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What this unit contains


The Golden Temple – a special place for Sikhs in India. The Gurdwara – a local place for Sikhs – community centre, place of worship, times when people visit, worship, symbols.



Where the unit fits and how it builds upon previous learning

This unit builds on and extends work introduced in Unit 1.

It is strongly recommended that this unit incorporates a visit to a local Gurdwara and that at least one school year separates units 1 & 3.



Extension activities and further thinking




  • Consider what makes different places 'special'.

  • Find out about other special places in the Sikh Tradition, e.g. Anandpur Sahib.

  • Ask a Sikh how visiting somewhere like the Golden temple enriches their faith.



Vocabulary
Sikh

Sikhism


Gurdwara


Guru Khanda Ceremony




Chauri


Guru Granth Sahib

Granthi




Amritsar

Nisan Sahib Golden Temple

SMSC/Citizenship


  • Community responsibilities.

  • Belonging to a faith with origins and links elsewhere in the world.

  • Sacred space






Unit 3 Session 1


Learning Objectives

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Suggested teaching activities




Focus for assessment


Sensitivities, points to note, resources


Pupils should:

  • know that the Golden Temple is a special place for Sikhs in India;




  • consider why a place a long way away might be important;




  • know that Guru Arjan built the Golden Temple after it had become a special place for Sikhs.







Show the class a poster or picture of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Explain that it is a very special place for Sikhs and ask what might make it special? Look at a map of India and locate the city of Amritsar, the location of the temple.

Talk about why a place a long way away might be important to people, giving pupils the opportunity to share their own experiences.

Explain that the Temple is not merely important because it is ‘golden’ and tell pupils the story of the building the Golden Temple.
Set up a research project (in groups) to make a display about a visit to the Golden Temple. End the lesson by completing Indian Visa Applications for each member of the class.
Set homework

Make a passport- style page for yourself with a recent photograph or self-portrait.








Resources

Picture of the Golden Temple.

Map of India showing the location of Amritsar.

Story of Guru Arjan.

Visa application forms for India (available from the Indian High Commission).

Passport format.


Websites

http://www.taj-mahal-travel-tours.com/wonders-of-india/golden-temple.html








Unit 3 Session 2


Learning Objectives

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Suggested teaching activities




Focus for assessment


Sensitivities, points to note, resources


Pupils should:

  • know why Sikhs wish to visit the Golden Temple;




  • know what a visit to the Golden Temple might involve.




Engage in the class research project.


The research project should involve groups of pupils collecting information to contribute to a class display. The Visa applications and ‘passports’ should be displayed along with flight information and information about Climate, dress conventions, behaviour code, and what to see at the Golden Temple.
Members of the class should make and display postcards from the Golden Temple. This work should be collated into a display or a class book about ‘The Golden Temple’






Resources

Travel brochures of India

Books/Internet sites for research, e.g.

http://www.sikhs.org/






Unit 3 Session 3


Learning Objectives

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Suggested teaching activities




Focus for assessment


Sensitivities, points to note, resources


Pupils should:

  • consider places that are special to members of the class;




  • know that a Gurdwara is the place of worship for Sikhs.











Recap on why the Golden Temple is special to Sikhs. Discuss places that are special to members of the class. Explain that special places are not always a long way away and brainstorm places in the community that are special to groups of people and why.
The next session will be a visit to a Gurdwara and the remainder of this lesson will be preparation for that visit. *If you are unable to organise a visit you can set up another research project, using a wide range of resources to extend the project to finding out about a Gurdwara in this country.
Look at pictures/ posters of a Gurdwara. Ask the children in their groups to generate questions that they want to find out about on their visit.
Bring children back together and discuss the groups’ questions. Explain that these will form the basis of a worksheet to be completed during the visit. Discuss conventions regarding behaviour in a Gurdwara, e.g. removing shoes, being clean and tidy etc and explain that the following of such requirements does not constitute worship.






Resources

Pictures / posters of a Gurdwara.

CD Rom ‘Faiths’ Espresso & LgFL

Information about Gurdwaras.


Videos

The Gurdwara - Viewtech

Pathways of Belief – Sikhism

N.B. when visiting the Gurdwara shoes will be removed outside the worship area, visitors will also be required to wash their hands, cover heads and sit cross-legged, ensuring that feet are not facing the Guru Granth Sahib.



Unit 3 Session 4



Learning Objectives

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Suggested teaching activities




Focus for assessment


Sensitivities, points to note, resources



    Pupils should:

  • identify Khanda symbol and the Nishan Sahib;



  • know about the conventions of visiting the Gurdwara;




  • know about the role of the Granthi.












