Category Archives: RE

Understanding unity and harmony

Year 6 Eagles discussed unity and harmony.

They discussed their ideas of what it meant, talking about working together, ensuring there is no war, hatred or fights.

We looked at the story of Noah and how in Christianity, the story is told as God asking Noah to unite the people and follow his commandments. As the people didn’t, God sent rain for 40 days and 40 nights resulting in only Noah and his family being saved from the flood.

Year 6 then discussed Jainism, the oldest Indian language, older than Hinduism. It taught unity and harmony and as with all other religions- it taught forgiveness. A huge emphasis is put on forgiveness and the class discussed why.

“It makes you feel better.”
“To forgive means you keep your friends.”

In Jainism they used forgiveness circles and the class used this concept to research some forgiveness quotes. It turned out that the children were inspired to write their own!

Have a look and see what you think…

Survival

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In RE this week, year 6 have been looking into what we all need to survive. They created a mind map of all the elements required to allow us to strive as individuals, and discussed the importance of each one. Next week the children will be shown exactly what we require to survive and they will compare these with their own original ideas.

Christmas card competition

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Year 6 have been invited to take part in a very special ‘Christmas card competition’. Steve McCabe (our local MP) has asked the children to design a Christmas card illustrating what Christmas means to them. The winning entry will be printed and used by Mr McCabe himself.

The child with the winning design will receive a prize such as tickets to the Snow Dome, Dudley Zoo or Cadbury World.

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Fair and just

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Today Year 6 have been focusing on the RE topic of what is ‘fair and just’. They have been learning about how people can be treated unfairly or with prejudice. We focused on how the Jewish population were persecuted during WWII, and how even today people are still suffering due to the prejudiced behaviour of others.

The children had a very grown up sensible discussion and were able to give their views and opinions on all aspects discussed.

Feeling joyous

Eagles today discussed feeling joyous! There were lots of great examples!

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There were lots of wonderful examples which we went on to explore.

We looked a personal moments of feeling joy and collective times.

Receiving gifts and being included are lovely and are personal but celebrations can be collective.

We started discussing Eid Ul- Fitr which comes at the end of the month of fasting (Ramadan). As Ramadan is now, Eid will be in a few weeks. Lots of children remembered some of the facts about Ramadan. We will be looking at this again next week.

Buddhism

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On Wednesday the children in Year 6 were extremely lucky to receive a visit from The Birmingham Buddhist Center. A representative came along with lots of artifacts to share with the children. They listened to how the Buddha (Siddhartha as he was actually called) left his lavish palace to see what was on the outside. In doing so he discovered lots of sadness in the world and pledged to live his life in a much more simpler way, and lived from that day on the streets.

The children also had a chance to try meditating. They loved it! Why not ask them about the visit, they know an awful lot of new information now.

Mosque visit

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Year 6 were very fortunate today to visit Birmingham Central Mosque as part of their RE and learning of different faiths.

They were shown around the large hall which can take up to 3000 attendees and the mosque, in total, can hold up to 7000 people at any one time.

The children were fascinated to see some of the things that they had been learning about in class. They put some very interesting questions to Mr Mehmood, our host, who was very impressed with them all.

Well done Year 6 for showing a level of maturity and respect. It was a very informative and interesting visit.

We are looking forward to adding to our knowledge of different faiths when we welcome a visitor from a Buddhist Temple soon.

Understanding Islam and Buddhism

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Today Year 6 continued their RE lessons with Mrs Sabir. They watched several video clips detailing specific religions such as; the Muslim faith and Buddhism. We have some real experts in the class and this led to some really interesting questions being asked, some very involved conversations and lots of new information being learned. This will prepare the children for our visit to the Birmingham Mosque hopefully later in the term.

Respecting religion

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This week Year 6 Eagles have been studying RE with Mrs Sabir. The children have been learning about the many and varied religions there are in the world, and how we should respect each other’s choice and beliefs. They have been discussing how having ‘Faith’ in a religion of their choice can offer comfort and a sense of community to those involved. We are compiling an RE display of all the religions we are learning about – see above image.