The purpose of Religious Education as St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School is to nurture the Catholic Faith, and its teachings, in our children. By helping them to live this faith, we hope to encourage our children to develop a better relationship with God and others around them.
RE is a core subject at St Christopher’s school. It is mainly delivered through the religious education programme ‘Come and See’, but is also encouraged through links with home, the Parish Church, the local community and other subject areas. RE is integral to all aspects of our school life.
Lent Collective Worship
We are remembering the events of Holy Week during our acts of Collective Worship. We have gathered together to listen and respond to the stories of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We have all reflected upon what they mean for us today.
Advent - Collective worship December 2016
During the Advent period we have been focusing on our school advent wreath. The wreath symbolises the passage of the four weeks of advent. We have been holding collective worship sessions to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.
The candle of HOPE - We lit the candle and reminded ourselves that our hope comes from God.
The candle of PEACE - We shared our ideas of how we can bring Peace over the festive period.
The candle of JOY - We read the message of Joy that Mary received.
The candle of LOVE - God sent his son to bring love in to the world - we discussed how we are going to share our love over Christmas.
Remembrance Day Nov 2016
Today we have taken time to look at the significance of Remembrance day. During collective worship we have said prayers for those who lost their lives in war and we have prayed for peace.
On the 11th hour both staff and children observed a two minute silence in order to remember those who have died during wars.
Year 5- Remembrance Day
A group of year 5 children were invited to take part in the Remembrance service at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
It was a very moving and thoughtful service, giving the adults and children who attended, the opportunity to reflect upon and remember those brave souls who sacrificed their lived for us in conflict.
The children were a total credit to the school both during and after the service. They had the chance to speak to veterans and staff from the airport. Kornel Pawlak and Charlotte Metcalfe wrote and read out very moving poems about poppies and why we wear them today. A special well done to them both.
A big thank you to Nikki, the airport Chaplin, for allowing us to take part in such a special event.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
From 'For the fallen' By Laurence Binyon
Scarecrow Family Homework Project October 2016
A huge well done to all those children and families that took part in the Scarecrow family homework project. It was lovely to see so many imaginative and creative ideas. All children who made a scarecrow will recive a small prize. The following children's scarecrows were chosen by the other children in their class as the best in the class and those children will get a prize.
Nursery - Phoebe, RM - Kai Hemnell, RB - Kyra Smith-Appleton, 1O- Lexie Hull, 1W-Jamal Mustapha, 2C-Charlie Whittaker, 2H-Lilly Burns, 3M-Matthew Langan, 3W-Jack Skillin, 4E-Alfie Kenton, 4M-Mia Bailey, 5C -Olivia Caveney, 5H-Dylan Rimmer (with help from brother, Lewis)
The winner of the best overall scarecrow was Lilly Burns for the Queen of hearts scarecrow.
WELL DONE TO EVERYONE!!
Harvest Presentation Assembly October 2016
On Friday children came to school dressed in their brightly coloured clothes in order to celebrate 'Brighten up your harvest' week. It was fabulous to see so many tins of food donated by both staff, parents and children.
Our assembly took shape with children from different classes sharing their work and learning with the rest of the school.
Year 1 children enjoyed creating fruit salads and using their design skills to create a healthy plate.
Year 2 children read stories such as 'Oliver's Vegetables' and 'Oliver's fruit salad' to inspire them to taste foods they had never tasted before. They used their maths skills to create tally charts of their favourite foods. The children looked at the work by artist Arcimboldo who created pieces using fruit and vegetables.
Year 3 children looked at the different harvest festival celebrations going on around the world. They carried out research looking at Countries such as China, India and Argentina. They observed similarities and comparisons.
Year 4 children studied 'Amazing apples' in which they researched the origin and harvesting of an apple. They carried out scientific investigations which involved floating and sinking and also carried out artistic sketches of apple characteristics.
Year 5 children researched food around the world and the origins of different foods. The children studied Sita May's story. They got a real insight in to the struggle that some people have of collecting clean water.
Year 6 children created harvest themed poems.
We finished our assembly by singing some well known Autumnal themed hymns.
With the help from our reception children we loaded the tins in to our school mini bus and took them to St. Ambrose church where they could be distributed by Father Ed.
Scarecrow family homework project October 2016
As part of our Harvest themed week we have decided to hold a scarecrow festival. We would love children to work with their families to create a scarecrow which can be displayed in the school grounds. The theme of the scarecrow festival will be ABC - Authors, Books and Characters. They can be any size and can represent people, animals superheroes or anything else linked with a book. They will be displayed in the school grounds and should therefore not be wearing anything valuable or expensive!
