On Thursday we welcomed our Jewish visitor who taught us all about Shabbat.
Here is what we learned:
Jewish people have a Sabbath time called Shabbat where from Friday at sunset until Saturday (for 25 hours) Jewish people rest and do not do any form of work just like God did when he created the world in 6 days and then rested on the 7th day. Therefore, for Jewish children, they are not allowed to do their homework when it is Shabbat.
Our visitor read some prayers that they say before eating and after lighting Shabbat candles. She explained that these prayers are said in a language called Hebrew. We learned that you read Hebrew writing differently to how we read our words. Hebrew writing is read from right to left not left to right.
During Shabbat our visitor showed us the bread that is eaten. This bread is called challah. The bread is sweet like honey and she said that the bread is sweet because sweetness reminds us of happiness just like the happiness that Jewish people have by believing in God. Most of us tried the bread and nearly all of us thought it was delicious.
Our visitor also showed us the clothes that Jewish people wear. She explained that some Jewish men and boys always wear a kippah (which is a skullcap which is worn to show that God is above us) all the time but some Jewish men and boys just wear a kippah during special times like Shabbat.
It has been great to learn about Judaism children. Have a go at the quiz and see how much you can remember about Judaism.
Today in maths the children were given a groups task. Each group was provided with a piece of sugar paper, pens, glue, 100 squares and two sets of sequencing cards.
First, the children had to prepare their paper so they could put their question sequencing cards into 4 sections. Working on each problem at a time, the children used their 100 square to work out how many jumps forwards or backwards until the next number in the sequence. They had to then work out the rule for the sequence- some were adding and some were subtracting sequences. The children discovered there was going to be a section for: subtracting 2 number sequence, subtracting 3 number sequences, adding 4 number sequences and adding 5 number sequences.
Then, the children were allowed to work on the next set of sequence cards. The children had to work out the rule for the sequence and put it in the correct section.
Finally, the children had to work out what the next number would be in each sequence making sure that they followed the rule carefully.
The children thought they were successful because they worked together and listened to each other’s ideas. They identified the rule for each sequence accurately and used the resources to aid their understanding.
As a class we talked together about books that were special to us and the reasons why they were special to us. Mrs Chamberlain showed us a photograph book that was special to her because it brought back special memories. Some other people said that their special books were their favourite books to read because they enjoyed reading them. Next we talked about what a special book would be for someone who was a Christian and we all agreed that it would be a bible. We also discovered that a special book for a Muslim is called the Koran.
After we talked about different special books, we found out that the Torah is a special holy book for Jewish people. The Torah has a mixture of holy Jewish stories and rules which Jewish people follow to lead a good life. We learned that these rules are called ‘The Ten Commandments’. As a class, we then discussed what rules we would like to follow to lead a happy life. Then we each designed our own Torah and wrote down our own rules that we would like to follow to have a happy life.