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Holi Festival

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Topic: Holi Festival

Learning Outcomes

The child shall be enabled to:
• look at how different festivals are celebrated
• categorise and distinguish between festivals e.g. festivals of light and festivals of darkness
• examine the art and music associated with the celebration of these festivals

 

Introduction

Write the word “festival” on the whiteboard. Discuss what this means. Make a list of festivals, suggested by the class.

Holi is a festival celebrated by hindu’s. Can you remember any other festivals celebrated in this belief system? (Divali). It is celebrated in March, marking the start of spring in the Hindu calendar

Show a picture of Holi festival being celebrated. Discuss (in groups or as a whole class).

tell the story of Holi festival (see youtube video below).

 

 

Development

Children draw a self portrait on  white page.

Each child has a paintbrush with a colour of their choice on it. Pass you self portrait to others at your table so they can dab their paint on to your picture, sharing their colour.

 

listen to Holi festival music while they work on their art.

 

 

 

 

Plenary

Children can then retell the story of Holi in their own words.

 

 

 

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp8p3wYzhTo

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Navrati- Hinduism

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Topic: Navrati- Hinduism

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the celebration of Navrati of people who believe in Hinduism.
  • Identify the traditions engaged in during Navrati.
  • Design their own Navrati celebration outfit.

 

Introduction

Elicit prior knowledge from the children about Hinduism e.g. Where do Hindus go to worship? What celebrations take place in the Hindu tradition?

Show the children some pictures on the interactive whiteboard of places/ things associated with Hinduism- Gods/Goddesses, Diwali celebration, Hindu temple etc.

Complete a KWL chart with the class on the whiteboard based on what the children already know about Hinduism and what they would like to find out about Navrati.

Development

Present a PowerPoint on the interactive whiteboard about Navrati and its associated customs.

Children engage in a think-pair-share with a partner about what they have learned from the PowerPoint and whether it is similar to any tradition that they may follow or that they know about i.e. linking the custom of fasting to Lent in the Christian tradition.

Children relay what they have found out from the PowerPoint to the teacher and the class complete the KWL chart together.

Children are invited to design their own Navrati celebration outfit on white paper, being reminded that Navrati celebration outfits using consist of a variety of bright colours.

Plenary

Children present their Navrati celebration outfits to the class by means of the ‘artist’s chair’ activity.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/t-re-246-navratri-powerpoint?sign_in=1

Interactive whiteboard

PowerPoint

Images

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Hinduism

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Topic:

Hinduism

LT focus:

  • Explore the common inks in any of a range of religious codes of conduct
  • Attempt to locate the common values across the traditions
  • Explore at class level how these values can benefit society

Introduction

At the beginning of the lesson, access

https://youtu.be/pbppaMT7-5s (traditional Hindu music)

Display the Image of the Aum (the Hindu symbol for their religion)

Ask the children if they can identify the origin of the music, and possibly the religion/symbol to which it belongs.

Development

On the board, present the word ‘BRAHMAN’

Explain that this is the name of the Hindu God.

However, the Hindus believe in the ‘Tri-Murta’ the Trinity of Gods. The God presents itself in different forms to different people.

Brahma-        Vishnu-  Shiva –

Ask the children to look up each of the above Gods and ask them to describe them.

Why do they look different? What do you think they represent?

Each God represents a different tenet-

Brahma- creator

Vishnu- preserver

Shiva – destroyer

Today we are going to delve further into Hinduism and study it

Plenary

Ask the children to access

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/religion/hinduism.html

by linking it to their Google Classroom assignment page.

The children should work in 2s or 3s and discuss their findings.

As a group or individually they should create a Google Pages document to compare and contrast this religion to another religion that they have studied in the recent past.

  • Under the headings:
  • Place of Origin
  • Founder
  • Sacred Texts
  • Sacred Building
  • Major Festivals
  • Main Branches
  • Major Beliefs
  • Famous Sikhs
  • Fun Facts

Then they can share this document to the rest of their group to complete at home if unfinished.



The children could share their findings to the class or present these at an assembly.

As an extension activity the children could make

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

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Diwali: Hindu Festival of Light

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Topic:

Diwali: Hindu Festival of Light

LT focus:

Discuss similarities and differences across the major belief systems and identify common links

Research the diversity of specific traditions such as the differing celebrations across the world

Look at and respond to the differing art forms associated with festivals

Introduction

Day 1:

On the IWB, display some images of Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity)

Ask the children if they know who this character is.

Do they know from which religion this character may be found?

Explain that we will be researching the Hindu and Sikh celebration of Diwali (also spelt and pronounced Divali)

Display a range of images representing Diwali. (see below)

Ask the children to access

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/religion/diwali.htm

Ask the children to discuss this celebration in a ‘think, pair share” group under the headings:

What is Diwali? Where is it celebrated?

When is Diwali? How long does it last?

Why is it celebrated?

What is the Diwali story?

What does Diwali Mean?

What happens during Diwali?

Giving each group a focus, ask them to relate back to the class the most important aspects

Development

Days 2 – 5:

Over the coming days, the children could engage is different tasks including

  1. Making Salt Dough Candle Holders https://nurturestore.co.uk/diwali-activity-craft-ideas-salt-dough-candle-holders
  2. Making edidle Doodh Peda (sweet biscuits) https://kidworldcitizen.org/try-these-easy-doodh-peda-indian-sweets-for-diwali/
  3. Edible Diya Craft http://www.littlefoodjunction.com/2014/10/happy-diwali.html#.XIZB6hP7TBL
  4. Flame Craft https://www.crayola.com/crafts/diwali-light-craft/
  5. Rangoli Colouring Craft https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/rangoli/

Plenary

Can the children find any similarities and differences between this festival and other festivals that they are aware of?

Do some of these traditions remind them of other traditions in other celebrations?

The children could share their crafts and activities on their LT table and/or at assembly.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

On Google Classroom, children could create a document based on Diwali for homework. As the week progresses, they could use these as a class discussion opener.

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Diwali

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Topic:

Diwali

LT focus:

Explore how the Hindu festival Diwali is celebrated

Examine the art associated with Diwali

Introduction

Write Diwali on the board and explain that it is the Hindu festival of light

Tell the children the story of Sita and Rama using cutouts, to give them a background of why Diwali is celebrated

Development

Look at videos and pictures of people celebrating Diwali, focusing on the art and lights used during the celebrations.

Discuss other religious festivals or celebrations that use light. Discuss the similarities and differences between the use of light in such festivals

Plenary

Children create a lantern out of paper and decorate it with many colours.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

An extension activity: create a rangoli design