Display the words ‘let’s peace together our world’ and lead a discussion on the meaning/play on words with the pupils:
- Piece together – jigsaw/put together
- Peace together – make the world peaceful together
In pairs pupils could note down their thoughts (on a sticky note) as a result of the class and paired discussion. These thoughts could be displayed around the words and revisited at various points during the project to see whether the pupils have changed their thinking or want to add anything. Their thinking could form part of their own Circle of Peace. L& T Strategy Pair work (5b) Teams (8).
Calligraphy plays an essential role in the art of the Islamic world. Here are some examples of Calligraphy from Professor Khalili’s art collection (Arabic Calligraphy 1
, Arabic Calligraphy 2
, Arabic Calligraphy 3
Pupils could refer to the video clips Calligraphy and the Peace Worksheet
to write in Latin, Hebrew and Arabic in order to experience the beauty of each writing system. Pupils may also like to look again at the photograph of the Peace painting and zoom in to see the calligraphy L&T Strategy Solo (2).
Note for teachers: Any script taken from the Quran, the Bible or The Torah should be treated with the utmost respect; remember they are sacred text.
The Torah is not illustrated and makes it clear that God has no shape or form. The Quran only uses geometric patterns since many Muslims believe that visual depiction of all the prophets of Islam should be prohibited because it may encourage idolatry.
Phase Two – Judaism
- Calligraphy – video clip
- The dreidel - Link to Literacy
The dreidel (or "sivivon" in Israel) is a four-sided top and each side of the top has a different Hebrew letter on it. The top is used to play a simple game of chance. It is perhaps the most famous custom associated with Chanukah. Outside of Israel, dreidels have the letters nun, gimel, hay, shin. The usual explanation of the connection between the dreidel and the Chanukah story is that the letters nun, gimel, hay, shin stand for a ‘great miracle happened there’ whilst in Israel the dreidel says nun, gimel, hay and pay which means a ‘great miracle happened here’.
Instructions for making a dreidel
and a dreidel template
can be given to pupils
Instructions to play the game can be found at Dreidel – the game
Six pointed star patterns
– go to mathematics Phase Two for activity
Phase Three – Christianity
Teachers could use the internet search engine ‘images’ to locate a wide selection of classical and contemporary images of the Good Samaritan. Four or five of various styles could be chosen. Pupils could discuss the similarities and common features between the images and then be challenged to create their own version, classical or modern, using a variety of media from pencil sketches to 3D sculptures.
– go to mathematics Phase Three for activity
Phase Four – Islam
- Calligraphy – video clip
- Circle patterns – go to mathematics Phase Four for activity