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'Discover Jainism' notes

These notes have been specially produced for teachers to use in the classroom alongside the Discover Jainism book.

The notes aim to help teachers teach Jainism effectively and in fun ways so that children:

  • build their vocabulary of terms in Jainism
  • improve their knowledge of Jain symbols
  • learn about the major figure of Mahavira
  • find out about Jain attitudes to the environment
  • get to know about Jain temples, and maybe even visit one.

All the notes can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

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Building a Jain vocabulary


These notes and classroom activities are intended to extend the understanding and use of words which Jains use for their beliefs and in their lives.

Jain symbols

These notes are linked to Unit 3A: 'What do Signs and Symbols mean in Religion?' of the QCA requirements for religious education. The notes explore ways that your class can find out about the signs and symbols used within the Jain faith.

Mahavira

These notes are linked to Unit 7C: 'Religious Figure' of the QCA requirements. The notes explore ways that your class can find out about the life and teachings of Mahavira, the founder of modern Jainism.

What are we doing to the environment?

These notes are linked to Unit 7E: What are we doing to the environment?' of the QCA requirements. The notes explore ways in which your class can find out about how Jains view the environment and ‘green’ issues.

An extract from RE Today, dating from 2008, contains an article and questions for your class to discuss in pairs or groups. In the article a British Jain, Mehool Sanghrajka, talks about his faith and the connection between his beliefs and the environment.

Visiting a Jain temple

These notes are linked to Units 2D and 8E: 'Visiting a place of worship' of the QCA requirements. The notes give details of Jain temples in Britain that welcome class visits and also have suggestions for activities before, during and after a visit to a Jain temple.

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