In term two, our question is: what would Jesus do? We are looking at the gospel texts to help us to answer this, through studying his teachings, parables and what he does. This week, we started with a building challenge: we were given some art straws, flour and play dough. Next, we had to create two towers, one that had the play dough as the foundation, the other that had flour as the foundation. There were no surprises as to which one was the strongest or most successful! We linked this to Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish builders, learning that he was teaching people to build their life on solid things - his words - so that they would not crumble during tough times.
We read the story of the Centurion’s servant, and discussed how Jesus brought good news in this story. Then, we worked in groups to role play what happened, considering how our acting would show who had received good news.
We brainstormed what we thought was wrong with the world in groups. Then, we asked ourselves: what would Jesus do? In each scenario, and why we thought this would be his response. Finally, we used this to think about what Christians would do in these situations.
In R.E. we considered the question: can enemies be friends? Firstly, we thought about our initial responses and discussed these. Then, we watched a video of one of Jesus’ well - known parables: the Good Samaritan, to help us consider how Jesus would answer this question.
In R.E we are trying to answer the question: creation and science - conflicting or complementary? To start off with, we looked at the creation account in Genesis 1. We thought about the sort of genre this text might fit into, and discussed that some Christians take this text literally, whereas others may see it more as a poem, telling us that God created the universe, but not how he did so.
This week, we looked at Christians that were also scientists, to try to help us to understand more about how these ideas can go together. We worked in groups to read statements from them, and discussed what they believed, and what they could teach us about creation and science.
We spent some time reflecting in the Christian belief in creation. To do this, we spent some time outside reflecting upon nature. We stopped, looked and listened to the world around us and thought about how this experience made us feel, and how it inspired us to look after creation.