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Religious Education at Our Lady Queen of Peace

Come and See Curriculum

 

'Come and See' is a Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme for Primary Schools.

 

This easy to use teacher-friendly material has been written by a group of experienced diocesan advisors.

 

It follows on from successful trialling in schools in England and Wales and is based on the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the revised RE Curriculum Directory and includes the Catholic attainment levels.

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in life. God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response of faith. (cf. CCC26) This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through; Explore, Reveal and Respond.

 

 

 

Catholic Life & Mission at Our Lady Queen of Peace


 

 

Follow us on Facebook to see all the wonderful work we do to fulfil our catholic life and mission. 

 

At Our Lady Queen of Peace, we are working towards becoming a 'Live Simply' school. This means living simply, sustainably and in solidarity following the guidance of Fratelli Tutti and Laudato Si. Below you will find lots of information about Live simply and how as a school we are living our Catholic life and mission. 

Sovini- Looking after our common home

Year 6 had another fantastic afternoon with the Elevate and Sovini team! Today we learnt all about the importance of recycling and helping out in our community. We sorted different materials into recyclable and non recyclable waste. Then we were given the task to make a model of a Sovini truck using the materials we were given. We also had a surprise visit from a Sovini skip truck and we were able to explore the truck and throw our waste into the skip.

Caring For Others Retreat


Year 6 had a wonderful time at their retreat today which was centred around ‘caring for others’. We enjoyed taking part in lots of activities centred around kindness and showing care towards one another. A big thank you to Father Simon and the Animate team.

Harvest Festival

 

 

Year 1 and 2 had a wonderful time performing in our Harvest Festival assembly with our Foundation Stage children.

Thank you for all of the wonderful donations that have already been collected and are greatly appreciated by Netherton Community Grocery.

 

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World Food Day

 

Nursery and Reception talked about the importance of water in our every day lives and how it is needed for the production of the food we eat every day. We created a Harvest basket to donate to our local food bank. 
‘Water is life, water is food’. 

This week year 5 celebrated World Food Day. We discussed the importance of water in our world and the small changes that can make a big difference.

Water is food, water is life

To celebrate World Food Day, Year 6 took part in the poster competition to share how we can work together to save water, following the theme of ‘Water is Food, Water is Life’.

This week in Year 4 we celebrated World Food Day.

We discussed the importance of water in our everyday lives and how this is not always readily available for people around the world. Before finishing making World Food Day Posters.

‘Water is life, water is food’

This week in Year 1 we celebrated World Food Day.

We discussed the importance of water in our everyday lives and how it helps in the production of the food we eat every day

‘Water is life, water is food’

For World Food Day year 3 discussed the importance of water, how water is life, water is food and how we do not leave anyone behind. We linked this to the scripture of Jesus feeding the 5000. Water should not be taken for granted.

Today in year 3, we each wrote a nice message about our friends and then read them to each other. How lovely it was to share God's love with each other!

Year 1 had a lovely time with CAFOD, we listened to the stories of Sid the Sheep🐑who reminds us that we should all have a say in things that will affect us and Shristi the Sun Bear 🐻who helps us to remember that we are all brothers and sisters.
We can’t wait to learn more about the other animals!🦒🐧

Today year 3 reflected upon the meaning and purpose related to the experience of ‘Homes’. We celebrated with treats and a prayer, then we joined year 5 and rejoiced as we sang and danced to celebrate the end of our topic.

Today year 3 joined with year 4 and celebrated Diwali, we made Rangolis, painted our Diyas and made paper lanterns. Two of our children told us all about their celebrations at home with their families, it was so lovely to hear how they celebrated too.

CAFOD Big Lent Walk

As a school we have signed up to the BIG Lent Walk to raise money for CAFOD to tackle poverty. We will walk a total of 200Km over the 40 days of Lent to hopefully raise a total of £200 from children and staff.

The children will be participating in ‘mile a day’ with their classes which will mean each class walks at least 1.6Km daily.

Donations can be given to the office, sponsor forms are also available from the office or the following link can be used to access our online donation page. https://cafod.enthuse.com/pf/olqp

Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

We had a lovely visit from @CAFODSchools today who came to tell us all about the charity and how we can make a difference as we start our Big Lent Walk.

 

Today we had a special visit from Father. We all received our ashes to signal the star of Lent.

