In the Catholic Church, October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. We are keen for our children to take part in this important devotion and, as a school, we are taking part in the Rosary Challenge. In Key Stage Two, every class will be praying a decade of the Rosary each day, and learning about one of the Mysteries of the Rosary each time. This will be a wonderful way for our children to develop their experience of different forms of prayer and will be a time of peace and reflection in their busy school day.
In Early Years and Key Stage One, our children will be talking about Our Lady and working on knowing the three key prayers of the Rosary by heart: The Hail Mary, The Lord’s Prayer and The Glory Be.
Should you wish to share in our challenge or access the resources at home, the link below will take you to the Mark 10 Mission website, where you can access the resources that we will be using in school.
As we came to the end of our unit about friendship, we used our ‘Let us pray together’ box to plan our collective worship.
Miss Green chose the Gospel story, which we had listened to during our unit. It was about Jesus’ new rule for us. Then we used the colours on the reading to help us to choose how we would gather, encounter the Word, respond and what our mission would be.
This was our final plan.
As it was such a lovely day, we decided to have our worship outside and we prepared the worship area.
We gathered together in a circle and held hands to show we are all friends.
Just as we were about to start, our buddies from Year 6 came out and joined us.
We gave them our friendship bracelets which we had made. Our mission was to not leave anyone out and to say something nice to someone.
We looked at a picture and talked about where it was and what and who we could see. We acted out gathering together in our hall, which was set up like a church. Some of us were altar servers and a priest.The priest read from the Good News and we responded.We listened to the story when the people brought their children to see Jesus. We wrote our names around the outside to show that we are children of God. In our continuous provision, we set up our altar area and had a collective worship.“I am carrying the cross and the candle. Jesus is the light.” “I am Father Shaun.”
Your child will be bringing home a pack of Lent resources and activities today. Our Lenten journey began in school at the end of last term, when the children came together in their house groups to reflect on the meaning of Lent with a short prayer session and where they all made their own Lenten promises. We have discussed the importance of this holy season in class and in our liturgical prayer, and the resources that are coming home will support your child in learning about this special time of the Church year. The pack includes an illustrated version of the Stations of the Cross, which can be used for prayer at home, as well as a colouring sheet to help children remember these. There is also information about a Lent Quest and Lent photo competition to help children explore the season further. A Lenten calendar is included for daily reflection during Lent. We hope that you will enjoy sharing these with your child at home. Thank you for your support.
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