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One more thing (for now),

 

Keep checking back here for the video - we have had some troubles uploading it but have recruited Mrs Westrop to help - we hope to have the video available sometime soon. 

A farewell message:

 

Hello once again,

 

You are a class that I will never forget – my lockdown class! You have continued to work hard through difficult circumstances. More importantly, you have continued to be a class community - supporting one another and buoying one another’s spirits - both on Purple Mash and then on your return to school. You have certainly raised my spirits during difficult times, so I offer my thanks to you for that.

 

You have been an extraordinary class through an extraordinary time.

 

As you move forward, please make sure that you continue to live up to the school’s core values: Respect, Honesty, Tolerance, Justice and Forgiveness.

 

I wish you all every good fortune for the future and look forward to hearing about how you are getting on. Hopefully you may be able to visit us occasionally, hopefully I will bump into you from time to time. I look forward to hearing about your further adventures and continuing successes!

 

I will miss you.

 

M. Price.

Friday 17th July

 

Good morning again,

 

Like yesterday, there is no work set for today. This is a day for celebrating, for possibly saying a few thank-yous and a few goodbyes.

 

If you are at home, you might want to think about using Purple Mash to send a few emails to your friends.

 

I will be posting a further message or two here later on, so please do check back.

 

Have a good day

 

M. Price.

 

Thursday 16th July

 

Good morning again,

 

I am not setting any work today.

 

This is because those of you who are in school today will not be doing any work. Instead, you will be celebrating your leaver's Mass. Before that, you will be preparing for the Mass and afterwards, we are going to celebrate by watching the video you have made, generally chilling out and consuming some treats.

 

From what I can gather, I believe that all of you who are not usually in school at the moment, but who have been persevering with home-schooling, are going to be in school today.

 

It therefore seems pointless to set any work. 

 

Enjoy!

 

M. Price.

Wednesday 15th July

 

Good morning again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In English, read the next chapter of ‘Flanagan’s Return’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. In today’s chapter, Mickey reflects on the day he was injured at the Battle of the Somme and his slow recovery at the old country house. After reading the chapter, write down some of the thoughts that would have gone through the minds of the soldiers that were being sent out to battle.

 

In maths, you are going to answer three-digit numbers multiplied by two-digit numbers. See if you can use a written method rather than just relying on a calculator.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your work on volcanoes, there is a database of the world’s major volcanoes and then a quiz to answer using the database. You will need to have two tabs open on your browser. One with the database showing and one with the quiz showing. Good luck. 

 

There is also a new science lesson to which you can find a link if you scroll down the class page on the school website.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

Science for Wednesday 15th July

Tuesday 14th July

 

Good morning again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

You start a new story called ‘Flanagan’s Return’ which is the sequel to the one you have just finished. The story is set at the end of World War 1 as the soldiers return home. In the story, the Great War is over and for injured Mickey Flanagan this means trying to make a new start and put the war behind him. In the opening chapter the end of the war for Mickey Flanagan is a time of reflection and remembering the friends he has lost. After completing the chapter (there is no comprehension exercise today), you need to imagine you are Mickey and write an entry in his diary.

 

In maths there is a task involving reading timetables.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

This week, you are going to look at the power and might of volcanoes. There is a volcano quiz and a chance for you to write an information page all about volcanoes. There are plenty of resources to help you online.

 

There is also the latest RE lesson which you can find by scrolling down our class page on the school website.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

White Rose Maths for Tuesday 14th July

RE for Tuesday 14th July

LEARNING FOCUS 6: Jesus gave Christians a new way of living.

 

CONTENT

 

Look at the Beatitudes PowerPoint reflection (you can find this below) based on Matthew 5: 1-17. Think about those Beatitudes which may be more difficult to understand and what these may mean.

 

The Beatitudes are a guide from Jesus about how to live life.

 

At the very beginning of his ministry, Jesus gives us the Beatitudes, the ‘blessings’. He sets out what he considers to be important, and in doing so, he gives us a guide as to how we can live as his followers. He tells us that the poor, those who mourn and those who suffer in any way, have God’s special care. So as Christians of the 21st century, we are called to create a better world for all – a world of peace, justice, gentleness, generosity, goodness, respect and integrity. Can you think of people who have these qualities? Who are the examples and role models of those who are ‘poor in spirit’, ‘merciful’, and ‘peacemakers’, those who ‘suffer for standing up for what is right’? What can you learn from them? This is a challenge to us, living in a world where the emphasis is often on self-interest. 

 

Look at some of the examples of CAFOD’s work on the We Aspire liturgy powerpoint which you can also find below.

 

How can you use all your gifts and talents to help create a better world? And what will that do for YOU? In comparison to the fame and money which sports stars and celebrities receive, how will you be rewarded in this life for what you do? Reflect on these words of Archbishop Oscar Romero, ‘Aspire not to have more but to be more.’ We are blessed if we can ‘be’ for others. In what ways, in our everyday life, can we do this?

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. Great athletes and famous pop stars are rewarded with money. How are those who live the Beatitudes rewarded in their lifetimes here on earth?

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador inspired the work of CAFOD with the way he tried to ‘Aspire not to have more but to be more’. Reflect on this quote. Take some quiet time to think about what it means. Have another look at some of the examples of CAFOD’s work on the We Aspire liturgy powerpoint.

  1. How has the work of Archbishop Oscar Romero inspired the work of CAFOD? You could research this online.
  2. How did Oscar Romero live out the common good?

Although it is an agency of the Catholic Church, CAFOD believes that all human beings have a right to dignity and respect and that the world’s resources are a gift to be shared by all women and men, whatever their race, nationality or religion. Why do you think CAFOD doesn’t just help those who are Christian?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Write your own modern-day Beatitudes, based on the key elements of Catholic Social teaching, e.g. ‘You will be blessed when you fight for the rights of workers. God will be beside you’. Describe how religious belief and Catholic Social Teaching give some explanation of the meaning and purpose of human life.

Monday 13th July

 

Good morning,

 

It is difficult to believe that we have reached the last week of your primary education. It could be an emotional week.

I remember how many of you reacted when the school closed back in March for the lockdown. At the time, none of us had any idea as to how long the closure would last, whether it might be the last time you would be on the school premises as one of its students, and there were many tears.

 

I am aware that some of you are already feeling sad about leaving Holy Cross. I am afraid that there isn’t much that can be done about that, it is a natural reaction to times of parting or loss. However, what I would say is this – there is no darkness without the light. In the same way, I am certain that it would not be possible for you to feel sad about leaving the school if it were not for the fact that you have many happy memories of your time here. It might seem mad, but it is quite possible to feel two, quite opposite emotions at the same time.

 

Make the most of this week. Talk with your friends, talk with the adults in school. Share your happy memories, thank people who you have supported you over the years. If you are at home still, you could email me any messages you would like passed on to people who are in school.

 

Most of all, enjoy the week.

 

Now, down to the usual business, today on Purple Mash:

 

Read the final chapter of ‘Nightfall on the Somme.’ In today’s chapter, the Generals get their calculations wrong and the British army pay a terribly heavy price. But what happens to Neville and his unit and will he make it out of the war alive? 

 

After reading the story, there is a comprehension exercise to complete. For extended writing, now that you have finished reading Nightfall on the Somme, write a review about the story.

 

In maths, you will complete a quiz about common factors, multiples and special numbers. 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

You have completed all the coding challenges for your age. Today is a chance to use your coding skills to create a game or activity. Maybe you could create a game where the character must cross the road and avoid all the traffic.

A sample file is included so you can see the type of activity you can create.

 

There is also the latest RE lesson which you can find by scrolling down our class page on the school website.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Monday 13th July

LEARNING FOCUS 5: The Common Good.

 

CONTENT

 

The ‘common good’ literally means ‘for the good of all’. When the key principles at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching (see previous learning) are lived out, then the common good is achieved. The common good is at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching and is linked to justice for everyone. It is about ensuring that each person is able to live in a way which respects their human dignity. The common good is inspired by the way Jesus related to people. He cared for the poor, weak, and those whom others regarded as strangers or outcasts. Christians are encouraged to put their faith into action to achieve the common good.

 

Watch the film clip of ‘Stand Up Against Poverty’ in Hyde Park September 2010 –at the Papal visit in Hyde Park September 2010 the crowd of 85,000 people joined with millions around the world to stand up against poverty and show their commitment to tackle injustice and end global poverty (find the video below).

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. What do you understand by the phrase, the ‘Common good’?
  2. What do you think is meant by ‘human dignity’?
  3. Why do you think it is important to ensure the human dignity of each person?
  4. How were these people acting for the good of all?
  5. What inspires you in this clip?
  6. What challenges you in this clip?
  7. Is there anything you can do to stand up against poverty for the common good?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Consider… ‘How I would change the world for the good of all’. Prepare a presentation to share your hopes and dreams showing how your decisions for change are informed by religious beliefs and values.

80,000 people Stand Up against poverty

At the Papal Vigil in Hyde Park, September 2010, the crowd of 80,000 crowd joined with millions around the world to Stand Up against Poverty and show their commitment to tackle injustice and end global poverty.

Friday 10th July

 

Good morning again,

 

It was wonderful to see more of you join us in school yesterday for our retreat with members of the Walsingham House team. I hope you all enjoyed the day.

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

Read the penultimate chapter of ‘Nightfall on the Somme’. In the chapter, it is early morning on July the 1st 1916 and the British army get their orders. So, over the top, Neville and his mates go, walking as ordered until they are shocked to the core. After completing the comprehension activity, for extended writing, the chapter finishes with the soldiers boldly walking across the battlefield when Jack gets shot. What happens next? Continue the story.

 

In maths you are going to grow your monster with Monster Multiplication. Remember the more accurately and quicker you answer the questions, then the faster your monster will grow.

 

As usual for Fridays, there is a White Rose ‘Maths Challenge,’ find it at the link below this message on our class webpage on the school website.

 

You end your work on World War 1 looking at the life of Edith Cavell. Edith was a nurse in occupied Europe who help injured soldiers on both sides but also helped British soldiers to escape back to their lines. Find out what happened to her. There is a mind-map for you to complete to help you plan out your writing and then a writing frame to complete.

 

Don’t forget to take part in the school’s Sports Day, you can find all the information and instructions for this by following the link for 'Whole School Challenge,' below. 

 

Have a good weekend,

 

M. Price.

Thursday 9th July

 

Good morning once again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

Read the next chapter of our story set during World War 1. In the chapter, as the heavy British guns pound German positions, it becomes likely that the British will make their move very soon. Neville feels the tension heightening and knows it could be any minute now. After reading the chapter and answering the comprehension questions, for extended writing, create an annotated diagram to describe Neville.

 

In maths, you are going to increase or decrease the scale of a square’s sides. 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your work on World War 1, you are going to look at the life of Walter Tull. Tull was one of the first professional footballers of mixed heritage. After suffering horrendous racism as a footballer, he signed up to fight in the war. Can you find out what happened to him?

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

 

Wednesday 8th July

 

Good morning again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In English, you are going to read the next chapter of ‘Nightfall on the Somme’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. In today’s chapter, the terror of a gas attack arrives and soon after, Neville finds himself risking his life for his least favourite member of the unit. After completing the comprehension exercise, for extended writing; soldiers relied heavily on their sense of hearing whilst in the trenches. Write a poem about various sounds a soldier would hear whilst in the trenches. Compare the comforting sounds of the opening of the rations tin with the terrifying blasts of grenades.

 

In maths, you are going to race against the computer in 2Race as you solve a range of mixed format questions relating to the 13x, 14x and 15x tables. 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your work on World War 1, you are going to look at the Christmas Day truce. On Christmas Day in 1914, in many parts of the western front the fighting stopped, and the guns fell silent for the day. Soldiers from both sides left their trenches and met up together to exchange gifts and even play football. Today you learn more about this event. Firstly, there is a developing tray activity where you need to find the letters to complete the passage of writing and then there is a postcard for you to send home about what happened on the day. There is lots of information online to support you in your work.

 

There is also a new science lesson to which you can find a link if you scroll down the class page on the school website.

 

Once again have a good day, considering the rain, it may be a good day to curl up in front of a movie with something comforting to eat!

 

M. Price.

Science for Wednesday 8th July

Tuesday 7th July

 

Good morning,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In today’s chapter, the reality of life in the trenches hit Neville very hard - the cold, the hunger and the constant threat of danger - but the bonds he has built with the other members of his unit, strengthen by the day. After completing the comprehension exercise, soldiers on the Western Front appreciated any contact from home via letters. Write a letter as if you are one of the soldiers who has just spent a few days in the trenches. Describe what it is like being on the front line.

 

In maths, you have a series of multiplication, addition and subtraction problems to solve. Can you answer them using a written method?  

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

This week, you are looking at resources linked to World War 1. Today, you look at the events leading up to the outbreak of war. There is a quiz to answer, a task where you must select the correct word to complete the sentence and finally a writing frame about the outbreak. 

 

There is also the latest RE lesson which you can find by scrolling down our class page on the school website.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Tuesday 7th July:

LEARNING FOCUS 4: Catholic Social Teaching is about continuing the work of Jesus.

 

CONTENT

 

Catholic Social Teaching is a most important part of the Catholic faith – it is a way of showing that we do what we say – in other words, we practise what we preach. It is what the Church teaches about how we need to be concerned for others, especially the poor and those who are in need. Catholic Social Teaching includes statements and letters written by the Pope or groups of bishops. It shows how the Catholic faith is important for our world today. It inspires CAFOD and many Catholics to put faith into action. Catholic Social Teaching looks at Scripture and especially the example of the life of Jesus and reminds us that we should take care of one another and be concerned for the good of everyone. We see this in the lives of people we call ‘saints’ and in the lives of good people in our homes and parishes.

Have a look at the CAFOD Catholic Social Teaching for Children PowerPoint (you can find this below). Think about each principle in turn and the word ‘principle’ – what does the word mean?

