Monthly Archives: November 2019

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.

Legal and illegal drugs

Today year 4 discussed what we know as legal and illegal drugs.

There are four categories that drugs can be divided into:
• socially acceptable drugs-
• prescribed drugs-
• over the counter medicines-
• controlled drugs (illegal drugs)-

The children thought about what drugs they would put into each category.

We then went on to looking at legal drugs such as alcohol and smoking. Many children would not see these as drugs as they are commonly seen and used, but a drug is a medicine or any other substance which changes your physiology (the part of the body which deals with how you function normally) when used or eaten.

Well done Year 4 for having a very mature discussion this afternoon and then thinking of some slogans to help keep away from drugs.

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.

Anti Bullying Week

Year 4 spent some time discussing Anti bullying week, completing an online survey and making a slogan banner!

A busy afternoon!
It was lovely to hear the children discussing ways of dealing with bullying. They talked about all the trusted adults they could talk to, following Peacemakers themselves, helping each other and even using the strategies we discussed in RE to overcome “struggles”.

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

Enjoying Reading In Class

Year 4 started their week off with a great session of ERIC, Enjoying Reading In Class.

Lots of children used the time to go to the library with Mrs Sabir, the rest stayed in class reading independently, paired reading or being read to by Mr Johnston.

Well done year 4, you are showing great maturity and enthusiasm for reading.

Enjoying our school library

Today year 4 spent a very enjoyable session in the school library.

The children looked through all the different sections, browsing, sharing, discussing, advising, encouraging and reading! Some read together, others read as a group or alone.

The children all found different comfortable spots to relax and read both in the library and then back in class.

Oliver was so excited about the book on stars and galaxies, he even asked Mrs Sabir to read some of it to him…. lengthy discussions followed! Oliver already knows so much and couldn’t wait to learn more. Well done Oliver.

Callum, who insisted there wouldn’t be a book he’d like, was engrossed in a fact book that he couldn’t wait to finish in class. Perfect Callum.

Alexi couldn’t choose between all the puppy and kitten story books that grabbed her attention… one at a time Alexi.

Nathan can’t wait to get back in the library and get closer to the huge pop up book! I wonder if you’ve seen it in there? Go and have a look.

Remember KS1 children can use the library every playtime and KS2 can use it every lunchtime to browse and borrow books.

Don’t forget there is a box of books out in the playground everyday too.