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Places of Worship and Artefacts in RE

RE is a vibrant, exciting and thought-provoking subject for all age groups across the school. We can learn about religion and from religion. At The Croft we are a Christian school and many of the children have very good knowledge, understanding and personal experience of this religion. However, we are fortunate to have children and families from other religions; for example, Sikhs and Jews. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Mrs Laura Hendy, who is coming in to lead an assembly for the Prep children on Judaism in March.

Last term, the Year 5 children were thinking about and reflecting on special places in their lives. They were all able to write about a place that was special to them and think about why. We then thought about the Church as a special place to Christians. They will visit the Birmingham Central Mosque in February as part of their topic on Islam, and it will be a great opportunity to compare this Islamic place of worship to a Church.

Artefacts are an extremely valuable and important resource and teaching tool in helping children to learn more about and further explore different faiths. Last term, Year 5 pupils thought about special objects in their lives and looked at special Christian objects, for example; a wooden cross, a candle, a Bible, a crucifix and rosary beads. This term all of Years 4, 5 and 6 will be looking at religious objects from other faiths in order to help them learn more about their topics of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. We have discussed how we handle and show respect to these objects at all times. They help us to learn about how other faiths pray and celebrate. Year 4 enjoyed looking at the Puja tray for Hindu worship and ringing the bell to call the Murti and Hindu Gods and Goddesses. They also liked waving the Chauri, a Sikh object with long hairs that is waved over the holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, to symbolise respect for the sacred writings.

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