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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
EDUQAS Human Dignity (NEW SPEC)
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EDUQAS Human Dignity (NEW SPEC)

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NEW SPEC Eduqas lesson on Human Dignity. The lesson aims to describe what human dignity is, explore religious and personal views and discuss why people are not treated with human dignity. The lesson has an homework/extension task to consolidate learning and to challenge students. Additional support is given with this task.
Muslims in Britain - KS3 Islam lesson
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Muslims in Britain - KS3 Islam lesson

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A KS3 Islam lesson about Muslims in Britain. This has been taught as part of a Islam unit of work. The aim of the lesson is the explore the challenges faced by Muslims and how these can be addressed. The lesson builds on prior learning and provides students with facts. One task focuses on key beliefs and challenges faced. Another task explores two Muslim charities and their importance. The overall running theme is to dispel myths and provide students with a deeper understanding.
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.
Christian beliefs about God
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Christian beliefs about God

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A KS3 lesson where pupils learn the Christian beliefs about God. There is a main focus on the Omni words. The lesson includes a variety of activities that are engaging. One activity involves student learning the key beliefs through actions, this can also be adapted in to a written task to promote literacy. Another activity focuses on personal beliefs about God, exploring reasons for these beliefs. This lesson is a fast paced lesson, but can also be stretched in to two lessons to for mixed ability/lower ability groups or to include more exploration of the differing beliefs. A homework task is included to continue to learning from the lesson.
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).
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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
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 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
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BTEC Law - Alternative Dispute Resolution

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BTEC Applied Law lesson exploring the different types of alternatives to the court. This resource explains each type of alternative dispute resolution that BTEC students are expected to learn about. The resource also focuses on an evaluation of these alternatives, this is an excellent opportunity for discussion and exploration.
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.
EDUQAS (new spec) the worldwide Church
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EDUQAS (new spec) the worldwide Church

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This is a lesson from the new spec EDUQAS Component 1 Christianity. The lesson explores the worldwide Church and the key terms evangelism, misssion and reconciliation. There is also a focus on the charity Tearfund, including a 5 mark practice question. You will need the textbooks for one activity.
BTEC Law - Lawyers and Lay People Presentation
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BTEC Law - Lawyers and Lay People Presentation

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BTEC Applied Law task about lawyers and lay people. To be used as a presentation, detailing the types of people involved in the legal system (both professionals and lay people). Evaluation points can be used to stimulate a discussion. BTEC task in order to support Unit 1.