Spectrum Steps - Year 7 Signs and Symbols
Year 7 - Autumn Term
Pupils will explore:
What do we mean by Signs and Symbols?
How useful are signs and symbols in everyday life
Religious symbols and their meanings
The importance of symbols to religious believers
Food and symbolism
A local church – St Oswalds at Bidston
Visit from the local vicar to talk about his role and the place of the Church in the community
The nativity story and its symbolism
Christmas celebrations around the world
Activities will include food tasting, exploring religious artefacts, making a Christingle, ICT research on Christmas traditions and drama.
Spectrum Steps - Year 8 Judaism
Year 8 Religious Education – Autumn Term
Pupils will explore three World Religions this year. In the first term, they will focus on the religion of Judaism. They will find out about:
Jewish beliefs about God
Abraham - the founder of Judaism
The importance of Moses to the Jewish religion
The festival of Passover
The Seder meal and symbolic foods
The ten commandments
The Torah and its importance in everyday life
Objects associated with prayer
The Synagogue and Worship
Activities to include storytelling, acting out a seder celebration, tasting symbolic foods, designing their own Passover plate and making their own Torah scroll.
Spectrum Steps - Year 9 Festivals
Year 9 Religious Education – Autumn Term
Students will study Festivals and Celebrations this term. They will explore:
What is a Festival?
Research special days and festivals from around the world
Consider the importance of special days to us as individuals and as a community
Interview someone about their special day, find out how they celebrate and why it is special
Chinese New Year
The Jewish festivals of Purim and Hanukkah
Harvest and Sukkot
Activities will include I.C.T. research, class presentations, conducting interviews, puppet play, craft activities and designing a Jewish Sukkah.
Year 9 Students have been looking at the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah. This festival took place on the 6th - 8th September, this year. Traditionally a shofar horn is blown to mark the Jewish New Year. Students particularly enjoyed the tradition of dipping apples into honey, which is symbolic of wishing one another a sweet new year or "Shanah tovah"