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.

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.

World War 1 in Topaz Class.

The children have been learning about World War 1.  They have looked at artefacts from World War 1 and had the opportunity to dress up in some replica clothing.  The children also put together a short play for Worship and learnt some WW1 songs.  They will be reenacting this in Messy Mass on 30th October at 3.30pm.

The children then spent time looking on the Roll of Honour website to find soldiers that lived close to their house or street.  They then sent posters out to these homes so they can be displayed in the home of that soldier.

Prayer Competition presentation

We were very proud to hear that Hope and Violet were invited to the Prayer Competition presentation at St Mary’s De Haura, Shoreham. They received winners prizes in their age groups for leading the groups that made the Prayer Gardens. The ceremony was hosted by Dr Anne Holt and prizes were presented by The Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby.

Year of Prayer competition

This is the Year of the Prayer and children from our academy introduced this in Advent 1 at church.

Since then, we have been establishing “prayer partners” with members of the congregation, focusing on different forms of prayer in Collective Worship, contributing individual prayers for our Garden of Gethsemane, and contributing to the Diocese of Chichester Prayer Competition.

Here are a selection of prayers that our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils have written and illustrated. Alongside these there are photos of our small “Spiritual Gardens”. Noah’s Ark was created by Key Stage 1 children, led by Violet in Year 2, because that was what staff observed them playing. The Stations of the Cross mini garden is a follow up from contributions voiced by pupils across Key Stage 2 and collated by Hope, a Year 5 pupil.

We are very proud of the children’s contribution and depth of feeling demonstrated in their responses. We think those whose work is here, and all the other contributors are stars!

Anne Hanney and Russell Thorne