For our first RE topic, it linked nicely with our PSHE topic for when we were looking at rules and living with different rules.
We discussed different rules in PSHE and we also discussed rules in RE too to recap.
We were able to see how we live by different rules in different areas and why rules are important to follow.
We then watched a short clip about how and why The 10 Commandments were created by God.
We discussed each different commandment and looked at how that commandment is still used today.
We looked in Bible's to answer questions all about The 10 commandments to find out more about them.
Then we were lucky enough to have a visit from Rev Rie.
She talked all about The 10 commandments with us - telling us all about how Jesus lived by them and told others how to live by them.
We chatted about how important these commandments were and that is why they were put on to stone! To show they were even more important than ordinary rules, they were also placed in a temple!
When we had learnt lots of new things, we were then able to write on a big piece of paper answering these questions:
After our visit from Rev Rie, we then made our own commandments. These were commandments we wanted everyone to live by. We were able to use some of the commandments given to Moses, but we had to think of some of our own as well.
After we had done our new set, we then picked our most important one. This one was then put onto "stone" just like the 10 commandments from God. This is to show how important they are and so that they cannot be destroyed.
Here are some of our own commandments.
After creating our own commandment on stone, we then decided to make poems under the title: "A Super Christian".
The poem had to talk about how Christians live their lives by following the 10 Commandments and what people needed to do to be a "Super Christian".
After looking at the rules Christians follow, we decided to look at another religion and what rules they live their lives by.
The religion we chose to look at was Buddhism.
This religion wasn't as familiar to some of us compared to others but we decided to look at one that was a bit different.
When we spoke about what a Buddha was, it reminded us all of what God is to Christians, so straight away we were seeing similarities.
We then looked at the Buddhist's 5 Morals or Precepts.
These were rules that they believed all Buddhists should follow in order for them to live like Buddha wanted them to.
Again, we saw lots of similarities that reminded us of the 10 Commandments but we also saw some differences.
The one that got us talking the most was the moral "Do not drink alcohol".
At first, we were unsure why this would be so important in a Buddhists life. But after a lot of discussion we came to the conclusion that Buddhists want to keep their bodies healthy and toxic free.
These are the 5 Buddhist Morals below.
Something else the Buddhist religion follows is the Eightfold Path.
None of us had never heard of this before so we looked a lot of what they meant. Some were easier to understand that others.
The ones we related to the most were:
Right speech - we agreed that this is very important as what you say to other people is very important. If you say something that isn't very nice to someone, then that can really hurt them and upset them.
Right thought - make sure that your thoughts are always positive. We decided that this right related a lot to right speech as well. We decided that without the right thoughts we would struggle to think about what would be right in our speech too.
Right Action - this was very closed linked to the commandment - Do not Murder, but also Love one another as I have loved you.
Right Effort - making sure you always put 100% in whatever you do. And also making sure that the effort you have goes towards positive behaviour. Not putting effort into the wrong thing.
We then created our own Pathway.
We created these pathways to show what "path" we would liked to follow in our lives. We were allowed to pick our favourite rules/commandments/morals/rights that we had looked at throughout the whole of our topic.
Here are some of our ideas.