Reception Remembrance

We remembered those who have died in the wars. They gave their lives fighting for everything we have inherited and we sometimes take for granted the sacrifice they made. “Lest we forget”

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Fireworks!

Reception Class investigated the origins of Bonfire Night. We found out that King James I ordered bonfires to be lit on November 5th to symbolise the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Guido Fawkes and fellow conspirators. We made our own fireworks!

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El Dia De Los Muertos

The RE challenge for the October half term was to find out about the Catholic tradition of El Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico. It is a time to remember and honour the dead. In Mexico this involves attending Holy Mass and visiting the graves of loved ones. The children of Our Lady’s and their families responded in the usual amazing way. Children from all classes brought in a range of things – information, pictures, sugar skulls, a Lego model of those who have died. Once again, it really is great to see families working together to produce such fantastic work. Estupendo!

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Reception Class made Marigolds the traditional flowers used in Mexico to decorate altars and graves.

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Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe

Deacon Alan told us about Our Lady of Guadalupe and that he had seen the  nearly 500 year old tilma of Juan Diego bearing the miracle image of Our Lady. We decided to make our own images of Our Lady. We discussed the colours of Her clothes and that She appeared as a beautiful Mexican Indian lady. We saw that these colours are on the flag of Mexico and there is an eagle there too killing a snake. Saint Juan Diego was called the ‘talking eagle’ and his part in the apparition squashed the belief in the serpent god of the Aztecs. This apparition helped the Mexican Indians and the Spanish to live alongside each other in peace.

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DSC02602We made the Castilian roses that Juan Diego collected on top of Tepeyac Hill even though it was winter.

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Special Friends

Reception and Year 6 have been getting to know each other. They have walked to Church together for Holy Mass and also played together. It was very enjoyable to watch the different relationships develop so quickly.

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Year 6 and Reception enjoyed their Special Friends Assembly as did their proud parents!

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