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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y5 Term 1 Sikhism

National Curriculum Content

Our local council, Derbyshire and Derby City are responsible for deciding the RE syllabus.  The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for 2020–2025, states the principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. 


Our school uses the Discovery RE enquiry-based approach for teaching RE. Each curriculum area is created around an enquiry question.


Enquiry Question

How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?


Overall and Lesson Objectives

  1. Engagement – Understand what it is like to work as a group to complete a challenge.
  2. Investigation – Investigate the true meaning of Sikhism: why do they wear the 5Ks?
  3. Evaluate – Evaluate what happens at Sikh festivals, and why.
  4. Expression – Express what it is like to have a sense of belonging and identity, and to share common goals.


What we want children to know

•           How to work as part of a group to complete a challenge.

•           The true meaning of Sikhism commitment.

•           How to compare the different ways Sikhs put their religion into practice.

•           Why Sikhs wear the 5Ks.


What skills we want children to develop

•           To understand individual liberty

•           To have mutual respect

•           To show tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs



Sikh, Sikhism, Guru Nanak, Gurdwara, 5Ks -Kesh (uncut hair), Kara (a steel bracelet), Kanga (a wooden comb), Kaccha - also spelt, Kachh, Kachera (cotton underwear), Kirpan (steel sword)