 

SOME QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

 

  1. What are the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching?
  2. Why do you think Catholic Social Teaching is important?
  3. What aspect of Catholic Social Teaching appeals to you most and why?
  4. What beliefs and values inspire or motivate you the most?
  5. Where do Catholic beliefs come from?
  6. How might Catholic Social Teaching lead to a change in the way people live their lives?

 

Have a look at the CAFOD beliefs and values PowerPoint (you can find this below).

CAFOD’s beliefs and values are rooted in Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching.

 

  1. What beliefs and values inspire or motivate CAFOD’s work?
  2. Which values inspire you the most and why?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Look at key principles of Catholic Social Teaching for children (available below) and/or the Catholic Social teaching PowerPoint. Design a school prospectus showing how these values are actually lived out in the ordinary, everyday life of the school.

Monday 6th July

 

Good morning,

 

I hope you had a good weekend.  

 

This week on Purple Mash:

 

Continue to read ‘Nightfall on the Somme.’ In today’s chapter, Neville and his unit travel to France and after more training, the unit gets their call and must head for the deep trenches of the Somme.

 

After reading the story, there is a comprehension exercise to complete and for extended writing, Neville's last few days have been full of new experiences. Write a diary entry as if you are Neville. What concerns or worries you? What do you think of your fellow soldiers? Do you have any regrets about signing up for the army?

 

In maths, there are you are round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 1,000,000.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your coding challenge this week, you are going to code number sequences. Remember to use the hints if you need extra help.

 

There is also a new science lesson to which you can find a link if you scroll down this page.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

Science for Monday 6th July

Friday 3rd July

 

Good morning,

 

Today you begin to read a new story set during World War 1 called Nightfall on the Somme. In the story underage soldier, Neville Mason, joins a Pals Battalion of the British Army in World War 1. He and his comrades head off to the Somme. The reality of life in the trenches isn’t what he’d expected. In the opening chapter, Neville gets stuck into basic training after following Lord Kitchener's call. He makes two close friends but begins to realise how serious the whole war business is. After completing the comprehension activity for extended writing, you have learnt that sixteen-year-old Neville said that he was nineteen. Do you think that he should have lied about his age? Use the template to prepare for a debate about this issue.

 

In maths you are going to grow your monster with Monster Multiplication. Remember the more accurately and quicker you answer the questions then the faster your monster will grow.

 

There is no video for White Rose Maths today, instead there is a ‘Maths Challenge,’ find it at the link below this message on our class webpage on the school website.

 

Then you have some coding. For the activity you must code random sentence for the computer to display.

 

Finally, there is a new RE lesson which you can also find on our class page on the school website.

 

Have a good weekend,

 

M. Price. 

 

RE for Friday 3rd July

LEARNING FOCUS 3: Jesus taught us how to live justly in our world.

 

CONTENT

 

When I was hungry...

 

Read Matthew 25:31-45:

 

The Final Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, 32 and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left. 34 Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. 35 I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, 36 naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37 The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Away from me, you that are under God's curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels! 42 I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink; 43 I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.’ 44 Then they will answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?’ 45 The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.’

 

 

Look at the PowerPoint of the parable of the sheep and goats (you can find it below). It is a parable about how God will judge everybody at the end of time. Jesus tells us that whenever we look after one another, we have looked after him. He tells us we should have an attitude of care for our sisters and brothers all the time. This parable is about living justly for the good of everyone.

 

This powerful passage in Matthew’s gospel is the last ‘big speech’ of Jesus before he dies. As if to highlight the importance of this message of Jesus to his disciples, Matthew states, “Jesus had now finished all he wanted to say”. So… listen carefully and take it seriously. It is significant that whilst Jesus is described as ‘King’, he immediately identifies himself with the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the poor person deprived even of clothing and those who are alone in sickness or languishing in prison. Hardly the description of a king! So what kind of king is Jesus? The people on Jesus’ right, whom he calls to himself, did not realise it was Jesus in those they served and helped – they were unselfish, showing compassion towards their sisters and brothers because they felt this was the just and respectful thing to do – not because they were looking for any reward. So what is this saying to us today? Do we act out of justice or pride? Does the way we behave towards ‘the least of these’, come from the heart, or because our external actions make us look ‘good’? If you read a little further, we see that those on the left make excuses saying, ‘but we didn’t know it was YOU, Jesus!’ implying that they might have been kinder if ‘the least’ had looked different. To both of these groups, Jesus says, ‘It was me!’.

 

Which group am I in? Should I ask myself if I am ‘choosy’ about the respect and justice I show towards my deprived and oppressed sisters and brothers – at home and abroad? Do I ‘do things’ for people overseas and ignore the needy in my class or neighbourhood? Do I neglect my suffering sisters and brothers across the world and say ‘charity begins at home’? Take a look at the work of CAFOD on respect and justice for all. Think about a person who has improved the lives of others by the work s/he has done. Look around, see the image of God in everyone...you did it to me.”

 

 

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. What does this parable tell you about Jesus?
  2. What do you think the King will say to those on his left?

What would you say to them?

  1. What do you think were the motives of those who showed care? Remember they were surprised that they were serving the King?
  2. What does the parable have to say to us today?
  3. How does the Scripture reflect belief in the common good/good for all?
  4. Jesus showed us a just way to live. What does living justly mean – in our homes, schools, parish and local communities?
  5. What is CAFOD doing to make the world a better and just place?
  6. Can you identify anyone today who has made a change in their life for the good of other people? Describe the change they made, and explain how that change has affected the lives of others.

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Look at the CAFOD ‘living justly’ images (you can find them below). Think about how the images portray living justly and why this is important, make links with the teaching of Jesus.

Thursday 2nd July

 

Good morning my young cherubs!

 

Today, on Purple Mash:

 

You read the final chapter of the story set in Ancient Greece. In the chapter, the children must now face the terrifying kraken, a sea monster the size of a mountain. After reading the chapter and answering the comprehension questions, for extended writing, write a review of the story. Did you enjoy it? Would you recommend it to other people?

 

In maths you are going to order fractions from smallest to largest. A fraction wall has been provided to help you with the task.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your final work on the ancient Greeks, there is a leaflet and planner where you can write about all you have learnt about life in ancient Greece.

 

There is also a new science lesson to which you can find a link to below.

 

Have a very good day,

 

M. Price.

Science for Thursday 2nd July

Wednesday 1st July

Good morning,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In English you are going to read the penultimate chapter of ‘The Lost Myth of Mathos’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. Mathos, Sariena and Pegasus are confronted by a herd of deadly, giant scorpions. After completing the comprehension exercise, for extended writing, use the template to compare the two children Mathos and Sariena.

 

In maths you are going to subtract 3-digit numbers from 3 digit numbers. Can you use a written method?

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your work on ancient Greece, you are going to look at the origins of the Olympic Games. There is a quiz for you to answer and then a writing frame for you to complete.

 

Finally, you will find a new RE lesson on our class page on the school website.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Wednesday 1st July

 

LEARNING FOCUS 2:  God sent Jesus to bring the Good News to everyone.

 

CONTENT

 

After Jesus was baptised by John, he began his mission. Luke tells of Jesus reading from the prophet Isaiah and making clear to everyone what he had come for. In the reading, we are told that Jesus says he has been anointed and specially chosen to bring the good news of justice to our world.

 

Read Luke 4:14-22:

 

Jesus Begins His Work in Galilee

 

14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee, and the power of the Holy Spirit was with him. The news about him spread throughout all that territory. 15 He taught in the synagogues and was praised by everyone.

 

Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth

 

16 Then Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath he went as usual to the synagogue. He stood up to read the Scriptures 17 and was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written,

 

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed
19     and announce that the time has come
    when the Lord will save his people.”

 

20 Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him, 21 as he said to them, “This passage of scripture has come true today, as you heard it being read.”

 

22 They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the eloquent words that he spoke. They said, “Isn't he the son of Joseph?”

 

 

Highlight paragraph 3 ‘The Spirit of the Lord …….’ Pick out and list what Jesus intends to do.

 

In the gospel of Luke, this event comes after Jesus’ temptation in the desert, where he spent 40 days praying about the work to which his Father had called him. This passage from the prophet Isaiah, marks the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus after what is known as his ‘hidden life’ when he worked as a carpenter in Nazareth. Luke always highlights the compassion of Jesus, his concern for the healing of body and spirit.

 

Luke describes the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, “…he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath… he found the place where it is written: The spirit of the Lord has been given to me.” It is no accident that Jesus chooses this passage, which announces good news to the poor, liberty to captives, sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed. Jesus could not be clearer about his mission – he has come to restore those whose spirit is crushed, to bring hope and kindness to those who hearts are broken. So, are we listening? Do we take these words seriously? Think about how poverty can hold people captive and prevent them from living a full life; think of the suffering that comes with war and famine. All people are made in God’s image. God made the good things of the world for all, and all our sisters and brothers have a right to share the gifts of the earth. This is justice – this would be good news for all.

 

Can you name anyone who reminds you of your responsibility as a Christian? Does it make you think about ways in which you can show that good news of Jesus? A hopeful future within a caring community is a promise for all people everywhere.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. How can poverty hold people captive?
  2. What do you think would cause people to be broken hearted?
  3. Why do you think Jesus would want to heal the broken hearted?
  4. How do you think the people in the synagogue felt when they heard Jesus speak these words?
  5. Who helps us today to understand God’s Good News?
  6. What do you think “Good News” for our world might be?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Write an article for a school magazine about what the world would look like if all people lived out the Good News of justice Jesus spoke about. Use the phrase “God sent me to bring the Good News” or the words of the hymn, ‘God’s Spirit is in my heart’ to show the advice could be lived out to make the world a better place.
 

 

Tuesday 30th June

 

Good morning again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In today’s chapter, Mathos and Sariena are faced with a terrible dilemma: can they really send Perseus to his doom, or must they tackle the monsters themselves? After completing the comprehension exercise, the chapter finishes with Mathos and Sariena on their way to defeat Chrysaor. Do you think that their plan will work? What problems might they encounter? Maybe the kraken will make another appearance. Write the next part of the story.

 

In maths you will need to put a series of numbers into size order.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your topic work on the ancient Greeks, today you will be looking at food. Firstly, there is an activity where you must put the correct words into the sentences. Then there is a writing frame where you can write about ancient Greek food.

 

Finally, there is a science lesson that I will email to your parents. There are good reasons for this protocol.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

 

 

Monday 29th June

 

Good morning once again,

 

I hope you have had a good weekend.

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

Continue to read the short story called ‘The Lost Myth of Mathos.’ In today’s chapter, the giant uses his evil magic on Pegasus, and it is all Mathos' fault!

 

After reading the story, there is a comprehension exercise to complete and then, for extended writing, in this chapter you were introduced to the kraken, a colossal sea creature. Imagine that you have just had a sighting of an unusual looking mythical creature for the very first time. Write a detailed description of everything you saw and heard.

 

In maths, you are going to race against the computer as you practice your 13x, 14x and 15x tables. Remember to use your knowledge of 1 – 10 multiplication tables to help you.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

Also, this week, you will be looking at life and beliefs in Ancient Greece. You will look at gods and goddesses, food, the Olympics and then, at the end of the week, write a leaflet to show what you have learnt. There are plenty of resources online to support your learning. 

 

Today you will be studying the beliefs of the ancient Greeks. There is a developing tray activity where you need to write the name of the god or goddess based upon the description. Then there is a pairs game where you must match the name and picture of the god or goddess to the description. Finally, there is a writing frame where you can write about one or two gods and goddesses.

 

Finally, you will find a new RE lesson on our class page on the school website.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Monday 29th June

 

LEARNING FOCUS 1: God asks us to live justly.

 

CONTENT

 

Micah was a prophet of the Old Testament. A prophet is one who hears the word of God and passes it on with courage and conviction. Micah was teaching at about the same time as Isaiah, when the people of God were having great trouble and difficulties. Micah’s message was one of hope for the future. He reminded God’s people about the importance of living justly. This is what he said:

 

‘This is what the Lord asks of you – that you act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.’

Micah 6: 8

 

Micah is one of the minor prophets – so called because their books are shorter than other prophets like Isaiah or Ezekiel, not because they are less important. Indeed, Micah, along with some other ‘minor’ prophets like Amos and Hosea, delivers some straight and uncompromising messages in his seven-chapter book. In order to appreciate the full impact of the beautiful passage in 6:8, we need to understand some of the background. 

 

At the beginning of this chapter, God is calling Israel to account for its wrongdoing and its ignoring of God’s word. Israel’s response is to say, ‘what THINGS can I give to make up for this? Sacrificed animals, gallons of oil, my first-born child?’ And God’s answer is, ‘No, all I want is that you have a heart which is just, humble, and in a loving relationship with me’.

 

In our everyday life, this means that we treat people fairly, honestly and always with respect; it means that our love for others is generous, unselfish and always willing to put the other person first (not the ‘love’ of the pop song, but the love which is self-giving); it means that our personal relationship with God, is not ‘showy’ or ‘pious’, but is at the root of the way we try to live… we look at Jesus and try to imitate him.

 

If we really take the words of Micah seriously, we cannot help but be more aware of the needs of our sisters and brothers. The authenticity of our personal relationship with God is shown in the way we treat others with respect, justice and love. It’s the attitude of heart that matters – a heart that shows its love of God by its love of its sisters and brothers – especially those most in need.

 

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. What are the three key actions/attitudes of heart that the writer of Micah says the Lord asks of us?
  2. Remembering what we have learnt so far, explain what you think it means to do what is just?
  3. Who gives you tender love? And how do you do the same?
  4. What do you think it means to walk humbly with God?

(e.g. listening to God, doing God’s will, praying to God but being modest not arrogant, living in a simple way)

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Read Tata’s story (see link below) and discuss the questions from it. Write a day in the life of Tata, showing how the life of the community is shaped by the scripture phrase ‘Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with God’.

