A walk down Faith Street
Class 7 have been focusing on the British Value of mutual respect for those of different faiths and beliefs during our 'Faith week' in school.
Aleena told us lots of interesting information about her religion of Islam and brought in a prayer mat, books as well as headscarves for us to look at. We have worked in pairs to create our own mini mosques after researching what would be found inside one.
Throughout the week, we also took part in a Hindu dance session together with a special visitor. Mr Mikelson came to talk to us about his religion of Judaism whilst Mrs Majeed gave us more information about her religion of Islam. We also spent time exploring our Christian values of compassion, love, friendship, peace, hope and trust and how we can live these values in our everyday life.
It has been a really interesting week and it has been lovely to see how curious the children have been in finding out all about different religions as well as reflecting on their own beliefs and thoughts.
As part of our History work on Ancient Greece, Class 7 have been finding out all about the legacy of the Greeks. We found out that the Greek city-state of Athens first introduced the world to the idea of a true democracy. Citizens were allowed to vote for their leaders and on new laws. This idea is still used in our world today. Most of the world's governments today have some sort of democracy where the people get to vote and participate in the government. We also found out that in Ancient Greek times the democracy could be unfair as women and slaves were not allowed to vote! Class 7 felt this was very undemocratic!
Connor in the community!
Class 7 are so proud of Connor. He has been to Tesco to sing and sign Christmas Carols for the local community to raise money for his hearing impaired football team. He also happily showed us some of the sign language for the carols and taught us all how to sign 'Happy Christmas'. All the class gave Connor a round of applause using sign language too. Well done, Connor!
'We will remember them'
Class 7 have been taking part in different Remembrance Day activities. We have been able to listen to some very moving whole school worships and we constructed our own class wreath. We drew round our hands for the green decoration. The poppies on our wreath are very special, because each one has the name of a soldier from Chorley who fought and died in the war. It has made us realise how many brave men and boys would have gone off to war waving goodbye to their loved ones, never to return again.
Supporting our friends in the community
Our guide dog friends have visited and given us an update on the progress of the puppies which we sponsor. All is going well with their training and it was lovely of them to drop in for a cuddle.
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION.
In class we have been finding out about democracy.
Later that day, we found out first hand what it meant by voting for our class representatives for the School council. Leighton, Aaron and Rhys had put themselves forward as candidates for the boy representative, whilst Leah, Maddison and Melissa were keen to be the girl representative.
We used real voting booths and a secret ballot box to cast our votes.
During our discussions, Aleese said that in a democracy, "Everyone is important", Melissa stated that "We all have a right to complain and change our minds," and William noted that in democratic countries "We are free to discuss and talk about lots of different things".
CHALLENGE AND INSPIRE
Teamwork is an important value here at St. Peter. Just look at our Eiffel Towers. The challenge was to build the tallest tower but which stood up on its own. Without teamwork, the challenge would never have been reached. Wow!