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I am a Head of Department (RE) in a large school. I teach KS3, KS4 and KS5. I have had additional responsibilities in improving progress and attainment in RE. I teach KS4 Health & Social Care and Life Skills. I have also taught BTEC Applied Law, Psychology and PSHE. Prior to teaching my background was in forensic psychology, mental health, learning disabilities and research/quality assurance.

I am a Head of Department (RE) in a large school. I teach KS3, KS4 and KS5. I have had additional responsibilities in improving progress and attainment in RE. I teach KS4 Health & Social Care and Life Skills. I have also taught BTEC Applied Law, Psychology and PSHE. Prior to teaching my background was in forensic psychology, mental health, learning disabilities and research/quality assurance.
Wheel of Life - KS3 Buddhism
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Wheel of Life - KS3 Buddhism

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A KS3 lesson teaching students Buddhist beliefs about the wheel of life, karma and rebirth. The lesson is visually appealing and promotes high levels of interest from students. The lesson aims to teach students what the wheel of life is and why it is important for Buddhists. This lesson is student led, with the main activity planned as a presentation from students. This lesson has been taught over one lesson, but can be taught over two depending on ability, behaviour and preparation time given for the main task. Students have the opportunity to be as creative as they like. Learning is checked throughout and there are lots of opportunities for questioning.
KS3 Buddhism bundle
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KS3 Buddhism bundle

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A Buddhism bundle for KS3 students. Lessons are engaging and fun but also place focus on what students are learning. L1 Life of the Buddha L2 Four noble truths L3 Eightfold path L4 Wheel of life L5 Five precepts and meditation
Eightfold Path - KS3 Buddhism
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Eightfold Path - KS3 Buddhism

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A KS3 Buddhism lesson teaching students about the eightfold path. The lesson aims to teach students about the eightfold path, its importance and how Buddhist follow the path to enlightenment. The lesson links nicely to previous learning about the four noble truths. Activities include match up, literacy and involve students applying their learning to life scenarios. There are lots of opportunities for questioning/feedback at various points.
KS3 Sikhism - Guru Nanak lesson
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KS3 Sikhism - Guru Nanak lesson

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KS3 Sikhism lesson about Guru Nanak. This lesson is ideal as an introduction to Sikhism lesson as part of a unit of work, or as a stand alone lesson. The lesson introduces Guru Nanak as the founder of Sikhism. Tasks teach students about key events in Guru Nanak's life and the important teachings from Guru Nanak. The lesson ends with a comparison between Guru Nanak and Jesus (using a Venn diagram), this aims to stretch higher level students. There is a homework task attached to this lesson.
PSHE Dragons Den style lessons - pitching a new product (enterprise)
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PSHE Dragons Den style lessons - pitching a new product (enterprise)

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A PSHE series of lessons where students are design/creating/selling a product. These lesson has been used as a stand alone lesson to develop students presentation skills and confidence. Students are introduced to the Dragons Den team and some example pitches (good and bad). They are to then to create their own product to pitch. This will lead to them presenting the pitch. This can be adapted to suit the class and number of lessons can be changed. I taught this over 2 lessons with a mid ability group.
Body image and the media - PSHE (Lesson observed as outstanding)
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Body image and the media - PSHE (Lesson observed as outstanding)

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An emotive and engaging PSHE lesson focusing on the affects the media can have on body image. This lesson has been observed as outstanding. The lesson aims to teach students how the media represents men and women, how Photoshop can be used to alter images and the impact of this. The lesson engages students in all aspects and encourages them to consider their opinions. I have taught this lesson with high ability, lower ability and mixed ability - it works perfectly with all students because it explore opinions and feelings in a sensitive and mature manner. Includes some videos and activities from the Dove Campaign and BBC Learning Zone (all links are included in the powerpoint).
BTEC Health Social Care Tech Award L1/2 - Component 1 Learning Aim A - Introduction
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BTEC Health Social Care Tech Award L1/2 - Component 1 Learning Aim A - Introduction

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BTEC HSC Tech award to be delivered to Y9s. Component 1 - Learning Aim A Human lifespan development. The lesson is an introduction to the course and to the learnign aim A. The lesson focuses on the key terms, introduces the life stages and explores what is meant by development. Activities are varied and have challenging elements. Perfect to teach as is, or can be adapted to suit.
Passover and the Seder Meal - powerpoint, lesson activities
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Passover and the Seder Meal - powerpoint, lesson activities

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Pupils will learn what Passover is, what happens and the importance of the Seder Meal. Activities involve students actively learning through a marketplace style activity, but can be adapted to suit the class. Slight cross curricular links with history and art. Homework activity to learn key spellings about Judaism, an ideal homework for a Judaism unit of work.
BTEC Law - Advice and Representation
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BTEC Law - Advice and Representation

