Today, Year 5 had a visit from a Buddhist. He started the session with performing a Buddhist ritual and asked the children lots of questions about what they thought he was doing. They made a very good assumption and asked if he was greeting the Buddha that was sat on the table. He then spoke to the children about different Buddhist beliefs.
They then had a go at meditating. The children appeared to feel very relaxed.
They finished with an opportunity to ask the Buddhist any questions that they had. They all had lots of interesting questions to ask him, including ‘Why do all of the Buddha statues have long ears?’ Apparently there is a myth that states that you can recognise if someone’s a Buddha through whether they have long ear lobes.
In Year 5 this afternoon in RE we focused on caring for others and the environment. Year 5 came up with lots of really good ideas and we had some brilliant discussions. As a class we created a mind map with ways to care for the world. The children then created their own mind maps in their books, some children became really creative!
In RE, the class looked at how religious symbols can be expressed and represented differently in other cultures / countries around the world.
The children discussed a collection of varied representations of Jesus and decided that the actual image of Jesus wasn’t important – the importance is in what Jesus stands for and people’s religious beliefs associated with his image.
Kestrels spent some time discussing the lead up to Easter today. We talked about how Jesus prepared himself with his final words for his disciples. He knew he would face Crucifixion and that he would die-unlike his followers- and he wanted them to know that everything he told them was for them to be better people and to think about his words.
He told his followers that if they followed his words they would be blessed. He also wanted them to treat all people equally. He washed their feet to show them that it was not just an act for servants but that they were equal and needed to show each other respect.
Kestrels asked some very thoughtful questions and showed a lot of respect for each other, listening intently and being courteous with everyone’s views.
Through our discussions we established the true meaning of Easter and we will continue this next week.
It was lovely that Nimca contributed so well and told us what the Quran mentions about Jesus (known as Isa in the Quran) and the story of Easter. Thank you Nimca.
The class had lots of examples of people they believed had made changes in society.
The class knew about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and mentioned Barak Obama. It was clear they knew why these people had stood up against issues and how change came about. A very mature and thought-provoking discussion Kestrels. Well done.
The children realised that individuals make changes because of their beliefs and as a result, social change occurs.
Today in R.E. Kestrels discussed ways we can be an effective learners to ensure we can be the best we can possibly be.
This is what Kestrels described as an effective learner:
• Be the best you can be
• Follow rules
• Curiosity – ask questions!
• Good/active listening
• Good behaviour
• Homework can help and improve your learning
• Stay calm – quiet environment/class can help improve learning
• Critical thinking
• Environment – Ensuring our class is safe and comfortable
We are hoping you spotted some behaviours for learning in that lost that we follow across school.
A couple of weeks ago during PSHE, we were discussing friendship and how we can treat others in a kind way. Our tree looked bare, with no kind messages from our Kestrels class. Take a look at our tree now! here are just some of our kind comments we have added to our tree:
Well done Kestrels, these small acts of kindness make our class an amazing team to be part of.
Year 5 have been looking at being Loyal and Steadfast as part of our RE. In particular we are discussing “commitment” and what that mean to us and in different religions. Christians show commitment, as do many other religions, to following the word of God.
But is it easy? We thought about issues that may come up along the way.
As a class we discussed how we could show commitment to each other as friends by being nice or kind throughout a whole week.
We decided that through the week, if something nice was done for us or to us we would write it on a flower or a leaf and stick it on our friendship tree. We will come back to the tree and see how things have grown over the days and discuss how it can be hard to maintain commitment.
Here is a picture of our friendship tree looking a little bare, we hope that during the week it will flourish with acts of kindness, keep checking our blog page to see how our friendship tree grows.