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Week 1 

 

Lesson 1 - How do Muslims know that they belong?

 

What are we learning to do?

  • Recognise symbols that might indicate belonging to the Islam (the Muslim faith)
  • Describe what a story about the prophet shows about belonging to the Muslim community.
  • Find out more about how calligraphy shows what is important to Muslims.

 

Introduction

Show the two pieces of Islamic calligraphy below. Explain that one says ‘Allah’ and one says ‘Muhammad’.

'Allah' is the Muslim word for 'God'. This is the most important thing Muslims belong to.

Many Muslims will have some calligraphy in their house and the mosque.

 

Activity 1 - Print out and let the children trace the letters with their finger. 

  • These are Arabic letters spelling A-LL-A, which is the Muslim word for ‘God’.
  • Say that this is the most important thing Muslims belong to.
  • Many Muslims will have some calligraphy in their house and the mosque.

Worksheet

Look at the word ALLAH in the language Arabic

Activity 2 - Follow the draw along below to create a piece of calligraphys that says Muhammad’ in Arabic. 

 

Say that this was a man who belonged totally to Allah as he was very good, loving and wise.

The things Muhammad said and did help Muslims today to be good people.

Draw along - How to draw Muhammad (Allah) Symbol (Arabic calligraphy)

Activity 3 - Look at the image of pilgrims circling the ka’aba at hajj.

This is an incredible sign of belonging in Islam.

The Hajj begins in Mecca

A pilgrimage for millions of Muslims at Islam's holiest site.

A Muslim leader acts out the Hajj for children

Ask your child to think about a time when they got in trouble.

  • What happened to you?
  • What did your parents or teacher say?
  • Were you punished?
  • How did you know it was all ok again afterwards?

 

We are going to learn about a boy who behaved in a naughty way and we are going to find out how the Prophet Muhammad helped him to be better:

 

 

Story - The Boy Who Threw Stones at the Trees

Read Aloud - The Boy who Threw Stones at Trees

Ask the following questions

  • I wonder what the little boy thought about the tree?
  • I wonder what the farmer thought about the little boy?
  • I wonder why Muhammad decided not to be angry?
  • I wonder how Muhammad helped the farmer to forgive the boy?
  • I wonder how the boy felt at the end of this story?
  • How did Muhammad deal with the little boy? (He spoke quietly, he wasn't angry, he explained)

  • Who actually forgave the boy? (It is the farmer and he forgives the boy because Muhammad showed the farmer how to think about the situation.) 

Return to children’s memory of a times they were in trouble and ask the following. 

 

  • How did you feel when it was over? Relieved, grateful, better?
  • Explain that belonging to people means sometimes doing silly things, and having to say sorry.
  • Sometimes it also means listening to other people saying sorry and forgiving them ourselves. 

Activity 4 - Write your thoughts and feelings about this story in or around the ka'aba on the worksheet below. 

Week 2 

 

Lesson 1  - How do Jewish people show they belong together as a community?

 

What are we learning to do?

  • Retell a story about Allah and the Prophet Muhammad

  • Say why Muslims try to follow Muhammad and have great respect for him

In today's lesson we will be learning about the following symbols of Jewish belonging. 

 

Learn about Shabbat using the link below

Shabbat is a special meal eaten together on a Friday night in Jewish homes all over the world.

Shabbat Powerpoint

Still image for this video

Find out what Shabbat is like from a child's point of view. 

Activity 1 - Prepare for a special meal of your own

  • It would be good if the meal included some of the food types from Shabbat such as juice (grape juice, purple juice or actual grapes) and bread of some kind. If you don't use whatever you have. 
  • It would be good if you could light 2 tealights or candles. (Adults only)
  • You could decorate a square of paper or kitchen roll to put over the cup or bread. 

Optional - You could make the traditional Jewish plaited bread (Challah)  to taste. 

Full recipe: http://bit.ly/jewlish_challahinabag

On Shabbat they light the candles and say these words. (You will need an adult to light the candle)

On Shabbat they uncover the bread and say a blessing using the words below. 

On Shabbat they uncover the grape juice and say the blessing below. 

Activity 2 - Share your special meal together. 

  • Talk about how it feels to have a meal together.
  • Think of some words to describe what sharing a meal is like. (e.g  ‘friendly’, ‘together’, ‘’warm’, ‘special’) 

Activity 3 - Write your words on the cup worksheet below. 


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