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!
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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
Virtual reality training
Lots of trips out!
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.
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.
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!