This week year 3 and 4 have begun a special advent project. We have read the book Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher. This portrays a different take on the nativity as it starts in the stable in Bethlehem and follows Mary and Joseph as they flee danger and seek refuge in Egypt.
The children started by ordering the story and then summarising each section. This was a great way to develop and discuss their understanding of the story and what a refugee is. The children showed great compassion and used excellent describing words to discuss how it must have felt to finally find refuge. They described the relief, joy, hope, happiness and they even linked it to the European Rights of the child.
As part of our project, we are turning the story into a Stop Animation! This involves lots of planning, good teamwork, creativity and digital skills. The children will use both literacy and numeracy skills throughout. So far, we have put ourselves into 4 groups to each recreate a section of the book. We have designed and created the backdrop for the different scenes and started to design the characters. We will look forward to sharing our animation with parents at the end of term!
Another part of our celebration is to hold a virtual short service in the church with year 5 and 6. We will be performing the poem, The Meaning of Christmas. As homework this week, the children all have a short section of the poem to learn at home.
We were very lucky to welcome two new pupils to our class on Friday. We are all looking forward to having new classmates!