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Exploring Islam

Posted at 10:50 am on 28th January, 2020

Year 11 Visit Local Mosque

Recently, Year 11 GCSE students were welcomed by Altrincham and Hale Mosque to support their learning in lessons on worship and practices in Islam. 

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As part of GCSE RE, students explore the topic of Islamic beliefs, teachings and practices and in preparation for their exams, the trip provided context and an opportunity to explore the religion in more depth.

Teacher of Religious Studies, Mrs Irwin, said:

“It was great for students to be able to see first hand all they had learnt in the classroom and bring their learning to life. Many of the boys had never visited a Mosque before and enjoyed the new experience.” 

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During the tour of the Mosque, students were shown how and where Muslims pray and reviewed the main beliefs of Islam.   A question and answer session, also enabled a discussion of challenging issues such as how Islam is perceived in society today and the role of women in Islam.

Finally, all students looked at Arabic text and practiced writing their own name in the language.

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Mrs Irwin added:

“The session was both informative and interactive, our hosts were able to answer the many questions the boys had on a range of issues related to their GCSE learning and understanding of Islam.”

Student feedback was positive following the educational visit.

Year 11 Monty said:

“'I enjoyed listening to our hosts’ experiences of being a Muslim in Manchester today.  It gave me a better insight into their beliefs and teachings, and this will help us in our upcoming GCSE RE exams.”

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Fellow Year 11, Joe said:

“It was interesting to see how the community had converted the old Chapel;  whilst it had the key features of a Mosque it was sympathetic to it's history of being a church.”