As many parents will be aware each year we hold a 'Faith Day' in school each year. This alternates between focusing on an element of Christianity one year and an element of a world religion the next year.
So far we have had a 'Multi-Faith Day' (learning a little about a wide range of different religions), 'The Day of the Cross' (learning about the significance of the Cross in Christianity and designing crosses); 'The links between Faiths' (learning about the similarities between different Faiths, including Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism); 'The Trinity' (exploring the role of the Trinity in Christianity).
This year the children have learnt in more depth about the Hindu celebration of Diwali or ‘festival of light’ and reflected upon the underlying values of friendship, loyalty and kindness, and how light overcomes darkness; good overcomes unpleasantness. Children took part in a variety of art and craft activities, a fact finding scavenger hunt, Indian dance, symmetrical colouring of rangoli patterns and even wrote their own versions of the story of Rama and Sita, upon which the celebration is based. We were astounded to learn that Leicester holds the largest Diwali celebration in the UK and children enjoyed the insight into such a vibrant, colourful and fascinating festival.
As you may have read in another section of the newsletter, EYFS have had a fantastic time learning about Diwali and were keen to share their Diwali celebration dances with the whole school during the final assembly in which everyone shared their learning. Thank you to all the children for the lovely work they have produced – we will be displaying examples of this in school.