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Lesson Objective:

To know a Sikh story and what it means


Success Criteria:

  • I can listen to and understand a Sikh story and talk about it  

  • I can discuss a Sikh story and say some of the things that Sikhs believe as a result  


Key Vocabulary:

  • Kesh (uncut hair, covered by a turban, and a beard)  
  • Kara (a steel bracelet – a common cheap metal so all can have one; a circle so a symbol of God)  
  • Kanga (a wooden comb to keep uncut hair clean and tidy)   
  • Kaccha - also spelt, Kachh, Kachera (cotton underwear - modesty)  
  • Kirpan (steel sword, all baptized Sikh’s must be prepared to fight for justice and truth) 
  • Guru Gobind Singh (the last of the ten Gurus (teachers), the one who transformed the Sikh faith.


TASK 1 - Discuss:

Who belongs to a club? What clubs do you belong to? Do you have to wear any special outfits when you go to these clubs? Why is this outfit special? What does it show? 


TASK 2: Read the story ‘Guru Gobind Singh and the Donkey’ 


*Retell the story all together.  

*How did the donkey feel, as a donkey and as a tiger? 

*What was the teacher (Guru) trying to teach the people? 


(Sikh people would say the story was told by the 10th Guru to teach Sikh people about being true to themselves and not hiding behind something, be proud to be a Sikh and make sure at all times you act like a Sikh person should) 


TASK 3: Watch the video ‘The Five Ks of Sikhism’: 


Discuss the Sikh 5Ks below and what they mean to Sikhs.  


1. Sikhs should welcome God into their lives. 

2. They should let God take ‘the tangles’ out of their life and keep their live-in order.  

3. There is no beginning or end to God.  

4. Sikhs should be modest and do the right thing in every situation.  

5. The faith should be defended.  

** It is how you behave that is most important. You can look like one thing on the outside but be something completely different underneath. You can look like a Sikh, but if your behaviour and actions do not match these looks then that is not true Sikhism. 


TASK 4: 

  • Draw about a time when you did the right thing.  

  • Then write two sentences to explain your picture. 


Questions to help you: 

1. Think about a time when you had to do the right thing? (e.g. be kind, be brave, help someone else, stand up for someone etc.).  

2. How do you feel when we do something wrong?  

3. How is it different to when you do the right thing?  

4. Why is it sometimes hard to avoid doing the wrong thing and instead of choosing the right thing to do? 

Guru Gobind Singh and the Donkey

TASK 2: Read the story