Bluebirds have been talking about their favourite presents ever!
Mrs Parry asked the class if they liked giving presents. The children agreed it gave them a nice feeling inside to make someone else happy and see them smile. Jacinta had picked some daisies for Mrs Parry at lunchtime! The children came up with a fantastic list of gifts they could give someone which do not cost anything. We made a group list of ideas and then drew an example in our books.
In school, we decided to give someone else over the year a free gift such as respect, listening when someone is talking, cheering up someone up who is down, forgiving someone who has upset you, or a smile.
Bluebirds learned all about Martin Luther King to understand the aspirations for society of a committed Christian recently. As a class, they listed all the information they could recall about him, enabling them to make a fact file about him.
Harley – Martin Luther King had a dream that one day black and white children would all come together and get along.
Last week in PSHE, Bluebirds shared together examples of when they have needed to have courage.
Here is an anonymised list of things that some of the class would need courage for:
► Jumping off a diving board.
► Going on a fair ride.
► Rock climbing.
► Performing in an assembly.
► Trying to swim without armbands.
► Sitting a test or exam.
► Climbing a tall climbing frame/a great height.
► Going in a lift.
► Touching a snake, spider or cockroach.
► Performing a new move at gymnastics or trampolining.
► Feeding big animals at the zoo.
► Going down a zip wire.
► Standing a horse.
Bluebirds decided on the whole, people should still try something new and challenge themselves even if they are scared.
Harley – You are scared at first but eventually become brave to do something courageous. Shona – You should show your bravery.
The children wrote poems about having courage and what they are scared of.
This week in RE, the children explored courage through the Islamic story of The Year of the Elephant. The children identified the courage of Abdul Muttalib when he had to make decision and also the birds when they defended the house.
Bluebirds have been considering how telling lies can cause problems at school, home and in society.
Mrs Parry asked the children how does it feel if you are lied to? Callum F – Shocked Callum C – Sad Keelie – Unhappy Amelia – Embarrassed on behalf of the person who’s lied and been found out Shona – Heartbroken and hurt Dayne – Frustrated Moharnab – Angry if someone if lying because they’re showing off. Mrs Parry – Disapppointed
The children heard the story of Naboth’s vineyard from The Bible (1 Kings 21: 1-16)
King Ahab approached Naboth to buy his vineyard but Naboth refused. His wife, the queen laughed and mocked the King. Queen Jezebel lied and reported Naboth had committed crimes against God so he was sent to death. They were punished by their future children/family not ever being allowed to be royalty again.
Esmay said it is like a moral in that it is a rule that we should try to do the right thing in our lives and always tell the truth. Do not lie.
On Wednesday, Bluebirds heard the story of The Last Supper. They learnt about the washing of disciples’ feet and about Jesus breaking bread and sharing wine as a sign of his body and blood given for mankind.
Amelia – I like having my feet washed. Frankie Dee – Washing someone’s feet is a kind thing to do. Nashe – I think God wanted to bless them. KeXin – Wine represented Jesus’ blood and the bread was his body. Lewis – Jesus washed their feet to show them they should be kind to others.
Afterwards, the children sequenced pictures of the story into the correct order.
Today Bluebirds learnt that not all friends are loyal and steadfast. The class made a group list of qualities they would look for in a friend if they needed them to help with an important task. The list was huge! The children noticed some of our learning behaviours and value words were desirable qualities they would want in a friend.
The children heard all about the qualities of Jesus’ friends (disciples) which included Simon Peter (leadership in founding the church), John who was loving, James who loyally believed in Jesus, Andrew (told others about the good news of Jesus), Bartholomew who was known for honesty, Matthew (a former tax collector) who changed and loyally followed Jesus. The children decided they would not want Judas Iscariot as a friend because he was greedy, treacherous and betrayed Jesus.
Bluebirds, heard the story of Moses today and read Exodus, learning all about Passover and the significance of food on the Seder plate.
KeXin: Moses’ Mum put him in a basket on the River Nile to keep him safe from the Pharoah. Oliver: God spoke to Moses as a burning bush. Harley: There were ten plagues. One was frogs. Esmay: There was a plague of gnats. Nathan: Seder means order. Dayne: Jewish people remember this at Passover. Brooke: If people had the lamb’s blood on their door they were “passed over” and were safe.