Event - Multi-Faith Week

13 February 2017

During Multi-Faith Week, all pupils had the opportunity to learn about different faiths and religions. Trips were booked and visits took place, to immerse the pupils into their learning and to discover first-hand, some of the traditions, beliefs, signs and symbols of other faiths. Each year group focused on a particular faith.

Nursery children learnt about Christianity and learnt their letters by creating an A-Z on Christianity.

Reception children learnt about different festivals and celebrations including Chinese New Year and Eid. They had a special visitor who spoke about China and some of the children got to dress up in the traditional dragon costume used during New Year celebrations. The children made their own Chinese lucky red letters and learnt about some of the traditions of Eid, including designing their own decorative mehndi patterns.

Year 1 explored the theme of light across several religions. They studied the Hindu festival of Diwali, made coconut celebration biscuits, Diwali lanterns and made their own menorahs after learning about the Jewish festival of Hannukah.

Year 2 learnt about Buddhism. They learnt about how during the festival of Esala Perahera, Buddhists decorate elephants. The children completed some beautiful art work by creating their own elephant designs, made lotus prayer flowers and enjoyed listening and retelling 'The Story of the Monkey King.'

Year 3 enjoyed learning about Hinduism. They learnt that during the festival of Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns and place these by their front doors to encourage the goddess 'Lakshmi' to enter their homes. The children then designed their own Rangoli patterns using water colours and used their computing skills to create fact files on Hinduism.

Year 4 explored Judaism. The children enjoyed looking at the signs and symbols associated with this religion and created a glossary to show all the new vocabulary learnt. They looked at how and why Hanukkah is celebrated and designed Hanukkah cards, dreidels and artwork linked to this Jewish festival. They also explored and sketched different artefacts including a Torah, Seder plate and menorah.

Year 5 enjoyed learning about the Islamic faith. At the start of the week, the children had a special visit from a group of Year 5 children from Holy Family School. They explained some of the key beliefs in their religion, including what the five pillars of Islam are and shared some Islamic artefacts with the class, including beautifully patterned prayer mats and their holy book - the Qur'an. The children visited the Birmingham Central mosque and the Islamic exhibition centre to learn more about Islam, made model Mosques to help them to understand the different parts of this place of worship and demonstrated their programming skills by creating geometric Islamic patterns on the computers.

Year 6 learnt about Sikhism. They learnt about the 10 Sikh Gurus and demonstrated excellent Literacy skills when retelling the story of Guru Hargobind. The children enjoyed learning about the 5Ks and handled artefacts to support their learning. Towards the end of the week, they created an informative leaflet using their computing skills, showing what they'd learnt about Sikhism.

Nursery have been learning more about Christianity.
Reception class learning about the traditions of Chinese New Year.

In Reception we dressed in traditional Chinese clothes.
Year 1 have making clay diva lights.

The coconut ice sweets made in Year 1 were delicious.
Children in Year 2 have made paper lotus flowers.

Year 2 creating artwork relating to their Buddhism topic.
Year 2 have completed their classroom display.

Year 3 have designed Rangoli patterns which is a decoration to bring good luck.
Year 3 have discovered more about Hindu traditions and faith.

Year 4 are gaining a better understanding of the Jewish faith by matching Jewish symbols to their definitions.
Year 4 explored various artefacts such as the Torah from the Jewish faith.

Year 5 painting traditional Mendhi patterns.
Year 5 are demonstrating our programming skills, by designing geometric Islamic patterns.

In Year 5 we built a mosque and continued learning about its features.
Year 6 have designed a leaflet with facts about Sikhism.

In Year 6 we discovered more about the Sikh faith.
Children from Year 6 explained the meaning of Sikh artefacts.

During congratulations assembly we shared our work.
Multi-Faith week has given us a great opportunity to explore different faiths and cultures.