The children participated in some role play in RE last week to explore differences and how we create unity and harmony within a community.
Year 6 have been discussing rules and the importance of having rules in life (including laws). As a class we discussed what rules are, why we have rules and what would happen if we did not have rules. The children identified that rules are in place to keep everybody safe and without them, the world and different places, such as school, would be chaotic.
The children then worked in pairs to create their own ’10 rules of life’ before watching a video about Christianity and the ten commandments. After the video, we spent time discussing the ten commandments and whether any of our rules were similar to them.
As part of RE, Year 6 have been discussing the term remembrance. We started off with a discussion about what the term meant.
Abigail – it means to remember the soldiers who fought in the war
Llukan – remembering loved ones
Anastasya – remembering past events that have happened and people who risked their lives for our country
We then discussed Remembrance day and what that day represents before talking about why it is important to have.
Josh T – it is important because it is an opportunity to remember the people who gave their lives for us
Rishita – it is important to remember those who died in the war
Anastasya – it is important as it shows that we respect what the people did
Khaltum – it is important as it shows appreciation
In RE we have been discussing fairness. The children watched a short video which included a situation where people weren’t being treated fairly. We paused the video at lots of different points to discuss what was happening in the situation, what we thought would be fair and how we thought the children in the video should behave.
What does ‘fair’ mean?
Paris – not being selfish towards other people
Rubylee – everybody gets their share
Miranda – not just thinking of yourself but others too
Tibet – having equal respect for everybody
Lucas – equal
Year 6 have been discussing rules in RE and why we have rules in the world. We also compared rules to laws and discussed how they are similar and again why they are needed in the world.
The children then worked in pairs to think of 10 rules for life. They had to imagine that everybody in the world would only have 10 rules to follow and they could decide what those 10 rules should be.
The children then watched a video that informed them of the 10 commandments from the Christian faith and had to think about how these were similar or different to the rules that they had come up with themselves.
Year 6 discussed what they thought “Roots and commitment” meant. It was a very interesting discussion.
We also discussed how roots and commitment are shown in this country. The children quickly remembered that we have “Remeberance Day”. This is a day the country has committed to remembering World War II. Remembering the past ensures we don’t forget the hardships or victories and how they were achieved.
The class then looked at commitment and what they felt people can and do and commit to.
We decided these were among the most important things to commit to:
We also read and discussed the story of Noah. He showed a lot of commitment as he worked for over a year to build the boat for his family and all the animals. His commitment to God was rewarded. His family survived the flood. We discussed how he would not have known that and and yet he committed regardless of his eventual “reward”.
We often commit to things for lots of reason and not always because we will gain something from it.
That is why a commitment is so hard yet satisfying.
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…
Eagles class have been discussing the importance of having rules in society in their RE lesson. They had a very informed discussion on what would happen if there were no rules and looked at how rules are of paramount importance within the religion of Sikhism.