Our Values 2020-2021
Rockcliffe CE School provides a nurturing environment that inspires and challenges our whole school family. This is built on our core values of love, trust, tolerance, respect andforgiveness which together help us to create a sense of true community.
We change our Value focus every half term. Children develop their knowledge and understanding through Acts of Collective Worship and Class Reflection. Our School Value Books can be found in the entrance hall.
When we returned to school in September, we took some time to reflect on the events of lockdown.
Each class thought about the key Christian Values that related to their time in Lockdown and we created new hall displays to show how much we valued the time ; we looked for the positives that we could take from it.
Our Foundation classes focused on the beautiful rainbow of HOPE.
Class 3 children thought about what and who they were thankful for during Lockdown.
Thank you for all these blessings that I take for granted on a daily basis. ...
Thank you for all the lessons, especially the hard ones. ...
Children discussed the times that they found hard- times when they couldn't see family and friends but they found happiness and support in their home. They were grateful for extra quality time with those who live in their house; they had zoom so they could talk to and see those that they missed; they had food, drink and shelter; and they found activities to keep them busy on long days. The children made a huge list of everythiing they were thankful for during lockdown and we are very proud of their positive outlook.
Autumn 1 2020 - Generosity
God's generosity is best described as 'grace', love given freely without limit or conditions. This generosity, once experienced and acknowledged by an individual, can in turn release a generous spirit towards others.
Children looked back on the 'Give a Day' Project ' to think about how it made them and others feel.
Our Bible Timeline is now up in the school hall.
Have you filled a bucket?
Class 3 children thought about what we could be generous with in our daily lives. We aspire to be a class of bucket- fillers.
Thank You Prayers
Year 1 and 2 children wrote their own Thank You Prayers after a Harvest Collective Act of Worship.
They thought about the Christian story of Creation and how God oversees the Harvest; we said thank you for our wonderful earth.
Autumn 2 - Service
Children in Year 1 started to think about all the things they do to help others. They have access to the reflection tags each day to add further comments. We discussed how it makes them feel when they help others: happy, good, fuzzy, butterflies and proud were all mentioned.
Children made poppies to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives. We thought about the Christian value of Service and how they made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Children also made some purple poppies to remember the animal sacrifices. We had some quiet reflection time to think about how we can serve others.
Reverse Advent Calendar 2020
Thanks to your generosity for our reverse Advent Calendar, some very large and heavy boxes of food have been delivered to the Holy Trinity food bank. The staff there are immensely grateful to you all. Your donations will enable others to enjoy their Christmas. #BelieveAndAchieve
Spring 1 2021
This half term, we will be focusing on RESPECT.
We value and respect everyone’s beliefs and opinions. We enable our children to get to know people from different religious and cultural backgrounds. Our worship and RE lessons teach about other religions, the parallels to the Christian faith and encourage the children to reflect on their own developing Christian outlook on life. We believe that God’s love is so great it encompasses the whole world and all God’s children (John 14: 2)
It's a New Year 2021! Who will guide and support you this year? Here are some of our ideas from home learning.
As part of our Worship, we watched 'That thing called RESPECT' Children created their own symbols of respect and explained the message behind the video. We were very proud of Year 1 responses.
Treat others as you want to be treated
Help someone if they need you.
The Good Samaritan- The Golden Rule WC. 01.02.21
The Good Samaritan - Holy Tales Bible Stories - Parables of Jesus Christ - YouTube
You can either watch a video of the story or read the Parable in your Bible.
What do you think?’ Jesus asked. ‘Which of the three was a neighbour to the man attacked by robbers?’ ‘The one who treated him kindly,’ the man replied.
Jesus said, ‘Go and do the same.’ Based on Luke Chapter 10, verses 30-33
For reflection, write who your 'neighbour' is and why you love and respect them.
You can add your reflections to Seesaw or leave them for Mrs Batey in school.
This piece of reflection from a year 1 child shows how we 'treat others as we wish to be treated'
"Love your neighbours as youself" Mark 12:31
WC 08.02.21 Reflection- RESPECT
How can we show RESPECT to others? Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25K_oWOvbxQ Jesus wants us to show respect for everyone.
Optional Activity- You will need bubble mixture and a bubble mixture wand.
Blow bubbles - Our visitors are little, fragile bubbles! Try to catch as many bubbles as you can, and hold them gently in your hands.
Just as we had to be careful with fragile little bubbles, we have to be careful with people’s feelings. A gentle touch and a kind word go a long way!
Reflection- Draw a heart outline. In your heart, write a short prayer/ few words for RESPECT.
These words begin each line:
Thank you for...
Please help me to...
Here is my example:
Thank you for showing me the true meaning of respect
Sorry that there are people who disrespect our world and your creation
Please help us to show respect to everyone we meet today
Spring 2 2021
This half term, we will be focusing on WISDOM.
A Christian Perspective on Wisdom:
Christians believe that true wisdom comes from God. As a believer grows in faith, so wisdom will increase. In the Bible, wisdom is seen both as a gift from God and a characteristic of God. In his parables, Jesus taught that placing trust in God and recognising what is of value in life brings fulfilment.
