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.
We welcomed Sunita to our school this week. She follows the Hindu faith, which she shared beautifully with our children during her time with us. We loved hearing the story of the Holi festival in assembly, including learning about the colourful practice of throwing powders at one another during the celebrations!
Year 5, who have been learning about Hinduism this term, took part in a workshop on Hindu worship. They saw pictures of a range of Mandirs (temples) from across the world, handled objects from worship ceremonies, tried on traditional clothes and jewellery and tasted sakar (sugar crystals). The opportunity to speak directly to a person of faith and ask questions was a valuable learning experience for the children. Many thanks to our visitor for providing a memorable experience for our Freeman's family.
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.