On Wednesday 17th May, Year 3 journeyed to Leicester, to visit a Hindu Temple and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the ‘Golden Mile’.
The children’s ‘awe and wonder’ were clear to see as they explored the Hindu temple. As the tour of the mandir unfolded, the children listened to some fascinating stories, which underpin Hinduism and were taught more about living life as a Hindu. They were introduced to, and allowed to look at, a range of religious symbols such as the lotus flower and learnt more about their significance.
As the children journeyed around the mandir they were lucky enough to see, at first hand, various shrines and learnt more about how Hindus worship. Throughout the experience, the children asked some very thought-provoking questions, allowing them to further deepen their insight into the workings of a mandir and life as a Hindu as well as helping them to draw similarities with Christianity.
Following the visit to the mandir, the children were introduced to the delights and experiences of the ‘Golden Mile,’ visiting a range of shops, on Belgrave Road. The children were astonished by the beauty and intricacy of the different saris in a specialist shop, allowed to taste authentic Indian sweets in a local restaurant and given the chance to explore a small supermarket, drawing comparisons with their own previous shopping experiences.
To conclude the visit, the children were given the opportunity to view a wide range of artefacts and variety of accessories, including saris and Punjab outfits which the children took great pleasure in trying on. Overall, the visit was a great success and further helped our children to broaden their cultural experiences!
Well done to all children in Year 3 for demonstrating each of our school’s core values and a big thank you to all parents and staff for their continued support!
A special thank you to all members of the Hindu community for making our school feel so welcome.