Children at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy learn about Jewish festival

News from Bourne Abbey Primary Academy EMN-141211-150707001
News from Bourne Abbey Primary Academy EMN-141211-150707001
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Pupils at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy have been learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot as part of their religious studies.

The date for Sukkot is moveable but this year fell on October 6.

It is a seven day festival, during which Jews remember the Exodus story, when their ancestors spent 40 years in the wilderness before finding the Promised Land.

As part of the celebration of Sukkot, Jewish people build a hut, or Sukkah, in their garden or at their synagogue. These are built to help Jews remember the shelters made by the Israelites in the wilderness.

In Year 2 youngsters built their own Sukkah in the playground.

They also made paper decorations to hang up inside it and listened to and learnt traditional Jewish songs.

Sukkot is a time for thanksgiving and praying for a good harvest. In Year 2 the children have been thinking about what they are grateful for and have written thank you prayers.

A teacher said: “We are really excited to find out even more about the Jewish faith this year and the other festivals which they celebrate!”