Year 5/6 Discover the Uses and Purposes of Masks

In Year 5/6, we have being learning about masks. We examined decorative masks used in cultural celebrations, theatre, and art galleries, and we also looked at practical uses for masks, such as medical theatre masks, welder’s masks and gas masks.

Next, we focused on three different styles of mask: abstract, tribal and realistic. We looked at the features and colours used in these styles. Students thought about their own personality and chose a style that they believed reflected them in some way. We then made a self-portrait mask using this chosen style.

After looking at the physical aspects of masks, students examined the different reasons that people wear masks and wondered if the reasons that people wear masks are important. We examined the idea that sometimes, a “mask” can be metaphorical, in that people can say one thing, but do another.

We looked at how Jesus was always genuine:

  • When He was sad, He cried (John 11:35)
  • When He was happy, He laughed and smiled (John 2:1-11)
  • He asked His friends for help (Matthew 26:38)
  • He hung out with people who needed Him and wasn’t afraid of what others might think (Luke 5:29-30).

We then looked at how God looks at our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7) and prayed that God would help us to be genuine in our lives and honour Him in everything we do.

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