Every term we plan a Journey Day for all our pupils. In life being able to think and reflect is really important for our mental well-being. Journey Day is where our children go off the traditional time table, gather into house and family groups and focus on one area of personal/spiritual development. As we are a Church School we choose significant days on the Christian calendar to delve deeper into the meaning.
We hope that through the experience pupils learn to live lives that make a difference in society. The days are underpinned by our Christian: respect, forgiveness, compassion, courage, perseverance and friendship.
We add to the gallery of photos each time we have a Journey Day so please have a look at all the photos below which capture the days enjoyed together.
At this special time of year we gathered as a whole school to celebrate the miraculous story of Jesus born among us. Together in the hall we began our day with the wonderful story retold, in character, by the Inn keepers wife. After our reflection, time to explore the real meaning behind the season awaited us all, as we took a journey through a range of workshops in our House Teams.
Journey Day is a special time each term where children can work with their family, support other children, share all their ideas or maybe just take some time out in the peace room. This year are them is ‘Born in a Stable’. We focused on the individuals who would have come into contact with Jesus born in the manger, explored how Mary and Joseph might have felt, worked creatively and made a stable scene outside.
We recognise it is important to take time out to reflect on those who may not have any money to spend on gifts this Christmas, so we explored the book “No Money Day” and thought of all the things we can do for free. God gave us a great big world to enjoy in all its fullness.
Today we have been thinking about the Apostle Paul who spent most of his life outdoors travelling from place to place sharing the gospel. We have encouraged the children to make active decisions about what they do.
The children have had time to explore our value of perseverance in a practical way. Perseverance is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. To be determined, resolving issues and knowing what the clear purpose of the task is.
We have explored the text from Paul’s letter to the Hebrews:
Hebrews 12 v 1b ‘And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us’.
We have had an uplifting day exploring the outdoors. We have been building dens in the building zone, drawing, painting, exploring with chalks and writing in the creative zone and writing messages, prayers and words of encouragement in the reflection zone. It is great to step away from our desks and explore what it means to be a family and community. Have a look at the photos of our day together.
The theme of our Easter Journey Day is - Here I am to worship.
Today is a special family day here at Cockshutt as we think about the ways we can help others.
We have explored the verse from Mark 12 v30-31 where Jesus tells the people to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.....Love your neighbour as yourself’.
We have explored how Jesus came to set us free so that we can love each other with our HEART, HANDS, FEET and MIND. We have encouraged one another to look beyond ourselves and really challenge ourselves to make a difference in the world. We have enjoyed having time to stop and think and be mindful of the moment we are in. Well-being is improved when we take time out to reflect.
For GOD so LOVED the WORLD
Christmas Journey Day 2018
Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. A time of love, friendship, gentleness and a time as Christians to remember the birth of Jesus. This journey day we gathered together across our two sites. All of Cockshutt CE Primary School KS2 pupils joined with Criftins CE Primary School KS2 to develop a greater understanding of how we can show love to one another. All pupils were organised into 3 main groups which included working with local charity Fizzgigs to create the theme of Light of the World.
Take a look at our wonderful day together.
‘Made in the image of God’
Summer Journey Day 2018
God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1 v 27
In Genesis we have an account of how mankind is made in God’s image. Lots of references are made throughout the Bible about how we see God in creation and that he created us to look after his world. Unfortunately mankind chose to go its own way and the world has become a place which sadly is not like the lush world God created. However, Jesus talks in John 15 about being the vine and we are the branches. He says that we can make a difference in the world, but we need to get our truth and strength from somewhere. When we stay close to God we will ‘bear fruit’ –love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are called the Fruit of the Spirit. The spirit of God is one part of the Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent to live in each of us if we invite Him in. Have a look at our photos when we explored this theme together across our federation sites.
Easter Journey Day 2018
Today was our first journey day as a school and the children really enjoyed exploring Easter in house groups, thinking and reflecting about what the message of Jesus really is. The theme was - no outsiders, which means that Jesus came for everyone. It doesn't matter how old we are or whether we are a boy or girl, rich or poor, it doesn't matter where we live around the world or how good we are at sport Jesus came to save us all.
John 3v16 says 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.'
The children also explored the last moments of Jesus' life before the cross, through the last supper and the garden of Gethsemane. We talked about what forgiveness means and how with God when we confess He forgives and therefore like our behaviour policy in school - every day is a brand new day.