Everyone has had a great term of learning in RE so far with a wide range of faiths and practices being explored. Reception have been learning about Islam, in particular the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid al -Fitr celebrations which mark the end of Ramadan. The children were lucky enough to have a visit from a volunteer parent who told them first hand all about Ramadan, how significant it is and what it means for Muslims and the wider community. We learnt that it is a time to reflect, think of those who are in need and to plan how we can give more to those in the community who are suffering. Reception class were able to try some delicious dates and decorate zakat (donation) boxes. It was a brilliant morning of learning and we so appreciated the visit!!
Year 1&2 have been looking at the Christian creation story and using it to think about how precious our planet is and what we can all do to look after it and treat it well. We have made our own creations and talked about how it feels to make something and be creative. Year 1&2 have been very engaged and are able to discuss the need for us all to respect and care for the planet that Christian’s believe God created for us.
Year 3&4 are asking the learning question, “Does joining the Khalsa make a person a better Sikh?” The Khalsa is a committed group of Sikhs based at the Gurdwara (temple) who uphold the Sikh beliefs and work hard to serve the community. The children have been working on what it means to belong and be a part of a community.
Year 5 and 6 are learning about the Hindu beliefs of Karma, Samsara and Moksha. They have been very interested in the concept of Karma which can be related to beliefs in other religions such as Christianity and Buddhism. We are now learning about Samsara (re-incarnation) and how Hindu’s believe that if a person gathers good Karma in their lifetime by being a kind and honest person then they carry this towards their next life and may benefit through the reincarnation process. These lessons have provided opportunities for thoughtful reflection and productive discussions.