Religious Education

Year 2 R.E- Islam

By Religious Education, Year 2

Year 2 have been learning about the religion of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim. To support our learning, we were very lucky to have a Muslim visitor come into class to answer some of our questions. One of our Year 4 children who is a Muslim also came into class to share their knowledge and beliefs. The year 2 children asked some very thought-provoking, theological questions which were expertly answered by our two visitors. Thank you so much for joining us! The children loved hearing about your first-hand experiences.

Empathy plus Migration in Year 5

By Collective worship, Community, Equality, Mental Health, Religious Education, Year 5

This afternoon, Year 5 had a workshop session with Taiye from the Red Cross.  He explained to us about the role of the British Red Cross.  We talked about the key vocabulary of empathy, migration, refugee and asylum seeker. We learned that empathy is the ability to imagine, understand and share the feelings or perspectives of others. By developing empathy, it can help us increase our awareness and understanding of others, our willingness to support others, and create more inclusive, resilient communities.  

We listened to the account of Hamza’s journey as he was seeking asylum and wrote a feeling story and thought about how we would feel if we were in Hamza’s shoes. We also wrote a letter to someone who was new to our country.

As our final task, we considered if we were to do one thing differently about how we treat others from today, what could we do?

Many of the children had some very thoughtful ideas about what we had been working on and were a credit to St Alban’s as always.

During our end of day prayer, Esme said she had chosen The Ukraine as our place in the world to focus our thoughts because she had chosen a prayer that she believed was fitting.  I hope you agree with Esme’s choice. 

Prayer for the Afraid

Dear God,

Take care of those who live in war zones:

Afraid of noise,

afraid of silence:


Afraid for themselves,

afraid for others:


Afraid to stay,

afraid to go:


Afraid of living,

afraid of dying.


Give them peace in their hearts,

in their homes

and in their land.



Sinai House leaders Bible Reading

By Collective worship, House Sinai, Religious Education, Year 6

Our lovely Sinai House leaders Annie and Preston visited our EYFS and Key Stage 1 classes this afternoon to read the children a bible story. The house leaders did an excellent job using their “story teller” voices to engage the children. All children listened attentively to the stories and answered questions well. Children in Year 2 were able to read along using their own bibles. Well done Sinai leaders!

Bible Presentation

By Collective worship, Community, Religious Education, Year 2, Year 3

Today Huw Thomas from the Diocese of Sheffield, presented Bibles to year 2 and 3 children at St Alban’s Church.

Children in year 2 were presented with a picture bible that they will take home at the end of key stage one.

Children are presented with a different Bible when they move in to the juniors (year 3). This Bible stays with the children as they move classes and they take it home when they leave St Alban’s.

How will we use the Bibles?
Children use their Bibles in collective worship, religious education and engage with it weekly in class.

It was lovely to see so many parents, grandparents and friends at the service- the perfect finish to a busy week.

Thank you,

Mrs Gurner

Learning from the Muslim way of life

By Community, Religious Education, Year 5

Today, Year 5 were lucky enough to have a visitor. Sabreena came to talk to us about her life.  We asked lots of questions.  We made links between the lives of Muslims and our own lives.  We also thought about the Islamic Pillars.

There are many similarities between the lives of Muslims and the lives of Christians.  Both believe in one God.  Both believe in charity and both have Holy places they try to visit.  Both pray, Muslims fast and Christians give up things for lent.

Thank you for visiting us today. We learned a great deal.

Y3 trip to Sheffield Cathedral

By History, Religious Education, Year 3

Last week, children in Year 3 were lucky enough to visit the beautiful Sheffield Cathedral. The cathedral was a perfect place for children to experience “awe” and “wonder.” Whilst at the cathedral, Y3 explored the different features of a cathedral in a guided tour. They had opportunity to learn about the cathedral’s rich and colourful history. Furthermore, the children were given opportunities to reflect on the importance of symbols in Christianity. We all had  a fantastic day and Y3 represented our school brilliantly!