At Gipsey Bridge, we learn about RE to help our children empathise, respect others and explore deep human concepts. The Love to Celebrate projects help children learn about world religions, diversity and faith.
Class 2 have been learning about Guru Nanak Gurpurab, a celebration within the Sikh faith.
The children talked about how Guru Nanak was the founder of the Sikh religion and one of his main principles was equality and the need to treat everybody fairly. We spent a lot of time discussing why he thought that was so important and how important it is to us. This discussion developed further, moving onto talking about the protected characteristics and how these help protect people from discrimination.
We ended the lesson by getting into groups and using drama to show scenarios where people were being treated unfairly. Our performances were very thought-provoking and it was lovely to see within each group the drama ended on a positive note where actions were turned round and apologies given.
Class 2 have been really enjoying learning about the Hindu celebration Ganesh Chaturthi. After many lessons exploring Ganesh, this week we have been making our own Ganesh Murti from salt dough. These are religious images or statues that people of Hindu faith worship to during prayer.
Class 1 learnt that Harvest time is a time for Christians to say thank you to God. They talked about how they might say thank you for helping them grow crops in the field and fruits and vegetables. The children spent time thinking of different used for flour and apples and then were very excited to taste some yummy apple crumble!!
Class 2 have been thinking about their activities and hobbies outside of school. They discussed the fact that they need to wear and have certain equipment in order to take part in these. After selecting a group that we belong to or a hobby that we have, we chose five things that represent the activity. We used these five things to design a badge for our activity.
Over the next few weeks we will be learning about the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi. This is the celebration that commemorates the day when Guru Gobind Singh gave five symbols for ordained Sikhs to wear to identify them as Khalsa Sikhs.
Class 2 used their summarising skills to sum up the main events within the story The Dreadful Day which tells of the day that Christians believe Jesus died on the cross. They then moved onto The Happy Day, the story of the resurrection.
We used drama to create freeze frames to portray the story. Using the expressions and body shapes we were able to accurately recognise roles.
Class 2 have been learning about the Hindu festival of Janmashtami which is the celebration of the Lord Krishna's birthday.
For our memorable experience, we had to think about sharing something that showed the class a different side of us that others didn't already know.
We found out lots of interesting things and it made us think that there are many different sides to each person’s life but we are still only one person. This can be compared to the people of Hindu faith's view of their God, Brahma. Although Hindus believe that he is the main God, they believe he is represented in the form of many other Gods and Goddesses.
Class 2 reflected on indoor play and thought about the positives and negatives. One of the negatives was not having things to play with. After further exploration, we soon realised that there were lots of things to do but the games and activities were not accessible or in an organised state.
Our task was to sort the resources to create an indoor play box full of interesting and organised games.
This memorable experience was a pathway into learning about the Buddhist festival of Kathina which takes place after the rainy season, where in some countries they have about 3 months of heavy rain.
Even though we are very proud of our new indoor play box, most of us were not keen on having indoor play for 3 months straight!
Class 2 have learned all about the Jewish law of Kashrut.
They sorted foods into those that the Jewish faith believe are fit to eat (kosher) and those that cannot be eaten (trefah). Some of us thought that it would be difficult to not eat meat from a pig! The whole lesson made us realise how dedicated to the Judaism Jewish people are and how much self-control they have in order to follow God's wishes.
After learning so much about the Torah in our reading comprehension lesson, we all became Torah scribes this afternoon and made our own Torah scrolls. We discussed how people of the Jewish faith believe the Torah explains how God would like them to live their lives. We all thought of different ways that we thought were important to lead happy, fulfilled lives and wrote them on our Torah scrolls.
The children in Class 2 all had a game of tig. After the game, we reflected on how difficult it would have been to play without agreeing the rules. It may have been unfair, disorganised and generally unenjoyable!
Over the next few weeks we will be learning all about the Jewish festival of Shavuot. We will explore the importance of the Torah and the Ten Commandments to the Jewish faith and how it is believed that they contain the rules for how God would like them to live their lives.
By listening to the story The Search for the Truth, Class 2 began to understand what Prince Siddhartha had to do to become enlightened and transform into the Buddha.
Prince Siddhartha used meditation to ignore distractions and fight off the evil Mara. He really felt he understood the truth behind suffering and went on, as the Buddha, to teach people how to accept this and find inner peace.
People of the Buddhist faith meditate in order to gain a deeper understanding of both themselves and the world around them. It is also used as a tool to calm the mind.
In class, we discussed situations that make us angry, cross, upset and anxious. We thought about what we do to calm down in these situations and we created posters to share with others in order to try and teach others ways to find peace, just like the Buddha.
To start our new RE project based on Sikhism, Guru Nanak Gurpurab, we enjoyed a drama activity based on how important it is to treat people equally, which is extremely important within the Sikh religion.
This group memorable drama experience needed to include a performance that incorporated a person not being treated equally then display a resolution. We had great fun performing and reflecting.
This term, we will be learning all about the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. This is when people who believe in the Hindu faith celebrate the birthday of the elephant god, Ganesh. During a reading comprehension activity, we used images from the Hindu story of Ganesh and used our prediction skills to think about what we thought would happen in the text and describe the different characters. We then read the story and reflected on our answers to see if we would change any of them. We then had great fun creating Ganesh masks and we became a class full of elephant gods!