Miss Rodgers, Miss Bowman, Mrs Rodriguez and Mr Hutchinson
RE and Collective Worship
Religious Education (RE) allows children to acquire core knowledge and understanding of beliefs and practices of the religious and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture, but which guide their own development. The children learn about the 5 major religions in a creative and explorative way, with local visitors and religious leaders visiting where possible.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and to prepare them for work and life in modern Britain.
At Offham we are dedicated to providing an effective and inclusive education for every child's needs. For more information about how we accommodate for children's needs, see our 'Inclusion' page, SEND Policy and other additional information on the school website.
What have we done this year?
Kindness Week - Term 1
We have had a wonderful time at Offham over the last five days celebrating kindness week. We began this very special learning week in style with a theatre company on Monday, teaching us all about how to be kind to one another in different situations. The assembly and workshops primarily taught the children important lessons through the use of story telling, puppetry and role play activities. To follow up the lessons learnt in the professionally led sessions, each class enjoyed a range of fun and engaging activities including a brilliant assembly led by the schools’ Wellbeing council. We hope you enjoy reading about them and enjoy the photos!
Diwali Day - 07/11/2018
On Wednesday the whole school had a fabulous day celebrating Diwali. Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere.
One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance." The story that goes along with this wonderful festival is the heroic tale of Rama and Sita. As part of the day all of the classes were delighted to take part in some fantastic Diwali dance workshops. The KS2 dances revolved around a re-telling of the Rama and Sita story and the KS1 and Rain-bow dances used lots of traditional Diwali dance moves. The children all really enjoyed taking part in the dance workshops and we were delighted with the outcomes—videos can be viewed in our video section:
To celebrate the Festival the children also made some fantastic Rangoli patterns. During Diwali the main entrance of houses are usually adorned with a vibrant and multi-coloured display of geometric floor patterns which are called 'Rangoli'. People use flowers, rice or even pulses to design these patterns. Creative and colourful Rangolis, based on lots of colourful dots, instill a sense of harmony and connectivity. Our children made their rangoli patterns in a variety of ways, including using coloured pulses and rice and sand.
Other activities around the school included writing Diwali poems and information booklets about the festival and using origami to create beautiful Diwali flowers. We all really enjoyed our special day and have enjoyed learning about this vibrant and exciting Festival.
Remembrance Day - 09/11/2018
The school has been a real hive of commemorative and respectful activity today as we all joined together to celebrate and mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Every year at Offham we sell poppies and hold a minutes silence to mark our respect for those who have fallen on our behalf in conflicts both current and historic. However, as this year marks such a significant historical anniversary, we felt that it was important that we all marked it with a whole day of activities.
The children were learning about the significance of remembrance day and writing descriptive diary entries, poems and letters about the first world war.
Each class took time out of the school day to walk up to the memorial which has been erected on the village green. This beautiful and poignant display pays homage to each of the individual men from Offham village who went away to fight and never returned. The children were very respectful and really embraced finding out about all of the individuals involved.
To complete our day, all classes have made their own poppies in a variety of mediums: big, small and medium-sized. These were all used to create an impressive display out-side the library which we hope will create a lasting memory and impression on the children.