All children at Ridgeway Primary School are taught to respect other beliefs, faiths and religions through lessons within each term and a number of focus weeks and events which foster their enjoyment and develop their knowledge. We aim to use creative approaches to deliver exciting lessons, this allows us to deliver a broad programme of learning for not only Christianity, but religious traditions, beliefs and practices from all major world faiths.
Our children are encouraged to use this understanding to help inform their responses to fundamental questions. They are given lots of opportunities to reflect upon what it means to have a faith and consider their own beliefs.
At Ridgeway all children have the opportunity to take part in focus events which gives them experinces related to major world festivals such as Hanukkah, Holi and Ramadan.
Hanukkah Focus Event
The year 6 children had a fantastic time learning all about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, they began by sharing the story of Hanukkah and its origin. They then created their own stained-glass windows which depicted the miracle of the menorah burning brightly. Pupils used black card and coloured cellophane and worked in small groups to create some fantastic pieces of art. They also learnt about a game many Jewish people play during the festival of Hanukkah: the dreidel. Children designed their own, using many different colours and patterns, and made sure that the four Jewish symbols were on either face (shin, nun, hey and gimmel). Pupils learnt the rules of the game and then played against each other, using pennies to win.
In Reception the children enjoyed listening to a story all about Hanukkah and finding out about the meaning behind the celebration. They learned about the Jewish Dreidel game and enjoyed having a go at playing the game. They took part in a number of craft activities such as collaging a dreidel picture and making a class flame for a whole school display. They also made a Menorah and learnt about the significance of the candles.
Holi Focus Event
Children in Year 2 really enjoyed exploring the colourful festival of Holi. They learnt that Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the start of spring and new beginnings and started off their cebrations by learning about the story of Lord Vishnu. They listened to two different stories and then had a go at drawing what they thought Lord Vishnu looked like. They also had the opportunity to learn some Bollywood dancing as we had a visiting dance teacher in school to show them the moves. As part of the Holi celebrations people throw coloured paint at each other, the children were able to recreate this by throwing powder paint over white t-shirts.
Children in Year 4 had so much fun exploring the colourful festival of Holi. They explored the story of Krishna and the legend of Holika and Prahlad and retold the story from Prahlad’s point of view in the form of a diary entry. There was a range of of arts and crafts activities to celebrate just how colourful Holi is which all chilren took part in. They created Holi signs using multi-coloured tissue paper and used paint to create paint splatter bunting to put on display in the classroom. Making t-shirts was their favourite part of the day! They used tape to make a design on the t-shirt and then put paint in spray bottles and splattered paint on the t-shirt to create a design. They were very effective. All children also took part in a Bollywood dancing master class where they learnt a traditional dance and performed it.
The school's policy for Religious Education is currently being reviewed to bring in line with the new requirements for RE in Staffordshire.