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Expressing Joy and Thankfulness

Today Year 4 learnt about joy and how we express it through our lives and in faiths.

The class were great at recalling all the different situations in which joy is expressed.

The children even noted that people express their joy through celebrations and those celebrations can be related to your faith.

The class then learnt about Diwali, which is a Hindu festival of light. In different parts of India it is celebrated with different reasons but essentially marks the start of the new year.

Diwali is a very important holiday in India.

The word Diwali means ‘row of lighted lamps’.

Houses will be lit up with lights and Diva lamps which will welcome the Goddess Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth). The lights will guide her to their home and to help her in, the leave a door or window open.

Hindus will also decorate their home with “Rangoli” patterns. These are bright, beautiful, colourful patterns that are left on the floor and decorated with lights.

The children had a go at making some patterns too.

The class then went on to look at being thankful. The class agreed that there was a lot to be thankful for and made a great list of things.

Everyone agreed that being thankful for those that care for us is important and they set about writing a letter of thanks to them! Islam, as well as all other religions, teaches Muslims to be grateful, thankful and good to those that care for them.

There were some lovely letters to parents and carers in Year 4. A testament to the loving way they have be brought up.

Our trip to the Sikh temple

Well done Year 4! You showed excellent maturity and respect when we visited the Sikh temple this morning. We were so lucky to be shown around one of the biggest Sikh temples in the country!

We were welcomed into the temple, where we took off our shoes, to ensure the temple stays clean, washed our hands and then put on scarves to cover our heads. Everyone in the temple must have their heads covered, men and women. Once we were ready, our tour started.

We looked around the temple then had a talk about Sikhism and how it is 550 years old this year. That meant that Guru Nanak, who started it, had his birthday 550 years ago. There were big celebrations all around the world for this. This temple commemorated (celebrated) this monumental event by planting 550 trees in the local area. They did this because Sikhism teaches that you should look after the earth, and we all know how important trees are, to help us breathe and keep the air clean. They planted 549 by the canal and one tree in the local churchyard. Our guide said they had very good relationships with the church and they were asked to plant the tree there, to help celebrate the Guru’s birthday.

We then went onto the balcony to see an array of painting about Sikhism.

It was fascinating to see in paintings, how the Sikh religion came about and to see our guide wearing the 5 K’s that we learnt about in school. She also showed us where the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book) is kept. It is treated like a person (the last Guru), as it tells all Sikhs how to behave in order to learn, share and grow as a good person.

We were so lucky to see the main hall where they pray, sing hymns and listen to the priests recite the holy book. We paid respects to the holy book as we entered and then sat and listened to a prayer. We were given a sweet as a blessing.

We were also welcomed into the dining hall where they serve “langar”. This is where anyone who comes to the temple can come and eat. Everyone is welcome, no matter what faith you are. Everyone who works in the kitchen and all around the temple are volunteers. They give up their time and put a lot of effort into keeping the temple running. There were lots of volunteers in the kitchen and the children had lots of chips, beans and squash! Some children even tried a little “roti” (flat bread).

Everyone was very full by the time we said our goodbyes…but we had a little room for our lunches when we returned to school.

Thank you to Mr Baddhan for helping organise the trip and coming with us.

We hope you have seen the wonderful picture of our trip – see all the photos here.

Being curious and having a thirst for knowledge

Year 4 Robins looked at most of the main religions today, where their special places of worship are and learned about their holy books.

We were able to understand that the holy books are a source of guidance and something that people can go to for answers when they are troubled or feel sad. Buddhists believe that life is full of disappointments and everyone must find ways to deal with them. All good things come to an end and that is also something that everyone must deal with.

Holy books help guide and work through difficult times, through stories and teachings. Holy places, like churches, temples, mosques and gurdwaras are where people can get together to share problems, celebrate and find help with other people.

Year 4 will be able to experience this when we visit a gurdwara next week.

Being reflective

In year 4 we went back to looking at Buddhism and how religions help us deal with suffering. We deal with disappointments everyday but we learn to deal with them.

Being reflective is important. The class had a very good discussion about how we help each other through these situations.

The class then noted that those that follow a religion can also

► pray
► read their special book
► go to their special place (Gurdwara, church, mosque, temple)
► sing hymns/ recite
► talk to the Vicar/ priest
► go mad help/ volunteer

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.


    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.