Category Archives: RE

RE: Being Imaginative

We have started our new disposition, “Being Imaginative and Exploratory”

We first showed our imagination through Role Play.

We then were use their imagination in their minds only.

People use their minds in many different ways, from inventions, to thinking how to support others, to creating amazing pieces of art and music and for also thinking about where we come from.

Humanists our creativity and ability to think about these things and to be able to find answers to issues and questions


Finally we enjoyed Here we are by Oliver Jeffers

What a wonderful world!

In R.E we have started a new topic (disposition) “Caring for others, Animals and the Environment”

Today we listened to the song, What a wonderful World.

We used the song to discuss what is good about the world.

We then also watched the video “caring” which shows the beauty of animals and the environment.

Finally we made our own drawings of what we think about the world and discussed the importance of people getting along with each other.

Next week we look forward to learning more about different religions and how they care for others.

What does a Vicar do?

Year 2 have been learning all about Christianity and the life of a Vicar.

The children then showed what they understood by being creative on paper.

Extension: Read at home!

A vicar plays a crucial role in the life of a church. They lead services, which are special times when the congregation comes together to worship and learn more about their faith. During these services, the vicar will often read from the Bible, share stories, and offer prayers to help everyone feel connected to their faith.

In addition to leading services, a vicar also takes care of the welfare of the congregation members. They are there to listen and provide support to those who may be going through difficult times. This might involve visiting people who are unwell, offering comfort to those who are grieving, or providing guidance to anyone who needs it.

Furthermore, the vicar organises activities for children. This could include leading Sunday schools, where fun and educational activities are provided to help children learn about the Bible in an engaging way. They might also organise events such as holiday clubs or youth groups, creating a safe and welcoming environment for young members of the church.

Alongside these responsibilities, the vicar also hosts Bible studies. This is an opportunity for people to come together to explore and discuss different aspects of the Bible, deepening their understanding of their faith. It’s a time for asking questions, sharing insights, and learning from one another.

Finally, the vicar talks to visitors who come to the church. They welcome newcomers and offer information about the church and its activities, making them feel included and valued.

Unity and Food

In RE we have been exploring unity.

The gurdwara, the Sikh place of worship, has an important role within the Sikh community and is open to everyone regardless of faith. Sikh practices within the religion include prayer, meditation, ceremonies, festivals and pilgrimage.

The langar (or free kitchen) was introduced by Guru Nanak, who was the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru, because of his belief in the oneness of humanity. He offered free meals to everyone, regardless of their caste, gender or wealth. It was a place where everyone gathered and ate together. The langar is also the free food that is served in the kitchen. Many Sikhs serve langar to people outside the gurdwara.

Key features of the langar and why it is important

  • The langar is run by volunteers, who can be male or female.
  • It is seen as a privilege to help with the running of the langar. People help by cooking, cleaning or serving in the langar.
  • There is usually a waiting list of people who want to provide the langar each week. This is because they want to serve God, and by helping others they feel they are doing this.
  • It reminds Sikhs that all people belong to the same human family and therefore should be treated equally.
  • All the food is free, and it is offered to anyone who visits the gurdwara, regardless of their faith.
  • The langar serves only vegetarian food in order to make it inclusive of all faiths. Different faiths have different food laws for example, Muslims are only able to eat halal meat and cannot eat pork.

The Good Samaritan

In R.E this week year 2 have been exploring Christianity.

Jesus used the Parable of the Good Samaritan as an example of loving those who may not be our friends.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

— Matthew 5:43-47

Jesus taught his followers to:

Love your neighbour as yourself.

— Matthew 22:39

Jesus was asked to confirm what he meant by the word ‘neighbour’. This is when he told the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), to explain that people should love everyone, including their enemies. It is easy to love friends and family, but it is much more difficult to love those who you may not get along with, or even those who may harm or hurt you. To show love to your enemies is to truly love as Christ did.

As a class we all agreed the parable of the good Samaritan had a very positive meaning.

Parable of the Good Samaritan

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus uses the example of the Jew and the Samaritan, who would not ordinarily have been friendly towards each other. However, out of all those who could have helped the Jew, only the Samaritan did. Jesus tells of a man who was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho and was attacked by robbers on the way. He was badly beaten and left for dead.

The first person to pass the injured man was a priest, who crossed the road and continued walking.

The second person to pass the injured man was a Levite, a priest’s assistant. He also crossed the road and continued walking without helping the man.

The third person to come by was a Samaritan, a person from Samaria. The Samaritans were hated by the Jews. When the Samaritan saw the man, he took pity on him. He bandaged him and cleaned his wounds. He then put him on the back of his donkey and took him to an innkeeper, whom he paid to look after him.

The parable ends with Jesus giving a commandment to go out and do the same as the Samaritan had done. This teaching of loving one’s enemies is also reflected in Matthew’s Gospel.

