Category Archives: RE

Jacob and Esau – Being Fair and Just

Today, Bluebirds heard the Bible story of Esau and Jacob to understand more about fairness and found out that God’s view of fairness and justness is greater and longer lasting than our view as humans. Throughout the story, children identified aspects that did not seem fair.

Millie – It’s not fair that only Jacob got the blessing.
Havana – It was unfair that Esau paid for his food.
Jessica – It was not fair that each parent favoured one of their children over the other.
Pippa – It was not fair that the eldest child was in charge over everything.
Dylan – It wasn’t fair to trick the Dad because he was blind. Also I don’t think it was fair one had to be born hairy!

Mrs Parry explained that Esau had disappointed God by choosing food over his birthright and did not see the importance of his special gift he would get later on. She asked the children to think about the brothers making bad choices that they couldn’t change. They should have been careful with their choices as they didn’t realise how it would change their lives later on.

The Christmas Story

This week, Bluebirds watched a video telling the story of the Nativity. Afterwards, Bluebirds enjoyed making cartoon strips to retell the story.

Kenzie – There was no room at the inn.
Pippa – The baby was born in a manger.
Ava – Angel Gabriel told Mary she would have a baby and should call it Jesus.

Christian values of Harvest

Bluebirds have been learning about the Christian values of Harvest. Mrs Parry asked them what words could be made using the letters of HARVEST. There were quite a few!

Interestingly, some were very apt to the subject of harvest such as have, share and starve. The class talked about our Harvest assembly and where the donated food went to. The children then created acrostic poems using the word.

Zakah

Bluebirds have been learning about sharing in RE and this week, they found out that Muslims have Zakah. They give away 2.5% of their savings. We worked this out using a 100 square and linked it to our knowledge of money as we haven’t learnt about percentages yet in Year 3!

Understanding that giving does not have to be material

Bluebirds heard the story of The Rainbow Fish today. There were lots of messages within the story which everyone discussed:

Millie: We decided that friendship is more important than owning lots of possessions like toys. You could be lonely and have no one to share your toys with.

Charlie: You can be happy without having lots of things/money.

Jessica: Sharing makes us all get along together better.

Paige: If you both share something it is fair and equal.

Blessed: I think the Rainbow Fish was very rude ignoring the other fish because he looked different and thought he was better than the others.

Bluebirds thought about what they had a lot of and whether they would be able to share it.

There was allsorts of collections including 1ps, lids, chocolate, teddies, dolls, shoes, toys, clothes and sweets!

Understanding presents are about giving as well as receiving

Bluebirds have been talking about their favourite presents ever!

Mrs Parry asked the class if they liked giving presents. The children agreed it gave them a nice feeling inside to make someone else happy and see them smile. Jacinta had picked some daisies for Mrs Parry at lunchtime! The children came up with a fantastic list of gifts they could give someone which do not cost anything. We made a group list of ideas and then drew an example in our books.

In school, we decided to give someone else over the year a free gift such as respect, listening when someone is talking, cheering up someone up who is down, forgiving someone who has upset you, or a smile.

Being Hopeful and Visionary

Bluebirds learned all about Martin Luther King to understand the aspirations for society of a committed Christian recently. As a class, they listed all the information they could recall about him, enabling them to make a fact file about him.

Harley – Martin Luther King had a dream that one day black and white children would all come together and get along.

Discussing our value word – courage

Last week in PSHE, Bluebirds shared together examples of when they have needed to have courage.

Here is an anonymised list of things that some of the class would need courage for:

► Jumping off a diving board.
► Going on a fair ride.
► Rock climbing.
► Performing in an assembly.
► Trying to swim without armbands.
► Sitting a test or exam.
► Parachuting.
► Climbing a tall climbing frame/a great height.
► Going in a lift.
► Touching a snake, spider or cockroach.
► Performing a new move at gymnastics or trampolining.
► Feeding big animals at the zoo.
► Going down a zip wire.
► Standing a horse.

Bluebirds decided on the whole, people should still try something new and challenge themselves even if they are scared.

Harley – You are scared at first but eventually become brave to do something courageous.
Shona – You should show your bravery.

The children wrote poems about having courage and what they are scared of.

This week in RE, the children explored courage through the Islamic story of The Year of the Elephant. The children identified the courage of Abdul Muttalib when he had to make decision and also the birds when they defended the house.

Understand that God knows everything about us

At the start of our lesson, Bluebirds tried to think of what The Ten Commandments were before they heard the real ones. Here are the suggestions:

The class were asked to think about how they felt when they have told a lie and also consider whether they feel bad about lies that no-one knows they’ve told. There was a mixed reaction!

Amelia – I’d feel worried.
Lewis – I’d feel anxious.
Shona – I’d feel ashamed.
Taya – I would feel nervous.
Zaynab – Worried.
Kai – I would be scared about being found out.

Mrs Parry read Psalm 139 1-12 to the class which explains that God knows about our truthfulness and lies no matter where we are. He knows our words BEFORE we say them.

Understand that God knows everything about us

At the start of our lesson, Bluebirds tried to think of what The Ten Commandments were before they heard the real ones. Here are the suggestions:

The class were asked to think about how they felt when they have told a lie and also consider whether they feel bad about lies that no-one knows they’ve told. There was a mixed reaction!

Amelia – I’d feel worried.
Lewis – I’d feel anxious.
Shona – I’d feel ashamed.
Taya – I would feel nervous.
Zaynab – Worried.
Kai – I would be scared about being found out.

Mrs Parry read Psalm 139 1-12 to the class which explains that God knows about our truthfulness and lies no matter where we are.