Sheerness West Federation

What does Religious Education look like at 

West Minster Primary School?

 

Coming soon…

Whole School – World Religion Day

  • Friday 17th January.

Whole School – Holi, Festival of colours dance workshop 

  • Tuesday 11th February.

 

Term 3

What will your children be learning? 

EYFS – Celebrations

Year 1 – How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?  (Christianity, Judaism, Islam)

Year 2 – What can we learn from sacred books? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam)

Year 3 – Why is the bible important to Christians? (Christianity)

Year 4 – Why do some people think life is a journey? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism)

Year 5 – Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st century? (Christianity, Humanism)

Year 6 – Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity or generosity? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism, Sikhism, Buddhism)

 

Religion of the month

January – Islam

February – Buddism

Foxglove (Ivy Centre)

The children re-capped what Christians believe by looking at the display of past learning.  The story of ‘The Fall of Jericho’ was shared and the children acted it out.  As a class they discussed how it is important to be strong and keep trying with our work.​

Term 2

What will your children be learning? 

EYFS – Celebrations

Year 1 – What makes some places sacred?  (Christianity, Judaism, Islam)

Year 2 – Who is a Jewish and what do they believe? (Judaism)

Year 3 – What do people believe about God? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism)

Year 4 – Why are festivals important? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism)

Year 5 – Why do some people believe God exist? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism)

Year 6 – Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity or generosity? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism, Sikhism, Buddhism)

 

Religion of the month

November – Buddhism

December – Judaism

What have the children been up to?

Whole School

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah.

To celebrate the start two religious festivals ‘Christmas – Christianity’ and ‘Hanukkah – Judaism’, every class created images relating to either festival. We put these together to create a welcome display in our main reception area. 

 

Family Trust – Nativity performance

The whole school was treated to a puppet show nativity performance by the ‘Family Trust’. 

 

Reception – Frankie – “It’s good, I loved angels”.

Year 1 – Mrs Teddy – “I was really good, it kept the children interested and they loved taking part and singing the songs”.

Year 2 – Dolly – “The nativity show was great”.

  

Year 3 – Archie – “It was fantastic”.

Year 4 – Shay – “The puppets were funny. The nativity showed Jesus was born and 3 wise men visited Jesus bringing gold. The star showed them where to go”.

Year 5 – Lily – “It was really good and funny. We learnt more about Jesus, he was born in Bethlehem on Christmas day. Shepherds, lambs, a donkey, angel and wise men came to see him.

 

Year 6 – Kian – ‘It was good and quite funny”.

Mrs Brewer – “I thought it was really good and the children really enjoyed taking part. It is nice for the whole school to be able to watch the nativity and lots of children to join in”. 

KS2

The children in Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 all went a local church (Trinity Church Sheerness) for our Christmas Carol service where the children we singing and signing Christmas songs. During the service the children were treated to performances from a professional Harpist and a year 4 class played Silent Night on instruments. Our school choir performed to rest of the children and a selection of Year 6 children retold the nativity story. It was a lovely morning and made everyone feel very festive. 

KS2 Children were given Christingle packs to take home so they could make their own Christingle at home with their families. Each pack contained: a donation envelope for the children’s society, Instructions & meaning of Christingle sheet, A candle, 4 Cocktail sticks and a red strip of card. 

 

Here are some photos of the Christingles the Children made at home with their families…

 

 

Nursery

The children took part in the ‘ Wiggly Nativity’ and enjoyed performing it to their families.

Christingle making charity fundraiser for ‘The children’s society’, supporting young carers in our local community 

During the Nursery end of term parent ‘Stay & play’ day, the children and their families were given an opportunity to make Christingles and discover the meaning behind them.

 

 

Reception

The children in Reception have been exploring types of celebrations: Diwali, Hanukkah & Chinese New Year.

Throughout the week the children took part in lots of activities to experience different family customs and routines. 

  • Rangoli patterns,
  • Diwa lamps,
  • Menorah hand painting,
  • Food tasting.
  • and many more. 

          

The children took part in the ‘ Wiggly Nativity’ and enjoyed performing it to their families.

 

Clover (Ivy Centre)

How do people celebrate different festivals?
 
Making Diva lamps
Playing Dreidal game

Year 1

All term we have been learning about different celebrations from different religions, and other celebrations we have taken part in. We have talked about things that are the same and different in each celebration. We finished this topic off by learning about and making our own Christingles.

