Children learn about the Sikh faith


On Wednesday, 9th March, we welcomed Nazarene Feroze from the Derby Open Centre who came to help us explore more about the Sikh faith using their weddings and food as the theme.

Nazarene began by asking our children about Christian wedding ceremonies they had attended and then she asked Sophia and Sam to become a Sikh bride and groom. She dressed them in traditional costumes that were beautiful with richly decorated fabrics and an elaborate turban for Sam. We learnt that the bride and groom celebrate with two weeks of parties before their actual wedding ceremony in the Gurdwara.


The bride has intricate patterns drawn all over her hands, arms and feet by her friends – they last for many days and show how special she is. Sikhs wear wedding rings. In the ceremony, a length of material joins their hands and they walk around the dias which holds their Holy book – the Guru Granth Sahib. Then the bridegroom puts a special red powder in his bride’s hair.
All of the children tried on different Sikh costumes, which were richly decorated and beautiful, vivid colours. The tunics were long and loose with waistcoats for the boys and the girls had shawls and veils to wear on their heads. They all looked fabulous.
Next, Nazarene showed us the 5 K’s that all Sikhs agree to venerate, known as the Khalsa. They are;
The Kesh – Sikhs promise never to cut their hair and let it grow as a symbol of their faith. They wear a turban to contain it all
The Kangha – a small wooden comb which symbolises cleanliness and keeping their lives tidy and organised
The Kara – a steel bangle worn on the arm, a continuous circle with no beginning or end which reminds Sikhs to behave well
The Kachera – loose cotton shorts worn as underwear as a symbol of leaving old ideas behind and following new, better ones
The Kirpan – originally a warriors sword, now its a tiny copy worn as a symbol of dignity and self-respect to remind Sikhs that they must fight a spiritual battle, defending what is right and upholding the truth.
 Later, Nazareen showed us some typical food from India. She had brought some Puri dough. Each of us had a ball of the dough, which was made from chapatti flour and water, we rolled them out into a round then Nazareen fried them in hot oil for a few secoIMG_7446nds. They puffed up and were absolutely delicious with the chickpea curry she had brought for us to taste.

Everyone agreed that it had been a delightful and informative workshop and we would really like to find out more about Sikhism.



Mon 12th – Lent Afternoon in Church
Tues 13th – Pancake Day Lunch
Fri 16th – Break for Half Term
Mon 26th – Spring Term 2 begins
Tue 27th – Rachel Wilkes from Music Partnership delivering the music curriculum within the school on Tuesdays for 5 weeks. This includes the launch of the Interactive Music Scheme Charanga.

Fri 1st – MAST ~ “Jesus Calms the Storm”
Thur 7th – World Book Day – come to school dressed as your favorite book character.        Challenge – please could you take a photo of your child reading in an unusual place (they don’t have to be in their costume doing this), and send it into school?  

Tues 12th – MAST Hannah Wills ~Easter
Wed 13th – Parents Evening – further information will be provided for this. 
Fri 15th – Red Nose day – Dress in your own clothes with one item of red for a £1 donation per child please. 
Thur 21st – Schools Together – 11am at St Giles Church in Hartington with Biggin Primary School.
Mon 25th – Easter Service 09.30am – location in School unless otherwise advised.
Thu 28th – Break for Easter

Mon 15th – Summer Term 1 begins