cards!  2
Advent Angels gave up their lunch time to add the stars to our Christmas cards!  3

And our work is done!

And our work is done!  1

Compassionate and loving during Advent

 

Y3 Beech class completed their sponsored 'Spellathon'. Lots of prize winning high  and best improver scores, so clearly some hard work and great support from home. Lots of money raised for bee hives in distant places.

Well done Y3!

Fundraising accomplished! Compassionate and loving in action!

Fundraising accomplished! Compassionate and loving in action! 1

Making angels for our Christmas Carol Service! 

 

Painting, sticking and a bit of glitz for good measure! 

I'm sure the angels would approve of a bit of sparkle!surprise

Let the skies fill with angels' singing...

Let the skies fill with angels' singing... 1
Let the skies fill with angels' singing... 2

We can proclaim our Saviour's birth...

We can proclaim our Saviour's birth... 1

Relationship Education in RE 

 

Beech class started this afternoon sharing how we valued each other as friends in Y3. There’s a lot of difference to being lonely compared to taking time out or choosing some time alone.

 

A great class discussion about our duty to God and each other.

How can you be extra kind to your friends during Advent?

How can you be extra kind to your friends during Advent? 1
How can you be extra kind to your friends during Advent? 2

Advent

and using our class prayer bag at home!

 

A super presentation today from our home prayer bag. It was a prayer about Advent and asking God to help us to become closer to him...very thought provoking.

Let Jesus's love and light shine this Advent....

Let Jesus's love and light shine this Advent.... 1
Let Jesus's love and light shine this Advent.... 2
Let Jesus's love and light shine this Advent.... 3

Carol service rehearsals continue...

 

As always, we remember that Jesus is at the heart of our Christmas preparations in school. We have been practising hard for our carol service on Friday

Sharing the Christmas story in words, song and action!

Sharing the Christmas story in words, song and action! 1 Let the bells ring for everyone to hear...
Sharing the Christmas story in words, song and action! 2 Christmas is such a special time of year...
Sharing the Christmas story in words, song and action! 3 Join with us and let's rejoice...

Reading with maturity and expression...

Reading with maturity and expression... 1 The angels left and returned to heaven...
Reading with maturity and expression... 2 May we share our love...

Acts of kindness in action! An Advent Angel had to make a card for the school crossing lady.

Acts of kindness in action! An Advent Angel had to make a card for the school crossing lady. 1

More Advent Angels and their acts of kindness!

More Advent Angels and their acts of kindness! 1 I wrote loving messages for my friends and teacher
More Advent Angels and their acts of kindness! 2 I made Mrs Hillen a thank you Christmas card

Learning all about the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. Ask us about it! Challenging but we really persevered!

Learning all about the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. Ask us about it! Challenging but we really persevered! 1
Learning all about the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. Ask us about it! Challenging but we really persevered! 2
Learning all about the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. Ask us about it! Challenging but we really persevered! 3

Bringing thanks and happiness to others...

Bringing thanks and happiness to others... 1 Thanking my neighbours for their Christmas lights
Bringing thanks and happiness to others... 2 I rang Grandma and sang Silent Night

Advent in Beech class finishes with our class prayer service.

Advent in Beech class finishes with our class prayer service.  1
Advent in Beech class finishes with our class prayer service.  2

Our Savior showed us how to live
With charity, faith and service.
It makes the holidays a joy,
More peaceful, and less nervous.

 

So let's remember Christmas is
About our Saviour's birth;
That's the way to happiness,
The way to peace on earth.

Beech class wish all their family and friends a very

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

January 2019...

 

...and we are in the season of Christmas until the Baptism of Our Lord. 

Our class prayer area reflects the Christmas season and the liturgical colours are white and gold.

Our class prayer area reflects the Christmas season and the liturgical colours are white and gold. 1

With my magic eye...

 

In our Religious Education lessons this week, we have been reflecting on the shepherds' story and how the good news of the birth of Jesus was shared with them. We wrote some poems with a repeating line in our groups, imaging what we could see if we had a magic eye and were able to look down on this wondrous event. 

Captivating, exquisite angels!!!! Love it!

With my magic eye I saw a radiant angel appear directly in front of the shepherds, who froze in fear!

With my magic eye I saw a radiant angel appear directly in front of the shepherds, who froze in fear! 1
With my magic eye I saw a radiant angel appear directly in front of the shepherds, who froze in fear! 2
With my magic eye I saw a radiant angel appear directly in front of the shepherds, who froze in fear! 3

With my magic eye I saw joyful, ecstatic angels excitedly spread the good news that the promised Saviour had been born at last!

With my magic eye I saw joyful, ecstatic angels excitedly spread the good news that the promised Saviour had been born at last! 1
With my magic eye I saw joyful, ecstatic angels excitedly spread the good news that the promised Saviour had been born at last! 2

Our finished work...

Our finished work... 1
Our finished work... 2
Our finished work... 3
Our finished work... 4
Our finished work... 5
Our finished work... 6

Sharing our class prayer bag

 

Today we learnt even more about the Rosary. It’s really so inspiring to see our Y3 children learning and praying at home, as well as displaying great reverence in their faith.

How to pray the Rosary...

How to pray the Rosary... 1
How to pray the Rosary... 2
How to pray the Rosary... 3

Sacramental Preparation begins...

 

No where better to start than with the Seven Sacraments; all stationed around our beautiful church for children and parents to explore and discuss.

Father Sean began our meeting...lots of focus!

Father Sean began our meeting...lots of focus! 1

Exploring the Sacraments and answering questions...

Exploring the Sacraments and answering questions... 1 The Sacrament of Baptism
Exploring the Sacraments and answering questions... 2 The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Exploring the Sacraments and answering questions... 3 The Sacrament of the Eucharist
Picture 1 Sacrament of Confirmation
Picture 2 Sacrament of the Sick
Picture 3 Sacrament of Marriage
Picture 4 Sacrament of Holy Orders

And some more pictures of hard working children and adults...

And some more pictures of hard working children and adults... 1
And some more pictures of hard working children and adults... 2
And some more pictures of hard working children and adults... 3
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Deacon Tim finished our evening with Benediction. The Eucharistic host was displayed in a monstrance on the altar and candles radiated on either side. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a blessing on us all, was a powerful way to end our first meeting.

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Our first Sacramental preparation Mass

 

Children and family gathered to celebrate Mass together on the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. It was lovely to welcome children from other schools who will be preparing for the Sacraments with Year 3.

 

 

Waiting for Mass to begin...

Waiting for Mass to begin... 1
Father Sean reminded us of the importance of Baptism and thanked home, school and parish for supporting the children on their faith journey. Amazing singing today from Beech class...wow!

We received our Mass cards and are very committed to our Sacramental preparation! Very excited children!

We received our Mass cards and are very committed to our Sacramental preparation! Very excited children! 1
We received our Mass cards and are very committed to our Sacramental preparation! Very excited children! 2
We received our Mass cards and are very committed to our Sacramental preparation! Very excited children! 3

Living the Jesuit Virtues in Beech class!

 

Our excellent role models who won certificates

for being 'faith filled and hopeful.'

 

Pupils in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

are growing to be..

Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.

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This half term we are learning to be 'Eloquent and Truthful.' This is what Beech class think!

This half term we are learning to be 'Eloquent and Truthful.' This is what Beech class think! 1
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