Year 4 Visit to Hastings Mosque

On Tuesday 20th November 2018, Year 4 went to Hastings Mosque.

When we arrived we had to take our shoes and socks off to be respectful, and some of the girls wore headscarves to show respect to the Imam. We had a tour of the Mosque and then we drew pictures of some of the features that we spotted.

We found it really interesting that the carpet in the mosque was designed so that when the Muslims are praying there they are automatically facing towards Mecca. There were also lots of clocks to remind the Muslims when their prayers (they pray 5 times a day!) have to take place.

The Mosque building itself used to be a school, but was bought by the Muslim community in Hastings 30 years ago and converted into a place of worship.

Whilst there we also learned that the men and women pray in separate rooms.

 

 

The special carpet in the Mosque.

The Imam

A huge collection of Qurans!

The special clock with reminds worshippers of the prayer times.

Jaxon re enacting a Muslim prayer using a Quran and the special carpet.

Coral Christmas Enterprise

Here are some pictures of Coral class decorating the cookies that we made for the Christmas Enterprise Fair.

The children really hope you enjoyed eating the biscuits as much as they enjoyed decorating them!

 

Year 6 Trip to St Leonards Gardens

Year 6 spent the morning in St Leonards Gardens, enjoying the range of structural plants and flowers (yes, there were still some despite it being the middle of November!). Here are some photos of them hard at work in their sketch books.  Watch this space to see how their drawings will become ‘big art’ this term, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.

 

Year 5 Christmas Enterprise 2018

Year 5 will be making stone decorations to sell at the Christmas Enterprise Fair on Monday 10th December 2018 from 3:20pm – 4:45pm.

These will be available to buy on the day for 20p/30p.

We have the opportunity to take pre-orders which can be personalised, and will come individually gift wrapped. These will be 50p each and will be created by your child (in year 5) as a beautiful gift or memory. You are welcome to pre-order or buy as many as you want, but we do ask for payment with the pre-order sheets by Wednesday 28th November. This will enable us to ensure we have plenty of time to create beautiful stones for you to enjoy year after year.

All profits raised from our sales at the Enterprise Fair will go towards future Year 5 trips and school based activities, so please dig deep and help send us on some amazing adventures for the rest of the school year.

Sea View Project presentation

On Friday 9th November we presented a cheque for and amazing £231 to the Sea View Project. Sue Burgess from the project kindly came and talked to Key Stage 2 children about the work that is done on behalf of the growing number of homeless people in Hastings and St Leonards. She thanked the children for their very generous donation that was raised through sponsorship of The Big Sleep event. Children from Year 6 slept in cardboard boxes in the school hall to not only raise money but also awareness.

Remembrance Day Service

We marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI with a special Remembrance Service for Year 1 to 6 in Christ Church.

In Term 1 our academy embarked on a centenary project that involved every class studying about World War 1. Helen Spencer, from Historic England and Maggie Brunton, Humanties lead for Christ Church CE Academy, supported our staff in accessing resources that helped us to learn more about St Leonards during WW1 and its impact on local families at that time.

Classes designed scrapbook pages which can be seen at the Hastings Museum and Year 4 sent cards to local residents informing them about the soldier from WW1 who had lived there.

We were so pleased that Major George Bryce, a member of the congregation at Christ Church, was present to lead us in the minute’s silence.

Our service celebrated all the knowledge we had gained about our community during that time and gave us an opportunity to express our thanks in memory of those who gave so much for us.

Finding out about Fairtrade

Diamond Class has been finding out about Fairtrade as part of our Geography work and our Amazon Rainforest Learning Adventure.  Here are some of the children involved in group discussions about who in the banana production chain should be paid the most money. They were rather shocked by the real non-Fairtrade figures!