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