The Jubilee of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, invites us to contemplate the mercy of God revealed to us in the face of Jesus, his Son.
On 8th December 2015 the whole of St Nick’s participated in a ‘Drop everything for the Year of Mercy’, to celebrate the beginning of this spiritual journey. Each class focused on one of the seven corporal mercies: Feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, cloth the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead. Activities were planned for children to understand the Mercies more deeply and to share their teachings to the whole school at the end of the day.
Reception: ‘Feed the hungry’.
In reception, the children sacrificed their own fruit snacks to give to the church as an act of mercy.
Year 1: ‘Give water to the thirsty’
In year 1, the children thought about how easy water is to get in England compared to those from other countries around the globe. To gain a wider understanding, they had a class challenge of fetching water in buckets and carrying it across the playground without spilling it. They soon realised how difficult it is to carry water for long distances.
Year 2: ‘Clothe the naked’
Year 2 based lots of their learning around different scripture that teaches about the feelings that come with not being clothed. They reflected on feelings of embarrassment and how Jesus, in many scripture readings, was the only person to welcome isolated people. They created clothed lolly pop people to remember their class Mercy.
Year 3: ‘Shelter the homeless’
In year 3, the children looked at sheltering the homeless as ‘Protection’. They reflected on the idea that Jesus is our protection, and created ‘Armour Of God’, based on Ephesians 6: 14-18. Children made: A belt of truth, a breastplate of righteousness, boots with the readiness from the Gospel of peace, a shield of faith, a helmet of salvation and a sword of spirit.
‘We can now protect the world’.
Year 4: ‘Visit the sick’
Year 4 looked at the Parable of the Great Feast. They participated in lots of role play to act out the parable as well as consider modern day scenarios of when we might make excuses to not reach out to those in need.
Year 5: ‘Visit the imprisoned’
Year 5 considered many different ways that someone could be imprisoned and linked their learning to Peter, who’s path became wobbly when his ‘eyes were taken off God’. The children of Year 5 wrote letters to send off to people who are restricted to live by their beliefs. This was done through ‘OpenDoorCharity’.
Year 6: ‘Bury the dead’.
Year 6 focused on ‘letting go’. They thought about the effect that carrying grudges can have on individuals and how ‘letting go’ can bring some body to a place of peace. They participated in a lovely reflection where they silentely and individually buried their own grudges by sinking a pebble into soil.