 

Friday 26th June

 

Good morning once again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

Read the second chapter of the short story. In the middle of the night, Mathos decides to steal a ride on Pegasus, but things do not go according to plan. After completing the comprehension exercise, for extended writing imagine that you have just taken a ride on a magical animal. Did it fly like Pegasus? Maybe it ran faster than a car on a motorway. What did you see on your travels? Were you nervous or full of excitement?

 

In maths, you are going to work out the probability (likelihood) of an event occurring. 

 

There is no video for White Rose Maths today, instead there is a ‘Maths Challenge,’ find it at the link below this message on our class webpage on the school website.

 

Sunday 21st June is World Music day and to celebrate 2Simple has launched a new piece of software called Busy Beats which allows you to create dance music. Can you use the software to create a tune you are proud of?

 

You will also find the first lesson in the new RE topic, ‘Common Good’ on the class webpage.

 

Have a good weekend,

 

M. Price.

RE for Friday 26th June:

 

EXPLORE

Justice for the good of all

 

STANDARD INDICATORS

 

  • Children will be able to make links to show how their feelings and beliefs about being treated fairly/ unfairly, justly/unjustly affect their behaviour and that of others.
  • Children will be able to compare their own and other people’s ideas about questions that are difficult to answer regarding injustice and unfairness.
  • Children will be able to show how their own and others’ decisions to act justly and fairly/unjustly and unfairly are informed by beliefs and values.
  • Children will be able to explain what beliefs and values inspire and influence them and others to act justly and fairly.

 

KEY WORDS

 

justice, injustice, dignity respect, equality, difference

 

LEARNING INTENTION:   Justice for the good of all.

 

CONTENT

 

Think about the phrase ‘that’s not fair’ - what it means and why it upsets people when something unfair happens? Fairness is about everyone having an equal share of something or being treated exactly the same.

 

For instance, fairness would mean giving each person the same sized slice of cake, even if they have already had one. Justice is more than fairness. Justice might mean taking into consideration whether one person has had nothing else to eat that day and giving them a bigger slice of cake than someone who has just had dinner. Being just does not always mean being fair.

 

Think of a time when you have been treated unfairly, was the incident you thought of unjust or just? Why?

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. How and by whom were you treated unfairly/unjustly?
  2. Why do you think it happened?
  3. How did the unfairness/injustice make you feel?
  4. What could the person have done differently to make the incident fair/just for you?
  5. Why do you think it is important to consider what is good for other people?

 

CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, works to help stop injustice and unfairness around the world (globally) and to build a world which is a just and good place for everyone to live.

 

SOME SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

 

  • Look at the Divided World Activity (see link below) – this activity illustrates the unfair and unjust distribution of the world’s resources.
  • Look at the Banana Split game (see link below) – this game draws out issues of fairness and injustice and shows the reality of “who gets what” from the sale of bananas.

 

After the activities, think about the following questions:

  1. Was the situation fair? Why? Why not?
  2. Was the situation just? Why? Why not?
  3. Why do you think injustice and unfairness exist in the world?
  4. How did you feel about the situation/role you were in?
  5. How will your feelings affect your behaviour in the future?
  6. In what ways could the situation be improved, in order to have a fairer and more just world for the good of all?

 

 

REFLECTION ON SIGNIFICANCE

 

Play quiet music and reflect on times you have been treated justly or unjustly.

 

Lead into this reflection…

 

‘Treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself…’

How does this sentence make you feel?

Why is it important to treat everyone with justice?

What can I do to act justly and fairly at school and at home?

How do I need to change?

 

For those who are not treated with respect…

We join with them in hope

For those who stand against injustice.

We join with them in hope

For those who are affected by earthquakes and floods…

We join with them in hope

For those who do not have enough food…

We join with them in hope

For those who do not have clean water…

We join with them in hope

For those who are suffering because of war…

We join with them in hope

For those who work for the good of others

We join with them in hope

We remember the times we have not been treated fairly and how we felt.

We join together in hope and action to help build a more just world for the good of all.

 

Thursday 25th June

 

Good morning my young gastronauts!

 

There might be prizes for those who can tell me which celebrity chef of the 80s I am referencing here!

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

You read a new story set in ancient Greek times called ‘The Lost Myth of Mathos’.

 

When the famous hero, Perseus, comes to town Mathos and Sariena steal a ride on his winged horse. In today’s opening chapter, during a violent storm, Mathos and Sariena are amazed when a hero arrives on a winged horse.

 

After reading the chapter and answering the comprehension questions, in this chapter there was a torrential storm. Write a list of all the sights and sounds that you experience in a storm. Can you think of some similes or metaphors to describe the thunder, rain, or lightning? Use your ideas to write a poem about a storm.

 

In maths you are going to complete a game looking at fraction and decimal pairs. Can youmatch the card with its pair?

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

Today you are going to complete some coding challenges with a focus on calculation machines. Remember to use the hints if you need more support and help.

 

There is also a new science lesson which you can find a link to below.

 

Enjoy the good weather!

 

M. Price.

Science for Thursday 25th June

Wednesday 24th June

 

Good morning once again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In English, you are going to finish ‘Just the Beginning’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. In today’s chapter, as the battle to save Gran continues, the two children realise that the earthquake damage will take a long time to repair. After completing the comprehension exercise, write a review of the story. Would you recommend it to other readers your age? 

 

In maths, you are going to multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100, 1000 etc.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your final work on earthquakes, you have a newspaper report to write about an imaginary earthquake. What do you think eyewitnesses would say? There is then a quiz to check your understanding of earthquakes.

 

Finally, you will find the final lesson in the current RE topic, ‘Healing,’ on our class page on the school website.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Wednesday 24th June:

 

LEARNING FOCUS 6: Lourdes, a place of healing.

 

CONTENT

 

Lourdes is in the south of France.  It is an important place of pilgrimage for sick people.  It all began when a poor young girl called Bernadette Soubirous, had a vision of Our Lady (her story is in More Friends of Jesus).

 

Our Lady appeared to Bernadette 18 times, standing on a rock above a dirty old grotto (cave), where pigs used to shelter.  At first people thought Bernadette was mad, but she persisted and did as Our Lady asked her.  Often, she would pray the Rosary as she gazed at the figure.  She did not know it was Our Lady at first.  During the thirteenth time Our Lady appeared, she told Bernadette: “Go, tell the priests to come here in procession and build a chapel here.”

 

Another time, Our Lady told Bernadette to drink at the spring.  There was no spring there, but Bernadette scrapped at the earth with her bare hands and, after a few tries, clear, clean water appeared.  Later on, other people heard about it and a girl called Catherine, who had a paralysed arm, came and touched the rock and her arm was healed.  After that, many people began to visit the grotto and eventually a number of churches were built to accommodate the pilgrims who came to pray.

 

Today 6 million people come to Lourdes every year from all over the world.  Very many sick people come, some wanting a physical cure, but above all, a spiritual healing and to return and face life with an inner peace.  There are five special signs at Lourdes:

 

  1. The water: many people who go to Lourdes bathe in special baths in the water from the spring.
  2. The rock of the grotto: pilgrims like to touch the rock of the grotto where Our Lady stood.
  3. Light: at night, there is a candlelight procession and all day there are candles burning in front of the grotto, reminding people of the light of Christ.
  4. The crowds are huge, coming from every race and nation, young and old, sick and healthy.  Lourdes is a true experience of the Church, a gathering together of all the scattered children of God.
  5. The sick are given a special blessing every afternoon.  It gives them comfort and their helpers also gain from the experience of being with the sick and serving them as Christ cared for the sick when he was on earth.

 

HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust is an organisation which enables those who may need help, especially children and adults with disabilities, learning difficulties and social and emotional needs, to experience a pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Every year they organise trips to Lourdes for over 7000 people.

 

Usually, Brentwood Catholic Youth Service organise a pilgrimage to Lourdes, however, this year that has not been possible due to the pandemic. Instead, Father Dominic has organised a ‘virtual pilgrimage,’ which you can get a taste of by following the link below. There are videos you can watch from the 2019 pilgrimage, please have a look.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. What do you think of the way Bernadette acted?
  2. Why do you think people go to Lourdes?
  3. Would you like to go and why?
  4. What do you think you might do in Lourdes?
  5. Which of the five signs appeals to you most and why?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Research some information about Lourdes and design a poster for a school or parish trip to Lourdes and explain why it would be good to go, what the experience would be like and how it might shape your life.

 

Tuesday 23rd June

 

Good morning again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In today’s chapter, the two friends battle each other to save the lives of their loved one. Ennio finds help elsewhere. After completing the comprehension exercise, you have now seen how Ennio and Miah react in various situations. Compare and contrast these two characters.

 

In maths, you will multiply TU x TU. Can you solve the questions using an appropriate written method?

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For your work this week on earthquakes, today you will write about earthquakes. Remember to use the background information that can be found at the start of the writing frame to give you information. Alternatively, there are lots of resources online. After this, you need to use Logo. Can you get safely home and avoid the earthquake damage? If you have never used logo before then help videos can be found by clicking on the green arrow at the top right of the screen. The information panel on the right of the screen also lists the different instructions you can use to move from position to position. 

 

Finally, there is a new science lesson, about the reproduction of flowering plants,  which you can find on the class page on the school website by scrolling down.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

Science for Tuesday 23rd June

Monday 22nd June

 

Welcome to the start of the week, I hope you had a good weekend.

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

You will continue to read ‘Just the Beginning.’ In today’s chapter, as Miah finds out about what has happened to her dad, they both set out to find the one man who may be able to help.

 

After reading the story, there is a comprehension exercise to complete and for extended writing, at the end of the chapter, Ennio and Miah's friendship is about to be put to the test. What will happen next? Is there a possible solution that would mean both families could be helped? Write the next part of the story.

 

In maths, there are some questions where you must look at the numbers in the sequence and write which number comes next.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

This week, you will be studying earthquakes. You will look at major earthquakes in history, what causes them and think about how you would respond if you were in the vicinity of one. 

 

Today, you will use a database to learn about the major earthquakes in history and then you will answer questions based around the database. You will need to have two tabs open. The first one will have the database showing and on the second one the quiz. Remember to use the table button, the find button as well as the sort, group, arrange button to help you get the answers. After answering the questions, there is a developing tray activity where you need to try and fill in the missing words about the different types of earthquakes.  

 

Please also note that there is a new science lesson about the life cycles of birds on our class page on the school website.

 

Remember to set some time aside for PE to ensure you keep fit. This could be a run around the garden, a brisk walk with your mum or dad or joining a keep fit routine on the Internet.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

 

Science for Monday 22nd June

Secondary school transition booklet:

Friday 19th June

Good morning to you all,

Before I begin with the usual stuff, I would ask you to keep your eyes open for an email from me, it will have a novel heading, but the content will be more important than anything which comes below.

Today on Purple Mash:

You read the next chapter of ‘Just the Beginning’. As the cellar fills with water, Ennio

and his father face a battle to save Gran. After completing the comprehension exercise, for

extended writing, Ennio's village was in a state of chaos and destruction. Use figurative

language to write a poem about the aftermath of the earthquake.

In maths you are going to work out the probability (likelihood) of an event occurring.

There is no video for White Rose Maths today, instead it is ‘Family Challenge Friday.’ You can find the questions below. The most suitable questions for Year 6 are 1 to 6. But why don’t you work with your family on the rest of the problems? Do as many as you can! Help each other out.

For your final set of activities on the Tudors, you are going to look at crime and punishment.

Read the presentation about crime and punishment in Early Modern England (this time

period includes the Tudors) and then you have two activities to complete. In the first

activity, write a letter to the King explaining the types of punishment available in Tudor

times and then imagine you have been sentenced to serve time in a pillory. What crime

have you committed and what is the punishment?

Finally, Mrs Power has tasked Year 6 with designing and executing five paintings to go on display in the school hall. These paintings will each portray one of the school’s core values (Respect, Honesty, Tolerance, Justice, Forgiveness- just in case you had forgotten). Those of you who are at home might not be able to participate in the actual painting, but you can contribute to the design.

I hope you have a good weekend and thank you for all your work this week.

M. Price.

PS – don’t forget that Sunday is ‘Father’s Day,’ if you ignore everything else here, make sure you draw/make your Dad a card, whatever you may think of your own artistic abilities I am certain he (your dad) will love what you produce!  

Thursday 18th June

 

Good morning.

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

Read the next chapter of the story, as the earthquake fades away, Ennio and Miah see the chaos it has caused. For Ennio, the earthquake brings some worrying news. After answering the comprehension questions, for extended writing the chapter ends with Mum about to tell Ennio about what has happened to Gran. Ennio probably has lots of questions to ask. Write this conversation as a play script.

 

In maths you are going to do some work on fractions and must complete the calculation by finding the number represented by (?).

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For the work on the Tudors today, you are going to research Tudor food. For the first activity, complete the writing frame about Tudor food and then for the second activity design a menu suitable for a Tudor banquet.  There are lots of resources online to support you in your studies. 

 

Finally, Mrs Power has tasked Year 6 with designing and executing five paintings to go on display in the school hall. These paintings will each portray one of the school’s core values (Respect, Honesty, Tolerance, Justice, Forgiveness- just in case you had forgotten). Those of you who are at home might not be able to participate in the actual painting, but you can contribute to the design.

 

I think we should find Bible stories that reflect each of the values and illustrate them. So, I am asking you to give this some thought, find a Bible story that reflects one of the five school values, pick a quote from that story and illustrate it. Use any of the 2paint apps on Purple Mash, send me an email. Your idea could be chosen, we have five quite expensive canvases to paint on, new acrylic paint and new paintbrushes, this is a big project!

 

Have an excellent Thursday!

 

Keep well, keep your chins up!

