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Religious Education

Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum and is taught in accordance with the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

 

R.E lessons offer a chance for children to explore beliefs and practices of 5 major world faiths.  Visits to places of worship, handling artefacts and visits from practising members of different faiths enhance children’s understanding of our society, while developing their understanding, tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others.

R.E. is a large part of SMSC and it is through RE that we examine spiritual beliefs from around the world including those of the children and their families. 

We hope to give the children more understanding through displays, visits, lessons and discussions.

We believe by encouraging the children to ask questions about what they see and hear that this enables them to be active independent learners.

 

We learnt about the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur.

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Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good night over evil and knowledge over ignorance.”
We had a special assembly on Diwali and this was followed up by Diwali activities in the classroom.
Diwali

 

Advent

We celebrated the advent assembly. Advent is an important part of the Christian calendar. It means ‘coming’ and it’s the period before Christmas. Advent lasts about four weeks, beginning four sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The church’s Christmas seasons begins on Christmas Eve and lasts for twelve days. So, Advent is a season of anticipation that leads up to Christmas. Christmas celebrates Jesus birth so the Advent period reminds Christians to remember and prepare for those celebrations. 

Our assembly was about advent and how Christians prepare for Christmas. The children learnt about what the advent candles represent. We finished the assembly with some of the children reading prayers.

Christmas

Christmas is one of the most important popular festivals celebrated throughout the year. The name Christmas comes from the mass of Christ (or Jesus). Our assembly was about how Christians celebrate Christmas and why. The children listened to the Christmas story and discussed Christmas traditions. This was followed up by Christmas activities in class.

 

 

Our Advent and Christmas assemblies

The year 2 children went to visit the church. They looked at the artefacts and discussed how they are used in church. 

Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from ‘budhi’, ‘to awaken’. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35.

In our Buddhist assembly, we watched the story of Buddha. This week the Buddhist people have been celebrating the festival of Nirvana. Nirvana Day is a Mahayana Buddhist holiday celebrated in East Asia in February. It celebrates the day when Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body. We spoke about how we can be kind to ourselves and to others.

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Take a look at some of our follow up activities on Buddhism that our children have done

Chinese New Year

Happy New Year

Kung Hay Fat Choi

Chinese New Year is a traditional and very important Chinese holiday. It was originally a festival to honour ancestors as well as holy or sacred beings. It is also known as the Spring Festival, which is the literal translation from the Chinese name. Chinese New Year is the longest festival in the Chinese calendar.

On the last day of Chinese New Year, everyone carries beautiful paper lanterns and walks along the streets. This is supposed to light the way for the New Year. This day is called Lantern Day.

Another name for Chinese New Year is: The First Day of the Great Year

We celebrated Chinese New Year. In assembly we learnt about why and how Chinese New Year is celebrated. We looked at the similarities and differences at how Muslims and Christians celebrate the New Year. The assembly was followed up by Chinese New Year activities in classes.

Please look at our Chinese New year activities in our classes.

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Lent

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

 

This morning our assembly was about lent. Today we thought about how Christians remember a time of preparation that Jesus went through.

 

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent for Western Christian churches. On Ash Wednesday services churchgoers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes.  The cross helps Christians to think about Jesus. It is a symbol that reminds Christians of Jesus’s death the cross helps Christians to think about Jesus

The assembly was followed up by activities in classes.

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 Happy Easter

 

Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s rising from the dead (His Resurrection) after His crucifixion which took place on Good Friday.

Easter is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Vernal or Spring Equinox on March 21st. This can be any Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. It is the most sacred of all the Christian holidays or celebrations.

Christ’s return (or rising) from death is called the Resurrection. According to the scriptures, Christ’s tomb was empty three days after His death, which is commemorated on Good Friday. His followers saw Him and talked to Him after this. Christians therefore believe that they have the hope of a new life (an everlasting life in Heaven) after their death.

Our special assembly this week was about Easter. In assembly we retold the story of Easter and learnt why it an important festival for the Christians. 

We finished the assembly with a prayer thanking God for the new life we celebrate at Easter and prayed for our families and friends.

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