 ' For you are dust, and to dust you shall return. '
Genesis 3:19

 

 

We had a special visit today from Mr Coakley from Liverpool Archdiocese. A big well done to our school council representatives who took Mr Coakley on a tour of our school, during his visit. They were very proud to show him our lovely school and for him to see all the hard work going on in all the classes. 

 

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”
Isaiah 54:13

 

Giving back to our Community

This afternoon Year 6 served pensioners from our local community afternoon tea. They enjoyed chatting to them over a slice of cake and cup of tea. During the afternoon our visitors helped us draw the winning tickets in our Christmas raffle. Thanks to those who came and Halle's Hub for helping to organise.

We’re looking forward to next year all ready.

Carol Singing

In order to spread Christmas cheer and raise money for charity, the children went out singing our favourite carols and hymns to the local community. Our carols (Little Donkey, It was on a starry night, away in a manger) spread the good news of the coming of Jesus. 

 

 

St Nicholas Day 

6.12.22

  

Today we studied the life of St Nicholas and the traditions people follow around the world.

We learnt that Nicholas was born in Lycia, Asia Minor, in about 270AD  and

died on 6th December 340A which is why we celebrate today. Nicholas became a priest at the age of 17.

He came from a wealthy family and recognised there were people less fortunate than himself. He cared for others and gave away his wealth to those in need.Traditionally children across Europe leave shoes outside for St Nicholas to deliver presents such as chocolate coins and leave them in their shoes.After his death Nicholas’ good works led to him becoming a Saint and people celebrated his feast day by giving presents. 

To celebrate St Nicholas' feast day some children went along to St Nicholas care home in our local community to spend time singing and chatting to the residents there. It was a fantastic morning enjoyed by all. 

To celebrate St Nicholas' Feast Day, year 6 learnt all about why St Nicholas is a patron saint and all of the good deeds he did for people. We made freeze frames to represent some of the amazing miracles St Nicholas performed.

Nursery and Reception enjoyed celebrating Saint Nicholas’ day. The children received a visit from Saint Nicholas during the morning! There were footprints on the floor and all of the children’s shoes were lined up with treats inside! We also made a hand print decoration of Saint Nicolas to take home and share with family members.  The children were very excited to learn about Saint Nicholas and all the joy it brings. 

The nativity of Our Lady
To celebrate the feast day of Our Lady Queen of Peace, year 6 put together a whole school assembly which reminded us of how we can follow in her footsteps and spread peace around our school and to our community. We are all very proud that our school bears her name!

Daily Prayer and Liturgy at Our Lady Queen of Peace

 

Nursery and Reception

11/10/23 EQUALITY- The Workers in the Vineyard 

God sees us all as his children. He wants us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Let us treat everyone we meet with kindness and respect. We are all equal, no one is better or deserves more than the next person. Children placed their handprints in a circle to represent how God loves us all the same and his love for us will never end. They placed their photograph into onto a large heart template to represent how God loves us all equally.  

27/09/23 WISDOM- The Wise and Foolish Builders

Children thought about how it can sometimes be difficult when we have a decision to make. We must try hard to remember to follow God’s word and take time so we make a wise and good decision. If we follow God’s word and make good choices, we are like the wise man who built his house on rock.  We created a ‘wall of wisdom’ to symbolise how when we walk together with God we are strong. 

19/09/23 HOPE Noah’s Ark

Today talked about how Noah and his family put their hope in God: they built an ark ready for when the flood came.  God placed a rainbow in the sky as a symbol of his promise to never again send a flood like the one Noah survived in the Ark. Today the rainbow is a symbol of hope for us, a reminder that God keeps his promises. He will always be there to help and guide us, we just need to have hope and believe.
 
Children made a dove and rainbow decoration to take home to share the scripture with family members. 

Today year 3 reflected upon the meaning and purpose related to the experience of ‘Homes’. We celebrated with treats and a prayer, then we joined year 5 and rejoiced as we sang and danced to celebrate the end of our topic.

On Friday 8th September, year 3 gathered for the Hail Mary prayer for Our Lady's Birthday.

 

This week ( WB:16.1.23) our Prayer and Liturgy focus has been friendship. Today Year 5 (19.1.23) we gathered and listened to 'Ecclesiastes 4:9-10' which told us  that 'two are better than one' and the importance of having someone there to support and help when you fall down. We listened to the song 'count on me' and reflected on why it is important to look after our friends. Children took a plaster as their go forth to remind them that friends are there to help them heal. 

