Fake News Assembly - 2017

Fake News Assembly - 2017

This assembly looks at the problem of Fake News in today's society and the role it has played in several major news events in 2016 & 2017 (Brexit, Trump, Le Penn etc.) The assembly covers what fake news is, the history of fake news, where it comes from, how it spreads and why it matters. It also features a quiz where the students will get the chance to see if they can spot the fake news stories out of ten unlikely sounding stories. Finally the assembly links fake news to gossip and rumours and gives tips as to how to spot fake news (both online and in the classroom). This is a fun but comprehensive assembly.
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Halloween 2017 - Outstanding Assembly

Halloween 2017 - Outstanding Assembly

Here is a brand new assembly for 2017 about Halloween. It cover history, traditions, customs, facts, and how to stay safe. If is an interactive assembly and asks the audience to participate (in a Q & A and a True or False Quiz). It also has an amusing section looking at celebrity fancy dress costumes and Jimmy Kimmel's 'We ate all your candy' video. A fun and intesting assembly. Highly recommended for assembly or form time.
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Jehovah's Witnesses - Alternative Religion 13

Jehovah's Witnesses - Alternative Religion 13

This fascinating lesson introduces students to the Jehovah's Witness faith. It looks at myths and facts about Jehovah's Witnesses, teaching the students about their background, history, beliefs, traditions and way of life. The students will take part in a treasure hunt to find the answer to questions, and compare Jehovah's witnesses to Christianity. A really fun and interesting lesson full of interesting resources. I have also included teachers notes for anyone unfamiliar with this faith.
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Why do we punish people - Theories of Punishment

Why do we punish people - Theories of Punishment

A fascinating lesson that looks at the four main theories of why we use punishment. -Deterrent -Retribution -Protection -Reform It looks at case studies as to how effective the student think these theories are, and it prepares the students for an essay quesion (which can be peer assessed at the end of the lesson) A highly useful introduction to the idea of law and order in society. Originally created for a RS lesson, but can be used forHistory, PSHE or Citizenship. I have also included an interesting article from the Guardian that disusses why prison doesn't work. It can be used as lesson prep, or as an extension for brighter/older pupils.
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Bullying - Causes / Effects / Christian Attitudes

Bullying - Causes / Effects / Christian Attitudes

An interesting lesson that looks at the issue of bullying and gets the students to consider the causes of bullying, the effects of bullying and what we can do to help. It focuses on a Christian persepective, but also uses empathy to consider the motivation behind the bullying, what the impact of bullying may have and introduces concepts such as the Golden Rule to help to prevent bullying, This lesson was created for a GCSE RS course but can be easily adapted to other year groups or other subjects. An interesting lesson that focuses on important values such as community, morality, ethics and empathy.
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Just War Theory

Just War Theory

This lesson explores the Just War theory and looks at several case studies to consider whether or not the War was justified (e.g. WW2, Vietnam, Gulf War etc.) It challenges pupils to apply the criteria set out to determin whether or not these wars (or any war) is justified. It also asks questions about the greater good, human rights and the value of life. A really interesting lesson.
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Muslim Attitudes to Drugs and Alcohol

Muslim Attitudes to Drugs and Alcohol

This lesson get the students to explore the Islamic teachings about the use of drugs and alcohol. It uses different teachings from the Quran to explain why Muslims have the attitudes they do towards drugs and alcohol. The students will also be asked to consider whether or not these views should still be held today, and if not what the counter arguments could be. A good lesson to highlight student attitudes and misconceptions.
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Christian Attitudes to Drugs and Alcohol

Christian Attitudes to Drugs and Alcohol

This lesson explains Chrsitan attitudes towards drugs and alcohol using Christian teachings, UK law and morality to explain what the attitudes are and how they developed. This is a well resourced lesson that is suitable to be used in RE, citizehship or PSHE. It can easily be adapted for different year groups, although it is Primarily aimed at GCSE students. A fun and fascinating lessons what will get the students to think and ask good questions.
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Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Christianity and Islam

Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Christianity and Islam

This lesson looks at the issues of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in two religions (Christianity and Islam). It uses religious quotes and teachings to explain what both relgions teach about Forgiveness and Reconciliation. It allows the pupils to compare and contrast two contrasting religions and see if there are more silimarities or differences between the two. This lesson is quite extensive and can be completed over two hours (or one lesson and a homework). An interesting and important lesson.
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The UN and world peace

The UN and world peace

This lesson explores the role of the United Nations and assesses whether or not it has fulfilled its aims. There are a lot of resources here to use, they aim to explain to the pupils not only the role of the UN, but also its aims, its successes and its failures. The pupils also have a past exam answer to mark, and attempt for themselves to assess what they have learned. A fast paced, challenging, interesting and comprehensive lesson.
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Islamic Attitudes to War - Jihad

