Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish new year festival that takes place in September or October. In 2022, Rosh Hashanah takes place between Sunday 25th and Tuesday 27th September and marks the beginning of the new year in Judaism. This Key Stage 1 resource pack can be used to teach pupils about this important festival in Judaism.
The text within the resource pack, explains what Rosh Hashanah is and why it is celebrated. It also teaches what happens during this Jewish religious festival and the ten days that follow which are called the Ten Days of Awe. A series of comprehension questions are included to check pupils’ understanding of what has been read. Both the text and comprehension questions are available as a PDF an on a PowerPoint presentation to provide flexibility with how it could be used within the classroom.
The resource could be used in whole class, group guided reading sessions or as an independent reading activity and could be used as part of an RE lesson on Judaism focusing on Rosh Hashanah. A pupil-facing worksheet asks pupils to record what happens during Rosh Hashanah, providing an opportunity for them to share their learning about this Jewish celebration.
What is included in this Key Stage 1 resources pack?
- Rosh Hashanah text and comprehension – PowerPoint
- Rosh Hashanah text and comprehension – PDF version
- Comprehension answer sheet
- What happens during Rosh Hashanah? worksheet
- Teacher notes with guidance on how the resources could be used in the classroom.
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is one of the holist religious festivals in the Jewish calendar. It takes place in September or October at the beginning of the new year in the Hebrew calendar ten days before Yom Kippur. During Rosh Hashanah and the Ten Days of Awe that follow, Jewish people show that they are sorry for any wrong doings over the past year and eat foods that symbolise the sweet year ahead and the good deeds that they will do.
National Curriculum programme of study links
Pupils should be taught to understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to by:
- drawing on what they already know and background information provided by the teacher
- making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
- asking and answering questions