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BTEC Applied Law lesson created for Level 3 students. The focus of the presentation is to provide information about funding in the legal system (e.g. legal aid, citizens advice). An element of the lesson is aimed at evaluation.
GCSE Social Learning Theory (2 lessons)
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GCSE Social Learning Theory (2 lessons)

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Two GCSE Psychology lessons on Social Learning Theory (however can be tweaked in to one lesson if needed). Introduces what SLT is focusing on the key definitions and the main assumptions of the theory. Links to aggression in line with the Edexcel GCSE Spec. Tasks include X Factor style presentations, brainstorming, group tasks, individual learning and tasks that apply learning. This lesson is followed by another lesson I have planned and taught on Bandura (see my resources).
The Ummah - Muslim Community (KS3 Islam lesson)
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The Ummah - Muslim Community (KS3 Islam lesson)

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KS3 lesson about the Muslim community (Ummah). This lesson aims to teach students what the Ummah is, its importance and how the Ummah links to commitment. The lesson includes a range of activities e.g. group work, paired work, literacy tasks and a homework task.
Four Noble Truths - KS3 Buddhism
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Four Noble Truths - KS3 Buddhism

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A KS3 Buddhism lesson teaching students about the four noble truths. The lesson aims to teach students about the four noble truths and their importance. This lesson has a variety of activites and is fast paced. It suits all abilities, for lower abilities/poor behaviour students I have taught this over two lesson. The lesson offers lots of opportunities for students to be involved. A good mixture of AO1 and AO2 learning.
Knowledge organiser - Hinduism
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Knowledge organiser - Hinduism

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A Hinduism knowledge organiser created for the new EDUQAS spec. However, might be suitbale for other specifications. Perfect for revision, catching up from missed lessons or as a homework tool.
Life of the Buddha - KS3 Buddhism
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Life of the Buddha - KS3 Buddhism

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A KS3 lesson teaching students about the life of the Buddha. It is perfect the start a unit of work on Buddhism or as part of a religious founders unit of work. The lesson includes a variety of activities and focuses on checking learning at various points in the lesson through in depth questioning. The first activity uses the Animated World Faiths clip (any alternative clip can be used). The final activity offers students a choice of two tasks, that can be selected based on their ability/behaviour/learning style/etc. The lesson is engaging and fun for students.
EDUQAS  Human Rights - Wealth and Poverty (NEW SPEC)
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EDUQAS Human Rights - Wealth and Poverty (NEW SPEC)

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NEW SPEC Eduqas wealth and poverty lesson from the topic Human Rights. The lesson aims to teach students about the differences between absolute and relative poverty, explores differing religious perspectives and offers opportunities for students to give their own options about wealth. The lesson places great focus on using religious teachings to support beliefs/views/opinions, and provides students with Bible quotes to use.
KS3 Sikhism lesson - Khalsa and Vaisakhi
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KS3 Sikhism lesson - Khalsa and Vaisakhi

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KS3 Sikhism lesson teaching pupils about the Khalsa and Vaisakhi. This lesson has been taught as part of a unit of work but can be taught as a stand alone Sikhism lesson. This lesson has been judged as OUTSTANDING during a lesson observation. The lesson includes a variety of activities to engage students. Role play is used to teach students about the formation of the Khalsa (the lesson includes an alternative to role play - video link in the powerpoint). This lesson promotes deeper thinking and encourages students to use their thinking skills. The lesson also includes a homework task.
Police powers and searches - BTEC Law lesson
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Police powers and searches - BTEC Law lesson

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A BTEC Law lesson on polices powers with regards to searching people, vehicles and premises. This lesson is for BTEC Level 3 students studying Applied Law. Also links to Public Services. This powerpoint includes information on the law and activities/discussion work for students to become involved in. This resource can be used over a one lesson or a number of lessons with more discussion time.
Judaism - Synagogue lesson
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Judaism - Synagogue lesson

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This lesson aims to teach students about the importance of the Synagogue, how it is used and key features. The main part of the lesson is using a True Tube Holy Cribs clip and answering the included questions. Mini activities include discussion and information sharing. An informative and fun lesson for mixed/lower ability students.
Christianity - The Church
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Christianity - The Church

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A KS3 lesson about the church as a place of worship for Christians. This lesson aims to teach students about the key features of a church and the importance of the church within Christian life. The lessons main activity is a market place activity which can be taught in a number of ways depending on the class (e.g. movement around the room, information moving table to table). The lesson is intended for mixed ability students and would fit perfectly in a Christianity or places of worship scheme of work.