Rules in Islam

In R.E we have been looking at rules. This has included looking at our school rules (non-religious) and also those in Christianity, Sikh and Islam .

Today we talked about the the five pillars of Islam that are very important practices of being a Muslim.   Zara told us they are:
1.Shahadah (Belief in one Allah and Mohammad ﷺ the last prophet of Allah)
2. Salah (Five daily prayers)
3. Zakah (Charity)
4. Sawm (Fasting)
5. Hajj (Pilgrimage)

We then watched a video of praying in a Birmingham Mosque.

We then spoke in details about Salah. The second pillar of Islam, Salah (the five daily prayers). Muslims can perform Salah (five daily prayers) at home, at work, at school, in the Mosque. There is no restriction as to where Muslims can or cannot perform Salah (five daily prayers).
Each of the Salah (five daily prayers) are made up of either 2 or 4 units of prayer (except evening prayer, Maghrib is made up of 2 units followed by one unit). There are seven rules of movement in each unit of prayer. Explain the seven movements using the resource sheet. Each movement corresponds to specific word(s) of prayer in Arabic. We watched a video to learn this is more detail.

Toucans were also very excited as we asked Mrs Sabir to show us the Islamic Prayer mats. We then invited our fellow Muslim classmates to share with us how they pray. Kabir, Evin , Moana and Zara did an excellent job.

RE

In RE we have been looking at the 5 Pillars of Islam and how they support Muslims in following their religion. The children all had a go at practicing the Seven Movements of Prayer and were very respectful throughout.
One of the 5 Pillars of Islam is “Zakah” which promotes giving to charity. Lots of children were speaking about how they have given money and food to people in need which was really lovely to hear!

Think of a World Without Any Flowers

In RE today we listened to the song Think of a World Without Any Flowers. Miss Hookes asked the children what would the world be like without any flowers? Lots of us said it would be boring and not very colourful. We read some of the lyrics aloud too: think of a world without any animals, think of an ocean without any fish, think of a sky without any breeze. We said how boring our world would be without any of these things and how it is really important for us to look after the things in our world so we don’t experience this.

We read the book The Journey Home in our lesson too. In this story the polar bear, panda, orangutan and the elephant didn’t have a home. This was down to our planet being destroyed – the polar bear hasn’t got any snow, the panda hasn’t got any bamboo and the elephant is being hunted for its tusks. This led to a conversation about their habitats being destroyed- just like rainforests are for the trees and wood.

The children imagined how they would feel if this happened to them. They shared words such as sad, upset and worried because they wouldn’t have shelter or be warm. We decided as a class we are going to make more of an effort to look after our planet and the habitats of others around us!

What a Wonderful World

March is the month of spring and this week to mark the start of a new season we looked at all the things that make our world wonderful. 
 
First of all we listened to the classic What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, which Toucans surprisingly knew very well! 
 
This gave us lots of ideas of what things in our world are wonderful, these included trees, flowers, plants, birds, clouds and rainbows.
 
We then used these ideas to choose our own wonderful thing about our world and draw a small picture of them, we then put all of our pictures together to create a class collage of all the wonderful things in our world!

The True meaning of Christmas

As we are on the build up to Christmas we have been exploring the British Traditions of Christmas.
 
We had a class discussion about what the true meaning of Christmas is. Does it belong in the shops or does it belong in spending time with family? We spoke about which things we would like for Christmas that cost money. The children came up with lots of different ideas such as toys, cars and DVDs. We also discussed how we can give things for Christmas that don’t cost money. We came up with spending time with family and friends and how some of us might go to church to celebrate.
 

Beauty in the world

Toucans watched some film clips of the world’s natural beauty.  They talked about how different people think different things are beautiful.  The Bible includes psalms which were written to praise and thank God for the beauty of the earth.  Mrs Parry played them a hymn called “All Things Bright And Beautiful” and the class listened to the lyrics.   The class then drew a selection of items they thought were beautiful. 

What is perfection?

Toucans discussed what it means to be perfect.

Anren – It is if you get everything right.
Corban – It’s when you’re really good at everything.
Shriya – It’s when you do your best.
Oliver – Some people are perfect drivers
Reva – You can draw a picture that is perfect.

The class went on to talk about what is the perfect behaviour?

Isla – When you do what the teacher says
Bethany – When you are good for your teacher
Declan – You should persevere
Tatenda – Being independent and doing your own work
Anren – Good listening
Ryan – When you concentrate
Alex – Taking pride to make your work perfect
Corban – You should be quiet and not talk

Mrs Parry pointed out they had used some of our behaviours for learning. She asked the class if perfect behaviour was always to be silent and gave an example of a football match. Toucans said that this wouldn’t be perfect as the fans are expected to sing, clap and even waves flags to support the players (Declan, Joseph and Alex R). The class were asked what about perfect behaviour in church for a carol concert – is being silent being perfect? Elias explained you are not silent when you are praying. James said sometimes you sing too.

