Year Two trip to Kingston Synagogue
As part of our RE lessons, the Year Two boys visited Kingston Synagogue on Monday 5th June to experience some of the customs and symbolic artefacts of Judaism.
The boys listened attentively to Sashanah, one of the Jewish teachers, who explained to us about Judaism in general. The boys were then divided into three groups to learn about Passover, Shabbat and the Torah scroll. During our learning on Passover with Mrs Gordon, we learnt in more detail about the story of how Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. They were then able to taste some Matzah and understand the symbolism of this custom.
The boys enjoyed an interesting discussion on Shabbat with Sashanah and how Jewish families celebrate this time. Some boys were surprised to hear that no electronic devices should be used at this time (from Friday evening to Saturday evening), including phones, tablets and game stations!
In Michael’s group, we learnt more about the Ark and the scrolls it contained. The boys found it interesting to learn that the Torah scroll could only be touched with the yad stick and that the Torah is as long as a football pitch when stretched out! Boys learnt why men and boys wear a Kippah to cover their head and Tallit on their shoulders.
It was a really informative and enjoyable trip and the boys enjoyed writing thank you letters on their return. They were congratulated on their polite behaviour by the staff at the Synagogue.