Youngsters at one Dorset school received a fascinating insight into Judaism when they took part in a Passover meal.
The Year 3 and 4 children at Colehill First School spent the day participating in Judaism workshops.
Led by Lynda Ford-Horne of Living Judaism, the workshops gave the children a first-hand experience of following the Jewish faith.
Headteacher, Andrew Turrall, said: “These fantastic workshops helped to build on the children’s understanding of Judaism.
“Having experience of the Shabbat and Passover brings religious education to life as well as giving them a memorable and meaningful experience.
“It really helps our community to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of faith groups locally and globally.”
During the Passover meal, pupils from the Wimborne Academy Trust school tasted foods that have special symbolism for Jewish people.
This included herbs, which represent the bitterness of slavery; salt water, representing the bitter tears of the slaves; egg that symbolises new life and new hope; haroseth, a sweet meat that represents the sweetness of freedom; and blackcurrant squash, in place of wine, symbolising the joy of freedom.
CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “At our schools we are passionate about bringing the curriculum to life with experiences like these.
“Our children not only thoroughly enjoy learning this way but it is also gives them a valuable insight that is far more powerful than any text book.”
Colehill First School is one of 11 first and middle schools in east Dorset that make up Wimborne Academy Trust. The others are Allenbourn Middle, St Michael’s CE Middle, Emmanuel CE Middle, Lockyer’s Middle, St John’s First, Witchampton First, Hayeswood First, Merley First, Verwood First and Hillside First.
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