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.
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We have had in wedding in Y1/2! Rev Jane Natrass came in to school to enable a role play wedding to help us understand what happens a Christian wedding.
It may be Christmas but we’ve had a wedding in Early Years!
This week we all joined together to sing for peace all around the world on International Peace Day! The whole school, including staff and parents came together to sing the song ‘One Candle’, a powerful song which promotes the message of peace for everyone around the world. We all had a few moments of quiet to think about how the world would be a better place if we all got on together and were kind to each other. We even sang in Latin! Dona nobis pacem – Grant us peace.
One Day One Choir is a global choral initiative, started in 2014, which has been created to mobilise the inspiring and harmonious power of singing together to unite people globally to sing for peace on International Peace Day, September the 21st.
The Imam of York Mosque has been into school to unpack with Y3/4 children how and why muslims pray.
Y5/6 children learnt about why pilgrimage is important to Christians and how life can be seen as a journey.
We were thrilled to welcome Ben Rich (Dad of Hannah and Aaron) into to school, to help us to learn all about the Jewish Festival of Passover.
Ben talked to us about the story of Passover, and explained why it is important to Jewish people. We learned about the symbolism of the different foods that are eaten, and that it is a festival of freedom, because the children ask questions during the meal, symbolising our freedom to learn and ask questions in our everyday lives.
We tasted some different foods that are eaten during the celebration including Matzos and also some herbs dipped in salt water ,and learnt about their significance. Some people were brave enough to taste the horseradish. It was very hot!
We ended with a fun game where we had to hunt for the missing half of a Matzo.
Thank you Ben for a great learning experience!
As part of our R.E. lesson Year 5/6 paid a visit to York Mosque on Wednesday 18th November. We were enthusiastically and warmly greeted by the Imam, Abid Salik, who spent around an hour talking to our children. Although the trip was fundamentally to learn about the teachings of Islam and the way York Mosque serves the local community, the Imam was open to all the children’s questions. He answered with humour and sensitivity. He then went on to talk about the terrible situation in Paris, how the perpetrators ‘do not represent Islam’. We then held a minute’s silence, which felt even more poignant within the Mosque.
I am sure all the children came home full of wonderful stories about their morning spent at the York Mosque! We were made to feel very welcome and it is well worth a visit.