Easter - Holy Week Dance Workshops
Year 4 and Year 6 took part in a very special series of Dance workshops. Led by 2 professional dancers, they reflected on the events of Holy Week and explored their responses through creative dance. Year 4 focused on the Last Supper whilst Year 6 developed the themes of Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Walking through the Bible
Year 6 have deepened their understanding of the Christian Faith through weekly sessions focused on the Old Testament of the Bible. Each week, they have explored the key themes with a visiting teacher, supported by some lovely resources. The children's increased knowledge and deeper reflection has supported their strong learning in both strands of RE - AT1 (learning about religion) and AT2 (learning from religion).
Mrs Chetri led a lovely whole school celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali. We lit the oil lamp (diya or diva) to bring positivity, prosperity and success in our life. It also symbolizes the victory of good over evil and we explored this theme as we learned the story of Rama and Sita and why this is important for Hindus. Finally, we learned some of the colourful ways that Hindus celebrate Diwali.
Father Max welcomed Year 1 to St Mary's as the children learned about the Christian beliefs and practices associated with Baptism.
Greenwich Islamic Centre
Year 1 and 2 visited the Greenwich Islamic Centre to learn about Islam.
Jaina :Muslims pray five times a day and when they pray, they face towards Mecca.”
Khaeleam : ” Men pray in one room and women pray in different room.”
Sariyah : ” Women cover their heads to show respect.”
Baking Unleavened Bread
The children in Reception class listened to the story of the last supper and made the unleavened bread after. They used milk, flour and a little honey to make the bread which they then enjoyed together thinking about the story of how Jesus shared the bread among his disciples.
Visit to a Hindu Temple
Year 3 and 4 went on a trip to the Hindu Temple in Lewisham. They learned about Hindu religious concepts, traditions and culture.
Year 3 and 4 visited the Jewish Synagogue to deepen our understanding of the roots of Judaism and to find out more about how Jewish people worship. It was fascinating to hear about some of the similarities and differences between the Christian and Jewish Faith. We learnt that men and women sit in different places during worship and that it is only the men that have to pray three times a day. We were shown the Torah and found out about how it is beautifully handwritten in Hebrew. We then shared some reflections of how the Jewish people were persecuted during the Holocaust and shared some refreshments together.
It was great to put all of our previous learning about Judaism into perspective and link our current learning about persecution in Christianity to the more recent victims of religious persecution.
St Mary’s Church Christian Message
Year 3 and 4 went to St Mary’s Church to find out how the Christian message has survived for over 2000 years.
We learnt about the history of Jesus by looking at the stained glass windows. Father Steffan what the Pentecost was and told us that it happened after Jesus’ ascension. We thought about what qualities the apostles needed in order to go out and spread God’s word and reflected on the Fruit of the Spirit.
Father Steffan then gave us some of the history of the church and showed us how the message is still spread today, using bible readings and sermons (teaching) and pictures. We also learnt that when a bishop confirms someone, Christians believe that the Bishop passes the Holy Spirit on and then tells them to, ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.’
Prayer Mats - Home Learning
As part of their learning about Islam in Religious Education, Year 1 used digital software in Purple Mash to design these beautiful Prayer Mats, as part of their Home Learning.