During our R.E lessons we have been looking at the religion Judaism. We now know that those who follow this religion are called Jews and they only believe in one God who they call Adonai. The Jewish holy book is called the Torah and it is made up of the first 5 books of the Old Testament.
For one of our lessons, we found out about the celebration Simchat Torah. During Simchat Torah Jews celebrate that they have finished reading the Torah and are about to read it again. The celebration takes place in a synagogue where they dance, wave flags, sing and carry the Torah around the room seven times. They also continue the celebration out into the streets. We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in our own version of Simchat Torah and we hope that you enjoy the photos.
We also found out about a special time called Shabbat. Shabbat takes place every Friday evening and lasts until Saturday evening. Jews celebrate Shabbat because it reminds them that God made the world in six days and he rested on the seventh. Therefore during Shabbat, Jews are not allowed to work. Instead they pray, tell stories and spend time with their family.
At the start of Shabbat two candles are lit and a blessing is given. Then Jews drink wine and eat challah bread. The challah bread reminds them of the time that God provided the people of Israel with food when they were in the desert.
During Shabbat, men and boys sometimes wear a hat called a kippah and a prayer shawl called a tallit. This is a sign of respect.
Here are some photos of us celebrating Shabbat.
In English we have been reading the story ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. In the story the greedy tiger arrived uninvited and ate all of the food! Afterwards we discussed who we would like to invite to a party and what piece of text we could create to let them know about it; we decided to write an invitation. So that our invitations were clear, we looked at a variety of different styles and wrote down the common features.
Later on we found out that we are going to have a tea party at school and we have to invite the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Drawing on the information gathered from the previous lessons, we created our own invitations to inform the Queen about the party. Here are some of them.
To link with our tea party topic in English, we took part in a tea tasting activity. Before tasting the teas, we found out that a tea party is a British tradition; this is an activity that has been taking place for years and years. When people think of Britain, they often think of people drinking tea as well as traditions such as eating fish and chips.
For the activity we had 4 different teas to try: everyday tea, fruit tea, Early Grey and mint tea. After tasting each tea we had to score it out of 10 (1 being disgusting and 10 being delicious) and we had to think of a word that described the flavour.
Once we had tasted each tea and had given it a score, we had to vote which one was our favourite. We discussed that voting is important as it allows everyone to have a say. By voting, everyone gets listened to which is fair.
When all of the votes had been collected, we created a tally which showed Class 4’s most popular choice. Everyday tea was the favourite tea.
On Thursday 29th June, Year 1 held a tea party which had a very special guest ... The Queen of Hearts!
Before she arrived, the children prepared scrumptious cakes and tarts for her to enjoy. They carefully weighed each ingredient and worked so well as a team to follow their instructions so that the food was made correctly. Afterwards, the children put on their fine party clothes and made their way down to the hall, excited to see whether their guest had arrived. Once The Queen of Hearts turned up, some of the children greeted her in the office. They showed wonderful manners by remembering to bow or curtsey as well as providing the Queen with a cold, refreshing drink. She was so delighted to receive a bunch of flowers too and thought how kind the children at Bishop Henderson are. Once the delicious food had been enjoyed, the children performed a dance for the Queen and then went outside to play croquet. A wonderful time was had by all!
In maths we have been learning to describe position and movement. We have been using words such as up, down, above, below, near, far, left, right, whole turn, quarter turn and three quarter turn to explain where things are or how they have moved.
We used this information to create a set of instructions for our friends to follow which led them down the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland.
Here are some pictures of us testing out our instructions to make sure they worked.