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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 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.

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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 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.
GCSE Bandura (Social Learning Theory) - TWO lessons
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GCSE Bandura (Social Learning Theory) - TWO lessons

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GCSE lessons on Bandura. These lessons introduce the study - its aims, hypothesis, methods and results. There is also an evaluation task that requires students to draw on previous learning. A variety of activities (e.g. word fill, discussion, sorting) and lots of opportunities for progress checking (e.g. true/false, post its). This lesson can be taught as two but condensed down in to one lesson if needed. These can follow on from lessons about Social Learning Theory (see my resources).
KS3 Sikhism Gurdwara
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KS3 Sikhism Gurdwara

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A KS3 Sikhism lesson about the Gurdwara. Can be purshased as part of a bundle. The lesson has a variety of activities that are differentiated for studnets. The main activities provide challenge. There lots of opportunities for discussion. The clip is a True Tube clip. Lesson can be adapted and amended to suit, but can be taught as it is.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christian denominations lesson - KS3
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Christian denominations lesson - KS3

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A KS3 lesson teaching students about the Christian denominations. The lesson aims to teach students what a denomination is, some of the Christian denominations and the similarities/differences between RC and CofE. The lesson has a starter activity that encourages students to think outside of the box. The lesson is differentiated - there are two alternative worksheets for students to use in order to support their learning. This lesson is perfect for a mixed ability Y7/Y8 class. The quiz style plenary is a fun way to check learning. There is a homework task included with this lesson.
BTEC Law - Theft, Robbery and Burglary
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BTEC Law - Theft, Robbery and Burglary

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BTEC Applied Law for level 3 student. The presentations are aimed to provide students with knowledge of the law surrounding theft, robbery and burglary. Examples of case law are included in all elements of each crime. This allows students to understand the law through the use of real life examples.
Ten commandments - detailed powerpoint and worksheet
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Ten commandments - detailed powerpoint and worksheet

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An exciting lesson where students learn what the ten commandments are, the relevance in religion and what they tell about God. Originally planned for a unit of work on Judaism, but can be used within a Christianity unit. A variety of activities and opportunities for thoughtful discussions.
KS3 - Easter Story (2 lessons)
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KS3 - Easter Story (2 lessons)

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Two Easter lessons suitable for all abilities at KS3. The theme running through these lessons is sacrifice. Activities link back to this theme. A good mix of AO1 and AO2 in these lessons, making links between the two. Students will learn about Holy Week and the significance of the events. Links are made to how Christians celebrate Easter and how the events of Holy Week are still important. Can be adapted to be taught as just one lesson.
Five Precepts and Meditation- KS3 Buddhism
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Five Precepts and Meditation- KS3 Buddhism

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A KS3 Buddhism lesson that teaches students about the 5 moral precepts and meditation. It starts with exploring what the precepts are and their positive/negative aspect. Students explain their understanding through the use of examples. The second part of the lesson teaches students about Buddhist meditation and its importance. There is an opportunity to participate in meditation. This lesson is great to engage students and is an example of active learning. Suitable for all abilities/dynamics - I have found this lesson work particularly well with lower ability, poor behaviour classes due to the focus on active learning. The scripts provided are standard meditation scripts, however can be adapted slightly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Stained glass windows
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Stained glass windows

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A KS3 lesson as part of a unit of work on Christianity. The lesson aims to teach students about the importance of stained glass windows and how they teach about important events in Christianity. This lesson is a great lesson to engage students and to make cross curricular links to art. I have included a number of biblical stories I used when teaching this lesson, however any others can be used too. The templates for the stained glass windows are also included. I have used this lesson when teaching about the church and as a way to engage difficult students. Could also be adapted for primary school students.
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.