 

M. Price.

 

 

Wednesday 17th June

 

Good morning once again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In English you are going to read a new story called ‘Just the Beginning’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. In the story, Ennio and Miah are the best of friends. When an earthquake strikes, their friendship is tested as they both fight to save the lives of someone they love. In today’s opening chapter a day like any other is shattered when the earthquake strikes and turns the lives of Ennio and Miah upside down.

 

After completing the comprehension exercise, for extended writing, write about someone who has been your friend for a very long time. What is special about your friendship? Why has your friendship stood the test of time? 

 

In maths you are going to multiply 3 numbers together. 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

Continuing your work on the Tudors, you are today going to focus on the six wives of Henry. Firstly, there is a branching database which you can use to answer the ‘Who am I?’ questions about the wives of Henry VIII. After this, research and write about one of Henry’s wives – what was she called, why did Henry marry her and what happened to her?

 

In addition, there is a new RE lesson on the class page on the school website, just scroll down to find it.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Wednesday 17th June:

LEARNING FOCUS 5: The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for those who are very ill.

CONTENT

When a person is near to death, there are three Sacraments which they may wish to receive: The Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion.  If possible, these Sacraments will be celebrated separately, but sometimes there isn’t time because the person is very, very ill and possibly dying.  When the priest enters the room where the sick person is, he will greet them with the words:

“The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

Those present will reply: “And with your spirit.”

The priest then sprinkles the sick person with holy water, reminding them of their baptism.  At this point, if possible, the sick person will confess their sins and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Sometimes the person is too ill to make their Confession, however they still receive forgiveness and there will be a Penitential Rite like the one at the beginning of Mass.

This is followed by a short scripture reading.  The Anointing of the Sick is the same as when it happens during Mass: the priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person and anoints their head and hands.  The priest gives the person Holy Communion.  (Sometimes the person is too ill to receive Communion).  Refer to Church’s Story 3 page 71, (see link below) the final prayer is also the same.

These three sacraments prepare the person who receives them for their final journey to God and marks the end of their pilgrimage of life on earth.  They provide spiritual healing, giving the person strength, peace, courage and forgiveness of their sins.  They will know that Jesus Christ is very near to them.  It does sometimes happen that the person regains their health and continues on with their life on earth.

Listen to John Burland’s song Year 6 CD2 Track 20 Heal us Lord (see link below).

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

  1. How do you think the sick person feels at this time and what about their family and friends?
  2. How do you think each of these three sacraments helps the person who is ill?
  3. God is always very close, but why especially at this time?
  4. How do you think you would feel if you were very ill?  What do you think would help you?
  5. What kind of healing might happen to the person who receives these sacraments?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY:

  • Create a guide for someone who is unfamiliar with the Anointing of the Sick and has a sick person at home who needs to receive this Sacrament.  Describe and show understanding of the meaning and purpose of the three Sacraments the sick person is likely to receive.  Include a prayer of your own composition at the end.  Use some pictures from the Come and See website.

 

Heal Us Lord

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Tuesday 16th June

 

Good morning,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In today’s final chapter, will Grandad and Mia be able to stop Dentata’s plan? After completing the comprehension exercise, write a review of the story. Would you recommend it to other readers? 

In maths you will add HTU + HTU. Can you solve the questions using an appropriate written method? 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

This week you will be studying the Tudors with a focus on Henry VIII, his wives, food popular at the time and Tudor punishment. 

 

Today you will research the life of Henry VIII. There are lots of resources online. In the first activity you will put yourself in the shoes of Henry VIII and imagine you are Henry VIII as you put you face into the Mashcam. Write about events and whether you think you acted properly during your life. For the second activity you will receive an email from Henry asking you to answer some questions. 

 

Please also note that there is a new science lesson on our class page on the school website.

 

On top of all that, get some sunshine and exercise, if you can.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

Science for Tuesday 16th June

Monday 15th June

 

Good morning again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

Continue to read ‘Secret Agent Grandpa.’ In today’s chapter Mia and Grandad are left hanging on a thread of dental floss. How will they escape?

 

After reading the story, there is a comprehension exercise to complete and for the extended writing, now that you know more about Desdemona Dentata, create a character profile about her. Remember to use evidence from the story to support your opinions.

 

In maths there are some questions where you must look at the numbers in the sequence and write what number comes next.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

It is then time for some coding. In today’s exercise you need to write some code relating to counting machines. Remember to use the hints if you need some support with the coding challenges.

 

In addition, there is a new RE lesson on the class page on the school website, just scroll down to find it.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Monday 15th June:

 

LEARNING FOCUS 4: The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during Mass.

 

CONTENT

The Church names two Sacraments as Sacraments of Healing; the Sacrament of Reconciliation and of the Anointing of the Sick.  They are not healing in the sense of making a person physically better, but spiritual healing, or helping them feel closer to God and better in themselves.  Read Church’s Story 3 pages 70-71 and look at the power point about (you can find these documents below) and consider the actions, words and symbols.

 

In some parishes there may be an Anointing of the Sick at a special Mass for people of the parish who have need of the Sacrament.  Family and friends, as well as members of the parish family, will be there supporting those who are sick and praying for them. 

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

  1. In what way does the Anointing of the Sick heal a person?
  2. What is important about a person being anointed at a gathering of the parish family?
  3. Why do you think the hands and forehead of the person are anointed?
  4. What words of comfort and hope did you notice in the prayers?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Create a get-well card for a person who is sick using appropriate symbols.  Inside it give reasons why the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may help them and bring them comfort. 

 

Friday 12th June

 

Good morning,

 

I hope you all are well.

 

Today on Purple Mash:

Read the next chapter of ‘Secret Agent Grandpa’. Grandad and Mia discover the villain’s secret hideout. After completing the comprehension exercise for the extended writing, continue the story in the form of a play script. 

 

In maths, you will be completing a quiz about angles. Remember – 

• Acute angles are less than 90°

• A right angle is 90°

• An obtuse angle is smaller than 180° but bigger than 90°

• A straight angle is 180° 

• A reflex angle is more than 180° but less than 360° 

 

There is no video for White Rose Maths today, instead there is a lesson on 'Calculating time in football,' which you can find by following the link below.

 

For the final set of activities on tsunamis, based on what you have learnt this week and your own research on the internet, produce a leaflet about tsunamis and then design a vehicle in 3D that could drive along the beach warning holiday makers that a tsunami is coming. 

 

Balloon Pop Fail

 

Have you ever been startled when a balloon suddenly pops? Have you ever thought about why a balloon just seems to explode when you put a pin in it? 

 

For this week’s activity, I thought it would be fun for you to see if it is possible to put a pin in a balloon without it popping.

 

The following is something you should enjoy:

ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED – Before collecting any materials you must get adult permission. Additionally, you will require a badge with a pin for this activity. Pins can be very useful but also very dangerous if used incorrectly. YOU MUST WORK WITH AN ADULT FOR THIS ACTIVITY!

Suggested instructions: 

Equipment and resources

• Several balloons. 

• A badge with a pin (Don’t use needles as they can easily be lost).

• A roll of tape (Sticky tape or masking tape). 

• Scissors to cut the tape. 

 

Steps: 

1. Blow up a balloon. 

2. Cut two pieces of tape about 10cm. 

3. Place the two pieces of tape on the balloon to make an ‘X’. 

4. Very carefully, push the pin from the badge into the middle of the ‘X’ (ADULT SUPERVISION).

5. Observe what is happening? Has the balloon popped? Is air escaping the balloon?

 

Thinking time: 

 

When a sharp object such as a pin is pushed into a balloon, the air comes out at such a force that it ends up ripping the hole making it larger. It comes out at a force because the air inside is under pressure, being squeezed by the elastic material. A hole in the balloon causes it to pop. However, when additional material is added to the balloon such as  tape, the tape holds the balloon together, stopping the hole becoming bigger. Air will still escape the hole but at a much slower rate. 

 

Follow up:

 

• Can you try different material to make the ‘X’?

• How about trying the same experiment but this time with less or more air in the balloon?

 

Try different shapes of balloons, does this make a difference?

 

Have a good day (and a good weekend),

 

M. Price.          

Thursday 11th June

Good morning once again,

Today on Purple Mash:

Today you read the next chapter of the espionage story. In the chapter, Mia and Grandad visit the secret spy base underneath the nursing home. After answering the comprehension questions, for the extended writing task you will need to write a detailed product specification for the Devastator 9000, describing all of its special features. 

 In maths you are going to do some work on the probability of something happening, possibly on the chances of our beloved Boris getting a decent haircut!

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

For the work on tsunamis today, you are going to answer an email about what you should do in a tsunami emergency and then finish a 3D game where you must collect all of the essentials needed to survive a tsunami and make sure the waves don’t catch you. Design the walls of the maze and then drag the objects and waves into the game.

Please also note that there is a new science lesson on our class page on the school website.

Finally, at 9 am on Thursday, those in Year 6 who are physically at school will be celebrating Mass by watching the Brentwood Diocese Youth Mass on YouTube. I hope you join us. Father Dominic has been doing a very fine job, give it a try. You might find that his words give you something important to reflect on – I have.

Have a good day,

M. Price.

Science for Thursday 11th June:

Weekly Youth Mass - 10th June 2020

Join us for Weekly Youth Mass - celebrating the work of carers during National Carers Week! Find the Order of Service online at https://bcys.net/events/carers/

Wednesday 10th June

 

Good morning kiddywinkies!

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In English, you are going to read chapter 3 of ‘Secret Agent Grandpa’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. In today’s chapter, Mia’s brother Rhys has a visit to the dentist. For extended writing: Mia has collapsed on the floor after inhaling the purple gas. Is it too late for her to stop Rhys from being fitted with Wi-Braces? Write down what you think happens next in the story. 

 

In maths, you are going to multiply fractions by a whole number. Can you match the question to the answer? 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

Continuing your work on tsunamis, you are going to use a database about major tsunamis in history and then answer the questions. For this activity you will need to have two tabs open. One tab will have the database showing and the second tab the database questions. The next activity sees you answer questions about tsunamis and their causes and consequences. Maybe you could use 2Quiz to make your own tsunami quiz and send it to a friend or your teacher via 2Email.

 

In addition, there is a new RE lesson on the class page on the school website, just scroll down to find it.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price

RE for Wednesday 10th June:

 

LEARNING FOCUS 3:  Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

 

CONTENT

 

Illness and suffering are not easy to cope with.  They make a person feel powerless and realise their limitations.  When a person is very sick, they are not able to do what they normally do.  They may not be able to work or to enjoy life as they used to.  Often it is an occasion when people have time to reflect on what is important to them in life.  It is often a time when people think about God and pray more.  Christians remember the suffering of Jesus.  When Jesus sent out his disciples to preach the Good News they;

 

“…anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.”

 Mark 6: 13

 

Recall how the Good Samaritan anointed the wounds of the man who had been mugged and used oil to clean and heal them.  The person who is very ill welcomes the prayers and kindness of those who visit them.  James’ letter has many practical suggestions which include reference to anointing of the sick.

 

“Are any of you ill?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”                                                                                                                              Based on James 5: 14-15

 

The anointing with oil is a symbol of healing and is used in the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

 

In many societies and cultures, including Biblical times, for many years and even today, oil is regarded as having qualities of strength and healing. Oil is also a symbol of being specially chosen, and is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Conformation and Priestly ordination, symbolising the strength needed for these callings.

When anointing those who are sick, the Church uses oil with prayer to comfort the body and give strength to the spirit. The sick person may experience bodily healing as a result of anointing, if that is what God wishes, but the prayer and faith of the community will certainly raise him up, and  be a source of strength and reassurance to the person who is ill.

 

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament for anyone who is seriously ill.  It is a sacrament that is commonly given a number of times during an illness, sometimes because the person becomes more ill, or because the sick person would benefit from the strength and comfort the Sacrament gives them.  The Sacrament of Anointing ‘is meant to lead the person to healing of the soul but also of the body if such is God’s will.’  (Catechism Catholic Church 1520) Through the Sacrament the Holy Spirit helps to calm the worry, anxiety and discouragement the sick person may experience.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

  1. Why do you think oil is used in healing?
  2. What other sacraments include anointing with oil? (there are three others Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.)
  3. How do you think the sick person feels when they know someone is praying for them?
  4. What do you think James means when he says: ‘the Lord will raise him up’?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Using the scripture from James’ letter, explain how you think they would encourage and give hope to a sick person.  Give reasons for your choices using other scripture readings if you can.

Tuesday 9th June

 

Good morning one and all,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In today’s chapter, Mia finds out more about the super villain and her plan for world domination. After completing the comprehension exercise, create a leaflet to advertise Wi-Braces. 

 

In maths, you will multiply 3-digit numbers by 2- digit numbers. Can you solve the questions using an appropriate written method? 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

This week, you will be studying the power and might of tsunamis. Tsunamis are huge waves often caused by earthquakes or landslides. Today you need to research tsunamis and then complete the mind-map. Use your research to complete an information text all about tsunamis.

 

There is also a science lesson on the life-cycle of amphibians which can be found on our class page on the school website. You will need to use this link to reach the mind map:

 

https://www.purplemash.com/#app/guides/tsunami_mindmap

 

Have a good day and keep your eyes open for more emails from me.

 

M. Price

Science for Tuesday 9th June

Monday 8th June

 

Good morning once again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

You will begin to read a short story called ‘Secret Agent Grandpa.’ When Mia goes to visit her Grandad at the retirement home, she is unprepared for the adventures to come as they hunt down a super villain. In today’s opening chapter, Mia visits her Grandad at the retirement home and he tells her he needs her help for last secret spy mission.

 

After reading the story, there is a comprehension exercise to complete as well as an extended writing activity. You will need to write about one of your grandparents or an elderly person who you know well.  

 

In maths, there are some questions where you must calculate the distance taken on a journey or part of a journey. 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

It is then time for some coding. In today’s exercise, you need to write some code relating to inputs. Remember to use the hints if you need some support with the coding challenges.

