Castle Class learnt that followers of Islam are called Muslims. Muslims believe there is one true God -Allah. They pray five times a day- dawn, midday, late afternoon, sunset, and late evening. They listen for the 'call to prayer' which is played loudly through speakers to remind everybody that it is time to pray. We listened to the call to prayer and Firas volunteered to demonstrate to us how he prays at home. He explained that he takes his shoes off before he prays and then kneels on a special prayer mat. We learnt that Muslims worship in a beautiful building called a mosque and they wash themselves before entering the mosque and remove their shoes.
We took a virtual tour inside a mosque and looked at some photographs of different mosques all over the world. We noticed lots of different 2D and 3D shapes and spotted the domes and moon and star symbol on the top of every mosque. We also noticed that the mosques were symmetrical and had remembered this word from our maths learning! We then used 2D shapes to draw our own mosques. Many of us even drew the speakers and a sign which says 'no shoes allowed'. In the afternoon we all designed our own prayer mats using patterns. Next week we will be hole punching the edges and practising our threading skills on them to finish them off beautifully.