Learn Jainism

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Key Stage 2

The main aims of this stage are for children to be able to:

  • describe the key aspects of religions: the people, stories, and traditions
  • describe the variety of practices and ways of life in religions, where they come from and their connections with beliefs and teachings
  • identify and describe similarities and differences within and between religions
  • identify the significance of religion in local, national and global communities
  • describe and begin to understand religious and other responses to ultimate ethical questions
  • use specialist vocabulary in communicating their knowledge and understanding
  • use and interpret information about religions from a range of sources.

Following the suggestions under each heading below will help you understand the topic yourself. To aid you in preparing classes on Jainism, we have provided a series of lesson plans on various Jain themes, which you can adapt to the needs of your class. There are also teachers' notes to help you use the Learn Jainism books in your classes.

You can download them from the bottom of the page. You will need Adobe Reader to use PDFs.

Describe key aspects of religion

  • Read the books Discover Jainism and Jain Tales, available here
  • Download Lesson Plan 1: Introduction to Jainism & Lord Mahavira
  • Download Lesson Plan 2: Jain Teachings.

Describe religious practices and their connections with religious beliefs

  • Download Lesson Plan 2: Jain Teachings
  • Download Lesson Plan 4: Jain Worship, Jain Sects and Festivals.

Describe religious similarities and differences

  • See JAINpedia website, for the article on sects within Jainism
  • Download Lesson Plan 4: Jain Worship, Jain Sects and Jain Festivals
  • See 'Your RE' Pupil Book available from Pearson Education Limited.

Identify the significance of religion in communities

  • See 'Your RE' Pupil Book available from Pearson Education Limited, specifically:
    • Chapter 5 – Rights and responsibilities
    • Chapter 6 – Religion in the world
    • Chapter 8 – Can we all get on?

Describe religious and other responses to ethical questions

  • See 'Your RE' Pupil Book available from Pearson Education Limited, specifically:
    • Chapter 4 – Good and bad
    • Chapter 5 – Rights and responsibilities
  • Download Lesson Plan 5: Jain Beliefs: Karma and Reincarnation
  • See the JAINpedia website for the article on Jainism and scientific thought.

Use specialist vocabulary

  • See pages 26 to 27 in the Discover Jainism book
  • See the Learn Jainism website:
  • See the glossary on the JAINpedia website.

Use and interpret information from various sources

Downloadable resources