Year 5 RE

     A new term begins, Year 5 working hard !


At the beginning of the new term Year 5 began their new RE Topic ‘Faith in Action’.

As theologists the children will be discovering the way commitments affect and shape lives, guiding the activities of both groups and like-minded  individuals.


We began by looking at several charities and discussing how those charities work to help those in need of their help. The children soon began to realise that many of these charities overlap as there is a growing need for their assistance in the local area and the wide world.

There’s much, much more to learn …



Year 2 have been discussing the importance of Christmas for Christians.

We focussed on the messages that the angels delivered to Mary and the shepherds.

We imagined we were an angel and designed a poster to tell the shepherds all about the birth of Jesus and why it was so important.

The children asked a lot of questions and thought about their own beliefs and shared their understanding of other people’s beliefs.


Year 6 have been learning about Hanukkah ; a Jewish celebration of light.

           A brief history

The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, began on the 28th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional food games and gifts.

We expect our Year 6 children to be more independent and creative when it comes to their writing. For this task the children used several sources of media,  from which they produced a piece of writing to describe the importance of Hanukkah.

Well done Year 6 !


The Year 2 Christmas Readings and Carol Service.

Today, our Year 2 children performed their Christmas readings and carols at St Nicholas Church.

The children sang and spoke beautifully and enjoyed performing in front of our audience.

A huge thank you to The Reverend Paul Copley and congratulations to all of our brilliant Year 2 children. What a wonderful performance!


Year 5 have been looking at the key concepts of the Islamic faith.

What do the 5 pillars of Islam mean?

There are five key practices that all Muslims are obligated to fulfil throughout their lifetime.

These practices are referred to as pillars because they form the foundation of Muslim life.

As Theologists the children have discovered that The five pillars of Islam are :

Shahada – words of commitment

Salah  – prayer

Zakat- charitable deeds

Sawm –  fasting

Hajj  – pilgrimage

Our children need to aware about their own beliefs and values so they can respect and learn about the cultural differences of others.

As Theologists, Y4 have been gaining a further insight into the weekend rituals and traditions of members of the Jewish faith community and comparing them with their own.

The children firstly identified the traditional activities and rituals which commonly occur in one of their own typical weekend breaks. From lazy lie-ins, watching television, shopping, accessing the internet to undertake various activities, movie nights, visiting family, enjoying an occasional take-away to football, gymnastic and martial arts practice…the children certainly keep themselves busy and entertained.

We then compared our typical weekend activities with  those of a Jewish family. We explored the traditional weekly family celebration of Shabbat which takes place every weekend and begins on a Friday evening at sunset and lasts until sunset on a Saturday evening (25 hours).


The children firstly found the inability to use anything electronic unimaginable but understood that the rituals and traditions of Shabbat in the Jewish faith community, which are recorded in the  Jewish Torah as an agreement with God, allowed for some quality rest and family time to be spent together on the Jewish Sabbath day (Saturday)…something we all agreed was well worth forgoing the use of our electronic devices and the internet for!

Remembrance Day

As Theologists, the children in Year 3 have been learning about the significance of Remembrance Day and the importance of remembering this special event. We visited the Cenotaph at the All Saints Church in Hessle, where we laid a poppy wreath and held a 2 minute silence to pay our respects for the sacrifices made by individuals during the wars of the past, as well as for those who endeavour to maintain peace in our world today.


Back at school, the children worked collaboratively to identify why we should remember Remembrance Day by sharing their views and opinions before creating their own group mind- maps…


We then shared our own reasons as to why we should never forget the important events of the past which Remembrance Day commemorates…

We also discovered that whilst we wear a red poppy as a symbol of respect for all individuals who have sacrificed their lives to fight and assist in the wars of the past, as well as for those who continue to maintain peace today,  that there is also a  purple poppy which is a symbol of respect for the animals which have played a significant part in major conflicts around the world and a white poppy to symbolise peace.





This week in Religious Education we compared two faiths in order to find out their similarities and differences. We chose Christianity and Sikhism.

We discussed different symbolic items from the different faiths and their importance.

The cross

The Khanda










The children found it really interesting that different religions believe in different things but they noticed that both Christians and Sikhs believe in a God.

The children were then introduced to the 5 K’s which are articles of clothing that Sikhs wear out of respect for their God.

Kanga– A wooden comb to keep their hair in place.

Kirpan– A tiny sword worn by Sikhs.

Kachera- Shorts worn as underwear.

Kara- A steel bangle that reminds Sikhs to behave well.



















The final K is Kesh where Sikhs keep their hair uncut to show obedience to God.

We then explored the question ‘Why do religious people celebrate important life events?’ We looked at the Sikhs celebration of taking Amrit which is a baptism into their religion. Here are some of our answers:

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Belief in the Community

As Theologists in Year 4, we have been exploring some images of a religious celebration and used our skills of inference and deduction to identify which religion this event is special to and what the celebration may have been about.

From the images, we identified that it was a celebration that is held in the Jewish community by how the gentlemen were dressed in the images and that a special meal was being shared in what appeared to be an outdoor living space.

Miss Stewart then revealed that the images depicted the traditional Jewish Festival of Sukkot,  We then watched a video-clip, whereupon Adam explained what the Festival of Sukkot is and the importance it holds to those who belong to the Jewish community.  From this we were able to share the new learning that we had acquired from this lesson…


Differences and similarities between the Christian celebration of Harvest and the Jewish celebration of Sukkot were discussed and we identified that both faiths celebrate a significant event in Autumn;  each is a celebration where other people are remembered;  both faith communities pray to God and there is a commonality whereby food is shared.

You can copy the link below to find out a little more about the Jewish Festival of Sukkot…