 

You will also find a new RE lesson on our class page on the school website.

 

Finally, please keep your eyes open for any more emails from me. Later this morning I shall be emailing you with something rather important.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Monday 8th June

LEARNING FOCUS 2:  Caring for those in need; a Christian responsibility.

 

CONTENT

Christians are called to care for others, especially for those most in need.  Jesus explains this very clearly in a parable he told.  A parable is a story which conveys an important meaning or more than one meaning.  In this story from Luke’s Gospel, a lawyer was trying to catch Jesus out with questions.  The final one was, ‘Who is my neighbour?’  Jesus answers this with a story, but the story also has another meaning.  It shows the care and compassion with which we should treat each other.  Notice the care and concern the Samaritan showed to the man who had been mugged.

 

A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half-dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

 

But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them.  Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.”

 

“Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”  He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”  Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

Based on Luke 10: 30-37

 

Scripture notes:

 

This story from Luke, was Jesusresponse to a follow-up question put to him by a student of the Law, And who is my neighbour?. Read Luke 10:25-28, in order to understand the context. There is a danger that because this story is so well known, we become numbed to what is, in fact, shocking behaviour on the part of people who should know better. As we hear this story, we note that three people saw the man who had been mugged, lying in the road, unable to move. Two of the three were official churchpeopleand they both ignored the man and walked by. The third, a Samaritan, an outsider, from whom no support could be expected, saw the man, and ...was moved with pity. This should make us sit up and take notice. The Samaritan acted with instinctive compassion towards another fellow human being. The priest and the Levite appeared to see someone not worthy of their attention. The man who had been beaten up would have recognised the Samaritan as a foreigner, an enemy, and may have felt nervous about the possibility of being beaten up again. But this outsiderbehaved in exactly the way Jesus tells his disciples to behave towards outsiders, that is, with kindness and compassion, because no one is outside the mercy of God.

 Luke deliberately gives us a detailed account of all that the Samaritan did for the wounded man e.g. using oil, the symbol of healing; he wasnt just doing his duty, he was actually showing genuine, personal care for a fellow human being. He also showed consideration and sensitivity towards the innkeeper, ensuring that he wouldnt be out of pocket for his part in caring for the man who needed looking after. The Samaritan clearly was not simply doing an act of charity, or doing his duty. He not only showed compassion, he also showed respect for the man in need, and there is a lesson here for us. Charitycan be cold and patronising, whilst respect and compassion towards a fellow human being, are of God. (Incidentally, in his Apostolic letter, Evangelii gaudium, para 198, Pope Francis says, I want a Church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us)                             

Mercy is a word rich in meaning. The Hebrew word is hesed, and it is regarded as one of the attributes of God. It can be variously described as loving-kindness, steadfast love, compassion, goodness, tenderness and faithfulness. As Christians, we try to follow Gods way, to imitate and practise the goodness of God; the Christian disciple is called to act with mercy, compassion and love, towards all people. This is the lesson of the parable of the Good Samaritan, and this is why the parable is Jesusanswer to the question, And who is my neighbour?

 

Recall what was learnt in Explore about the work of the Hospice movement.  Discuss how it is part of the responsibility of Christians to have compassion and care for those in need especially the sick.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. Why do you think the Samaritan acted as he did?
  2. How do you think the man who was mugged felt?
  3. What showed that the Samaritan was doing more than his mere duty towards another person?
  4. What does this parable have to say to us today?
  5. What do you think ‘mercy’ means?
  6. Good deeds are often called ‘acts of mercy’.  Why do you think that is?
  7. Why are these acts of mercy a particular responsibility for the Christian?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

Create a storyboard of this parable to make a film.  Include the reasons why the Samaritan acted as he did and what effect it had on the man who was mugged. You could even use ‘2Animate’ on Purple Mash to do this.

 

Friday 5th June

 

Good morning again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

You read the final chapter of ‘A Bit of a Hero.’ Can Beth and her father save the day?  After completing the comprehension exercise, write a review of the story. 

 

In maths, you will need to be using your multiplication knowledge to grow your monster. Remember the more answers you get correct then the faster your monster will grow. How quickly can you help him change appearance? 

 

There is no video for White Rose Maths today, instead it is ‘Family Challenge Friday.’ You can find the questions below. The most suitable questions for Year 6 are 1 to 6. But why don’t you work with your family on the rest of the problems? Do as many as you can! Help each other out.

 

For the final set of activities on superheroes, you are tasked with creating a superhero animation using 2Animate. After this, write a newspaper report about a superhero saving the day. 

 

There is also a PDF of a power-point on the River Thames – you can find it below on our class page on the website. Have a look through and then choose one of the activities.

 

Have a good weekend and thank-you for all your work this week.

 

It’s strange to think some of you will be back at school in person next week!

 

M. Price

Thursday 4th June

 

Good morning again,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

Read the penultimate chapter of ‘A Bit of a Hero.’ Beth learns more about her own power and learns something amazing about her dad. After answering the comprehension questions, you have a task to compare two characters. 

 

In maths, you are going to do some work on the probability of something happening.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

 

For the work on superheroes today, you can add in walls to the game and then create level 2 of the superhero 3D game and then write your own superhero story.  

 

You will also find another RE lesson below.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price.

RE for Thursday 4th June

 

LEARNING FOCUS 1:   Jesus cares for the sick.

 

CONTENT

 

From the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he was concerned with the sick and needy. He never turned anyone away even when he was tired and weary. In Jesus’ day, there were many sick people and they often had to survive by begging at the roadside. In the gospel below, Jesus gives sight to a blind man. This story from Luke illustrates Jesus’ compassion:

 

As Jesus was coming near Jericho, there was a blind man sitting by the road, begging. When he heard the crowd passing by, he asked, “What is this?”

“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by”, they told him.

He cried out, “Jesus! Son of David!  Have mercy on me!”  The people in front scolded him and told him to be quiet.  But he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David!  Have mercy on me!”

So Jesus stopped and ordered the blind man to be brought to him.  When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Sir”, he answered, “I want to see again.”  Jesus said to him, “Then see! Your faith has made you well.”   At once he was able to see, and he followed Jesus, giving

thanks to God. When the crowd saw it, they all praised God.

Luke 18: 35-43

 

At the beginning of Lukes Gospel, we see Jesus reading from the prophet Isaiah, and applying what it says to himself, and to his ministry, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me...he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor...release to the captives...recovery of sight to the blind...let the oppressed go free... Isaiah 61:1-2 This sets the tone of Lukes Gospel. Paul calls Luke, the beloved physician  Colossians 4:14, and Dante (yes, the author of the Inferno), describes Luke as, the faithful recorder of Christs loving-kindness. We have many instances of Jesuscompassion and care for the sick, the rejected and the suffering, and this story of the blind man of Jericho is one example.                                         

We see from the prophet Isaiah, that Jesus considers that he has been sent to those who are poor or suffering in any way. The sick and the needy were often treated as outcasts and rejected by society. Jesus wanted to show that this was not the attitude of Father, and as we are all brothers and sisters, it should not be our attitude either. The crowd around the blind man showed what little regard they had for him; first of all, they were standing IN FRONT of him, so that he had little chance of being noticed, and then when he called out to Jesus, they spoke sharply to him, scolded him, and told him to be quiet! Perhaps they were afraid that he would take attention away from them? However, although the man must have felt disregarded and bullied, this did not stop him. He used Jesusname, his title, and pleaded for what only God can give, Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!”  

The name Jesus means Saviour, and as Son of David, it meant he was descended from the greatest king of Israel, the family from which the Messiah, the Saviour of Israel would come. The blind man showed deep faith in the man described by the crowd as Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus met the man in a personal encounter, and his attitude to him was one of open generosity, What do you want me to do for you?  Jesus recognised the faith of this man by the way he had initially addressed him, and by the simple answer he gave to Jesusquestion, Sir, I want to see again.”  We see the faith of the man, by the description of his reaction to restoration of his sight, ...he followed Jesus, giving thanks to God.He has been given a gift and he shows gratitude. The crowd praised God, too. Maybe their sighthad also been healed, and they had learnt to seedifferently because of what they had witnessed.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. Why do you think Jesus was so concerned with the sick and needy?
  2. Why do you think the people scolded the blind man?
  3. How do you think the blind man felt?
  4. What do you think was the significance of the title the blind man gave to Jesus, ‘Jesus! Son of David!’  What did it show about his faith?
  5. What was Jesus’ attitude to the blind man?
  6. What do you think Jesus meant when he said, ‘Your faith has made you well’?
  7. What do you think of the attitude of the people once they saw Jesus’ healing power?
  8. How do you think the blind man felt when he could see?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Write a report for the Jericho Times about the incident and explain who people believe Jesus is and what ideas and experiences people have of him.  Link it to other scriptural texts if you can and include quotes from bystanders about how it has affected their faith.

Wednesday 3rd June

 

Good morning kiddywinkies!

 

Today on Purple Mash:

 

In English, you are going to read the chapter 3 of ‘A Bit of a Hero’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. In today’s chapter, the city comes under attack. Can the city's superheroes defeat the strange mechanical beast? For extended writing, write about what you think will happen next in the story. 

 

In maths, you are going to work on equivalent fractions. 

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet. 

 

For your work on superheroes, carry on the branching 2Create a Story. Remember to add buttons and links so the reader can choose what route they take through the story. The first few pages have been written for you and you can either continue the story or start a new one yourself. Then there is a coding game for you to finish. Can you add more coins into the game and maybe choose an alternative superhero to star in your game?

 

Finally, you will find an RE lesson, the first in the new topic, ‘Healing,’ on our class page on the school website.  

 

Have a good day and don’t forget to join the Brentwood Diocese Youth Mass at 8pm this evening, if you can.

 

M. Price

RE for Wednesday 3rd June

EXPLORE

When people become sick and need care

 

STANDARD INDICATOR

 

Some children will be able to make links to show how feelings and beliefs about sickness and care affects their behaviour and that of others.                                                                                                          Some children will be able to compare their own and other people’s ideas about questions concerning serious illness and bereavement which are difficult to answer.

 

Some children will be able to show how their own and others’ decisions about care and compassion towards the sick are informed by beliefs and values.

 

KEY WORDS

 

Care, sickness, hospice, compassion

 

RESOURCES

 

  • Local hospice

 

LEARNING INTENTION:   When people become sick and need care.

 

CONTENT

 

Children, as well as adults, can become sick and have need of care.  Sister Frances Dominica, a Church of England nursing nun, first thought of a children’s hospice through her work caring for a young girl named Helen, who lived at home with her family but needed 24-hour care.  She founded Helen House, the world’s first children’s hospice, which opened in November 1982.  A hospice is a place rather like a home for those who are very seriously ill and likely to die.

 

It is natural that the parents of a much-loved but very ill child would want to care for them at home, but caring for your child every day and night, as well as looking after the rest of your family and earning a living, can be exhausting.  Helen’s family’s experience highlighted the need for care and support for children with life-shortening conditions and for their family.  Helen House was set up to help families cope by providing occasional respite care, modelled on that provided in the family home – personalised and tailored to individual needs. The hospice was designed to be as much like an ordinary home as possible. It had eight children’s bedrooms, as well as rooms for parents to stay.  The hospice is about making the most of life, whatever the circumstances.  Thirty years on, there are now two hospice houses.  Helen House is for children from birth up to 18 years old, and Douglas House for young adults.  The two hospice houses offer specialist care and pain management, short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family. 

 

Jane came to Helen House in 2003 with her 9-year-old son Sebastian, who was battling with cancer.  Helen House cared for us; it made us feel very safe.  It gave us the chance to do what we wanted to do for our son, the way that we wanted to do it.  There was so much love and support.  We have much cherished memories. 

 

Helen House stayed in touch with us and we became part of a Helen House group of families and we continue to support one another.  

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. What has been your experience of illness and who or what helped you most?
  2. What do you think sick children need most?
  3. How do you think their parents feel?
  4. What do parents need?
  5. How do you think you can show compassion and care for those who are ill?

 

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Write a job description for a carer or volunteer in a hospice.  What qualities do you think are needed to look after someone who is sick?  What beliefs and values would be important?  What could they offer, etc? 

 

REFLECTION ON SIGNIFICANCE

 

Have a quiet moment to reflect on, and appreciate, when people become sick they need care and compassion.

 

Think about:

 

Families and friends.                                                                                                                          

Those who care for anyone in need.                                                                                                                

The importance of hospices or places of care.

 

Weekly Youth Mass - 3rd June 2020

Join us for Weekly Youth Mass - focussing on those who have sacrificed their lives for their faith, as today is the Feast of St Charles Lwanga and his companions.

Find the Order of Service online at https://bcys.net/events/youthmass0306...

Tuesday 2nd June

 

Good morning again,

 

On Purple Mash today:

In today’s chapter, you learn more about Beth's strange power. The city comes under attack from a strange giant robot dinosaur. After completing the comprehension exercise, imagine you are live at the scene working as a radio news broadcaster. Write your news report. 

 

In maths, you will sort out cube and square numbers. Remember a square number is the result of a number being multiplied by itself, e.g 2 x 2 = 4 and a cube number is a number that is found when a number is multiplied by itself three times e.g  2 x 2 x 2  = 8

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet. 

 

This week, you will be completing some activities linked to superheroes. Today you will complete a 2Connect mindmap:

 

https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/weekly_activities/weekly_activities_9_11/weekly_9_11_wk10/weekly_9_11_wk10_tues

 

to design your own superhero. What will their special power be, who is their enemy, and do they have any other superhero friends? Once you have finished, write about your superhero on the writing frame. 

 

You will also find a science lesson on the use of materials below.

 

Have a good day,

 

M. Price

Science for 2nd June

Monday 1st June.

 

Good morning to each and every one of you,

 

Welcome back, I hope you had a good half-term break and, in a socially-distanced way, managed to take advantage of the wonderful sunshine.

