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.
The text within the resource pack explains to pupils in Year 3 or Year 4 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.
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. The final comprehension question asks pupils to compare Rosh Hashanah with a festival or celebration that they have been to.
What is included in this LKS2 resource pack?
- What is Rosh Hashanah? reading text
- What is Rosh Hashanah? comprehension questions
- What is Rosh Hashanah? comprehension answers
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest 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 wrongdoings 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 understand what they read by checking that a book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context.