We base all our learning around a "Big Question" for each term.
In Fern (year 1/2), our question this term is "Do we value what we have?". We were discussing the issues between Israel and Palestine as part of this:
"I think we are lucky to live in the countryside. I thank God for living in a safe country and we are protected. We could raise money for charity to help."
Florrie, Year 1
We received an email from a Reception parent to say that her son had been talking about what he had been learning in school that day:
"Mummy did you know, Jesus is everywhere, he can even go through walls and doors."
We look at how our school vision and values impact us when we're in the wider world as well as in our school community.
"I saw a homeless person on the street and bought them a cup of coffee"
"I saw a disabled lady in the supermarket who asked a man to help her get something off a high shelf. He refused to help so I went and got the things for her.
Lois, Year 5
During the Laurel project "What does it mean to be free?", children were looking at Martin Luther King Jnr.
"Jesus helped the poor, the unfortunate and the neglected and Martin Luther King Jnr followed Jesus so he did the same."
Izzy, Year 6
We studied the 10 Commandments and decided which were most important for us today and how we could follow them in our daily lives.
'I think the most important commandment to follow today is to be happy with what you've got (not to covet) because you could end up bankrupt or -worst of all - homeless because of spending all your money. Or this could end up with you being greedy with belongings.'
'I can keep my word by being loyal (not betraying others), being honest (telling the truth, no matter how bad the situation is) and keeping my promises (not repeating private conversations and confidences).
Leo - Year 6
I think the most important commandment to follow today is not to worship false idols, such as fame, money or technology. If you do this, you might lose the people you love or your own soul. Sometimes, if you worship these false idols, it can make you controlling and selfish towards other people because it can delude you into thinking you're better than everybody else.
I can show I care for strangers by helping people who are in the streets and don't have a fixed home. Or I can help people who don't have food or fresh water by supporting charities that support them. If strangers are feeling sad, I can help them by cheering them up.
Maya - Year 5