This week is leading up to Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, the 24th of May.
Eid is a three-day-long festival celebrated by muslims and it symbolises the end of Ramadan. We have discussed this in our RE lessons.
Some of your families will have been fasting over the past month and this weekend you will be decorating your homes with lanterns, twinkling lights or flowers. Special, yummy food will be prepared and eaten – you will not be able to invite your friends or family this year but you can still celebrate in your homes.
Are you celebrating Eid this week? What will you be doing? Can you tell us about it?
We know that the world can seem quite a scary place right now and we know that many of you are staying home. Whilst we are all doing this, it is crucial that we look after our mental health. We need to ‘Be Kind to our Mind’.
We can do this in lots of ways –
Engage in relaxing activities – read a book, watch a movie, have a bubble bath.
Engage in creative activities – paint, sketch, colour, collage.
Spend time in the garden – plant some seeds, water the flowers, pull up the weeds.
Write a story – this is a great opportunity to put all of your interesting ideas onto paper.
Do some exercise! This is a fantastic way to be kind to your mind.
Spend time with your family – make the tea together, eat a meal together, go on a walk together.
Talk to your friends and myself on ‘Teams’ – I would love to chat!
I have been being kind to my mind by doing lots of the things I have mentioned – my favourite thing is to listen to music whilst I am relaxing in a bubble bath! Let us know what things you have been doing at home to look after your mental health. Have you done any of the things that I have mentioned?
Remember that if you are worried about anything it is really important to talk to someone about this – Be Kind to your Mind!
During this difficult time we must remember that it is really important to always be kind.
Do you remember our PSHE lesson where we talked about the importance of choosing kindness? Do you remember our assembly where we asked the whole school to #choosekindness? Choosing kindness doesn’t cost anything but can help someone enormously.
I know that it is quite difficult to carry out an act of kindness at the moment as we are all staying indoors but have any of you done anything kind for someone else whilst you have been at home? Tell us about it. Has anyone been kind to you or your family?
One act of kindness that I have carried out is that I made my elderly next door neighbour a yummy Sunday roast dinner – I passed it over her garden wall and she was really happy when she received it!
Here are a few ideas –
Make biscuits or cakes and leave them on a neighbours doorstep.
Write a letter or draw a picture and post it through the door of a close family member – maybe a grandparent.
Tidy your bedroom!
Send a nice message to your friend.
Share your things with your brother or sister.
Make a rainbow for your window to say thank you to the key workers.
This is the link to ‘Colour your world with kindness’ video that we showed in our assembly.
Why do people celebrate Easter? Who celebrates Easter?
Easter is celebrated by Christians all over the world. It is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest Christian tradition. It is also considered to be the most important date on the Christian calendar. Easter marks the end of the 40-day period of Lent, which is a traditional time of fasting that begins on Ash Wednesday.
Eggs are associated with Easter because eggs (along with milk and meat) were forbidden during Lent. Any remaining eggs would be used up on the day before Lent, Shrove Tuesday, which is also known as Pancake Tuesday. The eggs accumulated during Lent would then be eaten at Easter. Eggs are also associated with Easter since they are a symbol of fertility and rebirth, linking them with springtime and with the celebration of the resurrection.
The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in France and Germany as far back as the early 19th century. The first Cadbury Easter eggs were made in 1875 which is documented in the story of Cadbury Easter Eggs. They are most famous today for their delicious Cadbury creme eggs sold all year round YUM!
Do you celebrate Easter? How does your family celebrate?What will you be doing over the Easter holidays?
I hope you all have a lovely break and remember to stay safe!
Key workers in the community are working really hard to keep us all safe and make sure that we are all supported during this difficult and unusual time.
Have you got a key worker in your family? What are they doing to help the community?
It is important to be thankful for and appreciate these wonderful people. Lots of us have been doing this in various of different ways whilst keeping safe at home. Have you done anything to say thank you? Have you got any ideas of how we could say thank you?
Here are a few ideas that you could try –
Create a ‘Thank you NHS painting or picture’
Paint a rainbow on you window for everyone to see – my next door neighbour has painted a huge one using handprints – it looks amazing!
Write a note to your postman or woman.
Create a thank you card.
Thursday night clap for our carers at 8pm!
You could write a thank you letter to the shop workers, refuse collectors, teachers, police or any other key worker.
If you have already done any of these things or are going to, please can you post them on the blog so we can all see them!
Saying ‘Thank you’ shows our appreciation and conveys our gratitude. But more than that, it is a sign of respect to the person who has helped you. It is an indication you do not take them for granted, and an acknowledgement that they matter.
Thank A Teacher Day gives you the opportunity to say thank you to all our amazing teachers and support staff, who are doing a star job each and every day.
There are lots of ways that you can thank all of the staff at Oxford Grove for working hard to ensure that you are all safe, happy and learn lots of new things!
Here are a few ideas –
Record a music video! If you love singing then please share your version of a special thank you song, or if you’re feeling shy you can just mime! You could do a ‘star-themed’ song – or just choose one that suits your teacher best!
Feeling creative? How about a drawing of your teacher?
Are you a budding actor? How about a short clip of you doing an impression of your teacher?
Been practising your footy skills? How about impressing your teachers? Record a clip of your mad sports skills. (Mr Neil would love to see this!)
May is National Share a Story Month so I would like you to share the stories that you have been reading whilst at home.
I have been reading lots of books as I find that it relaxes me and stops me from being bored. I am going to start reading the divergent trilogy next. I have read reviews about these books – it is science fiction genre and the main character is a 16 year old girl called Beatrice Proir (Tris) who is ‘divergent’. The series is filled with lots of plot twists and turns and I can’t wait to start it.
What stories have you read? Did you enjoy it? Who were the characters and what were they like? What was a key event that made the story really interesting? Would you recommend the story to your friends?