In class throughout the year we’ve practised different revision methods each time we’ve done an assessment. Perhaps you can use some of them again over the next month to revise for the summer exam? You might create a huge mind map on A3 paper for the whole year using the Positively Mad Mind Mapping skills we learnt when discovering how we can see the world from our window. Below are some things to read and things to watch, to help you review your learning. Why not revise with a friend, so you can talk about things you see and hear. Afterwards you can test each other to check you’ve what you’ve learnt.
Generally the BBC is a good place to look for clear informative articles which can help you understand school work better as well as short video clips to strengthen your knowledge. There is a super page about what you’ll find inside a Mosque, and in the Key Stage 2 Video Clips pages you can search for some easy explanations of things we’ve studied. Meanwhile their Key Stage 3 video clips pages have numerous clips on Buddhism, as well as more on Christianity.
Today at school a student claimed we weren’t allowed to say ‘hot cross buns’ anymore as it would offend Muslims. I questioned where he’d got such a story from and then demonstrated that we were allowed to say both hot cross buns and Easter eggs without offending anyone.
So where had he got this story from? I’ve tried to find the story online but failed. What I did find was a newspaper article in the Express from 2007 which explained how a hospital banned hot cross buns to not offend ethnic minorities. This didn’t go down well with religious leaders saying how ludicrous it was and Muslims saying how they’re not offended by hot cross buns and often eat them themselves.
Meanwhile in 2003 the Telegraph reported how lots of local councils were banning their schools from putting hot cross buns on the menu to avoid offending non-Christians. Again this move met with lots of criticism: The Muslim Council of Britain called the decision “very, very bizarre”. A spokesman said: “This is absolutely amazing. At the moment, British Muslims are very concerned about the upcoming war with Iraq and are hardly going to be taken aback by a hot cross bun.
“Unfortunately actions like this can only create a backlash and it is not very thoughtful. I wish they would leave us alone. We are quite capable of articulating our own concerns and if we find something offensive, we will say so. We do not need to rely on other people to do it for us. British Muslims have been quite happily eating and digesting hot cross buns for many years and I don’t think they are suddenly going to be offended.”
Making the whole furore more ridiculous is the fact hot cross buns were probably around first as a pagan snack before being adopted by the Christians in England. It wasn’t until Queen Elizabeth I that hot cross buns were pushed to only be eaten around Good Friday. You can find out more hot cross buns and Simnel Cake from a website about England’s history.
In the staffroom today we all enjoyed a hot cross bun: teachers and TA’s of all faiths and none. Nobody broke out into song though! Off school on Wednesday when my son was ill we went to rhyme time at Woking library and sang along…
Here are some youtube clips and articles for Year 7 students revising for their Primary School Catch-Up Assessment next week.
First up is a Songs Of Praise Christmas Special where they tell you the story of Jesus’ birth through song. Year 10 students might also consider whether this sort of religious TV programme can affect people’s beliefs in God. Does it make people believe more, less or not actually affect anyone?
2. Secondly we have a whole feature length film called the Nativity Story (PG).
3. Moving right down to toddler age: CBeebies do Easter
4. From a Catholic TV Network there’s a special about Stations of the Cross.
We’ll have more revision of how Christians practise their faith and world religions tomorrow