In Reception, the children have been learning about Diwali; the Hindu festival of light. Everyone designed their own Mehndi’s, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps and we were very lucky to have a dance workshop with Miss Helen from Music and Movement, where she taught some dance moves which helped to tell the story of Rama and Sita.
This term the children have been introduced to RE, including discussing what RE learning is. The children have learnt that there are different religions and that it is important to respect different beliefs and faiths. The children started by learning about Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism. Everyone explored using their senses (building on our learning from science lessons) and discussed some of the key symbols, traditional music, traditional foods and artefacts. The children were interested to learn that different religions have different celebrations. To conclude the learning this term the classes have shared the stories of Hanukah and Christmas. The children shared how they celebrate Christmas and enjoyed learning about how Hanukah is celebrated also .
This term, the children have enquired about ‘How the Universe came to be?’ by creating their own stop animation stories based on the Creation Story. The children discussed the Christian story, as well as the Hindu Creation Story and the similarities and differences between these. Based on this, the children then thought about the three things that are most important to them and created their own lotus flower. They also talked about what Scientists believe and thought about how we should look after our environment together. The children have also had a Theology focus, by thinking about the Nativity Story. They looked at the importance of stained glass windows and created their own, as well as retelling the Nativity story. At the end of the RE sessions, the children discussed the value of prayers, and wrote about what they might give thanks for during the Christmas season.
This term has been very exciting as we have started to learn from the new Norfolk RE syllabus that was written last year and come into action this term. Across the year groups, the children have been asking a “Big Question” about a particular faith or world view and learning more about it to answer their question.
At the start of the year, the children in year 3 have been learning about the Jewish/Christian story of creation and thinking about how God would want us to look after His created world. This half – term they have been finding out more about who Jesus is – his life and teachings, including the Good Samaritan, prayer and the miracles reported in the New Testament. This led onto learning about the season of Advent and the Christmas story.
This term year 4 have been learning more about the faiths of Islam and Judaism. They have asked the question: what difference does being a Muslim make to daily life and learnt about what happens in a mosque, the 5 pillars of Islam and the 3 main traditions of Sumi, Shia and Sufi. They also compared the life of a Muslim in the UK to one in Africa and thought about how the culture and lifestyle of each country would affect the affect daily life of a Muslim.
This half term the children have learnt about the main teachings of Judaism, including the Laws of Moses and significant Jewish festivals such as Yom Kippur, Hanukkah and Pesach.
Year 5 began the year learning about the beliefs of Humanism as a world view. They looked at the main beliefs of Humanism, its rules and the lives of some famous humanists such as Marie Curie and Stephen Hawkins, and their ethical views.
In the second half of the term the children learnt about the four Gospels and teachings of Jesus. They looked at the main features, some well know parables including the parable of the Lost Sheep and what Jesus was trying to teach his followers through it. They ended by looking at the real meaning of Christmas and its importance to Christians.
Our Big Questions this term were: What are the main sources of authority for believers of Islam? And How do/have religious groups contribute to society and culture across the world?
To answer the first question, we learnt about the main teachings of Islam, including their six main beliefs, the origins of Islam and teachings of Mohammed (PBUH) in the Quran. We also learnt about the importance of the Quran in daily life and how Islam spread throughout the world.
We thought about the second question by studying the Sikh faith. We learnt about the main teachings and beliefs, the 5Ks and how Sikhs live out their faith through. For example, the work of the Langar meal in the Gurdwara.
In Reception the
children were learning about Chinese New Year.
This involved reading the story of the animals’ race and learning about
Chinese customs, clothes and food. The
children took part in role play and creative table activities, and enjoyed
Chinese New Year Lion dancing with a dance visitor.
In Year 1 the children were introduced to Judaism. They learnt about the Jewish story of Queen Esther who saved her people long ago. People of the Jewish faith celebrate this during the party festival of Purim. Children were introduced to Jewish artifacts, and took part in creative and role play activities, including making Hamantashen biscuits and enjoying a big circle dance wearing their party hats in the hall!
Year 2 were also learning about Judaism through Shabbat. The children were joined by visitors from Norwich Synagogue for a day of learning and role play. The visitors brought many interesting artifacts for the childrento explore so they could understand more about the Jewish faith. Each Year 2 classroom was set out for the celebratory meal of Shabbat. The children were able to bring their RE learning to life by recreating what a Jewish family would do on Friday night and how they finish celebrating on Saturday.
This term year 3 have been learning about
Creation and the Fall and asking the question: What do Christians learn from
the Creation story? This enabled them to use their RE skills of describing the
key aspects of the Christian faith, especially the people, stories, traditions
and customs that influence their beliefs and values. They talked about how God
would want us to care for the world and created posters to communicate their
During the second half of the term, the
children used their skills of reflecting on and analysing what it means to
belong to a faith community. They learnt about the Sikh faith and learnt about
why sharing food is an important part of Sikhism.
