Hajj pilgrimage KS2 – Medium-term plan

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Years 5-6


Every year, millions of Muslims from across the globe set forth to Makkah (also known as Mecca) to complete a fundamental pillar of their faith – the Hajj pilgrimage. Throughout this Hajj pilgrimage KS2 unit, pupils will investigate why it is so sacred to Muslims.

Often referred to as ‘a journey of a lifetime’, the Hajj pilgrimage is considered to be the spiritual apex of a Muslim’s life.

In this unit of work, you’ll present pupils with the opportunity to discuss the significance of pilgrimages, explore the history of Hajj and its rituals and understand how the Hajj experience has changed over the years. The unit will conclude with the analysis of two Hajj case studies.

Hajj pilgrimage KS2 learning objectives

  • To understand why Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage
  • To demonstrate an awareness of the history of Hajj 
  • To begin to summarise some of the rituals of Hajj 
  • To be able to summarise most/all of the rituals of Hajj 
  • To understand how the Hajj experience has changed over the years
  • To explore the similarities and differences between the Hajj experience of Lady Evelyn Cobbold and the ‘eight British cyclists’

Bismha Afzal is a former secondary school History teacher and the current schools coordinator at Educate Against Islamophobia (EAI). We also have a medium-term plan about the concept of stewardship in Islam and how climate concerns are affecting the Hajj pilgrimage.

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Hajj pilgrimage KS2 – Medium-term plan

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