 

This week on Purple Mash, you read a short story called ‘A Bit of a Hero.’ In a land where superheroes are the ‘norm,’ how would you feel if you discovered you had powers but to use them you had to work closely with someone else?  In today’s opening chapter, Beth is spending her half term break with her dad when a strange noise shatters their peace.

 

After reading the story, there is a comprehension exercise to complete and for the extended writing - use figurative language to write a poem about your favourite superhero.

Before you do this, may I suggest you think about the differences between Marvel and DC comics? I have always felt that DC offer archetypes (you will probably have to look that word up!) who are akin to the ancient Greek/Roman gods and goddesses. Marvel, on the other hand, offer a different approach, their superheroes are, more typically, ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations – which approach do you prefer? Why?

 

In maths, there are some written questions involving decimals.

 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet. 

 

It is then time for some coding. In today’s exercise, you need to write some code to feed the ducks with some seed. Remember to use the hints if you need some support with the coding challenges. 

 

Remember to set some time aside for PE to ensure you keep fit. This could be a run around the garden, a brisk walk with your mum or dad or watching a keep fit routine on the Internet.

 

Take care,

 

M. Price.

Good Morning Year 6!

Mrs Power has highjacked your class page today as I wanted to share a special message with you all. Today would have been the start of a very special week for all of you, one that would have been filled with excitement and anxiety, instead we are all continuing to learn from home as we have been doing for the last 7 weeks.  I wanted to let you know that all your hard work was worth it and that we value each and everything you do, so I wanted to share a special poem with you. 

 

To all our Year 6’s

 

As SATs week arrives it is not quite the same

The tests that were printed this year never came,

The displays all still up; walls full of maths ‘rules’,

But Year 6 very different, at present, in schools.

 

For some of you, happiness, lots of relief,

For others a sigh of pure disbelief,

That you worked really hard in advance of this week,

Expected and Greater Depth marks you did seek.

 

Algebra, fractions, the times tables drills,

Inference, retrieval, in depth reading skills,

Past present, progressive … and all the SPAG terms,

You’ve practiced and mastered them over the years.

 

Fear not though, the SATS, yes, won’t happen this term

But remember tests don’t measure everything you learn,

Primary subjects are varied, you’ve always tried your best,

And many of those skills that you’ve gained can’t be defined by a test.

 

So, here at Holy Cross you’ve made us so proud

We sit here with pride and we shout this out loud….

‘Year 6 you amaze us, you’ve come incredibly far …

And we don’t need a test to see how amazing you are!

Tree of Strength

(a poem about resilience by Pooky Knightsmith)

There’s a tree in my garden,
That stands strong and tall,
No matter what happens,
My tree doesn’t fall.

 

When it is windy
Blowing gales and squalls
My tree bows and bends
But I know it won’t fall.

 

When rain falls upon it,
So hard it might drown,
My tree welcomes water
And holds out its boughs.

 

When the sun shines hard,
And plants all turn brown,
My tree’s lengthy roots,
Ensure water is found.

 

And when it is snowing,
And frost tries to bite,
My tree sheds some leaves
And soon new ones shine bright.

 

I watch my tree daily
There’s much to admire,
Such strength and resilience
To which I aspire.

 

Friday 22nd May

 

Good morning everyone,

 

Today on Purple Mash:

You read the final chapter of ‘A Horde of Ravens.’ Boudica leads the rebel's attack of the Roman city, setting it on fire, but in the battle Conan's carnyx is broken and Turi is wounded. After completing the comprehension exercise write a review of the story. 

 

In maths you will convert 12-hour times to 24-hour times and vice versa.  

 

There is no video for White Rose Maths today, instead it is ‘Family Challenge Friday.’ You can find the questions and answers below this message. The most suitable questions for Year 6 are 1 to 6. But why don’t you work with your family on the rest of the problems? Do as many as you can! Help each other out.

 

For your final set of activities on the Romans, concentrate on the leader of the rebellion, Boudica. Can you design a wanted poster for Boudica and then complete a quiz based on her life and the rebellion? 

This week’s geography (which, unlike previous weeks, can be done on Purple Mash) asks you to identify the features of a river.

 

Finally, in case you hadn’t realised, today is the last day of this half-term, next week is a holiday. For this reason, there will not be any work set next week. I will, however, check into Purple Mash on a regular basis to see if you have any emails or blogs that need to be approved.

 

Have a good day, and a good half-term holiday,

 

M. Price

Thursday 21st May

Good morning again,

Today on Purple Mash:

You read the penultimate chapter of ‘Horde of Ravens.’ In the chapter Conan's tribe ride out to hear Boudica's battle plan. She tells them that it's time to attack the capital Camulodunum. After answering the comprehension questions, think about when Conan arrived to hear Boudica speak, he was surprised at how many people were there. Use the template to write a poem about the crowds of people and how they behaved. 

In maths you are going to do some work on fractions, decimals and percentages.  

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

For the work on the Romans, you are going to look at Roman gods. There is a pairs game where you need to match the god up to the correct description and then there is a writing frame about Roman gods accompanied with some information about the main ones. 

Finally, if you scroll down the class page on the school website you will find a Youtube link to Elizabeth I’s speech at Tilbury Fort.

Task 1 - Watch the clip of Queen Elizabeth's speech and think about the language she is using. What words might not be used today. How does she describe herself?

After listening to the clip (you can listen to it as many times as you want), I want you to pretend you are the King/Queen of England and you are down at Tilbury Fort. Your troops are about to defend your country.  Think about:

What would your speech sound like?

What words would you choose to say to your army?

How would you describe yourself in comparison to how Queen Elizabeth described herself?

Task 2 - Write your speech out using the blank template on Purple Mash and practise saying it. If you have anyone at home to perform it to, then pretend they are your army and read it out to them. You could even record it and email it to me for everyone to see on our page!

Have a good day,

M. Price.

Great Speeches: Queen Elizabeth I to the Troops at Tilbury

The Speech to the Troops at Tilbury was delivered on 19 August 1588 by Queen Elizabeth I of England to the land forces earlier assembled at Tilbury in Essex ...

Wednesday 20th May

Good morning again,

I hope you are well.

 On Purple Mash today:

In English you are going to read the chapter 5 of ‘Horde of Ravens’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. In today’s chapter, Conan and Turi get to work making their own carnyces. Conan decides to make his in the form of a raven and he takes it to the woods to try it out.  For the extended writing write down what you think happens next in the story. 

In maths you are going to work out some questions where you must multiply numbers together up to 99 x 99. Use a written method, but think about possible mental strategies supported by jottings when applicable. For example, 99 x 99 could be solved by doing 99 x 100 = 9900, then subtract 1 lot of 99 to get 99 x 99, which would be 9801.

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

For work on the Romans, there is a quiz about Roman soldiers and then a writing frame for you to complete about life for a soldier of the Roman Empire. 

Please scroll down our class page on the school website to find your RE lesson for today, the last on the current topic, ‘Witnesses.

Finally, don’t forget about the weekly Brentwood youth Mass on YouTube at 8pm this evening, if you cannot join with in this evening, try to catch up with it on tomorrow. There is a link to the Mass on our class page.

Have a good day, make sure you get some sunshine, both literally and metaphorically!

M. Price.

RE for Wednesday 20th May

 

RESPOND

Remembering, celebrating and responding to the courage to be a witness

and Pentecost: The Holy Spirit enables people to witness to the Easter message

 

Remember

Start with a moment of quiet reflection.  

 

Is there anything you wonder or have questions about:

 

  • Needing courage to be a witness?
  • Knowing when to speak out?
  • Becoming a witness, myself?

 

Think about:

 

  • Jesus’ appearance to his disciples after his Resurrection.
  • The disciples as the witnesses of the Easter message.
  • The Ascension of Jesus and his promise of the Holy Spirit.
  • Stephen was chosen to spread the Word by his service.
  • Lydia’s conversion and her witness to the Easter Message.
  • Examples of modern witnesses.
  • How we can be witnesses.
  • The witness of a local charity.

 

Rejoice

Plan an end of topic celebration, using the Witnesses Respond Booklet (see below). If you cannot print this out, make your own booklet on paper. Make a seven-day plan of a kind gesture each day.

Respond booklet for today's RE lesson.

Weekly Youth Mass - Celebrating 'LaudatoSi'

Five years ago, Pope Francis wrote “LaudatoSi” - an amazing, challenging and powerful encyclical about the environment, poverty and our stewardship of creation. In the week where we are encouraged to celebrate the fifth anniversary of this letter, we dedicate our Youth Mass to considering what we can do to sustain care for creation once CoronaVirus has passed.

Mass will be live-streamed on Instagram and YouTube at 8pm!

To find out more out this wonderful document and for the Order of Service, visit our website https://bcys.net/events/laudatosi/

Tuesday 19th May

Good morning again,

On Purple Mash today:

In today’s chapter, Conan and his uncle Turi ride over to the Iceni and learn how to make a carnyx, the Celtic war horn that is feared in battle, even by the Romans. After completing the comprehension exercise, now that you have seen Conan react in a range of situations, create a character profile about him. Remember to use evidence from the story to support your opinions. 

In maths you will carry out some work involving the four number operations. 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down the class page on the school website to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet. 

This week, we are going to complete some activities linked to the story and based around the Romans. Today there is a quiz about the three Roman invasions of England and then a writing frame where you must write a newspaper report about the Roman invasion. 

Also, on our class page on the school website there is a new science lesson on separating mixtures. It is unlikely that you will have iron filings at home, but hopefully you will be able to lay your hands on everything else needed for this practical activity.

Remember to spend some time exercising and eating healthy food.

Have a good day,

M. Price

Science for Tuesday 19th May

Monday 18th May

Good morning Kiddy-winkies!

I now will receive an email from Milly saying that she is not a kiddy-winky!

Today on Purple Mash:

You continue to read the novel ‘Horde of Ravens’, the story set in Roman Britain. In today’s chapter, Queen Boudica comes to Conan's village. Conan's father tells him the Romans have betrayed the Iceni, and now their tribe will join the Iceni in a revolt against the Romans.

After reading the story, there is a comprehension exercise to complete.

For extended writing: Conan said that he used to enjoy campfires when chiefs and elders would tell stories from the tribe's past. Write a short story that could be told at a campfire.

In maths, it is time to race against the computer playing a game of 2Race. Today you will be comparing numbers up to 100,000. Remember the more correct answers you give, the quicker the racer will move, and you will win the race. 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down this page to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet. 

It is then time for some coding. In today’s exercise you need to write some code linked to a football match. Remember to use the hint videos if you need some extra support. 

Please scroll down to find your RE lesson for today.

Make sure you get some rigorous exercise today!

Take care, do something nice for someone today, it will make you feel good about yourself. It will also make them feel good – a winner all round!

M. Price.

RE for Monday 18th May

LEARNING FOCUS 6: Ourselves as witnesses.

 

CONTENT

 

Through our Baptism and Confirmation, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and are called to be people who spread the Easter message and to be witnesses in our present world.

 

There are many ways of being a witness – by prayer, our words, our life and kind deeds.  Share this story of Fr. Balashowry, a priest in India.

 

Fr. Balashowry: Providing refuge.

Fr. Balashowry is the director of the Don Bosco Centre for street children in Hyderabad, India.  The centre rescues children from the streets and provides counselling, food, clothing, medicine, education, recreation, and aims at eventually rehabilitating the children to their families.  There are currently over 50 boys at the centre.  Most of them will have been found by the staff, begging at the train and bus station.  Over a third of them are orphans and the rest have run away from broken homes.  Fr. Balashowry offers a loving home for them in which they can feel safe and regain hope for their future.

 

As well as funding the children’s education, the centre has workshops where it provides training in trades like carpentry, tailoring, and engineering.  They also have a bakery where a former resident of the shelter now teaches baking to the children.  These classes all help to furnish the boys with the skills and motivation to find employment in the future.  While the centre aims to rehabilitate children to their families, they are not forced back to their homes.  The boys are encouraged to return to their families and spend some time with them, but they are welcome to return to the shelter and continue their studies.  The boys need the stability and assurance that they will be supported and helped to finish their education.  Fr. Balashowry is there for them until they are ready and able to move on.

 

The staff at the shelter have to be available at all hours of the day.  Sometimes, there might be a knock at the door in the middle of the night, and someone needs to be ready to let the child in and look after them.  The centre is open seven days a week and staff are always available.  Fr. Balashowry and the staff need to provide care and guidance and show the children that they are loved.  When told he was inspirational, Fr. Balashowry humbly responded, “It is God’s work”.

 

You will find that, in your local area, there are many Christians inspired by the Holy Spirit who witness to the love of God by their care for those in need.  They may visit the sick in hospital or at home, provide food and shelter for the homeless like The Mother of Mercy Society in Liverpool.  Sometimes, it is the small things that you do in your life, a kind word, a smile, lending a helping hand and perhaps doing something no one notices that is a real witness to the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

In Paul’s letter to the people living in Ephesus he writes:

 

God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10

 

Discuss the work of a local charity, feeding the homeless, hostels, the Samaritans, the hospice movement, the work of the Salvation Army, charity shops etc.  Note that some groups like the Samaritans are not necessarily explicitly Christian but have a Christian foundation and inspiration and attract a number of Christian volunteers.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. What do you think of Fr. Balashowry and his staff ?
  2. What would you find challenging about his mission?
  3. Why is their work so necessary?
  4. What inspires Fr. Balashowry to think of others first?
  5. How are you a witness in your local area? (Encourage the children to think about the ways in which they show kindness and care for others.)
  6. How does your local chosen charity witness to care for others?
  7. What can you do as a school, class or individual to witness to God’s love?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

Either:  

 

  • Write a profile of a local charity.  Who founded it and why?  What was their inspiration, how do they help people and why do volunteers give their time to help others?  Explain what a difference it makes.

