Pupils fas­ci­nated by visit to mosque

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

CHIL­DREN took their RE lessons out of the class­room and into the Mosque for a spe­cial field trip.

The pupils at Bosley St Mary’s Pri­mary School headed to a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent as part of their on­go­ing stud­ies of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions.

Rachel Mor­tishireSmith, who teaches KS2 and is the RE co-or­di­na­tor, said it was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for the en­thu­si­as­tic stu­dents.

She said: “Af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing in our re­cent RE lessons lots of ques­tions we had about Is­lam and the way of life of Mus­lims, we set off to the Cen­tral Mosque in Stoke to see and hear about it all first hand. Our Mus­lim hosts, in­clud­ing the Imam, were ex­tremely wel­com­ing and kind in show­ing us all around the mosque and ex­plain­ing how they wor­ship there and what they be­lieve.

“We ar­rived in time to wit­ness the one o’clock call to prayer and see how the men pray all to­gether, led by the Imam. The chil­dren were com­pli­mented on their knowl­edge and in­ter­est, their man­ners and re­spect­ful be­hav­iour.

“We all found it very fas­ci­nat­ing to com­pare what we saw and heard with last year’s visit to the Sikh tem­ple in Stoke, and with what we are used to in our C of E school assem­blies and church ser­vices.”

●● The chil­dren dis­cov­er­ing where hands, faces, heads and feet are washed be­fore Mus­lims pray

●● Scar­lett Squire, Mil­lie Booth and Mia Wil­shaw look at pat­terned win­dows and Ara­bic writ­ing

●● Anna-May Shel­ton iden­ti­fies the book rests where the Ko­ran is usu­ally placed

●● Kee­ley Niel­son recog­nises prayer beads hang­ing up in the prayer room

●● The Imam talks to the chil­dren about the Five Pil­lars of Is­lam

●● The KS2 class vis­ited the Cen­tral Mosque in Stoke

●● The young­sters ar­rive at the mosque

●● Le­manie Ben­nifer

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