St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy

St Christopher: Y6

Class Teacher: Mr Gilhooly Mr Luke Gilhooly - Deputy Head Teacher, St. David (Y4/5) HLTA/TA: Mrs Holt        Teaching Assistant: Mrs Darling Mrs Emma Darling 

St. Christopher

According to legend, Saint Christopher devoted his life to carrying the weak and poor across a river. One night, when he was carrying a child, he felt his burden grow heavier with each step. When questioned, the child declared that he was Christ and that Christopher was thus bearing the weight of the world. The widespread cult of Saint Christopher stemmed largely from the belief that gazing on his image would protect the faithful from storms and other threats in their travels.


Although not fully carved in the round, this figure was probably intended as an independent work to be placed on a console or against a pier. It is executed in a highly expressive and animated style, with the saint looking intensely at his youthful burden, while his hands rest on his hip for support. The drapery sweeps around the figure, mirroring the water swirling around his feet, suggesting the integral relationship between man and nature.

Examples of our learning...

The focus of our week has been getting to know who St. Christopher was and what he now is renowned for. We have told the story of his life; from what legend has told us. We have used the key vocabulary from our stories to produce watercolour artwork in the style of Hannah Dunnett #benandhannahdunnett. Enjoy! 

We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the new Reception children this week. We will be supporting them this year with routines and reading. 

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Reading

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