Category Archives: RE

Exploring similarities and differences

Today, Bluebirds heard the story of the creation of the prophet of Adam and learnt that Muslims believe human ancestry goes back to Adam. We discussed how people have changed since that time due to climate, language, culture, food etc).

We discussed how we have similarities and differences and sat with a partner to compare these areas.

Caring for Pets

Bluebirds heard a verse from Genesis (Ch 1 – verse 28) where humans were given the responsibility to rule over the animals. In the original language it is clear that the ruling is meant to be “caring for and looking after.”

The class used their knowledge of caring for the pets they have at home and completed a list of things to consider when owning a pet. Here is their list of requirements for a happy and healthy pet dog:

  • Exercise to keep them fit and healthy
  • Food/water
  • Somewhere comfortable to sleep
  • Regular check ups and inoculations at the vets
  • Grooming, brushing, washing, teeth cleaning and nail cutting
  • Training (using treats)
  • Toys to keep them entertained so they do not get bored
  • Give them lots of love attention and fuss
  • They may need to stay at the kennels or with a family/friend if you go on holiday
  • After all their recent work in English recently, Bluebirds decided to write a set of instructions about how to care for a pet of their choice.

    Sharing and being generous

    On Wednesday Bluebirds discussed their favourite presents.

    Examples included:

  • A batman costume
  • A pink “ride-in” toy car
  • iPad
  • An iPhone
  • American girl doll
  • Teddy
  • Squishy toys
  • Pokémon
  • Bluebirds then considered what gifts could be given to others that didn’t cost anything such as sing a song, read a story to someone, bake a cake, make a birthday card, smile and a hug. Mrs Parry asked the class if any of them had ever given someone else a present and if so, how did it make them feel. The children agreed it make them have a “nice feeling inside” to give someone else a present and it made them feel happy to make someone else happy!

    Being Hopeful and Visionary

    Bluebirds learnt all about the social situation in USA during the lifetime of Dr Martin Luther King. They discovered that black people and white people were treated differently and were shocked to hear they were segregated, having different schools, buses and restaurants. Martin Luther King wanted to challenge these rules because it was unfair and led a number of peaceful protests. The class listened to part of the original speech that he made called “I have a dream.” The class were sad to hear he was assassinated and found out that he is honoured every year on this birthday, which was 15th of January. Learning about MLK has helped the class to develop an understanding of aspirations for society of a committed Christian.

    Sikh Courage

    Today, Bluebirds heard the story of Baisakhi and considered the feelings of the five volunteers who entered the tent with the Guru. Each time a volunteer entered, only the Guru appeared, with a sword which was covered in blood. The class predicted what they thought had happened and thought of how they would feel in that situation.

    Disucssing our value word – courage

    Bluebirds looked at courage this week within their RE lesson, which also linked nicely as it is this month’s value word too!

    They discussed the meaning of having courage and being brave when you are scared to do something.
    Kennie – I needed courage when we were camping ina tent and there was thunder and lightning.
    Cory, Katie, Elliott – We needed courage in the swimming pool with our lessons.
    Brooke Ba, Kezi – We needed courage to learn to ride our bikes.
    Lexi – I needed courage when I started school and had to be brave.
    Megan and Ruby – We needed courage to perform and take our dancing exams.
    Chandler – I have to have courage to walk past mannequins!
    Amber, Sophia, Rubi – I had to have courage to go on the Pirate Ship / Bumper cars / roller coaster.
    Brooke Be – I needed courage when I went rock climbing.

    Mrs Parry showed the class a lidded tin with something inside but the children didn’t know what. She kept peeping in and then shutting the lid! The class talked about either leaving it and not needing courage or being brave to look inside. Mrs Parry told them the story of David and Goliath.

    Finally, everyone thought about some advice for people needing courage:

    Melissa was randomly chosen in the lollipop stick draw to put her hand in without looking. She was a little anxious and removed her hand twice feeling a little afraid! Eventually, she plucked up courage and rummaged around in the tin until she discovered something at the bottom……… after all that, she found it was just a lolly and was glad she had been brave and had courage!

    Silence

    Bluebirds looked why believers of Islam value silence. The children heard the story of Nuh (Noah) and then worked in small groups to prepare and perform a mime of the story, which enabled them to work in silence and use other means to communicate.

    Video: A trip to St Nicholas church

    This afternoon, Bluebirds enjoyed a trip to St Nicholas Church in Kings Norton to learn about the Christian faith and in particular quiet reflection, which links in with their current RE topic. They discovered the church was there as far back as the 1100s, although they this may have been a wooden building. The children heard about the story of St Nicholas who was a bishop and anonymously put three bags of gold through window which fell into the daughters’ hanging stockings. The story of St Nicholas represents kindness, generousity and giving anonymously.

    The children enquirer what the huge pipes were (church organ), what the numbers alongside it (the hymn numbers) and what the golden eagle stand was (the lectern where the Bible is read from). Pauline explained the altar was coloured to distinguish time in the Christian calendar such as red for Pentecost, Purple for Lent/Advent to show waiting for something, gold and white for Easter and Green for normal times (great green and growing). Bluebirds learnt that the font is placed by the entrance of the church to signify the beginning of Christian life in the church. the children examined the windows to see if they could recognise any Bible stories. A lot of children found the Easter and Christmas window.

    The children heard that prayers are answered but not always in the way we expect. The acronym tsp (as in a teaspoon) could be used to think about parts of a prayer. T for thank you, S to say sorry for mistakes we have made and P to remember Please when we are asking for something. prayer can also be a quiet reflection and a time to listen to God besides just speaking to him. There can be set prayer from books and also individual/free prayers. The children heard The Lord’s Prayer. We heard about some similarities and made links between Christians and Muslims.

    Afterwards, the children walked respectfully around the outside of the church to see the bell tower, weather vane, gravestones, and beautiful blossom trees! The children were very inquisitive with lots of questions and really enjoyed th visit, learning lots of new information. For some children, this was their very first visit to a church, whilst some asked when we could go back again for a return visit!