“We acted out attending a Gurdwara for a Langar meal. The
children wanted to cover their hair as well as take off their shoes before
acting out washing their hands, taking turns to cook and share food, before
sitting together on the floor to show equality!” (Miss Briggs)
During the first half of the autumn term
year 4 learnt about Hinduism. They described different religious and Humanist
approaches to ultimate and ethical questions, such as “is life a journey and
does it ever end?” focussing on the skills of using and interpreting
information about religions and beliefs from a range of sources.
During the second half of the term they were looking at the birth of Jesus in their
RE Lessons. As part of their learning they read the nativity story from the
Bible and had a discussion around what they knew. They then used their prior
learning in English of writing a newspaper report to structure a report about
the birth of Christ. This linked to the skill of describing the
variety of practices and ways of life in religions and worldviews and understanding
how these stem from, and are closely connected with, beliefs and teachings.
Year 5 started by thinking about the qualities
that a good person would have as well as discussing the qualities of a Saviour
or Messiah, linking to the question: Was Jesus the Messiah?
They looked at extracts from the old testament that show how
people prophesised about a new messiah coming to save them. They have also
looked at extracts from the New Testament to see if they thought that Jesus was
this new messiah. The children also considered how Jewish people still think
the messiah is going to come. Through role-play and hot-seating, they explored
what it would be like for Mary and Joseph. How did they feel? What might this mean? Does anything scare
them? Do they feel privileged? Do they think their son was the Messiah? This
helped in learning and demonstrating the skills of describing the key aspects
of religions and worldviews, focussing on the people and stories that influence
their beliefs. They were also able to use specialist vocabulary – such as
“Messiah” – in communicating their knowledge and understanding.
Important links were made with British Values when discussing what
life might have been like for those living at the time of the Old Testament. It
made the children appreciate why we uphold these values.
This term year
6 have learnt about aspects of Judaism and Christianity, and then Buddhism.
First we asked
the question of how following God could bring fairness and justice? We learnt about Moses and the giving of the
Ten Commandments, and linked it to the New Testament teachings of Jesus about
loving others as ourselves. We thought about how following these commands would
lead to a fairer and more just world and learnt about the work of Christian Aid
as an example of a group of people who try to follow God and bring justice to
poorer parts of the world. This helped us to use the skills of investigating
the significance of religion and worldviews in local, national and global
In the second
half of the term, we learnt about Buddhism, focussing on the skill of describe
the variety of practices and ways of life in a worldview and understanding how these stem from, and are closely connected
with, beliefs and teachings. We thought
about the Buddhist response to suffering, the Four Noble Truths and The
Eightfold Path. We then did some drama, acting out how we might respond to
different situations referring to the Eightfold Path.
topics have enabled us to use the skills of discussing our own and others’
views of religious truth and belief, express our own ideas and beginning to
evaluate the views of others.
Year 1 learnt about the celebration of Harvest and why this is special for people around the world. They read the story of the Creation as told in The Bible, and learnt that Christians celebrate all the things that God made when he created the world, and are thankful for what they have received. They also explored some fruit and vegetables to see what they felt like and smelt like, and learned about where our food comes from.
Year 2 also learnt about Harvest festival, and about the biblical The Creation story. They found out that this is a story that is special to both Jews and Christians and their Harvest celebrations are about thanking God for the good things he has given. They retold the story, and made their own version of it.
Reception had a great Harvest activity morning with lots of different activities related to our food and the season of Autumn.
As part of their work about Celebrations Reception have been learning about the celebration of Diwali; the Hindu Festival of Light. They have experienced some cultural aspects of Hinduism, for example they designed their own Mehndis, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps. They also had a dance workshop with Miss Helen who taught them some dance moves and told them the story of Diwali. The children learnt all about Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the Monkey King! Everyone enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. In class the children have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos.
During the second
half of the term the whole school celebrated Christmas and learnt about the
Christian concept of Incarnation – God coming to earth through the birth of
Jesus, as told in the Nativity story in The Bible.
classes talked about Christmas and how and why it is celebrated by so many
people around the world. The children
watched a short clip about a family preparing for Christmas and compared it to
some of the things they do in their own family homes. They read the Nativity story and were also
given opportunities to retell the Christmas story through play.
then watched a video of an artist creating the Nativity story through sand art.
The artist used his hands to shape the sand on a light box into the characters
from the story. Children then tried this for themselves and created angels and
stars using sand.
Year 1 discussed
how people around the world celebrate Christmas. They talked about why this celebration
matters to Christians and why Jesus is so important to Christians. They were
given the opportunity to retell the Nativity story in different ways and took
part in various Christmas crafts linked to the Christmas celebration and
accompanying tradition of decorating homes. Children also had a go at making
traditional mince pies!
