Topic: Ramadan

Learning Outcomes

To be able to describe how Ramadan is observed.

To be able to describe how the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated.

 

Introduction

Introduce the idea of fasting and how it is observed in different religions.

Watch the youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTMQsK2sM_Q

Pair work to discuss why Muslim people may fast during Ramadan.

Create a list of reasons from these discussions and display on the board.

Development

Children given the resources (coloured paper, scissors, glue/tape) to make 30 strips of coloured paper. These are to represent the 30 days of Ramadan (some years may be 29). The strips can be decorated by each child. These strips are then constructed into a paper chain and hung up around the classroom. The children remove one link from the chain each day to show the progression through the days of Ramadan.

Plenary

The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival of the breaking of the fast, is introduced and discussed as the end of Ramadan draws near. Examples are shared of the clothes, meals and celebrations involved and of the tradition of going to the Mosque to pray.

The children design and create their own cards and include the greeting Eid Mubarak in both English and in Arabic script.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

The use of the youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTMQsK2sM_Q discussing fasting in religion.

This can form the beginning and end of a series of lessons at the time of Ramadan.