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Interfaith Week

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What a fantastic week we have had exploring the everyday lives of people from other faiths. It was lovely to welcome Ann Angel back to our school to share with classes her Jewish faith and how she practices it. Reception and preschool enjoyed learning about Rosh Hashanah , the Jewish New Year and tasted apples dipped in honey to wish a sweet new year ahead. All enjoyed learning some Hebrew words and listened beautifully to some traditional Jewish folk stories.

Year 1 and 2 experienced the Shabbat meal that is celebrated every Friday evening and especially liked the puppet show on the creation story and why the Sabbath is celebrated. They can certainly strike a pose as Ann taught them how to make Hebrew letters using their bodies.

Year 3 also experienced the Shabbat tradition of bread and grape juice. They discovered all artifacts that are features in a Synagogue and the role of the Rabbi. They enjoyed recounting how they could try on a kippah, which came in all the colours of the rainbow and a prayer shawl. they ended the day with traditional tales, their favourite being the feather story.

As Year 4 had chosen Buddhism as their independent learning inquiry for Re this term they experienced a meditation and yoga session as they were fascinated with the story of Buddha sitting and meditating to gain enlightenment. They practiced their breathing and listening to them self and others in the quiet and still of the room.

Ann shared traditional tales with Year 5, who then turned these into drama scenarios and captured them in freeze frames. Before Ann left they were keen to show them to her who appreciated their enthusiasm and story telling. Well done year 5.

Year 6 were very fortunate to enjoy a day out on a faith trail in Derby where they visited a Hindu Mandir, an Islamic Mosque and a Sikh Gurdwara. They had fantastic faith leaders who helped them to explore and experience the different places of worship and explained how there is one God shared by the different religions but each had different beliefs, names and celebrations. I think the particular favorite was the Gurdwara where they experienced hospitality in the Langar, sharing a tray of vegetarian curries with their friends.

All of our visitors and places we visited, expressed how lovely and polite our children are, this week, and in particular how knowledgeable they are about other faiths. They were described as being a credit to our school. Well done to all.

Thank you to all the teachers and classes today as they came to share their experiences in worship this morning, we especially enjoyed looking at the photographs of what each class has been doing.

And finally a huge thank you to all the children, parents and teachers who supported the 'Festival of lights disco' last week as this enabled us to contribute towards the expense of our RE visits and visitors this year, as it does every year.

Mrs Taylor

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