Over the last two weeks, the children in Year 6 have continued to look at some important festivals in the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah ‘The Head of the Year’ celebrates the beginning of the year. Unlike our New Year, it is a solemn festival and is celebrated in late September.
The children have also been finding out about Sukkot and built their own Sukkahs, which are used by Jewish people to remember the hard times living in the desert. A Sukkah is a temporary hut-like construction, covered in greenery, that Jews would dwell in during the week-long celebration of Sukkot. Sukkot commemorates the 40 years the Jewish people spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land after escaping slavery in Egypt. The huts have three walls; a roof that has to be made from greenery and have gaps to let rain and sunlight through; and they can be decorated. The children had great fun making their own Sukkah to meet these criteria.