RS and Citizenship: Rydal Penrhos Prep Pupils Explore Key Topics
October 30, 2023

Rydal Penrhos Prep pupils recently enjoyed engaging in a series of enlightening activities on topics related to religion and global citizenship.

As a school based on a Methodist foundation, Rydal Penrhos looks to inspire key values such as faith, citizenship, and virtue in all its pupils. These principles shape our pupils’ character, encouraging a sense of belonging, responsibility, and ethical behaviour, in line with John Wesley’s Rule for Christian Living.

In the first half of the Advent Term, Rydal Penrhos Prep pupils have taken part in a variety of fun learning activities that have helped them further develop their understanding of key topics relating to religion and global citizenship. We look forward to investigating these themes further as Advent approaches!

Year 1 Stage Baptism

This term, Year 1 have been studying the topic of ‘Belonging’ in their RS lessons. They have learnt what it means to belong and how Christians belong to the Christian Church.

They invited Rev’d Beamish to lead a baptism service in the classroom, where he explained that people are baptised to welcome them into a family and the Christian Church. The children had chosen the name Amy Rosie for the baby and they took part in the service as the parents, Godparents and the congregation.

Rev’d Beamish baptised Amy Rosie by pouring water onto her head three times and then making the sign of the cross on her forehead. He presented her with a Bible, a certificate and a candle as a symbol that Jesus is the Light of the World.

Year 4 Explore International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace is celebrated each year on 21 September. The theme this year was ‘Actions for Peace: Our Ambitions for the Global Goals.’

In RS, the children learnt about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and thought about the action they could take to build peace and to look after our world.

They wrote about the action they could take on a paper link to make a paper chain for action. They also learnt about Malala Yousafzai who is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Year 4 have also been covering the topic of Peace in their RS lessons and as part of their work, they wrote peace prayers.

Year 6 Visit to Prince’s Drive Baptist Church

As part of their topic of Sacred Places, Year 6 visited Prince’s Drive Baptist Church in Colwyn Bay.

There, Rev’d Beamish showed them the different areas of the church and explained its history and importance for Christians.

After the visit, the pupils wrote about their visit, describing how they felt and their thoughts on the different rooms and features of the church.

Lily wrote: “In this church we had a nice quiet time. We lay on the ground and put on some peaceful music. This made me feel calm and in my own world.”

Meanwhile, Rose observed that: “The prayer room was extremely peaceful because you can express all your feelings and just relax and pray.”