St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

Christ is the centre of our School community, where we live, love and learn together

Global Dimension Week 2008

23 to 27 June 2008

During this week, the whole school community took part in a range of workshops, visits to places of worship and celebrations to learn more about our own faith and other religions.

Our focus was on:

  • Knowing that other faith communities have significant celebrations and a variety of forms of prayer.
  • The Christian values which inform love of neighbour and oneself shows ways in which care for others is important for other faith communities.
  • That other faith communities have codes of behaviour based on their beliefs.
  • That other faith communities have writings which are sacred to them.

In Foundation and Key Stage One the focus was:

  • Reception and Year 1 - Exploring a Catholic Church - St. Thomas More.
  • Year 2 - Exploring a Christian Place of Worship - St. Giles Church and comparing it to our own St. Thomas More.

During this week the children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One also learnt about festivals celebrated by other faith communities. Some of the festivals the children learnt about included: Divali, Holi, Hanukah and Shabbat.

To enhance the children's learning and enjoyment workshops were held for each class from Foundation through to Year Three. Each workshop included:

  • Exploring Culture
  • Learning about what Divali means
  • An interactive version of the story of Rama and Sita involving dressing up in costumes
  • Learning some simple Bollywood Dance moves.

In Key Stage Two each year group focused on a different religion:

  • Year 3 - Hinduism - The children enjoyed their visit to the Shree Hindu Temple.
  • Year 4 - Judaism - The children enjoyed their visit to Singer's Hill Synagogue.
  • Year 5 - Sikhism - The children enjoyed their visit to Ramgharia Gurdwara in Birmingham City Centre.
  • Year 6 - Islam - The children enjoyed their visit to a Mosque.

Year 2 Visit to St. Giles Church, Sheldon

All of Year 2 went to visit St. Giles Church during Global Dimension Week. We were welcomed by Alex who gave us a tour of the Church and grounds. We saw where the vicar cleaned his boots before he went into the Church as a long time ago the surrounding area was farmland.

We also saw the lepers' window. This was so that people who were suffering from the disease leprosy could still watch the Church Service without coming into contact with other Parishioners.

We were also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ring the Church Bells.

When we got back to school we compared the similarities and differences between St. Giles Church of England Church and St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Before we left St. Giles Church we invited Alex to come and visit St. Thomas More Catholic Church.


Pupils Enjoy Sikh Hospitality

Children from Year 5 enjoyed the generous hospitality of the Sikh religion when they visited a Birmingham temple.

More than 50 pupils travelled to the Ramgarhia Gurdwara in the City Centre where they were treated to a special musical presentation by three visiting Indian priests.

After a talk by Mr Bhogal the children asked questions before going up to the balcony to see the temple and the colourful paintings and decorations.

Chloe, from year 5P, said, "We were very lucky because we were able to listen to Sikh music; it was calming and peaceful. Everything was really sacred and holy. There was a community kitchen. People who go to the temple can go to the community kitchen and have some food and drink if they need to."

Keir, from Class 5G, said, "There are similarities to our religion, as well as differences, like the fact that they only worship one God and that you give money to good causes. There are also differences, such as the fact that they treat their Holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, like a living being and put it to bed every night."

Have a look at some of our photos from during the week.