Me: All about Myself
This half term we will be looking at how different religions helps us live better lives and respect each other
After listening to Adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, we created Islamic pieces of art. Circles are often used in Islamic art to represent how Mohammed and Allah are infinite with no beginning or end. Some of us even used our knowledge of Arabic to include writing in our art. After we finished it we wrote positive comments about each others art to boost each others confidence and celebrate trying our best. Here are some of our examples and the patterns we used to help us:
Jainism and King Megharath
This week we read the Jain story of King Megharath and then discussed karma before retelling the story using adjectives, adverbs and 'show me not tell me' sentences which we have been using in English. Karma is when actions, whether good or bad, have consequences.
King Megharath is a story about a King who showed two Demi gods how merciful and selfless he was because the King's religion was so strong he could not see any animal hurt by another.
A merciful person is someone helps to stop others from pain. They give money to those who do not have any, food to those who are hungry. They would also sacrifice their own life to save the lives of the others, just like King Megharath.
This week in RE we looked at the Buddhist quote: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” and created our own diya for the Hindu festival of Diwali, which originates from the word Deepavali which means 'Festival of Light'. A diya is usually an oil lamp made from clay however we made ours from plasticine with a tea light in the middle. We decorated our diyas with beads and thought about how we can be like a candle in everyday life through our actions and words.
How can you be like a candle to others this week?
This week in RE Year 4 had the challenge to empty a whole tube of toothpaste into a paint pot and then to put all the toothpaste they've just emptied back into the toothpaste tube. 4S used a range of ways to get the toothpaste back into the tube and many pupils got their fingers covered in toothpaste in the process! However both classes agreed that the challenge was impossible and that the toothpaste could not be put back in the tube like it was before. The toothpaste represented how sometimes words and actions can said or done which cannot be undone but rather can only be resolved through different actions or words.
After the toothpaste activity pupils wrote their name in the middle of their piece of paper and it was sent around the classroom so that their peers wrote something nice about them. As a class we then discussed how the pupils felt as a result of seeing all the nice things their peers had written.