pupils discover world religions in 'inter-faith week'
at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Junior School marked 'Inter-Faith
Week' by learning about diffrerent religions and cultures.
week is an opportunity to learn, celebrate and explore different
faiths - and each year group at the Burnham school focused on a
world religion, with the whole school linking their learning with
the theme 'food and festivals'.
week was funded by a local charity, Burnham-On-Sea Adult School
Trust, whose aim is to assist projects in both a Christian and Educational
money that funded the project originally came from the sale of the
Adult School, run by Quakers. A school Governor, Bruce Poole, helped
St Andrew's apply for the funding.
3 children got to learn about Hinduism and Diwali. The classes got
to take part in a workshop, made and tasted samosas, made Diva lamps,
created Rangoli patterns and created banners with a Diwali theme.
A year 3 child said: "I loved the Hinduism workshop because
I tasted food I haven't eaten before."
4 children learnt about food and festivals in Christianity. They
visited the Catholic Church, had a visit from a local minister,
made and tasted Easter biscuits and researched traditions linked
with the celebration of Easter. A year 4 child said: "The catholic
church visit was really interesting - I really enjoyed the tour."
5 learnt about Judaism and Hanukkah. They made and tasted latkes,
created Hanukkah posters and researched how Hanukkah is celebrated.
A Jewish workshop was planned for year 5 pupils but has had to be
cancelled due to illness and future work commitments of the workshop
leader. A year 5 pupil said "I enjoyed making the latkes- they
were really tasty!"
6 learnt about Islam. Year 6 children researched and summarise what
they learnt, wrote their names in Arabic and visited a local mosque.
A year 6 pupil said "I enjoyed watching the prayer at the mosque.
The words that they said seemed meaningful and interesting. We know
that the way they dress is nothing to be afraid of and it's not
spokesperson added: "All the children linked the week to the
British values of tolerance and mutual respect; each class had the
opportunity to explore why these values are key to our lives."
the end of the week, each child got to share their learning with
a pupil from another class."