This film is in line with the national expectations for Religious Education as outlined by the non-statutory guidelines for RE. Learning objectives for levels 1-8 in both attainment targets, Learning about Religions & Learning from Religions can be drawn from this film.
Students should be able to recognize, identify, describe and show understanding of the features of religious life and practice in Sikhism. They should also be able to explain the beliefs and teachings arising from the film and relate some religious practices seen here to the lifestyles of the worshippers.
By comparing the lifestyles of Sikhs with their own, and identifying what influences these people of faith, students should be able to come to a greater appreciation of what it is to be a person of faith and the importance it holds for that person.
1. The congregation in the Gurdwara is performing congregational worship. What are the main features of Sikh worship? What benefits arise from the prayers? What do you think people gain from such an act of worship?
2. Gurdwaras are sacred spaces where believers think they come closer to God. In what ways does the architecture and layout of a Gurdwara help this to happen?
3. For Sikhs, making sure that the material aspects of the person are looked after are as important as making sure the spiritual aspects of the person are nurtured. What do you think this means and how is it reflected in the Gurdwara?