We recently enjoyed a day of RE activities in school. We took the opportunity to learn a little more about four world religions; Baha'i, Buddhism, Jainism and Judaism. As we carouselled around the school working with different teachers from different year groups, we learned about features of the Jewish Seder Plate used during Passover. Each of the six items on the plate has special significance to the retelling of a Jewish story we already know from our studies of the Christian faith; the Exodus from Egypt. In our Buddhism session, we learned about Buddhist symbols, then applied our knowledge to ourselves, designing symbols representing aspects of our own lives. The Jainism faith provided us with the opportunity to learn about Gahuli rice designs which are believed to reflect your true self. We also learned about the Baha'i calendar, consolidating our learning through an art activity.
We live in a diverse world and this opprtunity to have a glimpse into the lives, beliefs and values of others, as well as reflecting on our own attitudes, was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and children alike.
In our Christianity in Action topic this term, we have been learning about the links between what Christians believe and what they do. We read the story of The Good Samaritan from Luke's Gospel, drawing out the meaning of Jesus' parable. We saw that the Samaritan was willing to get involved, that he ignored racism and that he showed love and kindness towards a stranger. This message still impacts on Christians today as they try to reflect these same values in their everyday lives.
We used the medium of watercolour to paint our own versions of the story, producing lovely work, some of which can be seen on display in our classrooms.
Hinduism is one of the world's oldest and largest religions. We have been learning how it originated near the River Indus in India about 4,000 years ago and now has around 750 million followers worldwide.
We put our Geography skills to good use, identifying countries across the globe with a large Hindu population. Within Wellingborough itself, Hinduism is the second largest religion after Christianity according to census data.
We looked at the country of India and what the culture and climate is like there. We were able to look at some real Indian wedding outfits brought in by a member of staff, which gave us a taster of some of the traditions there.
In class, Year 6 discussed leadership. We agreed that whilst some leaders are elected or born into a position of leadership, others are inspired to become leaders, such as in the religion of Sikhism.
Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus (teachers), was recognised by many to have been marked by divine grace from birth. We learned one particular childhood account about him in which he slept under a tree. As the day passed, the sun moved until the tree could no longer shade Nanak from its hot rays. A hooded cobra saw Nanak sleeping, but instead of striking him, it sensed God's presence and shaded Nanak, protecting him from harm.
Guru Nanak taught that there is only one God and that all human beings can have direct access to him. He taught that everyone is equal regardless of class or gender. Millions of people follow the Sikh religion and are still inspired by Guru Nanak today.
As part of this term's study of Islam, Year 3 have been learning about the 99 names of Allah (God) as found in the Quran. Each name describes an attribute of Allah such as The Most Merciful and The King. The children produced beautifully decorated plaques illustrating one of those names, some of which are now on display in our classrooms.
We also learned about Islamic prayer beads in class, noting that they contain 99 beads, representing each name of Allah. Some sets contain 33 beads, in which case they can be cycled through three times during prayer.