In Reception the children have learnt about Diwali, talked about why it is celebrated and the story behind it. They made Diya lamps and talked about how they lit the way for.
Year 1 have been recognising Christian symbols and images used to express God. They have discussed and looked at the different symbols and images to do with Christianity and God.
The Year 2 pupils are learning the ways in which Muslims treat their sacred books, namely the Qur’an. They learned that the Qur’an contains stories which are special to many people who use them to shape how they live their lives.
Learning in Year 3 has been about Hinduism this half term. They have learnt how Hindus worship many gods, places of worship, the special Hindu texts, reincarnation and sacred objects.
Year 4 have been looking at Hinduism too. They researched and discussed how Hinduism has changed over time; they have also been exploring what it means to be a Hindu in Britain today and what rituals they follow. Year 3 also spent time exploring the wonderful celebration of Diwali: the festival of lights where Hindus celebrate the triumph of light over dark; good over evil. It was fascinating to see the spectacular fireworks displays that were put on to mark the event.
This term Year 5 are studying Islam and how a Muslim’s beliefs greatly influence many aspects of their lives. The Qur’an (which is Islam’s sacred text) is enriched with verses that give Muslims advice on not only how and when to pray but, also how to be better member of society by volunteering and giving to charity. Rooted within a Muslim’s way of life are the Five Pillars which are values used to uphold the Islamic beliefs.
Year 6 have been exploring beliefs of different religions – discussing and comparing beliefs about life after death and how different religions use art and creativity to express their beliefs, particularly through the architecture of their religious buildings. They primarily focused on Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Humanism.