In RE today we listened to the song Think of a World Without Any Flowers. Miss Hookes asked the children what would the world be like without any flowers? Lots of us said it would be boring and not very colourful. We read some of the lyrics aloud too: think of a world without any animals, think of an ocean without any fish, think of a sky without any breeze. We said how boring our world would be without any of these things and how it is really important for us to look after the things in our world so we don’t experience this.
We read the book The Journey Home in our lesson too. In this story the polar bear, panda, orangutan and the elephant didn’t have a home. This was down to our planet being destroyed – the polar bear hasn’t got any snow, the panda hasn’t got any bamboo and the elephant is being hunted for its tusks. This led to a conversation about their habitats being destroyed- just like rainforests are for the trees and wood.
The children imagined how they would feel if this happened to them. They shared words such as sad, upset and worried because they wouldn’t have shelter or be warm. We decided as a class we are going to make more of an effort to look after our planet and the habitats of others around us!
March is the month of spring and this week to mark the start of a new season we looked at all the things that make our world wonderful.
First of all we listened to the classic What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, which Toucans surprisingly knew very well!
This gave us lots of ideas of what things in our world are wonderful, these included trees, flowers, plants, birds, clouds and rainbows.
We then used these ideas to choose our own wonderful thing about our world and draw a small picture of them, we then put all of our pictures together to create a class collage of all the wonderful things in our world!
As we are on the build up to Christmas we have been exploring the British Traditions of Christmas.
We had a class discussion about what the true meaning of Christmas is. Does it belong in the shops or does it belong in spending time with family? We spoke about which things we would like for Christmas that cost money. The children came up with lots of different ideas such as toys, cars and DVDs. We also discussed how we can give things for Christmas that don’t cost money. We came up with spending time with family and friends and how some of us might go to church to celebrate.
Toucans watched some film clips of the world’s natural beauty. They talked about how different people think different things are beautiful. The Bible includes psalms which were written to praise and thank God for the beauty of the earth. Mrs Parry played them a hymn called “All Things Bright And Beautiful” and the class listened to the lyrics. The class then drew a selection of items they thought were beautiful.
Toucans discussed what it means to be perfect.
Anren – It is if you get everything right.
Corban – It’s when you’re really good at everything.
Shriya – It’s when you do your best.
Oliver – Some people are perfect drivers
Reva – You can draw a picture that is perfect.
The class went on to talk about what is the perfect behaviour?
Isla – When you do what the teacher says
Bethany – When you are good for your teacher
Declan – You should persevere
Tatenda – Being independent and doing your own work
Anren – Good listening
Ryan – When you concentrate
Alex – Taking pride to make your work perfect
Corban – You should be quiet and not talk
Mrs Parry pointed out they had used some of our behaviours for learning. She asked the class if perfect behaviour was always to be silent and gave an example of a football match. Toucans said that this wouldn’t be perfect as the fans are expected to sing, clap and even waves flags to support the players (Declan, Joseph and Alex R). The class were asked what about perfect behaviour in church for a carol concert – is being silent being perfect? Elias explained you are not silent when you are praying. James said sometimes you sing too.
The children heard the story of Zaccheus who was a mean tax collector. He overcharged people and kept the extra money to become rich. No one liked him but Jesus asked if he could share a meal with him, in his home. Zaccheus changed his ways and refunded people four times the amount he’d overcharged. Mrs Parry asked the children what they would ask Zaccheus if they could speak to him today.
Isla/Bethany – Why were you mean? Why did you steal?
Alex R – Why did you need so much money?
Elias – What was life like when you were alive?
James – Are you a good or bad person?
Lexi – Why did you let Jesus come to your house?
Tatenda – Did you have maids and butlers?
Finally, Mrs Parry asked the children what things in our lives today might Jesus not like even if he was our friend:
Elias – Telling lies
Shriya – Chopping all the rainforests down
Lexi – Stealing
Ryan – Fighting, hitting and pushing
Reva – Litter being dropped
Elias – Pollution
James – Playing violent computer games
Shriya – Swearing and conflict
Toucans considered what it is like when it is really quiet. They sat in silence in the classroom for a minute and then sat outside for five minutes (which proved a challenge for some!). They became very focused on listening to other noises around them, such as birds, leaves rustling, the wind, others breathing and the traffic (also Mr Gill who was busy cutting the grass!). Mrs Parry asked the class how the silence made them feel:
Alex H – Calm
Karly – Relaxed
Anren – Excited
Bethany – Peaceful
Ayra – Nice
Ryan – Wonderful
Tatenda – Cool (in the context of temperature ….. it was quite windy!)
Back in class, the children played “Guess the Sounds Game.
Then the class discussed what it is like to be quiet in a place of worship. Shriya said this is a time when people can pray and talk to God. Maya said people have to be quiet in a mosque. Bethany said it is peaceful in a church when it is quiet. Jacob said only one person speaks and the rest have their eyes closed, praying, in the Kingdom Hall.
Finally, Toucans considered when it is important to be quiet:
Tatenda – When someone is sleeping
Jacob – If parents are talking on the phone
Ryan – If someone is watching the TV
Alex S – On Remembrance Sunday there is 2 minutes silence to remember those who lost their lives in the war.
Shriya – People were silent to respect the Duke of Edinburgh at his funeral.
Bethany – Children need to be quiet to concentrate in lessons
Jack – We had to be quiet on our online class / Zoom meetings
Sam – You have to keep quiet in the cinema
Mrs Parton – People need to be quiet in the library
Shriya – I had to be quiet when my mum was recording a video for work at her hospital.
Being quiet is needed for good communication, respect, thinking time, understanding, time out and inner peace. In a place of worship people are quiet to contemplate, reflect and talk to God.
On Friday, Toucans learnt about how God said in Genesis how humans were to rule over the animals which translates to caring for them. We talked about caring for our pets and thought about what they need and what we do to look after them.
In RE today – the Toucans learnt about the word generosity and what it means and how we show it. They listened to the story of the Golden Statue. The story was about the generosity of a poor servant girl who gave her only coin to a Buddhist monk in order to make a statue of the Buddha. Toucans discussed how they can be generous and how difficult it would be to give up a treasured possession for the good of others. We then put our talents to use making lotus flowers which are a symbol of purity. Stay tuned to see pictures of our efforts.
‘What is Eid?’ is the question we started with. There was a short discussion about what the children thought. Most knew it was a Muslim Religious Celebration. We learned that Eid was a celebration that marked the end of Ramadan which is a time of fasting. To explain it better we watched a video about a young boy who explained how it was celebrated in his home.
Eid means Feast or festival in Arabic.
Some of the children talked about how they celebrated Eid in their homes. They dressed up, decorated the house and had special food. The children recognised that this was similar to how they celebrated different holidays through the year.
The children wanted to know if Ramadan meant they couldn’t eat anything at all if they were fasting. We discussed that Ramadan meant fasting between sun up and sun down. Children and elderly relatives weren’t expected to fast either. Muslim families are up early before the sunrises to eat a big breakfast. Then they don’t eat again until the sun has set.
To begin with we watched a power point story called ‘The Good Samaritan’. The children were horrified to see a poor man treated so badly by others. We discussed the children’s feelings about how the man was treated.
Then we brainstormed what we thought a Good Samaritan would or should do.
This is what the children said.