Religious Studies KS1: The Buddhist Story of Siddhartha and the Swan and The Monkey King

Part of a series of animated films teaching pupils about religions of the world.

This film focuses on Buddhism, and narrates two Buddhist stories - the story of Siddhartha rescuing the hurt swan, and of the Monkey King showing the greedy human King the importance of caring for his people.

The film is bright and colourful and immerses pupils in the story through a clear, friendly narrative.

This clip is from the series Religions of the World.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to retell the story of the Monkey King in groups, using mine or dance.

Pupils could discuss times when they have shown kindness to other living things and create a collage of pictures of living things cut from magazines with the title "be kind to living things".

They could make bird feeders to put out in the playground.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching KS1 religious education in England and Northern Ireland, Foundation Phase in Wales, and Early and 1st Level Religious and Moral Education in Scotland.

More from Religions of the World:

The Christian Story of the First Christmas
The Christian Story of the Good Samaritan and the Lost Sheep
The Christian Story of Easter
The Hindu Story of Rama and Sita
The Islamic Story of The Prophet and the Ants and 'The Crying Camel'
The Five Pillars of Islam
The Jewish Story of Moses
The Jewish Story of Hanukkah
Sikh Stories