World Religion Afternoon-RE/SMSC/PSHE

On Wednesday the 16th February we were able to host a World Religion afternoon. This was a fantastic opportunity for all our children to be part of. We were able to put on a carousel of activities that children enjoyed in their house groups. This meant that children from all classes in school were able to be together and the older children got to guide the younger children around school to the different activities and it was exciting for children to get to explore different rooms, such a novelty at the moment.

We opened our doors to two visitors Roop Singh a fabulous Sikh storyteller and Imran Kotwal a knowledgeable Muslim teacher. Roop Singh had all the children entranced in his fantastic stories that helped explain the origins of the Sikh religion. Each group was told a different story so they could share their stories with each other on the playground.

Imran Kotwal brought a lovely display of artefacts with him that sparked a lot of interest. Children were able to choose different artefacts and Imran explained to the children how they linked to Islam. The perfume was definitely a favorite especially amongst the staff. It was lovely to see how engaged the children were with the first hand experience being passed onto them and the change to explore different Religious artefacts that they may not have seen before.

Our very talented teachers also put together part of the carousel and up in Class 5 the children got an insight into Buddhism. They looked at meditation and had a go, they also used origami skills to make lotus flowers and through art they created an image of Buddha’s head.

In Class 2 is was a vibrant environment with lots of colorful painting and music as they learnt about Hinduism. The children learnt about the Hindu beliefs, practices and popular celebrations through dancing, creating rangoli patterns and creating Holi art. 

This experience enabled children to gain knowledge of and respect different faiths, feelings and values. It gave children a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about the world around them and a chance to reflect on their experiences, especially with the meditation in Class 5. Not only did children gain knowledge in RE but also in their own understanding of Spirituality, Morality and Social and Cultural development. Through this afternoon children at our school are building on their ability to understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others. They are also building on their understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.

Finally, I want to thank  our Visitors Imran Kotwal and Roop Singh as well as our very talented teachers for hosting a brilliant World Religion afternoon that included all members of our school.