This is a systematic study of the smallest of the world religions on the curriculum. Areas studied include worship at the Gurdwara and the langar (kitchen), the 10 gurus, Sikh identity and the 5 ks, teaching about sewa (service), the Guru Granth Sahib (scripture). The common assessment for this unit is a task focusing on the Sikh community.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: know and use the new vocabulary to describe the world religions Sikhism.
Most students will: be able to explain how a Gurdwara is the centre of the Sikh community and how Sikh identity is established.
Some learners will have progressed further and will: understand the importance service for Sikhs as a form of worship and how this impacts on their daily lives.
Tasks related to the Sikh Gurdwara:
“Cambridgeshire County Council has just received a planning application for a large house in your area to be changed into a Gurdwara for local Sikh worship. They have asked you to prepare a report explaining how the Gurdwara is used. This report will inform Council members as they make their decision and also inform local people who may have no understanding of Sikhism.”
“You have been asked by the local Sikh community to write a leaflet about the Gurdwara for children.”
How to help your child
Parents can encourage their child to use their homework time to research their chosen charity. Parents may be able to help with sourcing information for this task.
Students that find vocabulary difficult may be supported through testing spelling as there is lots of new vocabulary in this topic.