Or:

  • Write a report on how you are a living witness at school with others, at home with family and friends and individually.  Describe your actions and give reasons why you do them.  Say how your actions are shaping your life and others around you.   

Friday 15th May

Good morning again,

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.

Today on Purple Mash:

Read the next chapter of ‘A Horde of Ravens,’ Conan sees a huge army approaching, with thirty or more of the huge war beasts, horsemen and giant war machines. As usual, there is a comprehension exercise for you to complete.

For extended writing, write a playscript for characters in the story. 

In maths you will try to grow your monster in ‘Monster Multiplication.’ How many rewards can you collect today? 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – there is no video for today, instead there are ten ‘Friday Maths Challenge’ questions. You can find the questions, answers and a certificate you can download here:

The most suitable questions for Year 6 are questions 1 to 6, but I suspect many of you will be able to tackle questions 7 to 10, too! Let me know how you get on.

For our activities on the human body, today we are looking at teeth. There is a quiz to complete about teeth and then a writing activity. Look online to find out more information about the different types of teeth. 

You will also find a geography lesson for today below, just scroll down a little.

If you haven’t yet submitted your answers to the whole school challenge on identifying which members of staff are hiding behind each baby photograph, I believe today is your last chance to do so. You may be interested to know that there is a photograph of me amongst them, I bet you can’t work out which one it is! You can find the photos here:

Finally, please keep your eyes open for emails and blogs about any social events that may be happening over the weekend. I am not yet sure how much will be happening but, if possible, I think it would be nice to set a time to watch a film together over the weekend. I am also thinking about running another ‘live’ competition through our blog on Purple Mash.

Have a good day and an even better weekend,

M. Price.

Geography for Friday 15th May

In Geography today, you are going to look at the rivers of the UK.

Task 1 - Complete the worksheet on identifying the rivers of the UK.

                   (Use an atlas or Google Maps to help you)

Task 2 - Choose three of the rivers you have identified and write about them. Research and write about what they are used for, and include any interesting facts about them. Organise your writing with subheadings and write in paragraphs.

 

Milly and Aurelia's pictures of Mary and Israel's Altar in honour of her.

Thursday 14th May

Good morning once again,

I hope you are all well.

Today on Purple Mash, you begin reading a new story, set in Roman times, called ‘Horde of Ravens’. In the opening chapter, Conan and his hound, Bran, are out hunting when they encounter a beast unlike anything they have ever seen before. After answering the comprehension questions, for the extended writing you will write a poem about fear. 

In maths you are going to choose which fraction sentence is correct. If you need any help, there is a fraction wall to look for equivalent fractions.

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down this page to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet. 

For the work on the human body there are two activities to complete. In the first one there is a quiz on the human ear and then a developing tray activity where you need to complete the text about the ear by guessing the letters. 

I would also like you to conduct some research for our local history topic, see below for more details.

I hope, if you haven’t already, you find time to join the Brentwood Diocese weekly youth Mass, it can be found below yesterday’s instructions on our class webpage. This week’s Youth Mass is ‘All About Mary’ as we are in the month of May, and the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is on Wednesday.

Hopefully, the weather is sunny, and you can get outside for some exercise. 

Have a good day,

M. Price.

White Rose worksheet and answers for Thursday 14th May:

History for Thursday 14th May

I would like you to conduct some research into Queen Elizabeth I and Tilbury Fort. When and why did Elizabeth I visit the fort? Use the internet to find out as much as you can and then go to Purple Mash where you will find an app to record all you have found out.

Wednesday 13th May

Good morning everyone,

Today on Purple Mash:

In English you are going to read the final chapter of ‘Buster’s Blitz’ and then complete some activities based around what you have read. In today’s chapter you will read about the historical facts behind the story. For the extended writing, write a review of the story. 

In maths you are going to work out some questions where you have to multiply three-digit numbers by one digit-numbers.

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down this page to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

For more on the human body you need to record how many times you can carry out each exercise in one minute. Record your findings in 2Graph. The exercises you could carry out are – jumping jacks, push ups, abdominal crunches, squats and lunges.

There is then a writing frame to complete on exercise.

Finally, you will find an RE lesson below, please scroll down to see it.

I hope you find time to join the Brentwood Diocese weekly youth Mass (link below), either live at 8pm or sometime tomorrow. You may be interested to note that Father Dominic, who usually celebrates these Masses, can be seen in one of the videos I have asked you to watch as part of today’s RE lesson and is mentioned in the other.

Have a good day,

M. Price.

Weekly Youth Mass - 13th May 2020

All About Mary!
As today is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, we are dedicating this Mass to our Heavenly Mother, reflecting on her messages to us through apparitions and how she is our role model during these unusual times.

RE for Wednesday 13th May

LEARNING FOCUS 5: Modern witnesses to the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

CONTENT

 

Paul, Timothy, Stephen and Lydia were witnesses to the Good News of the Gospel in the early days of the Church.  In today’s world, there are those who, with the power of the Holy Spirit, are prepared to be witnesses to God’s love.

 

Ephesians 2:10                                                                  

In this short passage, Paul is telling us that each of us has been created to live a life of goodness, “...we are what he has made us...” We cannot all do great and extraordinary things, but we can all live our everyday lives in a Christ-like way which has a positive effect on those around us. We can make all the difference to the people around us, and the places in which we live, work and play. This is everyday witness, this is what it means to allow the Spirit of God in to our hearts, this is what it means to recognise the presence of God in everything. Another translation of v10, says, “We are God’s work of art...”. God is proud of us, we are made in the image of God, and therefore we should be witnesses to the love and forgiveness of God. All goodness is a reflection of God, and bears witness to the presence of God in all people.  

 

When Pope Benedict XVI came on a State Visit to the United Kingdom in 2010, outside Westminster Cathedral he met up with representatives of the young people from England and Wales.  A young man, Paschal Uche, was chosen to speak on behalf of the youth.  In the video clips below listen to him speaking at, and about, the Mass to launch 100 days of peace.  Make notes as you listen.

Pascal Uche welcoming Pope Benedict XVI outside Westminster Cathedral 2010

Can you spot a young Father Dominic?

Paschal Uche outside Westminster Cathedral

This is "Paschal Uche outside Westminster Cathedral" by Catholic Church (England/Wales) on Vimeo, speaking about his speech on behalf of young people.

Mrs. Maricho is a witness

Mrs. Maricho is a modern missionary, who grew up in the capital city of the Philippines, Manila.  She had a good job in the city, but she wasn’t completely happy.  She remembered that, as a young girl, she had been part of an organisation called Mission Together, and she remembered its motto of ‘Children helping Children’.  As an adult, she thought about this a lot and decided that she still wanted to help children. So, she gave up her job, trained as a teacher, and moved to an island called Natandol where many of the children needed help.

 

On the island, you will often see children and women around, but not many men.  Some of the men have travelled overseas to work, while others are fishermen and are out at sea during the day.  The island is very green, with lots of trees, so the people can grow some fruit, but not enough for everyone.  There is no electricity or fresh water supply on Natandol.  Men from the island go by boat to the neighbouring island to collect water, and it is then shared around the island by a man on a bike.

 

This is the school on the island where the children have all of their lessons.  Mrs. Maricho is the only teacher and there is only one classroom.  The children attend school in shifts.  Around 600 children go to school here, so they have lessons for about forty at a time.  There are three shifts per day (7.30- 10.30, 11:00-1:00, 2:00-5:00) and each child might only attend one shift per week.

 

A group of missionary Sisters helped Mrs. Maricho to set up the school.  Mrs. Maricho and the children make everything in the school themselves, from their toys to the posters on the classroom walls.  The toys are often made from rubbish the children find on the island.  It might not have many resources, but before Mrs. Maricho came to the island, there was no school at all.  Mrs. Maricho gave up everything she had to help others and is truly an inspirational person.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. Think about the words ‘modern witness’. What do you understand by this?
  2. What impressed you most in what Paschal Uche said?
  3. Why do you think he was chosen to speak?
  4. How do you think he felt speaking in Westminster Cathedral?
  5. What impressed you most about Mrs. Maricho?
  6. How is she a witness?
  7. What would be the most difficult thing Mrs. Maricho would have to cope with?
  8. What difference has her courage and witness made to others?
  9. What do you think gives Mrs Maricho and Paschal Uche their courage?

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY

 

  • Do you know any modern witnesses e.g. family member, parishioner, celebrity? Write a report on their work and what makes them a modern witness.  How are their actions shaping lives?

 

Tuesday 12th May

Good morning Kiddywinkies!

I hope you are all well.

On Purple Mash today

In today’s chapter, amidst the confusion, a visitor arrives with surprising news which leads to unexpected reunions, and new opportunities. After completing the comprehension exercise, use the template to compare Mr Leeming and Joe.

In maths you will carry out some work on prime numbers. Remember a prime number is a number divisible only by one and itself. Can you find all the prime numbers? 

Make sure you go to White Rose for your main maths lesson – watch the video for today and then scroll down to find two PDF files. These files are today’s White Rose worksheet and the accompanying answer sheet.

This week we are going to complete some activities related to the human body. First of all, there is a quiz on the human skeleton which includes labelling bones in the human body and a writing frame to write about the skeleton. Remember when you load the writing frame up there is some background information for you to read to help you with the task. 

If you scroll down you will also find a PDF for today’s science lesson about investigating the hardness of different materials.

Remember to spend some time exercising and eating healthy food. 

Have a good day,

M. Price.

White Rose worksheet and answer sheet for Tuesday 12th May (go to the White Rose website for the corresponding video tutorial)

Science lesson for Tuesday 12th May

Monday 11th May

Good morning everyone,

I hope you had a good weekend. I certainly enjoyed, for the main part, the quiz many of you joined yesterday, so my thanks to those of you who took part and my thanks to the wonderful Mrs Shanley for doing so much to help.

Had this been a normal year, today most of you would be entering school at about eight in the morning for the first of four mornings of special, school provided, SATS breakfasts. Thank the Lord for small mercies in this unusual time. Many of you are more than ready to smash any exam. More importantly, I hope you all are wise enough not to measure a person’s worth based on their performance in exams. 

On Purple Mash today:

Today you continue to read the novel ‘Buster’s Blitz.’ In today’s chapter, Joe is trapped in a strange, dark dream filled with pain and memories. Where is he? And where is Buster?

After reading the story there is a comprehension exercise to complete and for the extended writing imagine you have just woken up from a very strange dream based on one of the photos in the template. Recount the dream in as much detail as possible. 

In maths it is time to battle against the computer playing challenge C of Factoroids. Can you shoot the number with the correct factor? Make sure you protect your ship from the numbers as they travel around the screen.

As always, remember to go to White Rose for your main maths learning. If you are up to date with this, you will need to watch the video for today on the White Rose site as usual, you will then need to download the worksheet and answers from our class webpage.

It is then time for some coding. In today’s exercise you need to write a basic version of the Purple Mash activity 2Go. Remember to use the hint videos if you need some extra support. 

May is the month of Mary, to honour her during this month please make your own altar to her at home. You will find a PDF powerpoint on our class webpage with ideas on how to do this. You may need to paint/draw your own picture of Mary to do this. When you have made your altar, please write a prayer to Mary and place it on your altar. It would be lovely to see some photos of your altars, so if you can, please email me with them.

Remember to set some time aside for PE to ensure you keep fit. This could be a run around the garden, a brisk walk with your mum or dad or watching a keep fit routine on the Internet.

Have a good day,

M. Price.

Science for Thursday 7th May.

Weekly Youth Mass - 6th May 2020

Join us for our Weekly Youth Mass! This week we have teamed up with the Brentwood Catholic Children's Society to focus on our mental wellbeing

Science lesson for Tuesday 5th May:

World War 2 Medley by Curly Cols Karaoke Music Show

As part of our VE Day celebrations at home, we would like you to learn one of the songs from the video as a family. As many of you can join in as you want. Please video these songs and send them in using veday@holycrossprimary.thurrock.sch.uk

VE Day - 70 Years Ago | British Pathé

The people of Britain hear about the surrender of Nazi Germany and celebrate the end of the Second World War on the streets of London. 1159.04, 1155.01, 2143...

V E Day in London - 1945

V E Day began with Mr Churchill's broadcast officially announcing the end of war in Europe. Londoners took to the streets in celebrations which continued for...

VE day activities for the week (I reserve the right to add more), have a look and see what you can do. Certainly cooking some spam recipes would give you a taste of life during the days of World War Two, which many people are comparing the current situation with.

Paintings of the Moon by Milly and Aurelia:

Weekly Youth Mass - 29th April 2020

Join us for our Weekly Youth Mass, live streamed from the Chapel at Walsingham House at Abbotswick. This week's Youth Mass is dedicated to students in Year 6...

Science

In school this week it is 'Space Week.' Mr Price was in school yesterday and the children made rockets powered by jumping on plastic bottles (photos and videos may be posted here later, after Mr P has checked permissions).

 

Below you will find some ideas for making your own rocket, it may take you a few days to gather the materials but please do have a go at one of them.

 

If you can email Mr P videos or photos of your rocket in action, please do so.

 

These documents will show you how to make a rocket powered by air.

Please open this document and have a good read of it. It contains useful information, advice and resources for coping with our current predicament. It is possibly the single most important thing on this page.

A parents' guide to coping with the current situation.

Doctor Who - Jodie Whittaker as The Thirteenth Doctor | Cornavirus Message (2020)

Jodie Whittaker as The Thirteenth Doctor reassures us that during these dark time that things will be ok! 😊 #DoctorWho #BBC #JodieWhittaker

Mr Price says that the doctor is wise, listen to her.

For all content relating to home learning during the school closure, please scroll down to a section titled "Home Learning." 

 

Remember that Mr Price can be emailed at the following address:

year6@holycrossprimary.thurrock.sch.uk

 

Alternatively, he has just set up a blog on Purple Mash - there is a first time for everything and this is Mr Price's first time to set up a blog (he has never blogged begore)!

