Religious Studies KS2: Vaisakhi

An amazing 100,000 people attend the Vaisakhi parade, which Simran’s dad has organised in their hometown of Birmingham.

Vaisakhi is the Sikh celebration of the New Year. Simran is there with her family and she describes everything that forms part of the celebration and why it's so important to Khalsa Sikhs.

She also takes part in the very colorful 3½ mile parade through the streets of Birmingham with her family. Simran also explains that it is a time to remember old stories, share fun times with friends and family and think about the year to come.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could hold a discussion about volunteering. Ask them to think of examples of volunteering around the school or in their lives outside.

Watch the clip and ask them to note everything that the volunteers do at Vaisakhi. Ask them to consider what the benefits of volunteering are; to us personally, to others and to a community. How does volunteering make us feel? Why is it a good thing to do?

Sikhs follow the teaching of the Gurus, who say that if you want to find God, you should serve others. Ask pupils to suggest how and why they would like to volunteer, in school, in the wider community and in other areas of their lives.

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.

More from My Life, My religion - Sikhism

What is Sikhism?
Taking Amrit
The Five Ks of Sikhism
The Gurdwara
The Guru Granth Sahib
The Khalsa
The Ten Gurus
Life as a young Sikh girl