 

 

Year 5  gathered for our prayer and liturgy today (10.1.23) where we listened to the scripture (Mark 1: 10-11) about how the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus after his baptism by John the Baptist. As a class we took time to reflect on how we as children of God can make good choices and a fresh start to the year in order to spread the good news and values of the Lord. 

 

 

Thanks to Mrs Davies who led staff in our Daily Prayer and Liturgy at the beginning of this evening’s staff meeting, the first of the new year. A lovely, peaceful and reflective time at the end of a busy day. We can see why it’s Foundation classes favourite time of the day.

 

In the lead up to Christmas, Year 6 enjoyed daily prayer and liturgy celebrating the weeks of Advent. Each week they lit the candle and listenend to the Gospel. They reflected on the meaning of the candle and it's importanc in the preperation for the coming of our Lord. 

11/01/23 Nursery and Reception listened to John 8:12

 

 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 

We talked about times when we are in ‘darkness’. We sat in darkness then lit a candle.
The candle helps you see where you are going. The world is sort of like being in the dark. Sometimes it's hard to see the right way to go. When you try to walk in the dark, you bump into things. The same thing is true if you try to walk without Jesus. Jesus shows us the right way to go. He is the light that we should follow.
How can we show God's love and shine bright?

 

Children made a suncatcher cross to hang in their window at home. We also made some for our classroom windows. Every time the sun beams through it, we will remember that Jesus is the Light of the World.

 

 

Peace

 

John’s Gospel 14:27

 

Jesus said. ‘Peace I give you. My own peace I leave you. A peace no one else can offer. Don’t let your heart be troubled or afraid. My gift to you is peace’.

 

Nursery and Reception listened to John’s Gospel. We talked about how the dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. When Christ was baptised by John the Baptist, a dove descended on him, according Matthew 3.16 and Mark 1.10. The dove is sometimes depicted with an olive branch in its mouth as a symbol of peace. We looked at our school emblem and found the dove with an olive branch. We talked about how we can share Jesus’ peace in our day to day lives. We discussed how a smile brings peace and linked this to a quote from Mother Teresa ‘Every time you smile at someone it is an action of love, a gift to a person, a beautiful thing.

 

PEACE BEGINS WITH A SMILE

 

Children passed a ‘smile’ around the circle. We created a finger print dove picture as a promise to work together to bring peace in our day to day lives. 
 

 

Today we listened to Genesis 7:1 Noah’s Arc. The rainbow represents God’s caring nature and the love and care he has for the world he made. Peace is all about being kind and loving to one another. Always remember that we can ask the Holy Spirit to give us peace when we are finding it difficult. Being peaceful is about your relationship with God, other people and yourself. Children made a Dove and Rainbow decoration to take home and share the story of Noah’s Arc with family members. 🌈🕊

This week in our Daily Prayer and Liturgy sessions, Year 6 have been exploring the theme of ’Friendship’. Today we gathered and listened to John 15: 12-13 which told us that ‘friends love each other the same way Jesus loves us’. We talked about how we can show love, patience, compassion and kindness to our friends and the impact this has on others.

19/01/23 Friendship

Nursery and Reception have been talking about friendship during our Daily Prayer and Liturgy sessions. We have been learning how Jesus and his friends shared the Good News of God’s love with everyone. They worked, ate, shared experiences and rested together. Children shared what they do with their friends and drew pictures of them in love heart templates whilst listening to the song ‘You’ve got a Friend in me’. We talked about how to mend a friendship when things don’t always work out. We discussed how we can change and say sorry and forgive each other. Children took turns to say kind words to their friends and make friendship bracelets to share with each other and family members.

This week in our Daily Prayer and Liturgy sessions, year 6 have been focussing on the theme of ‘Light’. We talked about how Jesus is the light of our world and discussed ways in which we could follow in his footsteps and spread our own light around school and to the community. 

Remembrance Day

During collective worship, Nursery and Reception talked about the significance of Poppy flowers. We looked at the CBeebies  remembrance film- A beautiful and evocative animation that sees war as experienced by animals in a WWI battlefield. Children then drew their own Poppy and placed it on green material next to the crucifix. We prayed for all the soldiers who have fought in the wars and families affected by war. 

Nursery and Reception performed songs and poems for our Harvest Assembly with family members. We had a wonderful celebration and each class got to show their fantastic Scarecrow creations which were themed to show class topics. 

 

Harvest Assembly

Remembrance and Courage Prayer

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Sharing Sunday's Gospel With Parents & Families

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