Last week we looked at Skihism and Sewa (helping) in the Gurdwara, specifically the langar (free kitchen).
Today Year 5 continued their RE looking at Sharing and Being Generous.
They started by looking at Humanists and how they show generosity and the various ways they can show it:
helping the homeless being kind being active being generous opening soup kitchens
A Rabbi called Moses Maimonides set out a ladder to show the best way to share and be generous (tzedakah).
Which rung of the ladder would apply to you?
The class agreed that it is very difficult to set a definite rung of the ladder! When you give charity to someone, it can be for many different reasons and depends on whether you know them or not. That would then depend which rung of the ladder you would be on…would you want the reciever to know you gave the gift? Maybe, maybe not.
Most of the class decided the seventh rung was where they would be happiest giving charity- “cheerfully, when asked”. ☺️A very generous class!
Today Year 5 continued looking at the disposition in RE of being hopeful and visionary. They read an extract from the Bible (Matthew 25, 31-46) it talked about their hopes at judgement day. It talks about all the good things that have been done in life, all the people who have been helped in their times of need and how these good acts mean that not only is it seen as helping those people but helping God too.
The class made connections to other stories we have read too, like the good Samaritan, who helped a stranger, and Bhai Kanhaiya, who helped fallen enemies in battle.
These stories show how mankind puts others first regardless of faith, colour or creed. They show humanity.
The class went on to look at advent- the coming of Jesus. Each candle on the Advent wreath represents something different and lead up to the four Sundays before Christmas. On Christmas Day a final candle is lit in the middle of the wreath.
Year 5 have been looking at marriage and weddings in RE, thinking about joy and how different faiths celebrate their marriages.
Last week we looked at weddings in Islam and this week we are looking at Christian weddings. There are lots of similarities and quite a few differences too. Most of the differences come from culture rather than faith. They are differences that are expressed in different countries.
It was very interesting to discuss the weddings, the meanings of the verses said in the ceremonies and what they mean.
Ceremonies show commitment to each other and a promise that each person tries to keep.
We even watched a short part of Prince Williams wedding. Here it is if you would like to watch some of it too.
Today Year 5 were given a real lesson in injustice! The class were led to believe that Lexi was said to have ripped up a library book (a thing she would never have done!). She was “sent” to Mrs Butterworth. Don’t worry, Lexi was in on the task and played a great part in the scenario. The class were then asked if they knew anything about the incident.
The class leapt to her defence and reeled off a number of reasons why she could not have possibly done it: Lexi loves books Maybe those that told on her were not telling the truth She was outside at lunchtime Nobody saw her She couldn’t possibly want to tear up a book
When the children realised it was not true, a number of reactions were expressed about how they felt over the accusation and the injustice: I felt like crying for her I was really upset I was worried I could not believe she would do that That made us feel really sad I was angry at the children that had accused her The children then discussed how injustices can happen and the circumstances in which they come
They then had a go and drawing a picture and associating colours with the emotions they were feeling through that scenario.
Today in RE, Year 5 have been discussing the importance of being honest. They came up with some excellent reasons why telling the truth is important and we’re able to share their views on the subject. Why don’t you ask them what it means to them?
Today, year 5 have watched the story of The Good Samaritan and designed their own parables. They have shown their excellent understanding of why it’s important for people to behave well and were able to offer messages of advice to their readers.
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!