Category Archives: RE

Open Honest and Truthful

Today Year 5 began their new disposition of Being Open, Honest and Truthful. 
Within this, this week we looked at why truth matters.
We started with a game.
Mrs Sabir whispered something to Isla, who passed it on to Charlie, who passed it on to Bethany, who passed it on to Yusif, who passed it on to Olivia, who passed it on to Oliver……who….looked very blank!
Unfortunately, by the time it got to Olivia she had struggled to hear anything and so could not pass anything on to Oliver….
But, what had been said?
Olivia heard- nothing
Yusif heard- something about a sword
Bethany heard- something about a sword
Charlie heard- something about a sock
Isla heard- something about a jellybean and food
So what did Mrs Sabir say?  “I put a potato in a sock with a jellybean.”
What does this show us?
The children initially said this showed that it showed people can tell lies when then share information.
But as we discussed it further it was reaaslied that that is not the case- each person did not change what was said on purpose- they did not hear correctly and so passed on incorrect information. Not really the same as telling a lie.
Passing on information can have negative effects- you have to be sure the information is  correct.
People who have a faith always look to their faith for answers too. Over the next few weeks we will be looking into different faiths and how they look for the truth in their faith.


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!

Being Hopeful and Visionary

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.


Do you have an Advent wreath?

Marriage and Weddings

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.

Time to Think

Today year5 looked at reflection and quiet time in Christianity.
Christians will have quiet time to reflect on the word of God written in the Bible.
 They watched a video about Beth, who would sit and read the Bible every morning. She would write parts she liked, her thoughts and her feelings.
She said that it has made her life so much better, improving her relationship with her family and her friends.
We all need quiet time, to think about decisions, our days and our feelings.

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.