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.