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Religious Education

At Whitefield Infant School, religious education aims to prepare our children for life, in the increasingly diverse society in which they live. They acquire the necessary knowledge and skills so that they can respect religious and cultural differences and contribute to life in modern Britain.  Pupils learn to articulate their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences and respect the views of others. Religious education does not seek to promote religious beliefs on pupils by promoting one religion over another. Instead, it allows pupils the opportunity to make sense of their own place in the world.

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 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.

Please click here to see our R.E Curriculum Overview

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.

 

          Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Our Nursery children have been learning about Ramadan and Eid. The children handled the Islamic artefacts with respect and we talked about the names of the artefacts and what we use them for in Islam. 

Our reception and KS1 children have also been learning about Eid and enjoyed doing lots of wonderful Eid activities in their classes.

            Celebrating Eid-al-Fitr

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                Easter and Lent 2022

                        Happy Easter

What is Lent?

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.

What is Easter?

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!” 

Happy Chinese New Year 2022

春节快乐

 

                  This is the year of the Tiger 

 

This is the year of the Tiger

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. People in lots of other Asian countries celebrate the lunar festival. It is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. In Chinese tradition, each year Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. So the animals will have a year dedicated to them once every 12 years, in a cycle.

Usually before the festivities begin, people clean their homes really well to make them ready for the celebrations. Then, when New Year's Day comes, there is a tradition not to pick up a broom, in case you sweep the good luck for the New Year out of the door!

People enjoy eating lots of delicious food, including noodle soup, which traditionally brings luck for the year ahead. There are typically parades and performances, with people dressed in traditional clothes. Fireworks are also set off, because it is thought that noise and lights will scare away any evil spirits for the coming months.mm

Please look our learning about the Chinese New learning in our Reception classes.

Harvest Festival 

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

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.

 

We have been learning about Diwali and why and how Hindus celebrate Diwali. There was an opportunity for reflection. 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.

The class assembly ended in a prayer.

 

Dear God,

Help us to understand and learn about festivals of the world, so that we may respect them all.

Amen

 

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

What is Lent?

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.

What is Easter?

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!” 

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

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.

              Harvest Festival (2021)

 

What is a Harvest Festival?

Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land.

Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and very ancient. In Britain, we have given thanks for successful harvests since pagan times. We celebrate this day by singing, praying and decorating our churches with baskets of fruit and food in a festival known as 'Harvest Festival', usually during the month of September.

Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives them. This makes them want to share with others who are not so fortunate. In schools and in Churches, people bring food from home to a Harvest Festival Service. After the service, the food that has been put on display is usually made into parcels and given to people in need.

 

The In our school we celebrated the Harvest Festival which was led by our year 2 classes. The children discussed where our food comes from, how it is grown and transported to shops. The assembly ended with a prayer thanking God for food we have to eat and we remembered people who do not have enough food. The children sang beautifully ‘We are Marching in the Light of the World.

 

Huge thank you to our school community for their generous contribution to our Harvest festival..

Happy Diwali

दिवाली की शुभकामनाएँ

 

When is Diwali?

The festival is usually sometime between October and November, with the date changing each year.

This year Diwali takes place over five days from 2 November to 6 November with the main day of celebration on Thursday 4 November.

Where does the name Diwali come from?

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps". 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.

What's the festival about?

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.

Traditions

  • Many lights and oil lamps are lit on the streets and in houses
  • People visit their relatives and have feasts
  • Fireworks and festivities are an essential part of the occasion
  • Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is worshipped as the bringer of blessings for the new year

     

The children have enjoyed learning about Diwali. They learnt about how and why Hindus celebrate Diwali. We welcomed Molly from the West End Theatre Company to celebrate Diwali by exploring the great Hindu epic about prince Rama and his wife Sita by retelling the story through dance. 

Please look at the Diwali activities children have been doing from nursery to key stage 1. 

 

 

 

 

 

                 Happy Christmas

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 is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

We had a special visitor to our school Father Kelly from St. John Southworth, Church celebrated Advent and Christmas assembly with us. We learnt about advent and how Christians prepare for Christmas.  We finished the assembly with some of the children reading prayers. The children joined in with Father Kelly to sing the hymn ‘Give Me Joy In My heart’

        

Please look at our Chinese New Year learning in our Reception classes.

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