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RE

R.E. Subject Leader - Christopher Moore

email - cmoore@oatlands-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk

Vision for RE

 

At Oatlands Junior School Religious Education encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs, values and traditions and those of others in meaningful and engaging ways. Pupils share their diverse range of experiences and grow individually and together with sensitivity and respect towards people of all faiths and none. Through high quality learning experiences we enable children to explore beliefs, investigate moral and ethical issues, appreciate diverse viewpoints and celebrate diversity (SMSC).

Cultural Event

On the final day of the Spring term the whole school took part in a Cultural Event. We learnt more about what makes up cultures, including religion, food, music, language and much more. Each class had a different culture they learnt about as well as a fun dance or craft activity. Children signed up to different classes and later in the day returned to their usual class to share what they had found out. Here’s what was going on in each class.  3H Brazil – Carnival. 3M Caribbean – Fruits and Foods. 3/4K South Africa – dance. 4H Japan – Calligraphy. 4G Hawaii – Flower leis. 5M New Zealand – Haka. 5T Australia – Aboriginal Art. 5/6C India – Bollywood Dancing. 6FW Iceland – Designing mythical creatures. 6M China – craft. 6G Native American Art and Language.

Year 3 trip to St. Marks Church

Year three thoroughly enjoyed their trip to learn more about the church and how it prepares for Easter. A big thank you to Dan Watts, Associate Vicar, for showing the children around. 

New Year Assembly 

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We were very lucky to once again welcome Matt Lunn, who was joined by his colleague The Reverend Ben Clowes. They discussed the New Year and how its brings the chance for a new start and new opportunities. They related this to stories from the bible and we shared our resolutions for the new year. It was fantastic to take the time to reflect on this and we look forward to welcoming them both back again soon. 

Christmas Displays

Each class has created a super Christmas display with a unique theme, incorporating elements of Christmas past, present and future. Each displays shows the children's hopes for future Christmases as well as all having a element designed to move using a variety of different levers and flaps. The displays also provided an excellent opportunity to explore spiritual and cultural elements of each theme.

Advent Assembly 

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We enjoyed a fantastic assembly from Matt Lunn, who as always was both entertaining and informative. The assembly was a great and timely reminder of the meaning behind Advent. 

Lilly shares her Hanukkah experiences

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Lilly's (4H Falcons) family celebrate Hanukkah, which begins on 12th December and lasts for 8 days. She explained about some of the customs that she and her family enjoy over Hanukkah and shared a prayer in Hebrew with us.

Poppy Competition

 

Well done to the following children who designed a winning poppy from each class. They were presented with a poppy pen in Celebration Assembly this morning, by Ted Crossland. Thank you to Ted’s dad who organised the competition and judged the winning entries:

 

Maisie Green, Anisha Kant, Claudia Marshall, Layla Mercer-Jones, Seth Kennerley, Zach Rawed, Thomas Taylor, Chloe Brett, Eleanor Adrian-Horrocks, Tegan Evans, Ella Collyer.

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Remembrance

 

Thank you to all our school community who have bought poppies, supporting the Royal British Legion. It was lovely to see all our pupils wearing their poppies with pride. The children have been reflecting on the theme of Remembrance. They have also learned and recited well-known remembrance poems as well as writing their own. Below are two impressive poems from 3H Foxes class, which were shared during their wonderful class assembly. Well done!

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On Monday 13th November, Ted's Dad, Commanding Officer Crossland, visited Oatlands Junior School to help Year 4 mark Remembrance Day. He told the pupils lots of information about life in the army and they were able to acknowledge the Armistice with a minute's silence. This followed The Last Post, which Private Holliday played on his bugle.

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Harvest Festival 

 

Thank you for your fantastic support in making harvest donations this year in aid of the Harrogate Homeless Project. The response has been wonderful! On Friday 13th October we welcomed Carol Norrie from the Project, who was extremely grateful for the donations. Her informative talk opened our eyes to the work they carry out and it was great to hear what a big difference your generosity will make. Thank you again.

 

 

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