As part of our work during Faith Week we looked at how Muslims pray. The children enjoyed printing symmetrical patterns on their mats and making paper fringes for them. Later in the week we cleared the classroom to make a space so we could lay the mats as if they were inside a mosque. We used an app – Quibla Compass – to find out which direction Mecca is in so that we could place our prayer mats facing the right way.
The children remembered that Muslims pray five times a day and that before praying they perform wudu – which is a ceremony which involves washing their hands, face and feet. We acted this out and then they then went to their own prayer mat and we went through some of the positions in the prayer ritual. The children were really respectful and afterwards we talked about the differences and similarities to how Christians pray.
The Nursery children enjoyed looking at the different patterns on pictures of prayer mats and had fun sponge painting on half of the paper and discovering what happened when the paper was folded and the pattern was transferred to the other side. They later enjoyed sitting on them… once they were dry!