This term in Religious
Education in Years 5 and 6, we have studied the topic Sacred Texts.
First of all we reviewed and discussed what we knew about different religions
We then discussed the sacred text of Christianity - the Bible.
The Bible is divided into two separate parts : The Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Old Testament is the part before Jesus was born and it tells the story of the Jews.
The New Testament is the part after Jesus was born is about Jesus' life and teachings.
The Bible gives us lessons and guidance on how God wants us to live our lives.
Next we discussed the Torah. This is the sacred text of the Jewish people.
Most Jewish people believe that God told Moses the words of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
The Torah actually means 'TEACHING' and is a mixture of stories and lessons.
It tells Jewish people how to pray, what to eat and which festivals to celebrate.
The Torah is read by a Rabbi in the Synagogue and is handwritten on a scroll on special paper called parchment.
It is written in Hebrew and it reads from right to left.
When the sheets of parchment are finished they are sewn together and wound around wooden rollers.
It is beautifully decorated and has a lovely velvet cover.
It is kept in the synagogue in a special cupboard called the Arc.
We thought about some rules for how we should live our lives.
We wrote them in fancy lettering and decorated the special paper.
We decorated a scroll with metallic paints and pens.
We cut some wooden dowelling using a bench hook and a hand saw.
We made special cover for our scrolls with felt, jewels and sequins.
Here they are, all tied up !! They turned out great !