This term we would be learning more about Islam. Earlier on in the year, we studied the 5 pillars of faith. From the 23rd April to 23rd May is Ramadan - one of the 5 pillars (Sawm).
- Research what this is, what it involves and why it is important to Muslims.
You could present this as a powerpoint, word document, hand drawn poster, a paragraph. It's up to you.
Recap of the 6 main religions
In secondary school, you will be studying a range of religions. To get ready for this, and to remind yourself of the key information, do a little research to be able to answer the following questions for Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism:
- What is the holy text called?
- What is their God(s) called?
- What are the leaders called? (e.g. in Christianity, it would be a minister/vicar).
- What are their main teachings and beliefs?
- Where do they go to worship?
- What do they do when they worship?
- What are the important festivals and holy days? (We have looked at a few of these already in class).
You can present this information in any way that you want to - poster, note cards, a table/grid etc. It's up to you, as long as you remember the information and can refer back to it in the future!
Our Big Question this term is 'Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on earth?'
So far, we have:
- Discussed and researched some of Christianity's festivals (Lent, Christmas and Harvest).
- Chosen a Christian charity to research (CAFOD, Christian Aid, Salvation Army or Traidcraft) and found out what sort of things they do to help the poor in this country or around the world.
- Looked at the key verse 'Love your neighbour as yourself' and discussed what this means (your neighbour is not just the person living next door but is everyone we meet).
- Thought about what links Christianity has in our country:
- the oath that is used in court rooms
- the national anthem "God save the Queen"
- Also, we discussed how church buildings are being used today - some are closed and are being converted into houses; others are being built and can hold over 1000 people.
An Easter related activity
Have a go at creating an Easter garden using the resources that you have around you at home.