There will be small prizes for the following categories but the main aim is to work together as a family to create something fantastic!
Best overall scarecrow
Most original scarecrow
We would also like you to attach a label to your scarecrow explaining who it is and why you chose that character or author.
We can't wait to see your creations!!
Harvest Challenge October 2016
The children have been given the task to complete various 'harvest' themed activities within class this week and be prepared to share them in a whole school assembly at the end of the week. Teachers have selected a range of cross curricular activities for them to carry out and we can't wait to see what they have been learning about.
Children will have the opportunity to come to school wearing their own brightly coloured clothes, on Friday and in return bring in a tin of food which will be donated to CAFOD. As always, parents do not need to buy anything special the emphasis is on taking part and supporting the charity.
In this year of mercy, help us to work together to build a brighter world, where each of us can become the best person we can be. Let us learn from Ruben's community, who are working hard to grow food and keep their families healthy. We pray we may share generously all you have given us.
Guide us so that we play our part to help build a brighter world.
Harvest Festival Focus Assembly October 2016
This year CAFOD has a focus on rediscovering the corporal works of mercy - 1 of which is to feed the hungry. As a whole school we support this charity, CAFOD, at various times throughout the year and thought it would be a great idea to support this year's 'Brighten up this harvest'.
We kicked the week off with a whole school focus assembly in which we discussed the purpose of harvest time and what it means for people. We recognise that harvest time is a time where we should thank God for the food that he provides for us and a time to consider those that are less fortunate than ourselves. With the support from our year six pupils who enjoyed researching 'harvest' we were introduced to a video with a boy named Ruben and his family who experience at first hand the struggle to access food. Our assembly provided us all with a 'little food for thought' and then we accepted the challenge that was given to us.
South Liverpool: Mass for the beginning of the academic year September 2016
On Monday 12th October 2016 Father Ed led a mass at St. Ambrose church for all those teachers, school staff, governors, parents and pupils of our pastoral area.
It was the perfect opportunity to welcome everybody from the pastoral area and provide time to think and pray about the new school year ahead.
Children from our school were involved in the service as they read prayers, parts of the communion litany and the penitential rite.
The children were congratulated on their involvement and achievement.
Well done to Nellie Bailey, Ellie Kinsella, Zack Laverty and Mia Bailey.
We have been reflecting upon the week before Jesus died during Collective Worship. We have had the opportunity to gather together and listen to the stories of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday. We were able to reflect upon and respond to these stories.
Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus.
Hope Collective Worship
As part of our preparations for Christmas we have had Key Stage Collective Worship.
The theme of our first was Hope. We discussed what we hope for. Then we thought about the people who hope for food, water, shelter and education amoung other things. We looked at how Cafod's world gifts help those who hope for things we take for granted.
Each class has a traveling crib to send home during Advent. This is an opportunity for you as a family to spend some time together talking about why we celebrate Christmas. A book will be sent home with the travelling crib for you to share your thoughts.
If your child takes the travelling crib home, please return it the next day to allow someone else to take it home. Thank you.
“All Catholic schools are required to teach other religions as part of the Religious Education in the curriculum. This is a feature of Catholic R. E in all stages of a child’s development, from the beginning of primary school until the end of secondary school. . .it is required by the bishops, who state that the Catholic nature of our schools entails a willingness to try to understand better the religions of one’s neighbour…” (Quote from an article issued by the Catholic Education Service.)
As part of our RE work, the children have been learning about Judaism.
Nursery and Reception looked at Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights. Year one heard about the story of the family of Abraham. Shabbat was the focus for year 2, who looked at why Saturdays are special days for Jewish people. Year 3 children looked at the Synagogue, the Jewish place of worship. Year 4 explore the Torah. The Torah is a collection of laws, commandments, rules and stories. Year 5 looked at the festival of Passover or Pesach. During Pesach Jewish people remember the story of how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. The children in year 6 studied Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. For Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah (beginning of the Year), marks the beginning of the new year of the Jewish calendar. The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are called ten days of returning. (‘Yom Kippur’means ‘day of atonement’.)
20th October 2015 - Reception Welcome Service
Father Ed welcomed the children and their families to St Christopher's during a special service in our school hall. Reception children sang the songs he had taught them and it was a reminder of the children's Baptisms into the church family. A special prayer was said for our friend Ben and the candle lit today will be in church for families to go and light their own candle for Ben. A big thank you to all who came.