Welcome to Year 6 - St John the Baptist

 

Welcome to St John the Baptist Class page. We hope you enjoy looking at our class page and it helps you get a flavour of what life is like in St John the Baptist Class.

 

Teachers: Mr Price

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Shanley

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Lowry, Mrs Woods

 

 

 

Saint John the Baptist - Our Class Saint                      Feast Day: June 24th

 

Prayer to Saint John the Baptist

O God, You raised up St. John the Baptist to prepare a perfect people for Christ.  Fill Your people with the joy of possessing His grace, and direct the minds of all the faithful in the way of peace and salvation.

Grant that as St. John was martyred for truth and justice, so we may energetically profess our Faith in You, and lead others to the Way, the Truth, and Eternal Life.

Amen.

 

Who was he?

John the Baptist was the first disciple of Jesus Christ. John  was born of elderly parents, St. Elizabeth and St. Zachariah. They were good, patient, law-abiding people, who had given up hope of ever having a child of their own until the angel’s revelation to Zachariah announced to him that they were to have a son who would be called John (meaning “God is gracious”). This child of theirs was to be the one who would “pave the way” for the Messiah. John was this chosen one who would prepare the people, urging them to repent of their sins, baptizing them, and teaching them the meaning of the Scriptures, in readiness for the coming of the Saviour they had been waiting for so longingly for so many years and who was now at hand. John himself needed preparation for this important mission, and for many years before his public ministry he lived an ascetic life of strict self-discipline, solitude, abstinence and prayer.

 

What were his special qualities?

 

Humility

John the Baptist shows us that the beginning of discipleship is humbly recognising our sinfulness, our helplessness and our absolute need for a Saviour. John says:

I must decrease so He can increase.”

I’m not even worthy to untie the strap of His sandals.”

Lord, it is I who should be baptized by You.”

 

Repentance

Repentance flows from Humility. Before we can turn to Jesus, John knew we had to repent, to “make straight the paths of the Lord”, removing the ‘boulders’ or obstacles in the way.  This means to turn away from sin. We need to eliminate from our lives anything that ‘dominates’ us or leads us away from a virtuous life.

 

Christ-centredness

Christ must be the centre of our lives. John’s entire ministry was to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. John’s words are a lesson for all Christians; we too should point out Christ to others by having a Christ like behaviour, an integrity of life.

 

Integrity of Life

John shows us the power of conviction, principle and honesty. John didn’t waver even when his life was in danger.He never feared the criticism of others when speaking out the truth; nor did he ever waffle or compromise in the face of very real danger. (Bl. Pope John Paul II said we must tell the truth with love. Sometimes this can be a way to really show we love someone!) We should never fear to live our Faith fully and with integrity.

 

High Frequency Words

All children in St John the Baptist Class should already be able to accurately spell all these words by heart:

Year 3 and 4 Spellings

accident

century

experiment

interest

particular

remember

accidentally

certain

extreme

island

peculiar

sentence

actual

circle

famous

knowledge

perhaps

separate

actually

complete

favourite

learn

popular

special

address

consider

February

length

position

straight

answer

continue

forward(s)

library

possess

strange

appear

decide

fruit

material

possession

strength

arrive

describe

grammar

medicine

possible

suppose

believe

different

group

mention

potatoes

surprise

bicycle

difficult

guard

minute

pressure

therefore

breath

disappear

guide

natural

probably

though

breathe

early

heard

naughty

promise

although

build

earth

heart

notice

purpose

thought

busy

eight

height

occasion

quarter

through

business

eighth

history

occasionally

question

various

calendar

enough

imagine

often

recent

weight

caught

exercise

increase

opposite

regular

woman

centre

experience

important

ordinary

reign

women

 

All children in this class need to be able to spell these words accurately by heart:

Year 5 and 6 Spellings

accommodate

communicate

equip

immediately

physical

sincerely

accompany

community

equipped

individual

prejudice

soldier

according

competition

equipment

interfere

privilege

stomach

achieve

conscience

especially

interrupt

profession

sufficient

aggressive

conscious

exaggerate

language

programme

suggest

amateur

controversy

excellent

leisure

pronunciation

symbol

ancient

convenience

existence

lightning

queue

system

apparent

correspond

explanation

marvellous

recognise

temperature

appreciate

criticise

familiar

mischievous

recommend

thorough

attached

curiosity

foreign

muscle

relevant

twelfth

available

definite

forty

necessary

restaurant

variety

average

desperate

frequently

neighbour

rhyme

vegetable

awkward

determined

government

nuisance

rhythm

vehicle

bargain

develop

guarantee

occupy

sacrifice

yacht

bruise

dictionary

harass

occur

secretary

 

category

disastrous

hindrance

opportunity

shoulder

 

cemetery

embarrass

identity

parliament

signature

 

committee

environment

immediate

persuade

sincere

 

 

 

Home Learning

Please find below all the content for home learning.

Physical Education:

P.E. with Joe / Monday 23rd March 2020

Day one of my 9am daily workouts

Mathematics:
Children should visit White Rose home learning daily for their Mathematics, there are video tutorials and accompanying work for the children. 

March 25th - The Same Difference, Y5 & Y6

Daily problem solving and reasoning activities. Today, Gareth challenged children to explore differences using related subtraction facts to help children in Y5 and Y6 to become more fluent in calculation.

English:

There are a number of useful links below. Children should read (or listen to an audio book) on a daily basis. They should also engage in a mixture of writing and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) activities on a daily basis. I would recommend that children explore the resource links provided to work on areas they know that they need to develop.  

 

The diary writing mentioned below is highly recommended. 

 

A lot of the links and resources listed here are resources which should be "dipped into, " rather than worked through in order. For example, with the Literacy Shed, I would recommend that children should pick and choose the videos that interest them on the site and use them to lead into writing.

Having just checked my personal email, I found a message from audible that they are offering hundreds of free audio books for children in the light of the current situation. The link below will take you to their website.

This is an example of some writing by Kaima based on a Literacy Shed video, 'The Robot and the Butterfly' which can be watched below.

The Robot and the Butterfly Animated Movies

This is the film (which can be found on the Literacy Shed) which Kaima based her story on.

A suggested ongoing writing project:

 

Below you can find a YouTube video of Anne Frank's diary. Anne Frank was an ordinary young girl who kept a diary while living through extraordinary times. As I suggested to those children who were in school on Friday, you might want to follow her example by keeping a diary yourselves. 

 

If you do, try to focus on recording things you observe and your thoughts about them. My diary entries for this weekend are as follows:

 

Saturday, 21st March, 2020.

 

Dear Diary,

 

Today, while I waited for my order in the fish and chip shop, I witnessed an elderly lady, with a shock of white hair and all her frail weight rested on a metal walking stick, ask if she could buy a whole chicken.

The man behind the counter looked puzzled; this item was not listed on the menu displayed above the counter. 

The lady, who looked to be at least eighty years of age, explained that her husband had been out all morning, trying to shop for food, but had failed to get anything substantial for their main meal that day.

Kindly, the shop owner agreed to her request and she handed over a ten pound note for the chicken he had quickly retrieved from a refrigerator at the back. 

As I was thinking about how selfish some people are (I have heard that places like Curry's are now running out of freezers as people continue to panic-buy), the lady took her chicken back home. I wonder if they had anything to go with their chicken. I do hope so and I wish that I had had the presence of mind to offer to pay for the old bird's bird. Ten pounds is about twice what a free-range chicken would cost in Lidl or Aldi and the pensioner had not looked like someone who could easily afford such an amount.

 

 

 

Sunday, 22nd March, 2020.

 

Dear Diary,

 

I was on a bus today when a man who looked old enough to say better than he did (more about what exactly he said in a moment) had an argument with the driver. The man had got on the bus and sat down at the front, near to the driver, without paying.

I could not hear exactly what the two men were saying, but it was obvious that the driver was asking the man to pay and I got the impression that the man was saying something about who he was and how that meant he did not have to pay. Eventually, without getting up from his seat, the rude man practically tossed some sort of identification at the driver, saying "I hope you get coronavirus!"

The bus driver kept much calmer than I could have done, examined the identification and appeared satisfied that the man was indeed entitled to travel free of charge. I doubt, though, that he was satisfied with how he had been addressed.

When the bus arrived at my stop, I loudly and cheerfully said, "Thank you driver, and please accept my apologies on behalf of the idiot!" 

As the bus doors closed, I must admit to feeling a certain level of satisfaction that the hand-gesture the lout made at me through the window of the departing bus clearly demonstrated that he had recognised himself as being the idiot.

 

 

If you do decide to keep a diary, and I hope that you do, please email me any entries that you feel are of interest.

 

Anne Frank:The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a book of the writings from the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two...

Religious Education:

This is the planning and scripture notes for the next Religious Education topic the children would have studied in school. As it is the season of Lent this would be a good thing to share with your child. Last year the children baked bread formed in the words 'I am the Bread of Life,' when they reached Learning Focus 2 - a really lovely thing to do while considering what Christ meant by those words.

Two resources sent to the school by Mrs Shepherd. A prayer book for children and a booklet for a prayer service for when you cannot get to Mass. This short prayer pattern follows the shape of the mass and allows you to participate in a homely prayer. It invites Jesus into your home and into your lives for the coming week. It is designed for families and couples, but it can also be used by individuals who have had to selfisolate and anyone who cannot be at Sunday Eucharist.

Science:

Open this PDF for your first home-school science lesson on water resistance. Please try to complete this during the week beginning 30th March. If you can send me pictures of your completed work, please do.

Art:

#WeWillDraw initiative inspiring kids around the world

A Cork artist's online art initiative which started as a response to the coronavirus shutdown has become a social media hit. Will Sliney, who has drawn Spide...

We Will Draw Special Edition Live Class

A live drawing class featuring Ray D'Arcy, Don Conroy, Will Sliney and many surprise guests!

This afternoon (Monday 23rd March), the upper key stage 2 children will be drawing old shoes in as much detail as possible, using shading to make the shoes look as realistic as possible. If you are at home, you could have a go at doing the same. If you can email photos of your drawings to Mr Price, they might finish up on the school website. There are some examples, taken from the internet, below.

Drawings we did in school...

Life in Saint John the Baptist Class.

 

One of the reasons we are fortunate to be a part of Holy Cross - the beautiful mornings in the school grounds...

One of Holy Cross' foxes out on the field at the end of the day.

For Roald Dahl week we looked at how the author described his villainous characters. We then looked at 'The Child Catcher,' a character he created for the film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' and wrote our own descriptions of this character.

School Journey 2019 - we arrived early, with forty-five minutes to spare so we took a stroll down to the beach...

School Journey 2019 - Mr Price's group on their first activity: fencing!

School Journey 2019, day two.

More from School Journey 2019:

To the parents of children in Saint John the Baptist class who went on the school journey, they have all done you proud this past week. They truly have. I hope that you will all ensure that they spend the weekend 'chilling' - I am probably showing my age by using that term, I expect to be told on Monday that it is 'soo out of date!' 

 

I will not pretend that everything has been perfect at all times - there would be no point in undertaking an adventure like this if it had; learning to grow as a person comes from our imperfections. I have seen signs of doing just that in all your children. Again, you should be proud, very proud.

 

I hope that you will accept my apologies if your son or daughter has not yet featured in the photos above; not all the consent forms came through 'the system' in time. This is in spite of the fact that Mrs Strange took boxes of forms (from all classes in the school) home last weekend in order to process them, she deserves praise for that - above and beyond the call!

 

I will endeavour to update this page with photos of as many children as possible once I have seen the updated list.

 

To those that stayed behind... we missed you. However, you have done a fantastic job on the solar system display and I believe you have much more to tell me about your week.

 

 

A rainbow over the school playground yesterday...

Aurelia produced a beautiful cartoon for her work on our 'Loving' RE topic:

On the last Friday of the first half term, we made a gravity-well simulator. It was fun while it lasted, but masking tape is not as strong as one might wish! Check out the video link below to see what could have been!

Advent has begun - today we made a wreath of holly and ivy collected from the school grounds.

Viking Longships and some Viking Jewellery (made at home with the help of many parents, no doubt!)

There was a beautiful sky to be seen over the school grounds this morning...

Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Science: Investigating Levers

We have been designing Maya masks this week.

We also learned about Maya gods and invented some of our own.

Science: using force meters to investigate the relationship between weight and mass.

We have been working on instructional writing this week and looking at recipes...

This should interest any budding astronomers: that star above the school is, in fact, the planet Venus. It shows up better if you click on the photo. In real-life, so to speak, it is much more obvious, a photograph does not actually do it full justice.

Science - making parachutes with different sized canopies so we can investigate whether the size of the canopy has an effect on how quickly the parachutes fall.

We had a delivery of masks which we are going to build up with paper mache to make our own Maya masks. However, as should have been expected, the children were far more interested in donning their masks first. Thank goodness this was in broad daylight!

Finally they settled to working on their masks...

Some of our finished Maya masks:

Our Lenten candle, wrapped in barbed wire, represents Jesus' suffering on the cross.

During World Book Day the children in Year 6 shared some books with those in Year 2...

Indian Dance Workshop...

For those of you who were not in school today, we started a new maths topic, you can view the resources here and use them to continue your maths learning while not in school. I will try to update this daily.

This word document contains a new 'Fluent in Five' sheet and the second White Rose lesson on ratio.

If you have a limited number of books at home for your children, are you aware that you can find many audio books for free on You Tube? Reading is not just about processing printed text, it is also - and one could easily argue this point - about opening minds to the world of ideas. Listening to a book being read aloud by someone can serve to be a luxurious thing, it is one of my great pleasures. I will try to provide a few links below to help with this, but will probably leave doing that until tomorrow (or the weekend) as I have yet to get my supper and it will soon be time for me to go to bed! Keep well, all of you. 

Happy Mothering Sunday.

The children spent their last day in school, for the time being, making Mothering Sunday cards.

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