Year 4 enjoyed a visit to one of our local Hindu Temples. We were warmly welcomed and given the chance to watch a Hindu religious ritual called aarti, performed at the main shrine by one of the priests. The shrine was beautiful. The speaker explained that it was made of hand carved wood from India, covered in gold. We saw worshippers visiting the shrine and walking round it, always keeping it on their right hand side. At 11am, we noticed that the curtains were drawn around the shrine as the priest offered food to the murti (statues of gods and goddesses). One child commented, "It feels really calm in here, doesn't it?"
In Year 4, we have been learning how Hindus believe that everyone has a spark of Brahman (God) within them, known as atman. It is believed that this spark of God is eternal, so when a body dies, the spark of God continues. Most Hindus believe that the atman will be reborn or reincarnated in another body. Which body it goes into depends on karma. Karma means action and the law of karma is a law of action and consequences. Hindus say that we have responsibility for everything we do and all actions will produce results we have to bear, teaching Hindus to be mindful in everything they do. The atman goes through many incarnations to prepare it to escape from the cycle of life and death, where the spark of atman returns to be absorbed back into Brahman. This release is called moksha. We drew pictures to show our understanding of this core Hindu belief.
Year 3: GOOD FRIDAY / PENTECOST
Year 3 will be learning about the events of Holy Week in the run up to Easter. They will learn about the Christian belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus. They will then look at the events of Pentecost, examining what happened when Jesus left and considering the impact of the arrival of the Holy Spirit.
Year 4: HINDUISM / WHAT KIND OF WORLD DID JESUS WANT?
Year 4 will start the Spring Term by learning about core Hindu beliefs, including their beliefs about atman, karma and the journey of life. They will learn how Hindus show their faith both at home and in the mandir. They will then look at the example Jesus sets for Christians in the Bible and learn how Christians try to follow that example in the way they live their lives today, from church worship to social justice.
Year 5: JUDAISM / CREATION AND SCIENCE
Year 5 will be learning about core Jewish beliefs, including what Jews believe about God, their holy scriptures and what particular rules Jewish people follow. They will then be looking at different explanations for creation, including both religious and scientific, beginning to express their own views on how they think the world was created.
Year 6: ISLAM
Year 6 will look at what it means for a Muslim to follow God. They will look at what helps Muslims in their journey through life, including considering the role of prayer in their lives. They will learn about fasting during Ramadan and consider Islamic pilgrimages.
In Year 4, we have been learning about Christian Baptism. We read the story of Jesus' own Baptism in the Gospel of Matthew and noticed that at the very start of Jesus' public life on earth there is a picture of the Holy Trinity; God the Father speaking from Heaven, God the Son (Jesus) being baptised and God the Holy Spirit coming down from Heaven in the form of a dove. We saw how famous artists have represented this story through their paintings.
We learned about the symbolism of the water for Christians, representing cleansing and a new start. Some Christians even describe Baptism as being 'born again'.
For Christians, being baptised means forgiveness from past mistakes, a renewed relationship with God and a chance to join the Church family. We compared infant and adult baptism and talked about our own experiences of special religious ceremonies.
Year 3: CREATION / HINDUISM
During Autumn 1, Year 3 will learn about the Christian faith, examining what Christians learn from the Creation story in Genesis, considering new beginnings, including the start of God's relationship with humankind. After half-term, they will move on to learning about aspects of the Hindu faith, including beliefs about God and the significance of the Diwali festival.
Year 4: FOLLOWING GOD / THE TRINITY
The children in Year 4 will be undertaking two units of work based around the Christian faith. They will start by looking at the story of Noah, examining the challenges of following God and considering the concepts of covenant and promise within Christianity. They will move on to learning about the complex concept of The Holy Trinity, including how Christians express their beliefs through traditions such as baptism.
Year 5: GOD / JESUS
Year 5 will start the term by studying Christian beliefs about the nature and character of God. They will learn how these beliefs impact many aspects of life for Christians including how they live and worship. During Autumn 2, they will be learning about the concept of the Kingdom of God as a place where Christians strive to bring love, forgiveness and inclusion into the world. They will consider both the joy and the responsibilities for Christians of being part of God's Kingdom.
Year 6: PEOPLE OF GOD / THE MESSIAH
In Year 6, our children will have the opportunity to learn from the story of Moses and the Exodus, considering whether following God can bring freedom and justice for Christians. As we approach Christmas, they will start to consider the evidence Christians give for their claim that Jesus was the promised Messiah, leading to the opportunity to reflect on their own viewpoints.