An illustration by Jesus about what love for others looks like with an instruction to 'be like' the Samaritan
Ruth 1.1 - 4.22
The story of Ruth
Ruth showed great strength of character in supporting her aged mother-in-law: leaving her own people; making the promise 'your people will be my people and your God will be my God' and then working as a gleaner in the fields to ensure they both survived. She was 'rewarded' by marriage, a family, and being an ancestor of Jesus.
Solomon asks God for Wisdom
Solomon asked for wisdom and not riches and honour - because he did not ask for them he is given riches and honour as well as wisdom.
The Angel brought a 'true' message to Mary - the events promised came to pass. A deeper 'truth' is announced - The Son of God coming into the world [who was the 'Way the Truth and the Life' John 14] Mary believed in this truth and lived her life accordingly
In Forest School this week, children in Year 5 and 6 chose to re-create the school’s 4 new values on the Forest floor. They recalled the 4 values – Love, Strength, Wisdom and Truth – and created designs using the symbols we associate with them.
It was great to see the children engaging with the new school values in such a creative way!
Achievement for all, Learning together, Learning for life, Under God's Rule
On Friday 2nd October, Miss Lewis met with each class bubble to talk to the children about the new school vision and values. We used the quotes from the Bible to help us understand each value and talked about what these would look like in practice in our daily lives. We tried to think about how the vision and values could be used to create our new school rules and had a go at creating actions to help us to remember them.
Here are some of the things the children had to say:
Sophie Y2 ‘the vision of school tells us how we should behave’
Catherine Y4 ‘being part of a team’
Myla Y3 ‘being kind and respectful’
Orlaith Y4 ‘showing respect for all’
Lily Y2 ‘caring for and helping other people’
Scarlett Y2 ‘helping people if they are hurt’
Emily YR ‘Sharing with my friends’
Ezra YR ‘I give hugs to people I love’
Lotte Y6 ‘always showing respect’
Jess Y5 ‘love yourself’
Jack Y5 ‘having caring friendships’
Paige, Nursery: 'I say Daddy I love you'
Jack, Nursery: 'I like to play with my best friend really much'
Jake Y4 ‘being brave and standing up to people’
Sara Y4 ‘using our 6Bs’
Sophie Y3 ‘trying our hardest at all times’
Delilah Y2 ‘being confident’
Matilda Y1 ‘being brave’
Jacob Y1 ‘never give up’
Koko YR ‘thinking lots’
India Y5 ‘believing in yourself’
Darcy Y6 ‘be the best that you can be’
Samuel Y4 ‘Making good choices’
Hugo Y4 ‘wise friends help each other’
Grace Y2 ‘You are clever’
Matilda Y1 ‘learning new things’
Louis YR ‘my granny is wise – she helps people’
Emily YR ‘I am wise at playing’
Koko YR ‘I am clever at thinking’
Alfie Y6 ‘having faith in your abilities’
Abbie Y6 ‘setting yourself targets and goals’
Leo, Nursery: 'I use my brain to be clever'
Riley, Nursery: 'I’m clever at playing'
Leo, Nursery: 'I’m clever at doing the harvest festival'
Max Y3 ‘Not telling lies
Jake Y4 ‘Honesty’
Orlaith Y4 ‘not holding on to secrets’
Oliver Y1 ‘don’t tell lies’
Sophie Y2 ‘telling people what you think’
Koko YR ‘not being a liar’
Freya Y5 ‘being true to yourself’
Jess Y5 ‘treating others as you would like to be treated’
Paige, Nursery: 'mums and dads will be happy if we tell the truth'
We look forward to using some stories from the Bible to help us to explore the vision and values further later in the term.
September 2020: We are currently renewing and revising our school vision and the values that lead and support policy and ethos within the school.
On 12th September 2020, our school Ethos Committee met to discuss the vision and values and how we can ensure they are clear, succinct and fully endorse the ethos of East Hoathly school. Our Ethos Committee consist of Miss Lewis (Head of School), Mrs Healy (RE Lead and Assistant Head), Reverend Phil, Lindsay Wiggens (Governor), Jan Gough (Governor and experienced SIAMs inspector), Mandy Watson (Governor and Senior School Improvement Advisor for the Diocese of Chichester) and the role of the committee is to promote the Ethos vision and values of the school.
