Our work on ‘Jesus, the Bread of Life’ started with a Passover meal where we learned about how the Jews remember their escape from Egypt (recounted in Exodus), and how every item on the plate has special significance. Each group had a plate containing key elements of the Passover meal. We explored the meaning of each item and shared the meal together. Part of the meal includes a ‘bitter herb’, designed to reflect the bitterness of the slavery of the Jews in Egypt. Not everyone appreciated this aspect of the meal! Despite the bitter herb, everyone enjoyed learning about the Passover meal in a hands-on way: it helped us to learn the importance of the meal in Judaism, the significance of the foods, and the links through to the Last Supper and then on to the Mass. The children now understand the importance of the phrase ‘The Lamb of God’ during Mass.
During World Book Day, we discussed many of our favourite books, read some of our story (The Wolves of Willoughby Chase) and admired each other’s costumes.
Starting with black and white photos of our one half of our faces, we measured and sketched lightly the outlines for the other side. Then, using a variety of different shading pencils, we carefully shaded in the darker areas and then all other areas to produce these fantastic self-portraits.
On 2nd October 2018, Class 5 had a fantastic trip to the Pump House Museum in Harrogate. This small museum has some great artefacts, is very interactive and does engaging workshops. In the morning, the children visited the museum itself and investigated the artefacts on display, including a rare Anubis mask (and a replica of it). There was also an opportunity to dress up in science lab coats or Victorian costumes relating to its heyday as a Victorian spa – the children took full advantage of this! During the object handling session, the children were able to hold real shabti dolls, a two-thousand-year-old jug and a pot that was six thousand years old! Lunch in the Valley Gardens was followed by a mummification session. Poor old Geoffrey was given a great send off after having his internal organs removed, his brains pulled out of his nose and a good wrapping in bandages. Finally, the children created their own mummy masks. This was a great day and we really enjoyed it – it is definitely one of our favourite school trips ever!