Mrs Barton and Miss Horsely wish all the children in Year 5 a Happy New Year!
We hope you had a really good Christmas break and are ready for 2024.
Our class Saint is Oscar Romero
Oscar Arnulfo Romero was born into a family of ten on 15th of August in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador. His father was in charge of the local telegraph office. Sometimes the young Romero helped his father to deliver telegrams. Oscar learned to be a carpenter, making tables, chairs and doors. When he was 14 years old, Oscar wanted to be a priest so he went to study at junior seminary. Some years later, Oscar went to Rome to study and stayed there during World War II. His father and brother died while he was in Rome.
Oscar was ordained a priest and returned to El Salvador. He became famous for his sermons. He also did a lot of parish work like visiting prisons, organising catechism classes and working with others in the Church to provide help and food for the poor. Oscar Romero became Archbishop of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.
Violence increased in El Salvador by the mid 1970s, as the government and army began killing poor people who stood up for their rights. When the army killed three people in the village of Tres Calles in Romero’s diocese, he comforted the families and wrote to the President to protest about the murders. Sadly, his friend Fr Rutilio Grande was shot and killed, along with two companions. The following Sunday, Romero allowed only one Mass in the whole diocese - at the Cathedral - where he spoke out against the murders.
As the violence in El Salvador continued, Romero continued to speak out. Every Sunday his sermon was broadcast by radio,the whole country listened. In his sermon on the 23rd March, Romero ordered the army to stop killing people: “In the name of God, and in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I beg you, I implore you, I order you, in the name of God, stop the repression!” The next day, a shot killed Romero as he said Mass.
Oscar Romero’s feast day is the 24th March.
Our virtues for this half term are Faith-filled and Hopeful
To be faith-filled is crucial to human wellbeing – faith in ourselves, our emotions and judgements; faith in others and their faith in me; faith in my family and the communities to which I belong; and, ultimately, faith in God. Faith cannot be taken for granted; it has to be revisited constantly and built up day by day.
Hope grows out of faith and love – the stronger faith and love are, the stronger our hope will be. When we have strong faith and love today, we have hope for tomorrow. Hope enables us to trust ourselves and those around us with the decisions that will shape our future. Without hope we become distant, lacking in love, and ultimately despairing. Christianity teaches that God is a God of hope: his Christ walks before us, giving us the gifts (the graces) and courage we need to follow.
Catholic Social Teaching: Families and Community
God made us to be part of communities, families and countries, so all people can share and help each other. We are called to work for the good of each and of all.
Topics Spring 2
English - Natural Disasters
Maths - Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
RE - Lent and Holy Week
History - The French Revolution
Geography - Mountains of the World
Art - Chinese Art
French - Colours and Numbers
PE - Swimming
Music - Florence Price
Please ensure that all children have a water bottle in class
Please ensure that your child reads each evening for at least 10 minutes and sign their diary.
Times table test
Homework given out
Mrs Barton/ Mrs Plant