Religious Studies KS2: The Hijab

Sara describes making the decision to wear the hijab when she started secondary school.

She talks to her friend India about how it made her feel nervous, but they both soon got used to it.

Many Muslim women wear a hijab (the word means "veil"), symbolising modesty and respect for Allah, and many Muslim men dress modestly to pray too.

For Sara, it is a sign of commitment and pride in her faith.

This is from the BBC Series My Life, My Religion: Islam.

Teacher Notes

Children are often very interested in the outward symbols of Muslim dress, and the hijab is a prominent sign of identity in Britain today.

While good RE should make sure that many other larger questions about Islam are addressed too, pupils take an interest in this.

It's not a good plan to make 'what women wear' too strong a focus in this work on Islam, but note that for Sara, religious and personal reasons are explained well, and her own choice in the matter is rather to the fore.

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Religious Education at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and First and Second Level in Scotland.

Being a young Muslim
The Mosque
The Qur'an
The washing ritual, 'Wudu'
Prayer in Islam
The Muslim pilgrimage, Hajj
Ramadan and Eid ul Fitr
What is Islam?