Wisdom is different from just being clever. Often wise people have lots of experience and can give good advice to help us make difficult decisions.
Some people pray because they believe that God can help them to live their lives wisely.
Talk together about:
• Making wise choices
• The consequences of our words and actions
• Learning wisdom from others – including children from parents and parents from children
• Learning from our mistakes and becoming wiser through them
We will start the half term by thinking about the Bible stories that we are already familiar with.
- Which Bible stories are you most familiar with?
- Do they help us to think about how to live? How?
-Who helps us to make wise choices?
-How do they help us? Here are some examples from our children -
1st March- St David's Day
Today is St David's Day! St David is the patron saint of Wales and he is celebrated on the 1st March.
To mark the day, Welsh people around the world wear one or both of Wales's national emblems - a daffodil and a leek. Special concerts and parades are also held in St David's honour.
Patron Saints are chosen to be special protectors or guardians over all areas of life.
England, Ireland and Scotland also have their own patron saint, to whom they dedicate a day.
Who was St David?
St David - or Dewi Sant in Welsh - was born on the south-west coast of Wales, near to where the city of St Davids is today There are many stories about miracles happening around St David.
His words live on
His last words to his followers before his death are thought to have been: "Be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do." The phrase gwenwch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd - 'Do the little things in life' - is still a well-known phrase in Wales.
The Emperor's New Clothes - Asking Wise Questions (8th March 2021)
You can find a video of the story on Youtube or there is a copy below:
The King’s new clothes
The King loved new clothes. He wore them very proudly – and he wore only the best!
One day, two men pretending to be tailors called at his palace. Actually, they wanted to cheat the King. ‘Your Majesty’, they declared, bowing low. ‘We make clothes with the very best of cloth. It’s so light and fine that it appears invisible! In our experience’, the men continued, handling the ‘cloth’, ‘some people are so stupid that they can’t see it!’
‘Of course! Quite right’, said the King, who struggled to see anything, but didn’t want to appear stupid. ‘What marvellous colours! How exciting! Would I like a suit making? Yes! Start straight away.’ He paid the men a large sum of money and gave them a room in which to begin work.
The next day, the King asked his Prime Minister to go and see how the suit was coming on. ‘The cloth is very special,’ he explained, ‘only wise people can see it.’
The Prime Minister watched the ‘tailors’ moving scissors through the air and busily using needles. He couldn’t see anything, but he said nothing. He didn’t want to appear stupid! The Prime Minister returned and told the King that his new suit was looking . . .like no other suit he’d ever seen.
Finally, the new suit was ready. The tailors helped the King to try it on, brushed it down and remarked that it fitted really well. Indeed, they felt it was so light the King would hardly know he’d got it on. ‘Indeed’, agreed the King. He still couldn’t see the suit, but didn’t want to appear foolish. ‘Will you wear it at tomorrow’s parade?’ the tailors asked. ‘Certainly!’ the King replied.
News of the King’s new clothes quickly spread. People told one another, ‘Only wise and clever people can see this suit. If you can’t, you’re stupid!’
So it was that the King paraded in front of a great crowd. The people all thought it incredible that the King was only in his vest and boxer shorts, but no one said anything. No one wanted to look stupid!
Then a young child asked loudly, ‘Why is the King in his vest and boxer shorts?’ Gradually others began to say, ‘That’s a good question. Why is the King in his vest and boxer shorts?’ Soon the message was being whispered from one person to another, ‘The King’s not got dressed!’
The King’s face turned very red. He realized the truth, but would he ever admit that he wasn’t wearing the finest of suits? After all, he didn’t want to appear stupid!
What does the story tell us about asking questions?’
Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
To l.earn why Muslims pray five times a day. To focus on prayer and reflection.
Filled with hope and wisdom, the Prophet Mohammad began to spread the word of Allah. Muslims began to pray 5 times a day as Allah said they must.
Why is it important for Muslims to pray five times each day?
WC 15th March 2021
The wise man built his house upon a rock
What do you believe to be good foundations in your lives?
Jesus is our Rock! He is the firm foundation that we can build our lives upon. And if we obey Jesus, and everything He tells us in his word, the Bible, we have the assurance that no matter what flood beats upon us, no matter how fierce the storms of this life may get we will never fall, we will never be moved
17th March St Patrick's Day
We looked at the importance of St Patrick's Day (the Patron Saint of Ireland)
Children had the opportunity to think about what they are grateful for in their lives.
They wrote these aspects on a four-leaf clover which says 'I am lucky...'
Summer 1 - RESPONSIBILITY
Responsibility is about being kind and caring to each other in our actions and words. It is also about using our talents for the good of others not just for ourselves. Sometimes this might involve making sacrifices and hard work. Over this half term, we will be covering stories including 'The Parable of the Talents' and 'The Story of Zaccheaus' . We will also be recognising key events such as 'Earth Day', 'St George's Day', 'African Heritage Day' and 'International Nurses' Day',