Islamic Attitudes to War - Jihad

This lessons looks at the Greater and Lesser Jihad and explores the Muslim attitude to war. The pupils really enjoyed this lesson and felt that they understood this topic much more clearly after this lesson. It helps pupils to understand many of the misconceptions surrounding Jihad, and Islam in general and helps them to understand the positive aspects of Islamic attitdues to violence and war. An interesting and fun lesson that challenges what the pupils may have previously believed. Originally created for KS4 RS, it can easily be adapted for KS3 or KS5.
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Christian Attitudes to War - Just War Theory

Christian Attitudes to War - Just War Theory

This lesson explores the Christian attitudes towards war and looks at the Just War Theory. It allows pupils to explore the apparent contradiction in religion ('Thou shall not kill') with the Chrsitan support for wars. It is an interstimng lesson full of activities that gets pupils to empathise, but also reflect on what they value and what they believe to be true. An interesting, fast paced and challenging lesson.
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Causes of War

Causes of War

An interesting lesson that looks at the different causes of war and conflict. This is a useful lesson as it helps students to consider the different causes and assess how justifed most wars really are. It looks at why individuals go to war, and contrasts this as to why countries go to war. It also looks at a recent case study (Syria).
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Medicine Case Study - The Death of Kind Charles II (Brilliant Lesson!)

Medicine Case Study - The Death of Kind Charles II (Brilliant Lesson!)

King Charles II is dying, and only the expert knowledge of the best doctors in the UK can save his life. This lesson was created to be used in the Medicine Through Time SoW, but can be used with other year groups or as a revision activity. This lessons is a decision making exercise that builds on the pupils knowledge of Medieval medical treatments. Students need to use what they have learned to complete several rounds of a decision making activity to try to save the life of the King. Each round they are scored on how effective their treatment would have been. This is an excellent lesson as it is fun, memorable and challenging.
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My Own Parable

My Own Parable

This lesson was created for use in a KS3 Buddhism unit but could easily work in any RS unit of work, or indeed a PSHE unit. It tells the story of a young lady at an airport who jumps to the wrong conclusion when she doesn't have all the facts. It's told through a series of pictures and is a beautiful was to reinforce the message that a parable can be a highly effective way of getting across an important message. The pupils then have to create their own parables (there is a guide and some ideas to help them). This lesson can easily be extended to two or three lessons with extension activities (such as turning it into a role play, or making it a cartoon, or a presentation). A fun, fascinating and fantastic lesson.
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Design your own religion - Alternative Religions

Design your own religion - Alternative Religions

This is a terrific lesson that challenges the pupils to create their own brand new religion. The lesson can be used as a stand alone lesson, or as part of the 'Alternative Religions' SoW. The lesson sets up an imaginary world where they get the opportunity to create their own unique religion based on what they have learned from their R.S. lessons. They work in groups to complete this task, and then present it to the class. The groups will then evaluate each others presentations and relgions (for some peer assessment). This lesson could be one, two or even three lessons.
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Victorian London - Life in London in the 1800s (Outstanding Activities)

Victorian London - Life in London in the 1800s (Outstanding Activities)

This is a brilliant lesson that helps the students to understand what life was like for both the rich and poor in London during the Industrial Revolution. It focuses on East London and what the conditions were like for the poor. The lesson involved students interviewing one another (half have roleplay sheets) to find out what problems faced the working class in Bethnal Green. The students then write a report to the government to make recommendations as to how they would imporve East London. The lesson involved individual work, group work, role play, and literacy tasks. A fun, informative lesson that the students will get a lot out of.
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Who shot JFK?

Who shot JFK?

This lesson investigates the assassination of JFK and gets the students to examine the evidence to try to answer the title question. This is an interesting and powerful lesson that gets students to challenge the official account and form their own theories as to what really happened in Dallas in 1963. A really good lesson.
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The Amish - Alternative Religion 10

The Amish - Alternative Religion 10

This is a terrific lesson that introduces the Amish Faith (as featured in films like 'Witness', and TV shows like 'The Devil's Playground' and even 'Orange is the new Black') It includes 'Home or Away' group activity where the students have to become experts and then teach one another about one aspect of Amish Culture. The lesson has additional activities such as: source analysis, creative drawing, debate and ultimately a discussion of the merits and drawbacks of living like the Amish do. An interesting and powerful lesson that teaches about a fascinating but little understood faith.
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Taboo Game vol. 1

Taboo Game vol. 1

UPDATED: September 2017 - New cards added. Pictures improved, many clues amended. This is a fun game/activity to promote Oracy in class. There are 125 slides here to use in the game. I have used it as a starter, a plenary and as a reward to help pupils to work on their use of spoken language, The students love this game and really get into it! I have also used this in both debate club and public speaking training. This can be adapted to a particular subject (or topic) or you can add some more words to make it longer (I have added a blank template at the end). If you like the game then leave me a nice review!
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Nazi Economic Policy - Observation Lesson

Nazi Economic Policy - Observation Lesson

This lesson explores the Nazi Economic policies and evaluates how successful they were. It was created for a lesson observation and earned an outstanding rating (when they still gave ratings!) The resources include a starter, a plenary, sources, a table, a powerpoint and two possible assessments. An interesting and strong lesson.
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