Do you want to know what year 4 got up to during interfaith week? Read our weekly diary below to find out!
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.
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?
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:
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.
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:
- Where the person reacts with violence
- Where the problem is solved with peaceful methods
Have a look!
Do you think non-violent protests are effective? Why or why not?