Holi was celebrated in Year 3/4.
Holi was celebrated in Year 3/4.
Key stage one have been learning about the Jewish festival of Shabbat. Rachael Reeves came in to school to talk to us about what happens during this very special meal which marks the beginning of the Sabbath, for Jewish families.
We learnt that at the start of the meal on a Friday evening, Rachael lights the Shabbat candle and recites a prayer. The family drinks wine or grape juice from silver goblets and say special blessings. They also eat special bread called Challah bread. Rachael baked some especially for us. It was delicious! We learnt that Shabbat is a time to talk and celebrate with family, and to catch up on news.
On Thursday 13th December Ben Rich and Rachael Reeves (parents of Aaron in Year 5) came into school to explore the Jewish festival of Chanukah with Key Stage One.
The children learnt the story of Chanukah, the symbolism of lighting candles and even got to eat donuts!
Thank you Ben and Rachael for coming to see us!
The Year Y5/6 children visited York Mosque where we were greeted by the friendly Imam, Abid Salik. Abid talked to us about why Muslims go to the mosque, the features of the mosque, the importance of prayer, and the significance of the 5 pillars of Islam. He also answered our many, many questions!
We also got to have a peek inside the new mosque. It’s enormous! We wondered what the old mosque will be used for when the new one is finished. Abid said they hadn’t decided yet but it might be used as community room.
Year 5/6 entered an exciting competition, in July, to create a traditional Islamic geometric design, which can be translated onto tiles in order to decorate the inside of the Mihrab in the new Mosque on Bull Lane. The mihrab is the niche at the front of the mosque that shows the direction towards Mecca, and is where the Imam stands to lead the prayer. It therefore acts as a focal point for worshippers at each of the five obligatory daily prayers.
The competition is open to schools in the York are and only 2 entries are allowed per school. We are pleased to announce the winners from Fishergate are Freddie H and Mia K. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges including local artists and dignitaries and members of the mosque around the end of January 2018.
Good luck Freddie and Mia!
On Thursday 29th June Y1/2 visited St. Lawrence’s church in York as part of our RE unit of work ‘What makes some places sacred?’
We learnt about why going to church is important to Christians. We found out about what Christians do in church such as reading the bible, singing songs and saying prayers. In some churches the leader wears special clothes too – some of us even got to try them on! Thank you Rev Jane for making our visit such a lot of fun!
This week the children in Early Years were learning about Eid. One of the children’s mums came in to make some patterns with the children. They all loved it!
On Wednesday 5th April, Y5/6 had a visitor from Christian Aid to talk to them about the work of this charity. This was to tie in with their R.E. unit, where they have been exploring the question from the City of York Syllabus ‘Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?’
We learnt about how Christian Aid has a vision to end poverty, and works with partner agencies all over the world to tackle issues such as the problems of climate change, and the refugee crisis.
Year 1 and 2 have been learning about what a Muslim is, and what they believe. We have been learning about how Muslims pray, and about their Holy Book, the Qur’an.
Since September 2016 we have been following the City of York Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016-2021, which requires that all pupils learn from Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism as a minimum. To help our School Governors understand what this means for pupils here at Fishergate, Mrs Spain gave a presentation in the Governor’s Meeting last week. You can take a look at this below.