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  • 1. BELIEF SYSTEMS Gráinne McManus Lucan East E.T.N.S.
  • 2. Challenges
    • Funding & Resources
    • Inservice & teacher training
    • Teachers’ experience (learn together)
    • Time in start up
    • Parental Involvement
  • 3. Possible Yearly Breakdown
    • Average 36 weeks in school year
    • Using 32 weeks
    • 4 Strands
    • 8 weeks per strand
  • 4. BELIEF SYSTEMS Strand Units:
    • Key Figures
    • Rites and Ceremonies
    • Celebrations
    • Beliefs and Values
  • 5. 5 th & 6 th Class Religious leaders (chosen & authority) Religions, festivals & ceremonies (similarities & differences) Rites of passage Benefits of values Places of Worship Revision 3 rd & 4 th Class Sacred Writings, (emergence & relevance) Marriage & funeral rites- links & beginnings Pilgrimage Festival traditions around the world Codes of Conduct & behaviour 1 st & 2 nd Class Leaders, dress & titles Special Books Ceremonies & Customs Festivals – art & music Codes of Conduct & values Jun & Sen Infants Stories – key figures Religious Symbols Festivals & Celebrations (foods) Love, kindness & forgiveness Caring & Sharing Rules Belief Systems
  • 6. Senior Infants Islam : Eid-ul-Fitr Sikhism: Gurpurbs Buddhism: Wesak May Day World Earth Day Junior Infants Hinduism: Holi Judaism: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Christianity: Christmas Birthdays World Children’s Day 1 st Class Hinduism: Diwali Judaism: Hanukkah Christianity: St. Brigid’s Day Shinto: Hina Matsuri (festival of dolls) 2 nd Class Islam: Ramadan Sikhism: Birthday of Guru Nanak Buddhism: Nirvana Day Chinese New Year 4 th Class Islam: Hajj & Eid-ul-Adha Sikhism: Baisakhi Buddhism: Sangha Day Taoism 5 th Class Hinduism: Arti ceremony Judaism: Purim Christianity Bahá’í Naw-Rúz 6 th Class Islam: 5 Pillars Sikhism Buddhism Equinoxes Revision of all 3 rd Class Hinduism: Raksha Bandhan Judaism: Pesach Christianity: Lent & Easter Hallowe’en Spiral in Nature
  • 7. Some Ideas
    • Dress: study pictures of dress, decorate templates of people with fabric & fibre
    • Symbols: 1 set, teach, mix and pick out.
    • Special Books/Scriptures: show pictures, find out main teachings, read translations of short pieces from books, identify& compare messages.
    • Places of Worship: visit, decorate template, illustrate/make examples of elements.
  • 8. Stories & Histories
    • Listen & discuss
    • Illustrate & retell: Story wheels & cartoon strips, make big book, newspaper articles, child’s diary entry
    • Dramatise
    • Cut out & sequence scene cards
  • 9. Hinduism
    • Holi: Good overcoming evil, Prahlada & Holika, ashes bring good luck, dancing, splatter painting, bonfire art (fabric & fibre)
    • Diwali: Rama & Sita, good over evil, make clay diyas, fairylights, fireworks, open doors & windows (Lakshmi), share sweets/dried fruits, rangoli patterns.
    • Raksha Bandhan: Brotherhood & love – tie threaded bracelets (stones & beads) around wrists, wish good luck & protection
    • Gods: Vishnu, Krishna, Rama, Shiva – draw, write story from their point of view.
  • 10. Judaism
    • Rosh Hashanah: ‘Shana Tova’ (a good year), shofar sound (think about behaviour & remember God), eat sweet foods- honey & fruits e.g. apple (good sweet year)
    • Hanukkah: 8 days, menorah, latkes,
    • play dreidel game, colour & decorate dreidel.
    • Pesach: Ten plagues frieze, sedar plate
    • represents bitter slavery & sweet freedom,
    • charoset = mortar, parsley = springtime, matzah = hurry.
    • Purim: Plays, beauty contests, colourful costumes & masks, gragger, haman’s pockets, purim baskets - sweets, cookies, bagels, wine (fruit juice), nuts and fruit.
  • 11. Christianity
    • Christmas: Advent calendar/wreath. Poinsettia advent calendar, play, angel art, nativity frieze, star, 3 wise men. Christmas around the world.
    • St. Brigid’s Day: make cross, stained glass window with symbols representing her
    • Lent & Easter: Shrove Tuesday (pancakes), Ash Wednesday (palm ashes), Jesus in desert- temptations, stations of the cross, eggs symbol of new life – design own
  • 12. Islam
    • Eid-ul-Fitr: new moon.
    • 3 days, decorate hand template
    • with henna, ‘Eid Mubarak’ posters ,
    • sweets, dancing, parents
    • Hajj & Eid-ul-Adha: pilgimmage to Mecca – rituals at Kabba, Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah (lamb), charity, white clothes, check newspapers
    • 5 Pillars of Islam: learn, illustrate, match.
  • 13. Buddhism
    • Wesak: Buddha, flowers, candles, lanterns, incense, discuss behaviour and how to improve it – Buddhists do similar, releasing birds-origami cranes, bathing of buddha
    • Nirvana Day: meditation, 4 Noble Truths, reading Nirvana, what is Nirvana
    • Buddhist Prayer flags
    • study and make their own, symbol,
    • colour significant, mantra/wish
  • 14. Sikhism
    • Baisakhi: Guru Gobind Singh – draw from description and the 5 beloved holy men, The 5 Ks – show pictures & discuss, importance of no. 5
    • Gurpurbs & Birthday of Guru Nanak: procession 5 people, dancing, singing, martial arts, make flowers, flags & posters to decorate class like Gurdwara, discussion about his ways and ways to help and be good to each other.
  • 15. What else?
    • May Day: maypole dace, flowers, Queen of may – white & crown, beginning of summer.
    • Hina Matsuri: make own dolls,
    • put on steps, prayer for well-being of
    • children, crackers & soy sauce
    • Chinese New Year: make scales for Chinese dragon & lanterns, zodiac & their animal, play
    • Festival of Light Concert
  • 16. Displays
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  • 19. Useful Websites:
    • www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion
    • www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions
    • www.religioustolerance.org
    • www.christmasaroundtheworld.org