Each week at Levens begins with an Open the Book Assembly where we welcome members of the local church into school. With the help of the children they act out Bible stories with great costumes, props and music.
On several occasions during the year, we also visit St. John’s Church. Each September, we join together in a service of Harvest thanksgiving. We bring gifts to be taken to Kendal Foodbank and we help raise money to support projects in developing countries, so that they can overcome hardship caused by drought, flood, disease etc and be able to become self-sufficient by farming their land successfully. This year we have been supporting the Bishop’s Appeal in Malawi and Zululand.
During our collective worship time, we have been learning more about the how food is supplied and wasted across the globe. Learning that over 7,000,000million tonnes of food are wasted in Great Britain every year gave us lots to think about when we are shopping and eating meals with our families at home. We also learned that there are over 700,000 people in the world who go without enough to eat each day. How can food be distributed more fairly across the globe so that everyone has enough to eat?
Bowfell Class singing, ‘The Wheels on the Tractor’ at our Harvest Festival.
This year we gathered together on the eleventh month on the eleventh day at the eleventh hour to remember all those who have fallen in battle. Pam led our service beside our local war memorial in the grounds of St John’s. Bowfell class laid poppies they had all made. Members of Skiddaw class lead prayers including one they had written themselves and members of Scafell read the famous “In Flanders Fields” poem by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. We will remember them.
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Our Christmas Carol Service took place in the last week of term at St. John’s Church. Some of our older children retold the story of Christ’s birth through readings and through role-play. They also shared their very thoughtful prayers to help us reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and pray for children all around the world who are suffering.
In the lead up to Easter we have been listening and responding the Easter story in different ways which have included role-play from our Open the Book Team, RE lessons, collective worship and visits to St. John’s Church for our ‘Experience Easter’ event and our Easter Service at the end of term.
We all walked down to St. John’s Church to take part in ‘Experience Easter’ which involved taking part in six interactive stations that enabled us to deepen our understanding of the Easter Story and it’s relevance to our lives. These included: Servant King, Hopes and Dreams, Remember Me, Alone, Sharing our Sorrows and Resurrection.
Just before finishing for the Easter holidays, we walked down to St. John’s again to take part in our Easter Service. Each class contributed to the service. Bowfell recited the first verse of William Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’; Skiddaw talked about and demonstrated their seed sowing and before they sang a lovely song: ‘Sowing the seeds of Hope’; and finally Scafell retold the Easter Story in verse.