Sacred texts

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By David Claytonauthor

This visual information text will extend knowledge and vocabulary relating to the key sacred texts and writings of six main world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. It provides an opportunity to explore respect for others’ beliefs and practices, and to reflect on what is important to each of us.

Shared learning and teaching

Before reading

  • Make links to previous learning by establishing what the children already know about the six main world religions. Be sensitive to the religious make-up of the class, inviting those of different faiths to act as experts for the rest of the class, if they feel comfortable to do so.
  • Talk about which books and texts are important to members of the class. Do the children have special texts that they need to refer to in everyday life? Make a list using the activity sheet below. This could include rule books for sports or games, recipe books, photo albums, diaries, maps and dictionaries as well as religious texts. Discuss why they are important, what their purpose is, and how they are treated – some books are well-used and ‘dog-eared’ while others are revered, kept clean and stored in a special place. Ask the children the question: ‘If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you?’

Sharing the resource

  • Introduce the poster. Ask the children to scan it and decide whether it is necessary to read it chronologically. Then invite individuals to choose different sections to read aloud.
  • During the reading, pause to discuss any interesting facts and encourage constructive discussion.
  • Help the children with any unknown words. Break unfamiliar names into syllables – reminding children that a syllable always includes a vowel phoneme.
  • Discuss the key facts from each section. Demonstrate note-taking to record these facts.
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Reviews

  1. Miss T
    on 19 April 2017

    Can't use

    Like the other reviewer over a year later I am unable to print or even read the poster.

    Scholastic: Please subscribe to Scholastic Resource Bank to access the related resources (including the Religion: Sacred texts poster and My special text activity sheet). Subscriptions start from only £15 per year and subscribers are able to open all resources in PDF format which allows you to download, save and print as required.

    1out of 5
  2. HelenLouiseAndrews
    on 4 January 2016

    Printing poster?

    How do I print the poster? Without being able to read the information it is a useless resource.

    1out of 5