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Hi boy and girls, Mrs Hanson here, it’s a new half term so here’s some new RE!  Keeep learning everyone.

Email me and let me know how you get on with this weeks homelearning:

Year 3 and 4 we are going to do the same topic this term: Religious Symbols

TBQ: Can we explore the symbolic use of a wide range of objects, sounds, visual images, actions and gestures and make suggestions as to the intended meaning they might have for believers?



  • Muslims express their beliefs, values and ideas through patterns and pictures.
  • They use Arabesque and Calligraphy.
  • Muslims don’t use people or living creatures in their art, and even flowers are not drawn as they are in nature. This is because they do believe it would be like copying Allah who made living things. For the same reason they do not show pictures of the Prophet Mohammed.
  • Muslim artists use Arabesque to show that the world is a beautiful place which Allah has made.
  • Sometimes Muslim artists have deliberately included a mistake in their work as a reminder that only Allah is perfect.


Read the powerpoint link above.

Create your own pattern including Arabesque and Calligraphy.

Use the template to put your Arabic writing in the centre with a pattern around it.

Try to follow the style of Muslim art, by not including animals or life-like flowers.

Remember to make a small error (eg, in colour, symmetry etc)

Research the the star and crescent symbol, what can you find out?

What can you find out about this Islamic symbol?


The  Eightfold path important in the Buddhist religion. The wheel of life which symbolises the cycle of life, death and rebirth.  The eight spokes remind people what the Buddha taught about eight ways of life.

Right understanding
Right thought
Right speech
Right action
Right livelihood
Right effort
Right mindfulness
Right concentration

Read through the information about Buddhist symbols and then try the tasks.


Task: Draw the wheel symbol and label the 8 spokes with your own ideas for eight ways of life that are important to you.

Here is my example:


The  Aum symbol important in the Hindu religion.  Research why the Aum is important to Hindus?

Read through the information about Hindu symbols and then try the tasks.  Create the symbol out of other materials, eg lego, paper, card, collage, playdough.  See how many different ways you can make the Aum.  Take photos and email them.


Can you answer these questions about the Aum symbol?

  1.  How many sounds make up the Aum?
  2. Which sound is made by the lips?
  3. When do Hindus think the sound ‘Aum’ was first heard?
  4. What does the ‘moon dot’ at the top of the ‘Aum’ symbol stand for?
  5. Which Hindu god is the creator?
  6. Make a list of different places you might see the Aum.


The Christian cross is the main symbol of the Christian religion.  Research why the cross is important to Christians?

Read through the information about Christian symbols and then try the worksheet.

Christian Symbols

Christian Symbols worksheet

Then have a go at decorating the cross outline to show why the cross is special to Christians, symbolising Jesus’ death on the cross as the meeting point between good and evil, life and death, and that goodness and life won!

cross outline


Previous learning, Spring term 2020:

Year 3 TBQ: How did the world begin?


Watch the Jewish/Christian creation story clip and have a go at this quiz, can you get 10/10?


24.3.20 As you know we have been learning about what different religions think about how the world began and their different creation stories.

Rewatch the clips to refresh your memories:

Christian/Jewish story

Hindu Creation story:

Muslim creation story:

Buddhist creation story:

What are the similarities and differences between the creation stories?

Either write/draw/talk/make a film about the similarities and differences between all the different creation stories and have a think about what your own belief is.

Year 4 TBQ:Can what people believe affect what they do?

31.3.20 Have a go at the cloze activity on Malala, watch the clip below first to refresh your memory.


24.3.20  As you know we have been learning about different people and how their life experiences have affected their beliefs and actions.  Have another look at the clips about these people to refresh your memories.

Dr Banardo


Malala Yousafzai



Can you think about the similarities and differences between the four people we have learned about.

Either write/draw/talk/make a film about the similarities and differences between all the stories and have a think about what your affect your own experiences have had on your actions and beliefs.


Have fun everyone!

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