A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 31st March 2017

With the forthcoming holidays, the religious significance of Easter in the Christian faith has been part of children’s RE learning this week. In Reception, the children have been hearing the story of Easter and acting out the story. When I saw them they had been learning about the story behind Palm Sunday and they used role play to act out this part of the Easter story, including holding up the palm leaves that they had made and enthusiastically acting out their parts. Year 6 visited the Colchester Baptist Church to learn more about the significance of Easter. It was positive to have received feedback from the volunteers at the Baptist Church, about how well-behaved the children were.  Years 4 and 5 have enjoyed learning about Judaism and have been fortunate to have had their learning enhanced by the help of the Colchester Synagogue this week. Year 5 visited the Synagogue this week, and Year 4 had a visitor come into school to teach them about the Seder Meal and the significance of Passover in the Jewish faith.

This week has been full of different activities. Year 1’s well-prepared class assembly, on the theme of poetry and books, was absolutely wonderful – the children were enthusiastic, confident and had loud and clear voices. Reception children had a fantastic time out on their “Muddy Boots” Forest Schools trip on Tuesday, whilst years 3, 4, 5 and 6 had a super time at Go Bananas for their games lessons this week. Finally, Year 1 had a day out at Colchester Castle this week.

The CHSA have added some Easter related activities to the week, with a day of fun activities for the children and some lovely chocolate gifts for sale and prizes to be won, which were all greatly appreciated by the children across the whole Lower School.

The children have all worked hard this term and will be ready for their break, as I am sure all of you are too.

I hope that you all have time to relax over the holiday period and enjoy time with your families.