On Tuesday 20th November 2018, Year 4 went to Hastings Mosque.
When we arrived we had to take our shoes and socks off to be respectful, and some of the girls wore headscarves to show respect to the Imam. We had a tour of the Mosque and then we drew pictures of some of the features that we spotted.
We found it really interesting that the carpet in the mosque was designed so that when the Muslims are praying there they are automatically facing towards Mecca. There were also lots of clocks to remind the Muslims when their prayers (they pray 5 times a day!) have to take place.
The Mosque building itself used to be a school, but was bought by the Muslim community in Hastings 30 years ago and converted into a place of worship.
Whilst there we also learned that the men and women pray in separate rooms.
Last week, Year 4 were delighted to welcome local artist Su Blackwell, who came in to do an art workshop with the children.
Su specialises in making sculptures using books, and as you can see the children loved having the opportunity to create their own scenes from fairy tales using Su’s techniques.
Today Topaz class made a flying visit to Warrior Square railway station so we could see the Christmas Sussex Belle come through the station. It was being pulled by a diesel train but at the rear there was a steam train. We had great fun!
The children in Topaz have been learning how to use the wall bars. They have been practising three different hand grips and how to hold a shape. They worked extremely well as team and impressed our Gymnastics Coach. Go Topaz!!
In Topaz we spent the morning making our beautiful book models with Su Blackwell as the amazing ending to our Tiaras and Turrets Learning Adventure. This was very enjoyable we we used, pliers, wire, masking tape and old newspapers to make a forest and then added characters from fairy tales to it.
Year 4 went to Herstmonceaux Castle for the stunning starter to their learning journey. The day was filled with sketching, exploring and storytelling.