Saint Thomas á Becket & Guru Nanak

It was a great week for learning about two great men who lived back in time but had the same values! Last week three of our pupils presented an assembly to recognise 550 years of Sikhism.   They talked about how they live their lives by sharing and caring for all living things and reflected on the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak .  Guru Nanak was more interested in spiritual awareness than he was with the material things in life, and so we too thought about how we care and look after others in need. It was a very interesting assembly and to follow it,  Year 5 pupils are going to see the biggest Sikh temple in Europe very soon. What a treat they will have thanks to the generosity of Mr and Mrs Dhaliwal.

Another spiritual leader who lived a long time ago was Saint Thomas á Becket. The lucky Year 2 children visited the mother church of the Church of England this week. They didn’t have to go far however, as it is Canterbury Cathedral. Following their RE lesson on Saint Thomas a Becket the children were able to share their knowledge with the guides who looked after them for the day. The children dressed up as the characters in the story and as the pilgrims who came to Canterbury from all over the world. They acted out the story in the Chapter House, sat where the monks did to write letters, gazed in awe at the building, saw the place where Saint Thomas was killed, walked in the footsteps of the pilgrims and learnt about how Thomas became a kind, helpful and loving man to all mankind.

Zara said that it had been the best day ever in her whole life and all Year 2 thanked the guides Terry and Tracey for putting on lots of activities for us to do.

Mrs Beverly Latham – Head of Religious Education and Year 2 teacher.