Learning Together Through Faiths

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Learning Together Through Faiths
Hinduism in the Thematic Units






Part 1: Unit 1 – Worshipping God at Diwali
Hindus believe in one God

  • Represented through different names and images e.g. Rama and Krishna, Ganesh, Hanuman, Lakshmi.

  • God has visited Earth at different times in different forms to help people: – Rama – Krishna.

  • Stories on the theme of good and evil connected to Rama found in the Ramayana.

The Hindu Home

Place of Worship

  • The Hindu temple

  • The role of the Hindu priest

Worship

  • The shrine

  • The Aarti ceremony

  • Puja





Part 1: Unit 2 – The Hindu Home
The Hindu Home

  • Respect for all people and living things.
  • Ahinsa (non- violence) – the importance and reasons for non-violence and its implications e.g. vegetarianism, not hurting living things created by God.


  • The Community as a family.

  • Love and loyalty between all members of the extended family, e.g. grandparents often live with the family and are respected.

  • The importance of honesty and truthfulness.

  • Worship in the home

  • Festival of Raksha Bandhan.

  • Value of the relationship between brother and sister.

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Part 2: Unit 3 – God and Beliefs
God

  • There are many forms of God.

  • Some forms include Vishnu, Krishna, Rama, Hanuman, Lakshmi, Shiva, Ganesh, Kali or Durga.

  • The universe and the endless cycle of creation, preservation and destruction.

  • Stories on the theme of good and evil e.g. Mahabharata.

  • Stories connected to Krishna: The Birth of Krishna.

  • Birthday of Krishna (Janmashtami)

  • Festival of Holi


Sacred Books

Ramayana, Mahabharata,

Bhagwat Gita.



Part 2: Unit 4 – The Hindu Life
Locally:

The Hindu Mandir

  • Worship in a Mandir.


The Wider World

  • Hinduism is originally an Indian religion

  • Hindus live in Great Britain and across the world.

  • Places of pilgrimage and their significance. e.g. Varanasi, Gangotri, Ayodhya

  • Stories associated with places of pilgrimage.

Samskars

especially initiation (sacred thread), weddings.



Concepts'>Key Questions

  • What understanding do Hindus have about God?

  • What stories are there to learn about Diwali?

  • What is the role of a Hindu temple in a Hindu’s life?

  • How do Hindus pray at home?


Concepts:

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



AT2: Identity and belonging. Meaning, purpose and truth.

Key Questions:

  • What is the importance of families in Hinduism?

  • What is the importance of honesty and truthfulness in Hinduism?

  • What does it mean to be a Hindu?



Concepts:

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



AT2: Identity and belonging.

Meaning, purpose and truth



Key Questions:

  • How do Rama and Krishna help Hindus to understand God?

  • What stories are there for Hindus to learn about right and wrong or evil or good?



Concepts:

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



AT2: Meaning, purpose and truth.


Key Questions:

  • What are the importances of places of pilgrimage?


Concepts:

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



AT2: Identity and belonging meaning, purpose and truth.








Food
Hindus offer food to God and then consume it as God’s blessing.



Weddings


  • Understand the inner meaning of a Hindu wedding.

  • Explore ways of celebrating a Hindu wedding.

  • Understand the story of the Hindu wedding and the community that celebrate it.

  • Discussion about the role of the community before and during the wedding.





Belonging





Key Questions

  • What are the food habits of Hindus?

  • Why and when is food offered to God?



Concepts

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



Key Questions

  • How are Hindu weddings celebrated?

  • What is the importance of community/ family during a wedding?


Concepts

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



AT2: Identity and belonging.

Meaning, purpose and truth.




Key Questions

  • What does it mean to belong in Hinduism?


Concepts

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



AT2: Identity and belonging.








Peace
Non injury to living things- Ahinsa

(non-violence).


Gandhi’s life – demonstrating Ahinsa in practice through non-violent protest.



The Journey of Life and Death


  • The ways in which human experiences associated with death, loss, hope and meaning of life are understood in Hinduism.

  • Know how the Hindu community respond to bereavement.

  • Understand how the Hindu community helps support the person who is bereaved.




Key Questions

  • What is the meaning of Ahinsa?

  • Why did Gandhi practice non violence?

Concepts

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



AT2: Identity and belonging.

Meaning, purpose and truth.




Key Questions

  • How do Hindus deal with bereavement?

  • What do Hindus believe about death and the after life?

  • What are the rituals after one’s death?


Concepts

AT1: Beliefs, teaching, sources.

Practices and ways of life.



AT2: Identity and belonging.

Meaning, purpose and truth.










Lewisham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2009

KEY STAGES 1 AND 2 – 4.





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