Extended homework for Class 3 – Judaism and the Star of David.
During this half term in RE, Class 3 have been discovering what is important for Jews about being part of God’s family and the significance of the Jewish symbol, the Star of David. As part of this focus we would like the children to select and complete at least two of the tasks explained below. Please note – the children are NOT expected to do all the tasks. We would like this homework to be returned to Mrs Kite at school by Thursday 14th January 2016.
Alison Smith and Anna Elliott
Art/DT task: construct an image of the Star of David using any medium and use it to show that you know something about Jewish beliefs. Your star could be 2D or 3D, decorated, interlocking and made from a wide variety of materials.
History task: Can you find out about the history of the Star of David?
Why was it chosen and why is it important?
Think about Moses and the family of the Jewish people who traced their family back to Abraham, the friend of God.
Abraham married Sarah had a son called Isaac.
Isaac married Rebekah had a son called Jacob.
Jacob had 12 sons and his family was very complicated!
Can you make your own family tree? See how far back you can go. Can you add photographs and dates to help to explain your own family? Maybe you can interview Granny or Grandad and find out about where they were born and grew up. Perhaps your family has roots in another culture or another country. Has your family been on a journey to a new place, like the family of Moses?
What would be your family symbol, do you think?
In mathematics this shape is called a HEXAGRAM although most people call it a Star of David.
Task 1: Cut out the Star of David carefully, and fold the six equilateral triangles inwards so that their points all touch in the middle. You can now see that six equilateral triangles can be put together to make a HEXAGON (6 sided shape)
Find some more (different) shapes by folding in some of the triangles but not all of them. For instance, folding in alternate triangles around the star gives you a large equilateral triangle.
Task 2: Record the different shapes that you find on the triangular spotty paper. How many can you draw? (You will need to use a ruler to draw accurately.)
Can you give each shape a name? Some of them will have proper, mathematical names e.g. equilateral triangle, but some of them can be given a creative name of your own choosing.
More challenging Maths Tasks
Here are some ‘more challenging’ maths extension tasks for your Year 4 child to select from if they would like to:
Task 3 (Extension): Can you construct a Star of David using a pencil and a pair of compasses? Have a look at these instructions and try for yourself.
Task 4 (Extension): Can you be more ambitious with your Star of David? See if you could do something with colour. Have a look at the NRICH site.
Task 5 (Extension): Start with a circle with 16 points, equally spaced.
You are going to make star shapes by jumping around a circle. First, decide how big your jump will be, e.g. 5. Start at the top point (labelled 0) and draw a line to the point 5. Begin each new jump where the previous one ends and continue this process until one of your jumps returns to the starting point, 0.
BEFORE YOU START, look at the diagrams below. It is easier to see the pattern being formed than to work it out from text.
This is what your drawing would look like after 1, 2, 3, 4, and 16 jumps:
Task 6 (Super-amazing extension): Try producing the diagrams for other values of j (e.g. 6, 1, 11). You can print copies of the handout Sixteen Dot Circles to help you with your drawings.
- What happens when you vary the number of dots placed around the circle? Let’s call this number d. Click here to download a set of blank circle diagrams with different numbers of dots, which you can print and use in your investigations.
- What questions can you ask about the shapes produced by connecting the dots? What questions can you ask about the relationships between those shapes, the number of dots around the circle, and the jump sizes?
Alison Smith and Anna Elliott