Year 4/5 had the amazing opportunity to have their RE lesson at Newcastle University Mosque recently.
We were greeted by Mahmoud, our tour guide, who immediately made us all feel welcome, as it was a new experience for us all! We took off our shoes and went into a viewing room where we could watch and listen in on Muslims during their special prayer time.
Then we were invited to try on scarves for the girls and hats for the boys. We think we looked great! We read some information about Islam in preparation for a fun quiz later in the day.
After that we had a tour of the Mosque and were taken downstairs to the prayer room. Mahmoud asked a man to read part of the Qu'ran. It sounded a little like singing - it was very peaceful.
Afterwards, we went into a room where children often go with their families; similar to when we go into children's liturgy on a Sunday at St. Bede's church. We talked about what we had read and Mahmoud explained the five pillars of Islam. They were faith, charity, pilgrimage, prayer and fasting. Year 4/5 answered and asked a lot of questions- it was very interesting.
Finally, we ended the tour back where we started. This time we had some delicious treats and it was time for the quiz. Mrs Shaw was impressed by how much we had learned!
Mahmoud, our host, then wrote every child's name in Arabic on a leaflet for them. He was very kind and funny.
It was a special day out and we were made to feel very welcome in a lovely, peaceful environment. We gained a great deal more from learning about the Islamic faith through experience; perhaps more than we would have done in class.
A huge thank you again to Mahmoud at the Newcastle University Mosque!
During our Judaism week in RE, the children in Year 2 learned about Shabbat as a special day – after God had finished creating the world, He stopped on the 7th day to rest.
Saturday or Shabbat is the 7th day for Jewish people.
They learned that Friday is a very busy day for Jewish families and that they begin to celebrate Shabbat on Friday night when it gets dark and they continue until Saturday night.
Mam lights the Shabbat candles and covers her eyes and says a prayer.
Then they share a family meal, eat Challah bread and drink grape juice.
Mrs Reed kindly baked Challah bread and the children shared a Shabbat meal.
They finished by wishing everyone a peaceful Shabbat – Shabbat Shalom.