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Sikhism Topic Guide
Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, and originated in the Punjab region. The Punjabi word sikh means “learner”.

Sikhs believe in one eternal God, often known as Waheguru, who created the universe. Sikhs also believe in reincarnation, the cycle of rebirth.

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Teaching Ideas

Sikhism Facts

  • Sikhism was founded around 1500 CE in Punjab (now part of India and Pakistan) by Guru Nanak.
  • Guru Nanak was a Hindu. He began the Sikh faith after disappearing for three days. When he returned he began to teach others about his faith.
  • Including Guru Nanak, there were 10 human Gurus. The Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib is also a guru, which Sikhs respect as the word of God.
  • The Sikh place of worship is called a Gurdwara. Services are usually held on Sundays, and followed by a shared meal, called langar.
  • Members of the Sikh Kalsa observe the Five Ks: Kesh (uncut hair), Kirpan (sword), Kara (steel bracelet). Kanga (hair comb) and Kacchera (cotton shorts). Each of the Five Ks has a special significance.

Videos

The Five Ks in Sikhism

Taran and Joven explain the Five Ks.

Running time: 4:03

The story of Guru Nanak

This short video is a good introduction to the life of Guru Nanak.

Running time: 6.03

CBeebies: Let’s Celebrate – Preparing For Vaisakhi

Sarbjot tells all about the festival of Vaisakhi.

Running time: 3:47

KS1 Diwali – A Festival of Light An Animated Sikh Story

A Sikh story told at the time of Diwali.

Running time: 4:09

Books

All Are Welcome

A beautiful inclusive book about a school where all are welcome.

Ajooni the Kaurageous: Ajooni Stands Up to the Dragon

Ajooni Kaur is the bravest girl around, until she meets a dragon. Can she rediscover her courage?

Gidhaa Rani

Find out about Gidhaa, a folk dance, with Daya Kaur

An Illustrated Introduction to Sikhi

This beginners’ guide to Sikhism is beautifully illustrated.

The Guru Inside Me Says

A lesson from each of the 10 gurus.

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