Monthly Archives: July 2019

Interfaith week

Do you want to know what year 4 got up to during interfaith week? Read our weekly diary below to find out!

Monday:

Year 4 started the week by visiting Sri Murugan Temple. We were in awe of the intricate design of the temple, particularly the detail that went into the exterior of the building!

The chief priest took us on a tour around the temple. We saw lots of shrines!

Here are some facts that we learned on our trip:

  • The idols do not represent different gods but all represent different characteristics of Brahma (the god responsible for creation).
  • Hindus believe in the five elements: water, earth, fire, air/wind and sound. It is believed that the elements are extremely powerful and often uncontrollable (think of tsunamis and fires) but in the temple, they are all controlled.

Tuesday:

In P4C we studied what makes a happy community. We reflected on our community at Thomas Buxton and the values that we share that makes our school a safe and respectful environment. After that, we read the story ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’ and discussed what it feels like to be different and whether difference is a positive or negative thing.

Some of the values we thought were important were belonging, difference, community and understanding.

Our P4C questions was ‘Should we try to change ourselves to be accepted by society?

Wednesday:

We learnt about what life was like in Britain for Hindus. Hindus visit the temple regularly to offer worship to their gods. They also participate in daily puja (prayer) at home and bless their food to show gratitude for all they have been given. Hindus also try to take time out of their daily life to read their sacred text Vedas, which helps to guide them in everything they do. We then created a comic strip showing a week in the life of a Hindu/Christian child! Here are some of our examples:

Thursday:

We explored what Christians and Hindus do to show their faith in their religious communities. Did you know there are different branches of Christianity? We compared the difference ways of worship between Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics! We then explored how Hindus worship in a mandir (temple). It was interesting to see similarities in how people express their faith from all religions.

Friday:

To end interfaith week, we explored the life of Mahatma Gandhi – a devout Hindu who dedicated his life towards fighting the injustice Indians faced before their independence.

Gandhi used a different protest strategy never seen before: Satyagraha (non-violent protests). Gandhi protested with words, large crowds of people and a demand to be heard.

 

We invented scenarios where people might resort to violence (for example, bullying) and created two alternative endings:

 

  1. Where the person reacts with violence
  2. Where the problem is solved with peaceful methods

 

Have a look!

 

 

Do you think non-violent protests are effective? Why or why not?

 

 

Living things and their habitats

 

Year 4 have looked at how living things are grouped into different categories.

We explored the different classification groups:

Mammals

  • Mammals are warm-blooded. This means that their body temperatures stay the same when it is hot or cold outside.
  • Mammals have hair or fur.
  • They give birth to their young and feed them milk.

Can you think of a mammal using the criteria above?

Reptiles

  • Reptiles are cold blooded. This means that their body temperature depends on whether it is warm or cold outside.
  • They have dry and scaly skin.
  • Reptiles lay eggs.

Can you think of a reptile using the characteristics above?

Bird

  • Birds have feathers and wings.
  • They are warm blooded.
  • They lay eggs.

What birds can you think of?

Amphibian

  • Amphibians are cold blooded
  • They live on both dry land and water
  • They lay eggs
  • Amphibians have moist skin and webbed feet

Can you think of any examples?

Fish

  • Fish are cold blooded
  • They lay eggs
  • Fish have scales and gills

How many fish can you name?

 

An African elephant, for example, lives in a hot habitat and has very large ears that it flaps to keep cool.

How do you think a giraffe has adapted to suit its habitat?