Feast Day of St Andrew
Linden led Mass to celebrate the feast day of St Andrew, the patron Saint of Scotland. He was one of Jesus’ twelve special friends and the brother of Peter. Andrew was a humble fisherman, until Jesus called him to be his disciple. During his life, he preached the good news about God and converted many to Christianity. We prayed that St Andrew’s strong faith in God and his Son Jesus, will inspire us and help us to grow stronger in our faith, so we may grow even closer to God.
We all wore red to show our support for persecuted Christians around the world. As a class we prayed for all the Christians around the world who don’t have access to a bible and aren’t allowed to gather together to celebrate God’s Word. We prayed that God gives persecuted Christians comfort, hope and the right words to say to stand up for their beliefs.
Linden went over to church for Benediction with Deacon Tim. It was a lovely, devotional ceremony which we enjoyed celebrating together as the perfect end to our week. We said the Divine Praises together and took a moment in silence to reflect on all we have to be grateful for and to pray for our any of our friends and family who might be going through difficult times at the moment. Deacon Tim blessed us with the Eucharist and we thought about our devotion and adoration for God.
Attentive and Discerning Assembly
Today, we held our assembly in class. We discussed what it means to be 'Attentive and Discerning. We know that we can be show we are attentive when we pay attention to the world around us and our place in it, when we listen to others and understand what response to give and when we pay attention to our own feelings and worries. We know that we are discerning when we make good decisions and the right choices and when we draw our attention to things that have happened and our previous choices. We read the story of Zacchaeus the Tax Collector and explored evidence of attentive and discerning actions and thoughts in the account. We ended our assembly with a reflection: Do we show the attributes in our work and play to be Attentive? Do we show the attributes in our work and play to be Discerning? Are we working everyday to do more and be more for God?
Baptism of Jesus
To start our Baptism unit, we looked at a stunning piece of artwork based on the baptism of Jesus and recreated our own version using watercolour paint. We thought about how God has given us all a purpose and vocation as He did for John the Baptist.
We explored some of the teachings of Jesus to his disciples about being the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We know that Jesus taught his disciples to use their gifts and talents at the service of other people. Then, we looked at the other important form of teaching from Jesus about using gifts and talents at the service of other people found in the Beatitudes. After analysing the version of the Beatitudes in Matthew and Luke’s Gospel, we discussed which gifts and talents are needed to live out some of these Beatitudes Working in groups, we wrote our own prayers asking God to use our gifts and talents at the service of other human beings. We focused on the Beatitudes of Jesus, understanding that they provide a guide for living as a disciple of Christ.
The Creation of Adam
To begin our 'Creation' unit in RE, we recreated a section of the famous painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam: Adam’s hand reaching to touch the mighty right hand of our Lord. We used the grid method to ensure our drawings were precise. Then, we used flesh tones to add colour; we focused on highlighting the areas where the light touches the hands and using a darker shadow to deepen the darkest areas making sure that the whole illustration was blended perfectly. We thought about how we were made in the image and likeness of God and what that demands of us.
This afternoon, Deacon Tim visited Linden to bless our prayer area, all the pupils and the teacher. Deacon Tim talked to us all about the coming year ahead and asked God to watch over us as we take on the new challenges that Year 5 will bring.