We  have been learning about Judaism, in particularly focusing on Shabbat. To help the children understand they were given the opportunity to prepare their own snack and then sat together and shared stories with candle, wine and Challah bread in the middle of our group.

            

Christingle making charity fundraiser for ‘The children’s society’, supporting young carers in our local community 

We enjoyed making our very own Christingle to take home. We learnt the history of the Christingle within the Christian church. Before we found out the meaning of each part, we tried to work it out. We were right that the orange represents the world. Ask us about the Christingle, we can tell you how to make it and what it means to Christians.

   

The children took part in a nativity performance which was shared with their families.

Year 2

To celebrate the Jewish holiday of  Hanakkah, the children in Year 2 have been discovering Driedels. 

 

Year 2 have been exploring the similarities and differences between what is special to their own families and to Jewish families. 

The children have been finding out what a Jewish home is like…

 

Christingle making charity fundraiser for ‘The children’s society’, supporting young carers in our local community. 

The children discovered what each part of a Christingle means and why they are lit at Christmas.  They watched a video showing other children making Christingles to discover what they mean to them.

Foxglove (Ivy Centre)

The children in Foxglove class have been discovering the story of creation. 

Year 3

Year 3 have been making their own Driedels to celebrate Hanukkah. They then played the game.

The children have been discovering what different people believe about God. Here is what they have discovered…

Year 4

The children have been thinking about the ten commandments and considering the importance of each commandment to their own life. 

 

 

The children have been creating freeze frames to represent The Beatitudes blessings. Here is how they got on…

How do Jewish and Christian people use stories to teach lessons?

Year 5

During their RE lessons Year 5 have been taking part in debates to think about key issues surrounding religious beliefs. Here is some of the areas they have been exploring.

As part of our Judaism month the children were spoken to be one of our TA’s about his religion. He brought in to school personal religious artefacts and explained to the children what they are and why they are important to Jewish people. As part of the lesson the children were given the opportunity to explore each artefact and then attempt to write in Hebrew. 

Year 6

During RE lessons the children have been thinking about different beliefs regarding what happens after life. 

      

Term 1

What will your children be learning? 

EYFS – Celebrations.

Year 1 – Who is a Christian and what do they believe?  (Christianity)

Year 2 – Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? (Islam)

Year 3 – What do people believe about God? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism)

Year 4 – Why is Jesus inspiring to some people? (Christianity)

Year 5 – Why do some people believe God exist? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism)

Year 6 – What do religious say to us when life gets hard? (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Humanism, Sikhism, Buddhism)

 

Religion of the month

September – Christianity

October – Hinduism

 

What have the children been up to?

Clover (Ivy Centre)

How do Christian’s believe the world was made?  What do you think God looks like?

Year 1

The children went on a trip to Trinity Church in Sheerness to find out what it is like in a Christian place of worship. During the visit the children took part in singing and had the opportunity to pray if they chose to. One of the children’s favourite thing they discovered was all the stain glass windows, which inspired the children’s art work upon returning to school.

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

Year 2 have been discovering religion within the local community. Here is what they have discovered…

What have the children discovered about the 5 Pillars of Islam?

Year 3

Year 3 have been discovering what people believe about God. During one of their lessons they had the opportunity to find out about the Qu’ran. 

Harley – “The Qu’ran is important to Muslims and has different languages inside. Young children learn the languages even if they are little”.

Gary – “People are not allowed to touch it because it is rude and disrespectful to Muslims”.

Chelsey – “Muslims only touch it with the Wudhu”.

Chloe – “It goes on a special stand”.

Ross – “Everyone must be clean to be near the Qu’ran as they use it to pray”.

 

Year 5 

While thinking about why some people believe God exists, the children considered if it is possible to live by Gods values in today’s society. 

School Contact Details

Head Teacher H Brewer

Contact Person D Jamieson

Email westminster.office@swfed.co.uk

Telephone 01795 662178

School Address
West Minster Primary School
St. Georges Avenue
Sheerness
Kent, ME12 1ET

School Opening Times

Juniors:  8.45am – 3.15pm

Infants:  8.45am – 3.10pm

Nursery  8.30am – 11.30,     12.00pm – 3.00pm