The Visit:
In 4 groups pupils can be responsible to find out/sketch/photograph parts of the Gurdwara e.g. music, kitchen, shoe racks/dress conventions, langar, times when people visit.
Some quiet time should be spent sitting observing the special atmosphere of this place of worship.
During the visit some members of the class can interview the Gurdwara representative on behalf of the whole group whilst others sketch, take photographs or research evidence found inside and outside the building on its use. One group could sketch a floor plan of the worship area.
A tour for all pupils can end with the pupils sketching the Khanda symbol. They should be told how the symbol is put together.
Those pupils not going on a visit will do their work through research.







Unit 3 Sessions 5 & 6


Learning Objectives

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Suggested teaching activities




Focus for assessment


Sensitivities, points to note, resources

Pupils should:

  • demonstrate their knowledge about the Gurdwara as:

  • a community centre,

  • place of worship

  • a place where respect is shown,

  • a place where food is shared,

  • place where the Guru Granth Sahib is housed and read ,

  • Hymns are sung there,

  • Music is played there,

  • Festivals and family times are celebrated;




  • compare a local Gurdwara with the Golden Temple indicating similarities and differences.









During the lessons pupils will prepare a presentation as a class which could be for an assembly on Sikh special places both locally and internationally. They should also write thank you letters for the visit if that was undertaken.

The presentation should be as imaginative and exciting as possible. It could be written up / word-processed and collated with photographs etc to contribute to a class big book and could include models of items seen. Members of the class could make music using traditional instruments. Some of the class could report back about interviews they have undertaken.

Assessment Task

Explain how the local Gurdwara and the Golden Temple are both special to Sikhs and describe the atmosphere of one of these places. Why is each so important to Sikhs today?





Assessment Levels
Level 2 Attainment target 1

Pupils use religious words and phrases to identify some features of religion and its importance for some people. They begin to show awareness of similarities in religions. Pupils suggest meanings for religious actions and symbols. They identify how religion is expressed in different ways.




Attainment target 2


Pupils ask, and respond sensitively to, questions about their own and others’ experiences and feelings.
Level 3 Attainment target 1

Pupils use a developing religious vocabulary to describe some key features of religions, recognising similarities and differences. They make links between beliefs and sources, including religious stories and sacred texts. They begin to identify the impact religion has on believers’ lives. They describe some forms of religious expression.


Attainment target 2

Pupils ask important questions about religion and beliefs, making links between their own and others’ responses. They make links between values and commitments, and their own attitudes and behaviour.










Unit 3 Session 1:

The Golden Temple at Amritsar





Unit 3 Session 1

Story of the founding of the Golden Temple

Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, has spent time by the side of the lake where the golden temple now stands. After Guru Nanak dies, his disciples continued to visit the site and over the centuries it became the most important sacred shrine of the Sikhs. The lake was enlarged and structurally contained in a ‘tank’ during the leadership of the fourth Guru, Ram Das, and under the leadership of Guru Arjan, the Hari Mandir, or Temple of God was built.

After this time the Sikh Gurus were constantly involved in defending both their religion and their temple against the Indian and foreign Emperors’ armies. On numerous occasions the temple was destroyed, and each time was rebuilt more beautifully by the Sikhs. From 1767 onwards, the Sikhs became strong enough militarily to repulse invaders. Peace returned to the Hari Mandir.

Amritsar, the original name of first the ancient lake, then the temple complex, and still later the surrounding city, means "pool of ambrosial nectar." The temple's architecture draws on both Hindu and Moslem artistic styles. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), Hari Mandir was richly ornamented with marble sculptures, golden gilding, and large quantities of precious stones. Within the sanctuary, on a jewel-studded platform, lies the Adi Granth, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs. This scripture is a collection of devotional poems, prayers, and hymns composed by the ten Sikh Gurus and various Muslim and Hindu saints.

Beginning early in the morning and lasting until long past sunset, hymns are chanted to the accompaniment of flutes, drums, and stringed instruments. Echoing across the lake, this music may be heard by the pilgrims strolling leisurely around the marble concourse encircling the pool and temple.

An underground spring feeds the sacred lake, and throughout the day and night pilgrims immerse themselves in the water, a symbolic cleansing of the soul rather than an actual bathing of the body.

Next to the temple complex are enormous pilgrims' dormitories and dining halls where all persons, irrespective of race, religion, or gender, are lodged and fed for free.




Unit 3 Session 1- Map of Punjab







Unit 3 Session 1 - Simplified Indian Visa application form
VISA DEPARTMENT

HIGH COMMISSION OF INDIA, INDIA HOUSE

ALDWYCH, LONDON, WC2B 4NA.

