Sikhs believe in one eternal God, often known as Waheguru, who created the universe. Sikhs also believe in reincarnation, the cycle of rebirth.
Teach your children about Sikhism using our handy topic guide!
- Make a Sikh flag (Nishaan Sahib).
- Create a fact file about Sikhism, using information from this page.
- Research the meanings of the Five Ks and make a presentation about them.
- What religious symbols do the children know? Find out about Sikh religious symbols on this page.
- Create a timeline of the ten Sikh gurus. This page has useful information about them.
- 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.
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
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