In light of the holiday festivities, Ms Coulson was able to impart her R.E. expertise to teach the Year 3 students about Christingles.
Some of our church-going students raised their hands enthusiastically when asked if anyone had seen, or had made a Christingle whilst the rest of the class sat incredulously staring at the huge orange on the screen. As they were introduced to the five things that make up a Christingle…
- An Orange
- A Ribbon
- A Candle
- 4 Cocktail sticks
- Sweets/raisins (but definitely the sweets)
A few nodding heads went around the classroom in anticipation of making their own.
What made the lesson so much more grand was the fact Ms Coulson managed to bring in the largest oranges anyone had ever seen. One student who definitely could not believe his eyes was Ethan who shouted across the class that he had never even held an orange before, and had no idea that oranges were orange.
Meanwhile Lucy explained the way only Lucy could that she could not stand the smell of oranges, as 20 were handed out around the class.
Like Santa’s own hard working elves, Year 3 set about working hard on their very own Christingles as there was a mad dash for the sweets and raisins bowl. After 20 year 3 children were done all that remained in the bowl was a suspiciously large amount of raisins and there was not a single jelly tot in sight.
Once all the parts of the Christingles were in place (after Mr. Brown suffered terrible injuries from the stabbing cocktail sticks), the students gathered under the Christmas tree to mark the memorable occasion.
Olivia took slightly longer then the rest of the class after deciding her Christingle needed 10 pins to hold the red ribbon in place, that poor orange!
Unluckily for the students, the making of the Christingles ran perfectly in line with our latest literacy lessons of giving instructions. In light of this and after a lot of persuading, the books were given out. All of Year 3 sat with their Christingle in one hand and their pencils in the other as they excitedly wrote step by step instructions.
The only thing left to do was to write a final Christmas message and tell everyone for the 25th time… don’t eat the sweets until you get home!
Year 3 would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!