Year 2 have been learning about how Hindus worship. They learned about the Hindu home shrine, meditation and how puja is performed. They really enjoyed making an offering which they placed on the shrine. They learned that Hindus do this so that the food can be blessed by God before it is eaten. The food is then called 'prashad'.
Year 3 have been learning about the Hindu god, Krishna. The children have learned about the life of Krishna and loved reading stories about him, particularly those which show his playful, mischievous nature. They have learned about Janmashtami, Krishna's birthday. Everybody had fun making cakes with delicious buttercream and giving them to Krishna. They remembered the story of Krishna and the Butterpot where, when Krishna was a child, he would steal butter from his Aunt Yashoda, no matter how hard she tried to put it out of his reach.
Children in Reception have been learning about how the clothes people wear can show that they belong. They looked at uniforms and talked about why they are worn. They learned about some clothes that Muslims might wear. The children enjoyed dressing up. At the end of the topic, the children brought in items of clothing that are special to them and talked and wrote about their special clothes.
Children in Y1 have been learning about Islamic beliefs about creation. They went on a hunt around the school grounds to find aspects of the natural world that they think are beautiful or amazing. They had fun using the objects they collected to print with and make rubbings. Next, the children thought about how they can look after their world and made some posters. They also read and wrote about some Islamic stories about caring for plants and animals. The children were surprised to learn that Allah has 99 names. They learned some of his names and made a tree showing some of Allah's names and what they mean.
Children in Y2 have been learning about Islamic prayer rituals. They have learned that Muslims pray five times a day. The children have listened to the call to prayer and know what some of the worlds mean, for example, Allahu akbar (God is great). They know how and why Muslims wash themselves before prayer. They know why Muslims use a prayer mat and in which direction the prayer mat must face. The children have also thought about why prayer is important to Muslims.
Children in Y3 have been learning about some prophets - Musa (Moses), Ibrahim (Abraham) and Isa (Jesus). They also learned about the last and most important prophet to Muslims, Muhammad. The children learned about some important events in the life of Muhammad, including the revelation of the Qur'an. They also read stories about Muhammad and identified his qualities and the lessons Muslims today can learn from him.
Children in Y4 have been learning about the Five Pillars of Islam and why these are important to Muslims. They enjoyed learning about Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). They made a Hajj map and wrote a recount from the point of view of a pilgrim. They also found learning about Sawm interesting and found out that Sawm is not just about giving up food. They learned about what Muslims do during the month of Ramadan and wrote a diary entry showing the activities, thoughts and feelings a young Muslim might have during this month of fasting.
Children in Y6 have been learning about how and why Muslims show submission to Allah. They know that Muslims are accountable to Allah and have thought about how being accountable to Allah might influence a Muslim's thoughts and deeds. They have examined excerpts from some Islamic texts and have identified some activities which are pleasing to Allah, and, some activities that Allah would disapprove of. They have also learned about foods that are permitted (Halal) and forbidden (Haram) in Islam.
Visit to a mosque and church in Preston
On Wednesday 4th November, Year 5 and 6 visited a mosque and St Stephen's church in Preston. We had a fantastic day finding out about the similarities and differences between the two religions. The day enriched our R.E. Learning for the term as both classes have been studying Islam and moving onto Christianity this half term. We listened to the Iman talking about his faith and how Muslim people worship and celebrate. He demonstrated how Muslim people cleanse themselves before worship and some of us had a go. In the church we had a guided tour and one of the members of the congregation spoke to us about her beliefs as a Christian. It has been fantastic opportunity for our pupils to develop their understanding of ours and their British values.
In reception we focused on the festival of Holi. We read the story to find out what meanings the festival held to Hindus. We held a paint throwing afternoon as this is what happens during Holi.
This unit enables pupils to examine the role of the Deity in Hindu traditions. We have focused on the story of Ganesha. The children learned that Ganesha is a Hindu god and how he got his elephant head. We suggested why Ganesha might be important in a Hindu’s.
In year 2 we have been focussing on Hindu worshipping and the Puja set. We learned about all the different parts of the Puja and what significance that has during worship.
This unit enables pupils to examine some Hindu forms of obligations. We learned about the Five Daily Duties and the Three Debts. The children learned about the Raksha Bandhan festival and made a Rakhi to give to someone who looks after them.
This unit enables pupils to examine how Hindu truths are transmitted using stories from revered literature. The children learned about the story of Rama and Sita and how important it is to Hindus.
I narrated the story of Rama and Sita. It is about a prince and princess but an evil king wants Sita to be her husband. He kidnaps Sita because he loves her but Rama rescues her and kills Ravana with a magic bow and arrow. The moral of the story is good over evil and male Hindus try to act like Rama. They also have a festival called Divali which celebrates when Rama and Sita were led home by lanterns.
The children performing Rama and Sita with puppets.
This unit enables pupils to examine Hindu stages of life.
Hindus believe that every time they get reincarnated they will either be a plant, animal or human depending on their karma. Moksha is what Hindus believe to be paradise. In a lifetime people build up karma, both good and bad, based on their actions with in that lifetime. Hindus attempt to achieve the ultimate goal before they die.
In year six we created a board game on how to achieve Moksha and the difficulties it can bring on the way. We have tested out our board games with partners’ and they worked out pretty AMAZING!