Category Archives: RE

A Buddhist visitor

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.

Taking part

Today Year 5 looked at why it was good to take part.

There were lots of excellent ideas.

Most people thought it was a good idea whereas others thought it depended on whether the activity was safe, worth it or if it made them uncomfortable.

They went on to discuss how perseverance is important and making mistakes is just another way of learning.
Well done Year 5.

Religious symbols

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.

Discussing the true meaning of Easter

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.

Disposition- Participating and willing to lead

Kestrels class already knew about Rosa Park and Martin Luther King

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.

Effective learners

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
• Concentrate
• 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
• Perseverance
• 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.