At Whitefield Infant School the RE curriculum ensures children develop understanding, respect tolerance for other religious beliefs. We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn about different religions, so that they can understand the world around them.
Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of faiths around the world, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced further with visits to places of worship in our local area and beyond.
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.
What is a Harvest Festival?
Harvest festival is a celebration of the food that is grown on the land. In Britain, harvest festivals are often celebrated in churches and schools. Often food is collected to share with others who are less fortunate.
In Britain, harvest festivals are held around the time of the harvest moon. This is usually in September, although sometimes it is in October.
We celebrated Harvest festival in our school. We gave thanks for the crops, which have been safely harvested. We thought about how much food we have compared with other children in the world.
Time for reflection
We closed our eyes and thought about a time when we were hungry and thought about the children in the world who often feel like that.
The food that the children and staff have brought in will be donated to our local food bank, to help those people who are less fortunate than us.
Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and New Year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps".
Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. They also celebrate the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.
houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it's really popular with children.
Due to Covid-19 we are unable to celebrate festivals as a whole school.
This week in our class bubbles we have been learning about Diwali and why and how Hindus celebrate Diwali. There was an opportunity for reflection.
Today we have been thinking about the Hindu story of Diwali... How it's a celebration of Rama and Sita... Of good triumphing over evil... And light over darkness... The good deeds that people do in our world shine out like lights in the darkness... What good deed might you do today that will shine out of the darkness..?'
The children were asked to look again at the candles, and had to think of a good deed that they might do today.
The class assembly ended in a prayer.
Help us to understand and learn about festivals of the world, so that we may respect them all.
The assembly was followed up with different Diwali activities in the classes.
Advent and Christmas
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's and birth so the Advent period reminds Christians to remember and prepare for those celebrations.
In our class bubbles we discussed about advent and how Christians prepare for Christmas. The children learnt about what the advent candles represent. We finished our class assembly with some of the children reading prayers.
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.
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 on 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.
Year 2 visited Sacred Heart School and learnt about Advent and the meaning of each candle. They joined in with lots of Christmas activities.
Lent and Easter 2021
Lent is the season of fasting and self-denial observed by many Christians in the days preceding Easter Sunday each year. The word “Lent” comes from a word meaning “lengthening days,” with the Lenten season consisting of forty fast days as days lengthen in early spring.
Easter Sunday is the most important day in the Christian calendar, as it is the day that Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It marks the end of Lent, a 40-day season of fasting and penance. In contrast with the penitent spirit of Lent and the somber atmosphere of Holy Week, Easter is marked by joy, music, and jubilation. Christians observe the occasion by wearing their finest outfits, singing songs of celebration, removing the veil from the cross, and proclaiming, “Christ is risen!”
The holy month of Ramadan or Ramadan in the Islamic calendar is all set to begin from April 12 when Muslims all across the world will observe fast for 29-30 days. The festival is celebrated in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when the people keep Roza in which they follow a strict routine and do not eat or drink anything for the entire day from sunrise to sunset in remembrance of Allah.
They read verses from Quran and offer prayers to Allah. They break their fast with Iftaari after seeing the moon in the evening. Muslims do this for one complete moon cycle and celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr on the 30th days.
Traditionally, Eid al-Fitr begins at sunset on the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon. If the moon is not observed immediately after the 29th day of the previous lunar month (either because clouds block its view or because the western sky is still too bright when the moon sets), then the holiday is celebrated the following day. Eid al-Fitr, (Arabic “Festival of Breaking Fast” is celebrated for one to three days, depending on the country.
In our school we have been learning about and Ramadan and Eid al-fitr. The classes have done beautiful displays in their classes. The year 2 children have thought about an act of kindness and wrote this on a leaf which have been hung on a tree in their class.
Please look at our pictures of learning and the displays in classes. The children had an Eid party in their classes and came dressed in their beautiful colourful traditional clothes. The children had fun playing games and eating delicious food.