Y4 RE: Saints and Heroes – What Makes A Hero?

As Theologist this term, we have been exploring the lives of faith members who have performed heroic deeds as well as those who have dedicated their lives to a cause to help others.

Firstly, we considered the individuals in our own lives who we considered to be heroes for the selfless acts they perform in putting the needs of others before their own…

Parents and Grandparents
Siblings and extended family members
Friends
Teachers and Teaching Assistants
The NHS
The Emergency Services
The Armed Forces

We then explored the life of Emperor Nero, which linked with our study of the Romans in History, and considered the effect he had upon those who followed the Christian faith.  The children were unanimous in their conclusion that Nero was definitely not a Saint or a Hero due to his selfish need to suppress the freedoms of those civilians who followed the Christian faith resulting in their persecution for his own entertainment.

The life and commitment of William Wilberforce, who hailed form Hull, was then explored in relation to how his determination and dedication to his cause had a significant impact upon the slave trade during is lifetime. The children unanimously agreed that Wilberforce was a true Hero and selfless man who put the needs of others before his own.  He demonstrated empathy for those who had been taken as slaves and was both brave and resilient in continuing his campaign even though it took 18 years for the changes to begin to be accepted by those in Parliament.

We then reflected upon the teachings of the four Patron Saints of the United Kingdom and considered the way in which their dedication to their faith helped others. The children agreed that Saint George(England), Saint Andrew (Scotland), Saint David (Wales) and Saint Patrick (Ireland) remained true to their Christian beliefs in their passion to help others and spread the word of Jesus. Did you know that an individual can only be given the title of Saint after they have passed away and as long as they have lived a holy life and done a miraculous deed? A fact worth knowing!

The children have also reflected upon the key events of Holy Week and considered why Easter is the most important celebration for Christians.  Upon watching the events of Holy week online, a class discussion allowed children to voice their opinions as to how key individual’s acted and felt at relevant points throughout the events of Holy Week:

Palm Sunday – People were overjoyed when Jesus travelled into Jerusalem
The Annointing – Jesus was telling people to respect one another and love one another
The Last Supper and Arrest – Jesus was aware of what was to happen; Judas was overcome with temptation; His friends left because they feared the Romans
The Crucifixion –  Religious leaders were jealous of Jesus; The Religious leaders pressured the Romans to vote for Jesus to be crucified; Followers of Jesus were overcome with sadness; Jesus was brave to sacrifice himself; the Roman soldier realised that Jesus was a special man and felt guilty for what was happening; Judas was remorseful
The Resurrection – Jesus rose again because he was the son of God; His followers were happy because he returned to them before going to Heaven.

I am sure you will agree that our children in Y4 have once again worked hard in R.E this term and have gained both knowledge and insight into what makes and individual a Saint or a Hero.

 

 

Year 2 have been learning about the importance of Palm Sunday and what it means to Christians.

We read a story about Palm Sunday then re-enacted Jesus arriving into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. We had a very excited crowd waving palm leaves to welcome Jesus.

We also wrote the key words and phrases on a palm leaf template.

 

The Monkey King

This week in RE, Year 1 have been listening to the Buddhist faith story ‘The Monkey King‘.

We really enjoyed the story and how kind the Monkey King was to his followers.

We talked about how Buddhists listen to this story and it helps them to be kinder to each other just like The Monkey King was to his followers and how the King was kind to The Monkey King after he saved the monkeys.

We thought how we could be kind to each other just like the monkeys in the story.

We also talked about how Buddhists cherish this story as it is a value of their faith and one they believe represents their God.

We had chance to act out the story of ‘The Monkey King’ and enjoyed retelling each other what happened.

 

In RE this week Year 1 have been discussing how the world is cared for.

We talked about how religious people think the world needs to be looked after as they believe it was created by their god.

Some religious people donate to charities, some do work in their local communities and others volunteer to work with charities to name a few things.

We think it is very important to look after the world too and we discussed about how we can look after it.

These are some of the things we will do.

The world is a special place

This week in RE we discussed why the world is a special place.

We recalled how Hindus believe Brahma created the world and how Christians believe God created the world. We think Hindus and Christians think the world is a special place because of how they believe it was created.

In our class discussions, we also decided the world is a special place for many different reasons.

Some of us thought the world is a special place because it’s where we live. Some also thought it is a special place because there are lots of important things in the world.

Year 5 RE

     A new term begins, Year 5 working hard !

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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 RE

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 RE

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.