High Commission: Visa Enquiries: 020 7240 1012, Fax: 020 7240 6312

Web-site Address: http:\\www.hcilondon.net
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

Date of Receipt: APP Ref. No.: Whether Passport Enclosed: Type of Visa required:

Whether Visa fee is correct: Visa No:
IMPORTANT: All columns of the application form must be correctly filled in BLOCK LETTERS and BLACK INK. Suppression of facts or furnishing misleading/false information will result in denial of visa without assigning any reason.
Title: Mr / Mrs / Miss / Ms / Dr / Others…………………….. Surname: ...………………………………………………….……
First Name:…….…………………………………………….. Middle Name: ……………………………………………….…....
Date of Birth: ………………… Place of Birth (Town & Country):………….…………………. Nationality: ….………….……
Passport No:……………………… Date of Issue……………………………… Date of Expiry ...…………………….……….
Passport issued by (Authority/Agency)………………………………………….. At (Place) …..…...………….………………..
Occupation:…………………………………… Business address: ………………………………………………………………..

………………………………………………………………………………………….………… Postcode .……………..……...


Permanent Address: ……………………………………………………………………………… Postcode ..……….………...…

Present Address: ………………………………………………………………….……………… Postcode ..…………..……......

Address to which Passport has to be sent (For postal applications): ..………………………………………………………..…….

……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Postcode …………….……….

Telephone No: Day/Work:…………………………………. Evening .……………………………………………………..….…

Details of any other Passport / Nationality being held (by you) now or earlier: .….……………………………….…….……

Father’s Name & Place of Birth (Town & Country): …………………….…………………………………….……..…………....

Mother’s Name & Place of Birth (Town & Country):………………………………………………………….…………………...
(Note that Visa is valid from date of issue. Check if you already hold a valid visa before applying)
Purpose of Visit ……………………………………………………………………………………………...……………………..
Proposed Date of : (a) Arrival in India (at first entry) : ……………………… (b) Departure from India: …………………...
Duration for which visa is required and No of Entries: ………………………………………………………………….………....
Places to be visited in India…………………………………………………………………………...………………..…………...
Was Visa refused earlier? Yes/No………If yes, please give details………………………………………………………………..
Name, Addresses and Telephone number of two referees in UK and in India who could be contacted in case of need.
UK: (1) India: (1)


  1. (2)


Declaration
I, …………………..……………………………………………. hereby undertake that I shall utilise my visit for which Visa has

been applied and shall not on arrival in India try to extend my stay for any other purpose. I declare that the information given



here is true, accurate and complete.
Date: …………………………………………. Signature of Applicant ……………………………………………



Unit 3 Session 2

Golden Temple Research Project


The class should collect the following information about the Golden Temple:


  • climate;

  • location;

  • dress conventions;

  • behaviour code;

  • what to see at the Golden Temple.

They also need to collect / make the following items:

  • visa applications for all members of the group;




  • ‘passports’ for members of the group;




  • flight information;




  • a postcard for the Golden Temple.




Unit 3 - Teacher information sheet
Addresses for some Gurdwaras


  • Gurdwara Sikh Sangat
    la Campbell Road, Bow, London E3 4DS,
    Tel 0208 980 2281

  • Gurdwara Singh Sangat
    Harley Grove, Bow, London E3 2AT
    Tel 0208 980 8861

  • Sikh Sangat Gurdwara Association
    Sydney Road, Chatham Kent ME4 5BR,
    Tel 01634 815934.

  • Nanak Community Center
    St James Road, Croydon
    Surrey
    CR0 2BU
    Tel 0208 688 81 55.

  • Guru Hargobind Sahib Sikh Temple
    8 Highfield Road, Dartford Kent
    Tel 01322 222951.

  • Gurdwara Baba Budha Sahib Ji

    2 Shawbury Road, 

    East Dulwich, London, SE22 9DM
    Tel 020 8 693 1162


  • Kent Ramgarhia Darbar and Community Center
    63 Franklyn Road, Gillingham Kent ME7 4DJ
    Tel 01634 576618.

  • Ramgharia Sabha Southall
    53 - 57 Oswald Road
    Southall, Middlesex UB2 1HN
    Tel 020 8 574 5635

  • Ramgharia Gurdwara
    Wilmount Street, Masons Hill
    Woolwich, London SE18 6ES

Further information from:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/yourlondon/unitedcolours/sikhism/welcome_history.shtml

http://www.southall-punjabi.com/gurdwara_index_soueasteng.html




Southwark Education Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education Non-statutory units Page:




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