Pupils fascinated by visit to mosque
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