Category Archives: RE

The Four Noble Truths

In RE, Year 4 Robins have started to look at The Four Noble Truths, which are one of Buddha’s key teachings in the Buddhism religion. The children have learnt all about what the four truths are and can even tell you some of the special names.

The final truth mentions how people can end suffering by following The Eightfold Path. Today in RE, the children learnt all 8 areas of life that people follow and focus on towards the path of Buddhism.

These included:

  • Right Understanding
  • Right Intent
  • Right Speech
  • Right Action
  • Right Livelihood
  • Right Effort
  • Right Mindfulness
  • Right Concentration
  • The children then chose three of these areas to write about and explain what they include.

    Diwali

    In RE, Year 4 have been reading an e-book all about Diwali, the festival of light. The children have found out what Diwali is and who it is celebrated by, as well as what the different days of Diwali include.

    Rama and Sita

    They have also read the story of Rama and Sita which is a story closely linked to the Diwali festival. The children loved hearing the story and even wanted to read it a second time! They were especially interested in the demon king who took Sita away.

    Acrostic poem

    This term in RE we are thinking about the things that make us happy and how we show that we are happy. We will be looking at celebration in different religions and how they show they are thankful to their god.

    Today we wrote an acrostic poem of the things that make us happy.

    Being unique

    Today, Robins discussed the meaning of uniqueness and all examined their hands carefully. Mrs Parry asked the class what they could learn about themselves and the world from their hands. Tiffanie noticed that everyone has different finger prints and we went on to discuss all being different and individual with different qualities, opinions and perspectives.

    Mrs Parry told the children about the famous scientist, Sir Issac Newton, who looked at his hands and deduced that God must exist. He said, “If there were no other evidence for the existence of God then simply my thumb print would convince me.”

    Children discovered there are different types of fingerprints (whorls, arches and loops). They used magnifying glasses to decide which type they each had and then printed their own individual set of finger prints!

    What can influence behaviour?

    Robins discussed what can influence behaviour. Mrs Parry displayed pictures of the Queen, Mrs Butterworth, a policeman, Simon Cowell and some Year 4 children.

    They considered how the opinions of others are major influences on their behaviour.

    Mrs Parry provided the children with some scenarios e.g. eating a meal, riding on a bus, playing in the playground at lunch time. In groups, the children thought about how they would act during each activity in front of a different audience.

    Islamic prayer positions

    Robins are still looking at rules in RE and today learnt about the five pillars of Islam that Muslims observe.

    These pillars of Islam are like the five pillars that hold up a cake. All five are necessary for a person to call themselves a Muslim.

    These are:
    1) The declaration of the faith when they have chosen to live according to the rules of Allah.
    2) Praying five times every day (morning, just past midday, afternoon, evening and night).
    3) Fasting for the whole month of Ramadan.
    4) Giving an amount of charity fixed by Allah on savings called the Zakah.
    5) Hajj (the visit to Maakah) at least once in the life time as long as the person can financially afford it in the month of Dhul Hajj.
    Muslims pray at home, at work, at school, in the Mosque. There is no restriction as to where prayers can take place.

    The class then tried out the seven prayer positions.(The prayer words alone without actions or the prayer actions alone without words are NOT Islamic prayer).