During the meeting, the committee agreed on the teaching from the Bible that we wanted to capture in order to create new values for the school, and then defined these using quotes from the Bible:
From this point, SLT within the school began to consider the wording of the federation. For this, we considered what was most important for us to ensure is clear about the vision for our school. We used some wording from the current vision and took inspiration from the Church of England’s vision for education. The vision for East Hoathly then became:
In our Church school, we learn through our values of Love, Strength, Wisdom and Truth. We aim for the highest standards and believe that by building a strong community, we can take care of everyone’s wellbeing, achieving fullness of life.
“With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26
On Tuesday 29th September 2020, Mrs Healy introduced the new draft vision and values to the parents. Parents were invited to comment on how well the vision and values support the ethos of the school, how they thought the vision and values could be introduced to children, and how they thought links to the Bible could be further explored.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Creativity – Proverbs 1:5
5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.
The Story of Creation
Working Together – 2 Corinthians 13:11 –
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
Jesus’ Disciples go Fishing
Excellence – Proverbs 14:23
23All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
The Parable of the Two Builders
Respect – Luke 6:31
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
The Good Samaritan
Enjoyment – Psalm 68:3
3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
The Story of Noah
This week, the children have been looking into the School Vision and what East Hoathly’s different values are. Each value has a bible story link. Each class had a value to focus on and create work for.
Reception focused on RESPECT. The children discussed what it meant to show respect to others; by being kind and listening. The children then acted out the ‘Good Samaritan.’
Year 1 and 2’s value to focus on was ENJOYMENT, which linked to the ‘Story of Noah’. The children discussed how the value of enjoyment was present in the story. Stan said “Noah had enjoyment because he survived the flood.” The children created collages of the animals that went onto Noah’s Arc.
Year 3 and 4 looked into the value of WORKING TOGETHER by reading the story of Jesus and his disciples going fishing. Abbie in Year 4 said “We acted the story out and we showed working together by helping to get the nets back to shore.”
Year 5 and 6 found the values of EXCELLENCE and RESILIENCE in two stories.
In the ‘Parable of the Two Builders’, Ethan in Year 6 found the value of EXCELLENCE, which Teddy in Year 6 describes as “listening to God’s word”. Ethan’s character in the scene was the builder who’s house fell down during the storm. “My house fell down because I didn’t listen to God’s word or his advice.”
In the story of ‘Rebuilding Jerusalem’, George in Year 6 was able to see the value of RESILIENCE. “We acted out the story of Jerusalem’s wall and I was Nehemiah. We had to build a wall, which was really hard because there were people trying to stop us and the wall kept falling down. We kept going until it was built but it took a long time.”
The RE Council also worked together to find the value of CREATIVITY in the ‘Story of Creation’. Archie in Year 6 said “God showed creativity by perfectly creating the world we live in.”
The children of East Hoathly got involved with activities that had been inspired by the school’s vision song.
In the morning, Reception and Year 1 and 2 took part in three different activities with themes of resilience, working together and creativity.
For the resilience activity, children had to use marshmallows and spaghetti to build a bridge for the naughty bus to cross over. It was a challenge as the spaghetti kept breaking! Samuel in Year 2 said “The marshmallows are really sticky and it keeps sticking to the bus.”
In the creativity session, the children were making collages using the letters from ‘creativity’. The children uses felt, tissue paper and foil to decorate the letters and show different textures. Lily in Reception said “It’s fun to stick things down!”
There were a range of games in the ‘Working Together’ themed activity. The children had to stand in a circle and hold hands to pass a hoop around them. The challenge was to not let go of one another’s hand. Freddy in Reception said “Playing the games was fun, I did really well!”
In the afternoon, KS2 took part in activities too. Their activities’ themes were “working together” and “respect”.
The KS2 children taking part in the ‘Respect’ session’ created a class poem and had fun working in groups to act out each line of their poem. Summer in Year 5 said “You have to treat others how you would like to be treated.”
The rest of the KS2 children worked together to try and fit everybody into hoops and not fall out of them. Daisy in Year 3 said “Working together is fun!”