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.
This half term we investigated the beliefs of Islam. We focussed heavily on the five pillars of Islam and the commitment Muslims make to prayer each day and their pilgrimage.
This half term we have been focussing on Hinduism. The children have really enjoyed looking at karma and how Hindu’s believe they can receive good and bad karma. We also have considered the difference between right and wrong and how our opinions on this may differ from others. During this unit the children were particularly fascinated by the idea of reincarnation and many thought it was a nice idea that Hindu’s believe in.
We looked at Christianity through art and music, looking at stained glass windows, art and sculpture. The children responded through poetry and creating illuminated letters and designing El Salvador crosses to show how they wanted to represent their idea of hope.
During the first half of the summer term, year 6 have been learning about how the Islamic religion has influenced art, architecture and learning across the world. The children were fascinated to learn that the number system we use is the one introduced in Baghdad over 1000 years ago, and that many of the medical practices and instruments in use today were also introduced by the scholars then too. We have looked at the concepts behind the Islamic patterns found on many buildings and learnt that many patterns in Islam follow geometric designs to encourage meditation on the infinity of God. The children also enjoyed creating their own repeating geometric patterns in the Islamic style.
In RE this half term the children have been learning about the Christian celebration of Easter. They have talked about why Christians celebrate Easter and discussed how their own families or people they know celebrate. The children talked about Easter taking place on a Sunday and that Christians go to church on a Sunday. The children also know that Easter celebrates the death and coming to life again of Jesus and have talked about how some people give chocolate eggs as a gift on Easter Sunday.
Matthew said, “He was in the cave and they put the big rock in front of it. He rose from the dead.” Thomas drew a picture and said, “My family doing an Easter egg hunt.”
This term Year 1 have looked at the Jewish festival of Purim and The Christian celebration of Easter.
We found out about how Jewish people celebrate Purim by wearing special clothes, eating sweet treats and taking presents to friends. We listened to the story of Queen Esther and how she saved the Jewish people and then made puppets of the characters in the story and had a go at acting out and retelling the story.
Some children also made Groggers which are used during the retelling of the story to make lots of noise whenever the name Haman is heard.
When learning about the Christian celebration of Easter we found out about why the cross is an important symbol to Christians and shared the story of Easter and learnt that it is sad but has a happy ending. The children also watched a film about how Christians celebrate and made their own Easter cards.
In Year 2, the children have been learning about the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. The children were really lucky to receive a special video from some previous visitors to our school who shared how they celebrate Shabbat. They were then given the opportunity to think about how they spend their time relaxing, and what they do with their families at the weekend.
The children have also thought about the Christian celebration of Easter and have been part of retelling the story as well as making Easter cards for our local community.
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.
This term, Year 3 have explored the beliefs and practices of Hinduism and have learnt about some of the gods and deities and what they mean to Hindus. We also learnt about some of the Hindu festivals. In the second half of term, our topic has been how Christians worship. We have learnt about the different types of worship in church such as singing, praying and reading the Bible. We have studied Christian baptism and Christian weddings and how these help people feel part of the Christian community. We have learnt about the Salvation Army and how they put their faith into practice in the community and we have discovered how Christians celebrate Easter around the world.
This half term we have been looking at Islam and whether we believe being happy is the greatest purpose in life for a Muslim. The children have had to consider the difference between being happy and happiness. We have been able to showcase what we have already learnt in Autumn term about Islam and have enjoyed consolidating our learning to help us to answer the big question.”
In Spring 1, our learning focused around the question ‘how do Sikhs make sense of the world?’ We learned about Guru Nanak and some of his life stories. We also learned about the 10 Gurus and the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib.
In Spring 2, we have been learning about Judaism. WE have looked at synagogues and the Torah, even making our own scrolls. We have also looked at the significance of Shabbat and Yom Kippur. We were interested to find out about Kashrut and the strict rules that Jewish people follow around food and we also created art around their symbolism.
Our Big Question in the first half of this term was: Is the biblical version of creation compatible with the scientific view of creation? We read the bible story of the creation of the world and then learnt about the scientific theories such as The Big Bang and Evolution? After some discussion and more investigation, we decided that some Christians only believe in the biblical version, but that some Christians also believe that the story in Genesis is more symbolic and can be compatible with some scientific theories too. All Christians believe that God created the world and that humans should look after it.
During spring term 2 we have been learning about how Christians celebrate Easter and the difference the resurrection of Jesus makes to Christians. We have watched videos about how Easter is celebrated in different churches and learnt what the concepts of hope; salvation; resurrection; incarnation and sacrifice mean within the context of Christianity using art to stimulate our ideas.
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.
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.
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