We had a special visitor in school today - Mr Eric Cohen (a former Headteacher), working with Year 1 to Year 6 – teaching our children about Judaism.
Each year group had a workshop with Eric based on a different aspect of Judaism. The children and staff found Eric very entertaining and informative – through a mixture of drama, songs & stories, we all learned a great deal.
Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest) was the focus for Years 1&2, who looked at why Saturdays are special days for Jewish people. Year 3 children looked at the Synagogue, the Jewish place of worship. Year 4 explored the Torah; this is a collection of laws, commandments, rules and stories. Year 5 looked at the festival of Passover or Pesach. During Pesach, Jewish people remember the story of how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. The children in Year 6 studied Yom Kippur & Rosh Hashanah. For Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah (beginning of the Year), marks the beginning of the new year of the Jewish calendar. The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are called the ‘Ten Days of Returning’ (‘Yom Kippur’ means ‘Day of Atonement’).
We look forward to working with Eric in the future.