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20 October 2014
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Classroom activities

Gurpurbs (Key Stage 1)

If possible, invite a representative of the local Sikh community to talk to pupils about Sikh customs and festivals. Pupils could create a class book to explain the events of Gurpurbs.

Sacred texts (Key Stage 2)

Explore the meaning of the word 'sacred' with pupils

Explore the significance of different sacred texts. Ask pupils to write an acrostic poem using the letters of the work SACRED.

Explain how the Guru Granth Sahib is treated and the role it plays during Gurpurbs. Help pupils to write a mini-book or an explanation of the events of a Gurpurb suitable for younger students. If possible, present these to a younger class studying the topic.

The worksheets on the Punjabi language and Guru Nanak's birthday can be used as part of this activity.

The life of Guru Nanak (Key Stage 3)

Explore the key events of a Gurpurb and the life of Guru Nanak. Discuss why Sikhs celebrate Gurpurbs and establish the key teachings or beliefs inherent in them. Then ask them to imagine they are a reporter writing an article on the celebration of Guru Nanak's birthday. The Guru Nanak worksheet, newspaper article writing frame and beginnings of Sikhism video can be used to support this activity.


The beginnings of Sikhism

Sikhism events and festivals

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