March 16, 2011
students explore religious faiths during RE month
at Highbridge's King Alfred and Churchfield Schools have been
exploring religious faiths during a special Religious Education
The event started with a workshop at Churchfield when Year 8
students joined Emily Sanders from the sixth form in teaching
the Year 5 students about Islamic beliefs.
"The workshop was a real success and was enjoyed by both
the King Alfred students and Churchfield pupils. The year 5s created
some lovely artwork and all learnt to write their names in Arabic,"
Ali Jacobson, RE teacher at King Alfred School, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
King Alfred School also hosted a debate among sixth formers about
science and religion featuring St Andrew's Church Vicar Rev Graham
Witts, Lynne Smith from the Burnham Philosophy Group, and university
professors James Ladyman and Dr Christopher Southgate.
"This was a really interesting evening which brought lots
of different age groups of people from the local community together
to discuss and debate religion," said Ali.
And the Year 8 students have also visited a Hindu temple hand-carved
from marble called the Mandir in Neasden, London (as pictured
the visit, staff and students were given the opportunity to watch
prayers, visit an exhibition about Hinduism and pose questions
to a very helpful guide.
This week, the Year 8 pupils have returned to Churchfield with
Ceri Plested from the sixth form to lead workshops with Year 5
students about Indian dance and Henna designs.
Ali said: "The workshops were great fun for everyone involved
and Year 5 picked up the dance moves very quickly and designed
some original and interesting henna patterns."
The RE students will soon be visiting a mosque in Bristol, exploring
students ideas about belief in a Graffiti workshop and leading
more workshops with Year 6 students at Churchfield School about
Christian and humanist beliefs.