This year, our focus in RE week were two of the World's main religions, Judaism and Hinduism. Children had the opportunity to recreate two important festivals to help them understand the different faiths and cultures.
We began the week by welcoming back Sunita from the Indian Experience. In addition to a wonderful assembly where she retold the story of Rama and Sita to an enthralled audience, Sunita worked with the children in Year 3 and Year 4 to learn more about India, Diwali and Hinduism.
In KS1, the children learnt about the festival of Sukkot - which celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness. The main objective of the holiday is to build a Sukkah, a small temporary shelter which provides shade while allowing those inside of it to see the sky. The children really enjoyed gathering the materials and building their very own Sukkahs!
The end of the week focused on the Hindu festival of Holi, and the children in KS2 carefully considered how the Holi celebration makes use of colour and fire to celebrate changes in the seasons. The children also considered how Holi represented the triumph of good over bad.
During the Holi festival, which next year will be celebrated in March, Hindus use coloured powder to throw at each other to signify the beginning of spring and to say goodbye to the darkness of winter. This wonderful celebration was part of developing the children’s wider understanding of living in unity with ourselves and others and gave them a great insight into other people’s lives.
There are more photos in the Photo Gallery.