KEY STAGE: YEAR 1 Learning Objectives Pupils will learn about: The birth of Krishna
UNIT: CARING FOR MYSELF/CARING FOR OTHERS Skills & Attitudes Resources Sunshine Books Learning Outcomes
Key Questions and Possible Teaching Activities Read the children the story of the birth of Krishna (Sunshine books have a suitable version). Talk to the children about the story and about how the baby was cared for. What parts of the story help Sita to know that Krishna is a very special baby to Hindus? Talk to the children about the special baby that Christians remember at Christmas. What was his name? Can the children remember which parts of the story help people to understand that this was a special baby for Christians? How do we take care of the babies that we know? How do we protect them against all sorts of dangers? Make a display of photographs, or a book, of “Babies That we Love” and how we take care of them. Remind the children of the story of the birth of Krishna from last week. Tell the children that they are going to hear a story of Krishna when he was a little older. Tell the children the story of Krishna and the butter (Tell the children that Sita likes this story because it is good to know that even Krishna was naughty and mischievous as a child).
Jesus as a special baby
Babies the children know
The children of Krishna
a good version can be found in A Tapestry of Tales by Sandra Palmer & Elizabeth Breuilly (Collins Educational)
I can talk about Krishna as a child and say what I like about the story. (L2)
Talk to the children about the things that they are sorry for, and how their parents forgive them because they love them and care about them. Ask the children how their parents’ love for them helps them to know what they should and should not do at home and at school. In the same way Sita’s parents help her to know how to be a good member of her family and communities. Tell the children that they are going to hear another story about Krishna, the story of Krishna and Sudhama
RE Tell Stories (Lewisham Education and Community
Learning Objectives Pupils will learn about: Members of their family
Key Questions and Possible Teaching Activities
Skills & Attitudes
Care for the extended family
The Hindu wedding ceremony
Talk to the children about times when friends have helped them. How did they help? What did they do? Tell the children the story. Show the children a peacock feather and some beautiful Indian clothes. Talk about themes from the story, e.g. “When I needed help”, “When I did something good to help someone else”. Sita believes that God is like a friend who is always happy to help us. Talk to the children about their family members. Perhaps the children could bring in photographs of immediate and extended family for a display. Who lives in the same house as the children? Who lives close by? Far away? In another country? Take out Sita’s bag and show some pictures of her family. Sita’s brother is called Ramu (or whatever name you chose in the introductory lesson). Sita’s grandparents live with the family too. Sita loves her grandparents very much and is glad that they live with the family. Can children think of advantages to their grandparents living with them? Sita’s grandparents used to live in India, before Sita was born and even before her mother was born. Sita still has some aunts and uncles and cousins living in India. Although they are far away Sita still thinks of them as her family, and sometimes the whole family goes to India to visit them. How might Sita keep in touch with her family in India? How do the children keep in touch with family members living far away? (Geography links to India). The children could draw some pictures of their own family or Sita’s family and attempt a present day family tree. Be sensitive to extended families, step families etc. One day Sita’s family receive an invitation to a wedding in India. Sita’s aunt is getting married. Sita is very excited and starts to get ready for the journey. What will she take? Make the preparations and the journey real for the children – i.e. arriving at the airport; getting on the plane; the journey; arriving in India and being met by relatives. The wedding is in Delhi. It is very hot and dusty and very crowded. Use holiday brochures to explore travel arrangements. At the wedding the couple have garlands of flowers placed around their neck. The bride is wearing a red sari. Her hands
Learning Objectives Pupils will learn about:
Key Questions and Possible Teaching Activities and feet are beautifully painted. The groom is wearing a suit. They both look very smart. The bride and groom sit under a canopy. The priest lights a fire (representing the presence of God) and the bridge and groom sit together. A silk scarf is used to join Sita’s aunt and her new husband together. Then they walk around the fire seven times while the priest says some prayers. Sita’s aunt and her new husband make promises to each other. Can the children suggest what these might be? The priest puts some red paste on the forehead of Sita’s aunt and says a special prayer asking God to bless her. Afterwards everyone sits down for a meal together, then photographs are taken and the bride and groom are given presents. At the wedding Sita is very glad to see all her relatives, and she is quite sad when it is time to go home. Talk to the children about their experiences of family weddings. What happened there? What special clothes and special food was there? Where did the wedding take place? Who was getting married? Read the children a story about a family wedding and collect photographs, or watch a video of a wedding. Why are weddings special/happy times? Talk to the children about what they enjoy doing altogether as a family. Where do they like to go? What is a special family outing for them? Sita likes to go out with her family too – to MacDonald’s, to the cinema etc – but Sita has a special place that she goes to, the temple. Remind the children about special, holy places to members of other faiths they have studied. What do members do there? In the same way, Sita prays to God in the Temple but sometimes she goes there especially to learn some dances for celebration times in the temple. When this happens Sita wears a very bright and colourful sari, and so do all the other ladies that go. They dance round and round in a circle making beautiful and colourful patterns. Show a video, or invite a person skilled at Indian dance to demonstrate. Listen to some Indian music. Make the shapes and movements of some animals with their hands? Talk to the children about the special jobs and responsibilities of different family members. Who has responsibility for feeding pets, tidying the children’s rooms etc? Do the children have any
Skills & Attitudes
I can talk about places I like to visit with my family and the sort of things we do together. (L2)
Music Express CD Rom Y3.
Responsibilities within the family
Learning Objectives Pupils will learn about:
Key Questions and Possible Teaching Activities special jobs that are their own, that make the family function better? In Sita’s family everybody has their own responsibilities. Sita enjoys living in a big family, but she knows that everybody must do their tasks or the family would not be able to live together happily. Can the children think of a job that they could take on at home/at school, that would help everyone and make life better for everyone? Make a display of the children’s suggestions, and suggest that the children might take these responsibilities seriously for a set amount of time. Then maybe class responsibilities could be changed around. Recap on the unit’s work showing family pictures and photographs, and let the children tell you about Sita’s life in her family and some of the special things that Sita’s family do together. The Upper KS2 Unit “Central Acts of Worship and Commitment” continues the themes explored in this unit.
Skills & Attitudes
I can suggest something to do to make life better for everyone, and how and why I would do it. (L3)
Possible Assessment Activities (that can be assessed at 3 levels) Level 2 (most children will) Think of promises that the wedding couple might make to each other and write these down in a special decorated poster to give to each other. Level 1 (some children will not have made so much progress and will) Tell their teacher or act out some of the rituals that happen at a Hindu wedding. Level 3 (some children will have progressed further and will) Think of promises from most to least important that the couple might make to each other and explain why these are their choices.