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What is RE like at The Berkeley?


In RE we learn about who we are, how we are special and how we are all part of a community. We look at what we celebrate and what our friends celebrate. We use books to look at special places and special foods. We have learnt that not everyone celebrates their birthday with a birthday cake and researched how other people celebrate their birthdays. As part of our research, we discovered some families in Australia celebrate their birthday with fairy bread. We all made some to try and talked about how some people liked the taste and some did not. 


What can we learn from stories?

We looked at a range of stories including an Aesop Fable, 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', a Sikh story, 'The Crocodile and the Priest' and a Muslim story, 'Bilal and the Butterfly'. 

Bertie, our R.E. character, helped us to listen to a range of stories, watch animated versions of stories, listen to music, share our thoughts and ideas in circle times and play games. 

What makes places special?

Bertie, our RE character, introduced us to homes around the world. We then worked in groups of 6 to create one special home. The children created a mansion, cottage, castle and a flat- all very different. Moving on from this, we will be finding out about special rooms in buildings; looking at iconic places in our world; finding out about churches, mosques and synagogues and why they are all important. 

Year 1

We have been learning all about Judaism. We looked at how Jewish people celebrate and why Shabbat is an important part of the Jewish religion. We appreciated how lovely Shabbat was and how nice it was to spend quality time together instead of playing on our devices. 

Year 3

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything? 

We are learning to understand the Hindu belief that there is one God with many different aspects. 

The children were asked who they are and what they mean to different people e.g. daughter, sister, friend, Brownie, pupil, granddaughter. Children drew themselves on a cube, then wrote on each side of the cube what role they have/ what they mean to other people. We remembered that although there is only one of us, we are different things to different people. 

Year 5

In RE, Year 5 have been studying Hinduism and answering the question: How can Brahman he everywhere and in everything? 

Children looked at how Hindus believe in a universal soul or God called Brahman. Hindus believe that there is a part of Brahman in everyone and this is called Atman (like the essence of someone). Children thought about what their souls would look like and then also carried out research projects on Hinduism.