Year 2 learnt
about Advent and about the symbolism of the Orange celebrated in the
Christingle service. Children were able
to explain that for Christians the orange represents the world, the candle is
the light of Jesus, the red ribbon is the blood of Jesus, and the sweets are
God’s gifts to the world. Year 2 also
read different versions of the Nativity story and used their knowledge to
compare each version. They also learnt about the Christian concept that Jesus’
birth shows the Incarnation of God in our world. Classes made their own Stop-Motion animated
versions of the Nativity story using puppets.
In Christmas Club children made a Christmas Wreath which was displayed at the Baptist Church in Dereham as part of the Christmas Wreath Festival. Our wreath represented the federation well and demonstrated the team effort of all involved.
Year 1 learnt about the celebration of Harvest and
why this is special for people around the world. They read the story of the Creation as told
in The Bible, and learnt that Christians celebrate all the things that God made
when he created the world, and are thankful for what they have received. They also explored some fruit and vegetables
to see what they felt like and smelt like, and learned about where our food
Year 2 also learnt about Harvest festival, and about
the biblical The Creation story. They
found out that this is a story that is special to both Jews and Christians and
their Harvest celebrations are about thanking God for the good things he has
given. They retold the story, and made
their own version of it.
Reception had a great Harvest activity morning with lots of different
activities related to our food and the season of Autumn.
As part of their
work about Celebrations Reception have been learning about the celebration of
Diwali; the Hindu Festival of Light.
They have experienced some cultural aspects of Hinduism, for example
they designed their own Mehndis, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps.
They also had a dance workshop with Miss Helen who taught them some dance moves
and told them the story of Diwali. The children learnt all about Rama and Sita,
Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the Monkey King! Everyone enjoyed
trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. In class the children have
looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos.
Year 5 have been reflecting on British Values in their
lessons, realising their relevance across different continents and at different
points in history.
In Re the children have been considering the people of the Old
Testament and their prophecy of a Messiah. When examining extracts of the Old
Testament, Ben commented that “they wanted strict rules and laws”. Paloma
added, “the people of Israel were wishing for a saviour to stop all the
attacking.” (Isiah 9 6-7: power and peace will be his kingdom.) We then
reflected on what a society would be like if it did not share our British
values. We were interested to realise that people in the past, wished for such values,
whereas perhaps we take them for granted.
We also found an extract in the Old testament that made
reference to equality, where the people of Israel were wanting a Messiah who
would treat the poor fairly. (Isiah 11 1-5 He will judge the poor honestly.)
Previously in RE we had been looking at the impact of Nelson
Mandela and reflected on what life would be like in the midst of apartheid. Ben
said that, “there was no equality in apartheid”.
This term Year 2 have been reading stories about the Hindu religion, and asking questions about what people in other religions believe, while Year 1 have been learning about aspects of Christianity.
Year 1 have been learning about Christian marriage and exploring what happens at weddings in church, and at weddings in other cultures. They talked about the people who play a special role, and the importance of the symbols and artefacts involved. The children got involved with the preparations leading up to a Christian wedding and then engaged in role play for a ceremony of friendship on the big day. They visited St Nicholas’ church in Dereham and three “couples” promised to be friends with Rev Sally Theakston officiating.
The congregation of children and adults took part in the ceremony, including prayers and a hymn before having photographs taken, and then attending a wedding reception back at School. The “Brides and Grooms” all signed a Certificate of Friendship in the church.
The children also had the opportunity to explore the church and look at the building and some of the Christian and historical artefacts kept there. One child said “I have never been in a church before! It was fun! I liked looking at the big organ and the bell from the ship.”
Year 1 have also been learning about The Bible as a sacred text for Christians. Staff from the learning team at Norwich Cathedral visited school for an outreach day and the children took part in different activities, including exploring various artefacts and discussing parables. This helps them develop their understanding of the Christian teachings of Jesus in The New Testament.
This term we have been learning about Islam and what Muslims believe and how they practise their faith, including prayers, mosques and looking at the importance of the Qur’an.
Year 4 have been learning about Islam and the importance of the Hajj. They made power points to explain what they have learnt. We have attached one for you to read.
This term, year 5 have been thinking about the “Kingdom of God”. We have been asking questions such as:
What kind of king was Jesus?
If Jesus was king, what would his kingdom be like?
What could we do to make our community a better place?
Should we always forgive people?
If Jesus looked at the work of the church and the state of the world, what would please him and what would disappoint him today?
We have discussed these issues thoroughly to get give ourselves a greater insight into a bigger debate, learning a lot from each other’s varied points of views.
This term we have been learning about the Jewish faith. We learnt about Abraham, the founding father, basic beliefs and practises. In connection to our history topic of World War 2, we also learnt about the Holocaust and persecution of the Jews and how faith can help people in times of trouble.
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