The children heard the story of Zaccheus who was a mean tax collector. He overcharged people and kept the extra money to become rich. No one liked him but Jesus asked if he could share a meal with him, in his home. Zaccheus changed his ways and refunded people four times the amount he’d overcharged. Mrs Parry asked the children what they would ask Zaccheus if they could speak to him today.

Isla/Bethany – Why were you mean? Why did you steal?
Alex R – Why did you need so much money?
Elias – What was life like when you were alive?
James – Are you a good or bad person?
Lexi – Why did you let Jesus come to your house?
Tatenda – Did you have maids and butlers?

Finally, Mrs Parry asked the children what things in our lives today might Jesus not like even if he was our friend:

Elias – Telling lies
Shriya – Chopping all the rainforests down
Lexi – Stealing
Ryan – Fighting, hitting and pushing
Reva – Litter being dropped
Elias – Pollution
James – Playing violent computer games
Shriya – Swearing and conflict

Quiteness

Toucans considered what it is like when it is really quiet. They sat in silence in the classroom for a minute and then sat outside for five minutes (which proved a challenge for some!). They became very focused on listening to other noises around them, such as birds, leaves rustling, the wind, others breathing and the traffic (also Mr Gill who was busy cutting the grass!). Mrs Parry asked the class how the silence made them feel:

Alex H – Calm
Karly – Relaxed
Anren – Excited
Bethany – Peaceful
Ayra – Nice
Ryan – Wonderful
Tatenda – Cool (in the context of temperature ….. it was quite windy!)

Back in class, the children played “Guess the Sounds Game.

Then the class discussed what it is like to be quiet in a place of worship. Shriya said this is a time when people can pray and talk to God. Maya said people have to be quiet in a mosque. Bethany said it is peaceful in a church when it is quiet. Jacob said only one person speaks and the rest have their eyes closed, praying, in the Kingdom Hall.

Finally, Toucans considered when it is important to be quiet:

Tatenda – When someone is sleeping
Jacob – If parents are talking on the phone
Ryan – If someone is watching the TV
Alex S – On Remembrance Sunday there is 2 minutes silence to remember those who lost their lives in the war.
Shriya – People were silent to respect the Duke of Edinburgh at his funeral.
Bethany – Children need to be quiet to concentrate in lessons
Jack – We had to be quiet on our online class / Zoom meetings
Sam – You have to keep quiet in the cinema
Mrs Parton – People need to be quiet in the library
Shriya – I had to be quiet when my mum was recording a video for work at her hospital.

Being quiet is needed for good communication, respect, thinking time, understanding, time out and inner peace. In a place of worship people are quiet to contemplate, reflect and talk to God.

Caring

On Friday, Toucans learnt about how God said in Genesis how humans were to rule over the animals which translates to caring for them. We talked about caring for our pets and thought about what they need and what we do to look after them.

Generosity

In RE today – the Toucans learnt about the word generosity and what it means and how we show it. They listened to the story of the Golden Statue. The story was about the generosity of a poor servant girl who gave her only coin to a Buddhist monk in order to make a statue of the Buddha. Toucans discussed how they can be generous and how difficult it would be to give up a treasured possession for the good of others. We then put our talents to use making lotus flowers which are a symbol of purity. Stay tuned to see pictures of our efforts.

Eid celebration

‘What is Eid?’ is the question we started with. There was a short discussion about what the children thought. Most knew it was a Muslim Religious Celebration. We learned that Eid was a celebration that marked the end of Ramadan which is a time of fasting. To explain it better we watched a video about a young boy who explained how it was celebrated in his home.

Eid means Feast or festival in Arabic.

Some of the children talked about how they celebrated Eid in their homes. They dressed up, decorated the house and had special food. The children recognised that this was similar to how they celebrated different holidays through the year.

The children wanted to know if Ramadan meant they couldn’t eat anything at all if they were fasting. We discussed that Ramadan meant fasting between sun up and sun down. Children and elderly relatives weren’t expected to fast either. Muslim families are up early before the sunrises to eat a big breakfast. Then they don’t eat again until the sun has set.

The Good Samaritan

To begin with we watched a power point story called ‘The Good Samaritan’. The children were horrified to see a poor man treated so badly by others. We discussed the children’s feelings about how the man was treated.
Then we brainstormed what we thought a Good Samaritan would or should do.

This is what the children said.

Communities

During RE this week we have been discussing communities and in or to which communities we belong. The main community that we felt we belonged to the most was our families. Here we feel safe, loved and cared for. Other Communities we decide we belonged to included sports clubs, school, places of worship and local communities where we live.