Year 5 recently staged a school assembly looking at the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah. We started off our assembly by looking at the origins of the festival and showing how Rosh Hashanah is how the Jewish faith celebrates the new year.
Pat explained how Rosh Hashanah traditionally begins with ten days of penitence. We asked our other friends in the assembly what is meant by this. After a few explorations and guidance, we saw how penitence helps us to think about our life and how we behave.
The pupils then explained how many Jewish people eat special food to help celebrate Rosh Hashanah. These are usually very sweet and can include apples dipped in honey or honey biscuits. Year 5 prepared some Rosh Hashanah food which we were able to put on display during our assembly.
A basket of covered fruit was also introduced. We explained that when someone picks a piece of fruit without seeing it, this can symbolise that each new year is full of surprises.
The students then acted out the traditional Jewish folk tale of The Magic Leaf. We also read out some of the Hebrew words that we have been learning and explained what they mean.
Finally our Year 5 assembly concluded by coming back to the idea of penitence. We asked once again for a definition, as well as talking about what is meant by atonement. We asked our friends in the assembly to consider that you don’t always need a new year to make a new start.