Other Faiths

In his life on earth Jesus showed a respect for those within and outside his own faith community.  This encourages us, as Christians, to do likewise.


Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4)

Our Catholic leader, Pope Francis, has this to say about our relationship with people of other faiths:

“we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values.”

During the year our children learn from/about two other faiths/religions.

Autumn Term: Judaism


EYFS: Special days/ritual objects – Hanukkah: the feast of lights
Year 1: Stories – Abraham and Moses
Year 2: Prayer/home – Shabbat
Year 3: Places for worship – The synagogue

Year 3 visited a synagogue this term

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Year 4: Holy Books – The Torah
Year 5: Beliefs and festivals – Pesach
Year 6: Belonging and values – Yom Kippur

Summer Term: Islam

EYFS: Special days/ritual objects – Prayer Mats
Year 1: Stories – Muhammad
Year 2: Prayer/home – Prayer at home
Year 3: Places for worship – The Mosque
Year 4: Holy Books – The Qu’ran
Year 5: Beliefs and festivals – Ramadan and Pilgrimage
Year 6: Belonging and values – Guidance for Muslims

One of the stories that we listened to together was the story of the boy and the date tree. We discussed together how Muhammad calmly encouraged the young boy to change his ways and follow the right path. We also discussed and created a display showing how we can care for all living things just like Muhammad taught the boy in the story.

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Year 6 pupils were asked what they had learnt about Judaism.

They could tell her about Rosh Hashanah being the celebration of New Year. They could also tell her that they enjoyed learning about how apples and honey are used to make a sweet for New Year. One pupil could recall learning about the shofah and drew one of the horns on her New Year card. Rosie could tell Miss Mcloughlin about Yom Kippur- the Day of Atonement when the Jewish people ask for forgiveness.

Year 2

Year 2 can talk about Shabbat and they made a Shabbat Card for their friends. They ate challah bread.

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