Religious Studies KS2: The Khalsa

Simran tells the story of how the Khalsa Sikh community was founded more than 300 years ago during the harvest festival of Vaisakhi.

She explains that becoming a Khalsa today is a choice and a commitment. And that commitment is to love God with all your heart and, if need be, sacrifice whatever you have for God.

Teacher Notes

Sikh storyteller and teacher Butta Singh says: “Being a Khalsa Sikh is a choice and once you've made that choice you've made a commitment. And that commitment is to love God with all your heart and if need be sacrifice whatever you have for God.”

You could ask pupils to discuss:

(i) What did the people in the story sacrifice? Why?
(ii) What do Sikhs sacrifice today for their faith? What is hard here (Alcohol? Drugs?)
(iii) What is hard for young people about being Sikh? Is it hard to wear the 5 Ks?

Ask the pupils to generate questions they would like to ask of Taran, Joven and Butta about their religion and faith. If you can, get a member of the Khalsa Sikh community to come into the class to talk about their faith and answer these questions.

Curriculum Notes

This topic will be relevant to teaching Religious Education at KS2 or KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 2 or 3 in Scotland.

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The Ten Gurus
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