EDpaX Hinduism Topics
9 fantastic lessons for teaching about Hinduism in the Primary classroom!
The R.E. product consists of nine detailed interactive whiteboard topics full of information with bright, colourful photos/images to bring the pupils’ understanding of Hinduism to life. Each topic is accompanied by extensive Teacher’s Notes to support the teacher when teaching Hinduism in the classroom. Many opportunities are given for the pupils to compare and contrast the Hindu religion with other religions that they may know. Assessment is included.
Hindu Gods and Goddesses The topic covers Brahman, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha, Saraswati, Parvati and Lakshmi. It introduces an understanding of Hindu gods and goddesses and their purpose. It includes story of how Ganesha got his head.
Some Sacred Symbols The topic includes the ‘aum’ or ‘om’ symbol, the peacock, the swastika, the lotus flower, the coconut and the sacred cow complete with story as to why the cow is sacred.
Puja at Home The topic introduces puja as a form of worship, that puja can take place at home, a home shrine and the format of puja including looking at and understanding the implements used in puja and a puja tray.
The Mandir including Puja The topic looks at different Mandirs and discusses where Hindus can perform puja i.e. at home, in the street, in a Mandir. The topic also covers inside a Mandir, the Brahmin or priest of the Mandir and his duties within the Mandir including puja. The pupils have the opportunity to discuss, compare and contrast the Mandir with other religious buildings that they may know.
Diwali Festival The topic introduces and develops an understanding of the ‘diwali’ festival. It establishes the reason for ‘diwali’, the story of The Ramayana (in a shortened version), the worship of Lakshmi, the process of the celebration of the ‘diwali’ festival, diwali lights, rangoli patterns and the concept of good overcoming evil.
The Ramayana The topic gives a more detailed look at the story of The Ramayana including a study of the role of the characters within the story. Through the story and the character study an understanding of the struggle between good and evil is explored. The struggle and subsequent victory of good over evil is a core Hindu belief.
The Festival of Holi The topic explores the festival of Holi which last for five days. It introduces the story of Holika Dahan and the burning of Holika on the bonfire. It also looks at the birth of Krishna and Krishna as a young man. The topic includes three stories about Krishna: The Birth of Krishna, The Serpent King and The Govardhan Mountain. The topic shows the celebration of Holi in India which is supported by colourful, real life photos.
The Festival of Raksha Bandhan The topic explores relationships in families. It looks at the special relationship between brothers and sisters and the meaning of the tying of a ‘rakhi’ (bracelet) on a brother’s wrist. The topic introduces the background to this tradition with the story of Indra. The story of The Mango Tree looks at the special relationship between brothers and sisters.
The Festivals of Navaratri and Dussehra The topic looks at the two festivals of Navaratri and Dussehra and how they are celebrated in India. Navaratri is the festival of nine nights and Dussehra is the tenth day. The goddesses, Saraswati, Durga and Lakshmi are honoured in this festival and their roles are considered within the topic. The story of Durga is included. Through discussion the pupils consider good and bad qualities in people.
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EDpaX R.E. lessons - Hinduism are written in ActivInspire for the Promethean board and in Notebook for the SMART Board. Fully editable.