Category Archives: RE

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
Spanish
Trampolining
Swimming
Virtual reality training
Movie afternoons
Dragon’s Den
Hairstyling
Pet club
Football
Car mechanics
Lots of trips out!
Skydiving!

Easter story

Robins have been exploring God’s response to human suffering in RE today and have been retelling the Easter story.
They also watched a Lego version of the story too.

They are all looking forward to sharing the story in their class assembly tomorrow!

Being merciful and forgiving

Today, Robins have been learning about being merciful and forgiving. Mrs Parry asked the class if they would like to share a time when they had ever broken anything. She told the class about accidentally dropping one of her mother-in-law’s favourite bowls whilst drying up. The class shared some examples together.

They discussed some things that are broken cannot be mended, but it is often possible to mend things that we have broken. If we care for our environment, it is a very good idea to try to mend things rather than always throwing them away and then buying new things. We talked about how these items could be repaired.

– a hole in the toe of my socks? (needle and thread)
– a ripped page in a book? (sellotape)
– a handle that has come off a mug? (superglue
– a puncture in my bike tyre? (puncture kit)
– a cut finger? (sticking plaster)

Mrs Parry asked the children how to repair a broken relationship and explained how Peter, Jesus’ friend had asked him for help. The children heard the parable that Jesus told Peter, called the unforgiving servant and considered forgiveness as a way of mending broken friendships.

Robins visit Sikh temple

As part of Year 4’s RE Sikhism topic, they visited the Sikh temple in Smethwick. They were shown around and were explained the basics of Sikhism. Robins were allowed to take part and observe the prayers in the prayer hall. After, they were taken to the langer hall (kitchen) to have free food (langer) – they all enjoyed chips and beans, some even tried the Indian food being served.

Sikh Amrit ceremony

During today’s RE lesson, Robins learnt more information about what happens at the Sikh Amrit ceremony.

During the ceremony, hymns are recited from the Sikh scripture, prayers are said, and the principles of Sikhism are reminded.

Here’s a short video of the Amrit ceremony.

Sikhs and belonging

Today Robins have been learning how Sikhs show that they belong. The class watched a flim clip about the Amrit festival and learnt about the Baisakhi festival. They recapped on the five Ks of Sikhism which most of the children could remember from Year 3. What fantastic memories – Mrs Parry and Miss Lucas were very impressed!

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The Robins watched this clip –click here.

Jamie remembered the sword (Kirpan)
Sophie remembered the head wear (Kesh)
Millie remembered the hair comb (Kangha)
Nila remembered the bangle (Kara)
Callum remembered the underwear (Kachera)

Belonging and appearance

In RE Robins thought about how they knew they belonged and what they did to show it, to understand how belonging can be shown by outward appearance.

After lots of discussion, they made a class list of ideas and then individually, drew a picture of themselves and labelled what they wore to show how they belonged. Robins went on to consider how following rules, conducting the right behaviour and being responsible all linked in to belonging, – when you are part of a group you are representing it.

Besides school, children belonged to gymnastics clubs, dance clubs, karate, boxing, Brownies, Cubs and the Young Voices choir.

Belonging

In RE Robins thought about how they knew they belonged and what they did to show it, to understand how belonging can be shown by outward appearance.

After lots of discussion, they made a class list of ideas and then individually, drew a picture of themselves and labelled what they wore to show how they belonged. Robins went on to consider how following rules, conducting the right behaviour and being responsible all linked in to belonging, – when you are part of a group you are representing it.

Besides school, children belonged to gymnastics clubs, dance clubs, karate, boxing, Brownies, Cubs and the Young Voices choir.