World Faith Week
Between 20th and 24th February we took part in ‘World Faith Week’ so that we can better understand different work religions and cultures—an important part of our curriculum intent and aims.
During World Faith Week children had the opportunity to learn about the six world religions including reflecting on our Christian Faith which has been the main theme for this term’s worship and one of our school values. During the week there were lots of activities put on by the staff and children which include:
- A visit from Joanna Marshall from St John’s church to discuss and share her faith.
- A visit from Imran from the Muslim Education Centre who lead a whole school assembly about Islam and led workshops with Y4, Y5 and Y6.
- Mrs Levenson created school lunches with flavours and traditions from the main religions.
- Members of the St John’s community came and delivered ‘Pop up prayer’ with an opportunity to write a prayer for our world.
- Y6 led a ‘Faith’ worship for the school and parents.
- Classes learnt about the different faiths through music, art and research.
In star worship each class shared a little of what they had learnt over the week.
Reception—Looked at the story of Rama and Sita and the Hindu festival of light. They lit Diva lights and made Rangoli patterns which Hindus believe are a welcoming gesture to the gods and bring good luck.
Year 1— Linking to their theme of Baptism Y1 looked at the Jewish naming ceremony.
Year 2 - Looked at the Torah, the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible, as part of their studies on Sacred Texts. They also looked at some of the prophets of Islam.
Year 3—Wrote poems about the Diwali and learned about the Five Pillars of Islam.
Year 4—Made the items from clay which makes up the Puja tray which provides and insight into how Hindu’s pray.
Year 5—Did some excellent informative posters after researching the festivals and traditions of the religions.
Year 6—Looked at religions through their art, making henna tattoo and Rangoli patterns. They also learnt some traditional Indian dancing.
We feel that if the children have a greater understanding of different religions and cultures it will help to develop tolerance and understanding of our diverse world and society. This was the theme of our worship during the week. On Monday 27th January this helped to explain the significance of Holocaust Memorial Day. During worship time we prayed that such a terrible event would never again happen through a lack of tolerance, respect and understanding.