Visit by Rabbi Walker

Year 1 and 2 have been learning about what it means to be Jewish. We had a visit from Rabbi Daniel Walker from the Heaton Park Shul on Middleton Road. He answered some fantastic questions which the children had prepared.

We learned lots of interesting facts about Judaism for example that scrolls of The Torah , the sacred text which Jewish people believe to be the word of God, are kept inside a synagogue and at home Jewish families use a book containing the words of The Torah. We learned that the message inside a mezuzuh is a reminder to Jewish people about the meaning of their faith.

The children asked about special clothes which some Jewish people wear such as the tallit scarf and the kippah.

Rabbi Walker was very impressed at the children’s knowledge about the Jewish Faith and how carefully and respectfully they listened to him.

A special visit from Rev Jez!

Upper School were lucky enough to be visited by Reverend Jez in this morning’s assembly! He shared the origin story of bonfire night with us and compared this to the story of the Good Samaritan. It really made us think about how we can treat others like our neighbour. He also told Miss Thomason that we are the most polite and well-behaved school that he visits, which made us all feel really proud of ourselves!

Harvest Assembly

A big ‘Thank You’ to all of our families who donated to our Harvest Assembly! We raised over 390kg of food which was gratefully accepted by the Salford Foodbank.

Salford Food Bank are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

If you would like more information about The Trussell Trust and the Salford Foodbank please visit their websites.

https://www.trusselltrust.org/       https://salford.foodbank.org.uk/

Upper Key Stage 2 visit to Heaton Park Shul

Year 5 and 6 had a very interesting afternoon when they visited the Orthodox Jewish Synagogue on Middleton Road. Rabbi Walker talked to us about some of the features of the Synagogue and we learned some interesting facts about the Jewish faith. Did you know that a Synagogue only needs to have two features : a cupboard (the Ark) to store the Torah scrolls and a table on which to place them?

We looked at the beautiful stained glass windows and the memorial boards on the walls. Some children stood on the Bimah , the raised platform where the Rabbi usually stands and talks.

Rabbi Walker showed us the Ark where the Torah scrolls were kept. They were very beautiful. He told us they were very heavy and needed 4 people to lift the largest one!

Purim

In RE this week we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Purim.

Purim is a happy, colourful and vibrant festival, which celebrates the defeat of a Persian king in his quest to erase the Jewish people over 2000 years ago. The celebration focuses on a young brave queen called Esther. She’d been chosen to be the king’s new wife who had no idea she was Jewish.

At Purim some Jewish children wear fancy dress or masks. In Year 5 we made our own masks.

Lent 2022

We have been learning about Lent in RE this week.

Lent is the period of six weeks (40 days not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week.

This year Lent began on Wednesday 2 March and ends on Thursday 14 April.

Did you know that Lent is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen’. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer

We thought about some promises which we could make and try to keep during Lent.

Some of the classes wrote promises on leaf designs and hung them on a special Lent tree.

Here are pictures of children in Year 1 and Year 4 helping to make their Lent trees.

Y4 RE visitor

In RE Year 4 have been learning about why the Qu’ran is important to some people.

Sajjad Amin from Khizra Mosque in Cheetham Hill came to answer some questions which the children had prepared.

The children asked some excellent questions and listened really well to Sajjad.

We found out how long the Qu’ran would take to read, why the Qur’an is an important guide for Muslims and why Muslims believe that Muhammad (PBUH) was chosen to deliver the Qu’ran.