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Joy in Various Faiths

This half term, year 4 are looking at joy in various faiths. We have looked at how Hindus express joy through celebrating Diwali, the festival of light. Luckily, we have a few children who celebrate Diwali in the class and so we have had first-hand experiences of the celebrations and the joy that is expressed.
We will be continuing with Diwali this week, looking at Diya lamps and the significance of them.
Do you know the story of Rama and Sita? Why not ask one of the Year 4’s? They should know. It is a story of how good overcomes evil and darkness is overcome by light. And that is why light is so important at Diwali time.

How faith can influence behaviour

Today in RE, Robins discussed how faith and beliefs encourage us to have a positive way of living and understand that faith is a major influence on behaviour.

We looked at two examples.

  1. Gandhi. – Gandhi was a Hindu. He spoke of “ahimsa”, which is inspired by the idea that all living things have the same spark of the divine spiritual energy and to hunt another being is to hurt oneself.  Click here to read more about him!

As a class, we discussed some positive messages from Gandhi.

2. Yusuf Islam – a famous Muslim. Once a successful musician and singer known as Cat Stevens, he converted to Islam in 1977.

Islam abandoned his musical career to concentrate on charitable works, aiming to build bridges between communities. He became involved with the creation of Muslim Aid and founded his own charity Small Kindness.

Small Kindness is a small, but international, aid charity. It focuses on:

  • helping the most vulnerable in society through long-term support
  • building sustainable futures for orphans, children, widows, and families

Extension: Watch below an animated version of Yusuf Islam’s Ramadan Moon song.

 

 

Love your neighbour as you love yourself

Robins were treated to a special RE lesson today. Mr Crooks took over! He took the opportunity to introduce a local church (St Nicolas’ Church, Kings Norton) and read an extract from the Bible.

Mark 7:1-13.

The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.[a])

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’[b]

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

In this passage we learn that Jesus didn’t make his followers keep the food laws. He said that the Pharisees had got it wrong!

Moreover, we looked at how Christians believe that the essence of The Ten Commandments to be love for God and love for others.

The Most Important Command

35 One Pharisee was an expert in the law of Moses. That Pharisee asked Jesus a question to test him. 36 The Pharisee asked, “Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?”

37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and most important command. 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’[b] 40 All the law and the writings of the prophets depend on these two commands.”

Finally, we had a discussion, if someone really loves God and really loves other people the way they love themselves – are any other laws needed?

 

 

 

Ten Commandments

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 Tenakh or Old Testament of the Bible. (Exodus Ch. 19-20). The Torah (The Five Books of Moses) contains all of the commandments given to Moses for the Jewish people including the Ten Commandments.

Today Robins discussed the ten commandments and analysed the relationship in each commandment.

  • They underlined in purple where the relationship refers to humans’ relationship with God.
  • They underlined with blue pen where the relationship refers to human to human.

 

Hollie produced her own ten commandments. Watch below.

Why should we listen?

Welcome back Robins! 5.1.22

Welcome back Robins! The holiday must have revived us, as we have come back ready and rearing to go! We have shown lots of our behaviours for learning over the course of the day.

Today in RE, we were discussing the importance of listening. We wrote down our ideas and shared them with our partner and the class.

Afterwards, Mr Lo played a listening game with us. He said clues and we had to guess what they were.

For example:

What gets wetter the more it dries?

It’s a room and you can eat it!

Can you share some more?

 

Asking Questions

Today Year 4 thought about questions…
Why do we ask why?
Some interesting questions were posed and although some of the class had an idea of the possible answers not everyone was sure…
Why do we have bones in our ears?
Why is the sky blue?
Why are flamingos pink?
Do any other animals, other than humans, blush?
We realised that questions help us find out more about a subject and we increase our knowledge. We also realised that questioning things leads to more questions being asked and wanting to know more!
Well done Year 4.

Delightful Diwali

This morning in RE, the Robins in year 4 thought about what made them feel joyful.

Thoughts shared included:

Eason – I learnt some more Chinese.

Andrew – Going trampolining and family dinners.

Daisy – Going bowling.

Hollie – Spending time with my pets.

Naz – Going on an outing to London

We learnt about Diwali and what it meant to Hindus and Sikhs.


We watched how people celebrated, what they wore and want it meant to them.

We wrote an acrostic poem using the letters DIWALI about what makes us feel joy.

 

 

 

R.E

Learning about each other, respecting each other.  Tolerance is a British Value. 

Recently in RE we have been talking about the importance of those who look after us.

Muslims believe (Imaan) that Mohammad  is the last Prophet to bring the message of Allah (God) to the people. He has such an important place in Islam that when Muslims say his name they say a blessing. This is shown throughout Faith Makes a Difference as or in English ‘peace be upon him’. 

We read the following,

Prophet Mohammad  was once asked, what is the best charitable act that I can do where paradise would be guaranteed? The Prophet said, look after your mother. The person asked and what else. The prophet said look after your mother. The person said what else. The prophet said look after your mother. The person said what else. The prophet said look after your father.  

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو كُرَيْبٍ، مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْعَلاَءِ الْهَمْدَانِيُّ حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ فُضَيْلٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ عُمَارَةَ، بْنِ الْقَعْقَاعِ عَنْ أَبِي زُرْعَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَجُلٌ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَنْ أَحَقُّ بِحُسْنِ الصُّحْبَةِ قَالَ ‏ “‏ أُمُّكَ ثُمَّ أُمُّكَ ثُمَّ أُمُّكَ ثُمَّ أَبُوكَ ثُمَّ أَدْنَاكَ أَدْنَاكَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

and discussed the importance of the passage.

We then talked about how the people who look after us are important and how we could help them and thank them. Answers included:

  • We can make sure we are doing the right thing such as getting dressed by ourselves in the morning.
  • We can help wash up or do other household chores.
  • We can help them when they are sick. Make them a drink of water.

Finally, we were treated to our own special guests reading the القرآن to us.