Category Archives: RE

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).

School rules and the Ten Commandments

Today Robins looked at school rules to see how they could be grouped in the following categories; interactions between children and children; children with adults and children with property/school grounds.

They heard about how the Book of Exodus tells how God called Moses to the top of Mount Sinai. God told him that he had chosen the Israelites as his special people. He would care for them and take them to a new land but they must keep the ten rules. He gave these rules to Moses, written on two stone tablets. The story is in the Bible and the Torah and contains all of the commandments given to Moses for the Jewish people including the Ten Commandments.

Mrs Parry read out the Ten Commandments and asked Robins what rules they would for people to follow today? We discovered some of these were very similar to the original Ten Commandments!

Importance of rules

Robins discussed (and debated) whether people could we live without rules. After lots of contributions, they realised the importance of rules for everyone in the world, not just school!

Mrs Parry explained how teachers follow rules about what lessons have to be taught in school. She asked Robins to plan their own timetable and then explain why it suited them and what they would be missing out on. After hearing some of the suggestions, we realised the importance of rules in this instance i.e. the balance of skills needed in adult society!

Some of the alternative lessons are listed below!
Party games
Virtual reality training
Movie afternoons
Dragon’s Den
Pet club
Car mechanics
Lots of trips out!