Thomas Buxton’s Interfaith week ran from Monday 24th June. The theme the week was ‘community’ and we were very lucky to have an assembly with a visit from Imam Mohammed Mahmoud from East London Mosque, Leon Silver from the East London Central Synagogue and Rev Alan Green from St John’s church in Bethnal Green. They told us about their faiths, and explored the many connections and similarities between all three faiths. This helped us to explore our own ideas about what community means to us.
What does community mean to you?
For interfaith week, Year 2 considered the question:
How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?
We started off by thinking about what Muslims believe about looking after the world; we learned about the idea of being ‘Khalifah’ or guardians of the planet, caring for Allah’s creation. We then considered how this links to what Jewish people and Christians think about the world.
We used all of these ideas to write a promise of how we are all going to look after the planet in the future. You can check out our promises on the display in the KS1 corridor!
We then focused in more detail on the Jewish festival of Tu B’Shevat. To Jewish people, trees are so important that they have a special celebration: the Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat celebrates trees and instils the Jewish value of respecting our planet.
Jewish people call this day the birthday of trees, or New Year for Trees. It marks the start of spring when trees begin to grow again. We started to learn a song that Jewish children sing on Tu B’Shevat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74EciGdaKJE
Tu B’Shevat is a time of new beginnings and hope for the future. Jewish children sometimes plant a seed to mark the festival, so we all have a sunflower seed which we planted and have taken home to take care of! We wrote a hope for the future on our pot. Why don’t you post a comment with a photo to show how your sunflower is getting on?
Next we learned about the ‘Golden Rule’ in different religions:
Judaism – Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man.
Christianity – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Islam – The Qur’an commands Muslims to treat others as they would like to be treated, even if they must suffer through negative treatment.
We had a P4C discussion about what that means in real life.
What do you think?
As part of our learning we also visited Sandy’s Row synagogue and learned all about the history of the synagogue and key facts about the Jewish place of worship.
What facts can you remember?