Monday 6th June - Friday 10th June 2016 was Spirited Arts Week at St Paul's. Each class were very busy with their RE and Expressive Arts learning. Here is the learning that took place in each class over the week:
Nursery: During Spirited Arts Week, Nursery were thinking about the question Where is God? They spent some time learning and singing the song, ‘Our God is a great big God, he holds us in our hands.’ The class then talked about how God holds us in his hands and how this is him protecting us. Following on from the song, Nursery made their own dough hands and decorated them. They then put tea lights in the, and sang the song together, as a class. Nursery also shared Jesus’ story ‘The Lost Sheep’ and talked about the meaning of the story. They then worked together to make their own Godly Play box to help re-tell the story. To help them understand the story, the class role played The Lost Sheep to understand the message shown in the story.
Reception: We had an action packed ‘Spirited Arts Week’. They thought about ‘Where God Is’ and came up with some lovely ideas. The children then used a combination of pastels and water colours to create an image of their ideas. This image was then used to support their writing about ‘Where God Is’. During the week the children read lots of Bible stories and acted them out. The story of ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand’ (Matthew 14) was then used to create a class Godly play box. The children represented the five thousand people as finger prints, pegs were used to represent the characters and the basket of food was made out of clay. Over the week small groups of children had the opportunity to reflect this story, showing the value of sharing, in the sound garden. They thought about how different sounds could be used to represent the different parts of the story.
Year 1: Our class looked at the Psalm ‘Send me your light and your faithful care.’ They learnt about what a Psalm is and discussed its meaning. The class considered the questions ‘Do you think God is in one place or is God everywhere? Year 1 discussed the idea that God is in nature and the world around us. The class learnt about how the Aboriginals think that their Gods created the world in Dreamtime and think that objects in nature represent these Gods or were made by these Gods, for example: a dip in a rock made by a footprint or a river made by the Rainbow Serpent. From this learning Year 1 then created art work linked to their question, they looked at Aboriginal artwork to help them. Their Aboriginal style artwork was created using cotton buds and colourful paint. They really thought about what colours and patterns they would use. Year 1 also spent some time in the ‘Sacred Space’ and ‘Sound Garden’. Here they read a story called ‘All the World’ by Liz Garton Scanlon and then created music related to ‘Nature’. The class spent some time reading the story of Noah’s Ark. They collaborated as a class to create a Godly Play box showing this story.
Year 2: We thought about where God is in terms of a place. We discussed lots of ideas about where we can find God and where he might be most of the time. The children then chose to paint, draw, colour or use oil pastels to create a picture of where they think God is. In Literacy we created poems about thanking God for nature using lots of imaginative descriptions. We made a Godly Play box retelling the Christmas story and made mirror art thinking about how God is inside us too. We used the Sacred Space to reflect and created music that would help us to reflect when we might find it difficult to concentrate. We also wrote about the artwork we had created thinking about how it makes us feel.
Year 3: We went outside to reflect and discuss their thoughts on the question, ‘Where is God?’ From this they then wrote a poem titled, ‘God is Everywhere.’ The class used their reflections to create water colour artwork depicting where God is, they also wrote a piece explaining the meaning of their artwork. Year 3 spent some time in the Sacred Space reflecting and saying prayers. They also listened to the parable of the Sower and discussed its meaning. The class also created some wonderful mirror art that displays the message ‘God is in me’.
Year 4: During spirited arts week, In RE year 4 thought about Where God is and why they thought that. We read a poem and then discussed where God is in relation to our own personal lives. The children went outside to forest school to inspire them to create their own poem in pairs. We recorded our poems to go onto the school website. We created pictures in relation to our question using a range of art media. We made a Godly play box all about Moses and the Ten Plagues which tied in nicely to our RE topic on Judaism. We also created mirror art, this is where we had a piece of mirrored paper and cut it up as if the mirror had broken. We then used patterns and colours on our paper to represent our personalities. Our reflection in the mirror is something we see however when you crack our surface (break the mirror) there are characteristics that maybe no one gets to see. We visited the scared garden and reflected on our relationship with God and created music in the sound garden. We also painted lids for our tree in KS2 playground.
Year 5: For Spirited Arts Week Year 5 focused on the question ‘Where is God in Suffering?’ They discussed how God is there to support and protect us. They looked at poetry and artwork that related to this and discussed these as a whole class. From their learning, the class then created a piece of artwork that was their interpretation of how God is present in suffering. Year 5 chose their own media and style of artwork. Some used paints, some used charcoal and some created a collage. They also created a piece of writing to annotate and support their artwork. The class learnt about and read the story Daniel in the Lion’s Den, from this they collaborated together to create a Godly Play Box showing the story. The class widened their previous discussion and discussed ‘Where is God?’ Leading on from this, they created a piece of ‘mirror art’ in which they used mirrored film on a painted background to show the idea of ‘God is in me’.
Year 6: Over the course of the week year 6 took part in many activities, painting jar lids for the whole school display, mirrored art work with a focus on self-image and understanding, creative dancing using scarves, with a focus on lyrical movement to show suffering in the world; creating music in the sound garden to demonstrate the anger and suffering in our world; created an individual piece of artwork using photography and manipulation to show how people in every area of the world suffer and how God supports them.