This week, we focused on the different ways that Christians worship on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Working in teams, we looked at different images, asking questions and then carrying out research to answer these. We discovered that the moods of these services were very different as Christians remember the death or resurrection of Jesus.
We started our learning surrounding the question: What difference does the resurrection make to Christians? By thinking about whereabouts in the Bible this comes from. We ordered panels of a big freeze that showed a timeline of the Bible, and matched this to core Christian concepts to help us to do this.
This term, our focus faith is Islam. We worked in teams to create mind maps about their holy book - the Qur’an, that we added to as our knowledge grew throughout the lesson. It was great to work as a team to share and pool ideas and learning.
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.