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Creative Religious Education resources for key stages 3 and 4 which draw on an experiential pedagogical perspective.

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Creative Religious Education resources for key stages 3 and 4 which draw on an experiential pedagogical perspective.
Martin Luther King's assassination
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Martin Luther King's assassination

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This is a simple lesson that looks at the assassination of MLK. Using visual and video sources it asks students to reflect on the event and what they tell us about the importance of Martin Luther Kings influence. This lesson links with the divided union GCSE text book: the book is a useful if not necessary resource.
Evil and suffering in Buddhism
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Evil and suffering in Buddhism

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This lesson explores Buddhism's response to evil. Students consider the Buddha's teachings on what constitutes evil and the source of the problem. This lesson always stimulates lively discussion with my students.
Advent
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Advent

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This lesson first looks at the practical and emotional preparations that are involved in the advent period before considering the theological significance in relation to the fall and Jesus' birth.
Christian teachings on moral responsibilities
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Christian teachings on moral responsibilities

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This lesson encourages students to reflect on the Christian duty to care for one and other. It looks at the idea of being your 'brothers keeper' through engagement with two biblical stories. Links to the edexcel syllabus.
Christmas and its commercialization
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Christmas and its commercialization

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This lesson begins by looking at some of the traditional symbolism used at Christmas time to represent the nativity. This task gauges how informed students are about the Christian aspects of the festival before moving to reflect on the issue of commercialization.
New Religious Movements
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New Religious Movements

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These lessons aimed at KS3 students (year 8-9 ideally) explore some contemporary religious movements, the controversies associated with them and urges students to reflect on what makes a religion different from a so called cult.
Islam and War
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Islam and War

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Explores the theses of Islam and war including the ideas of greater and lesser jihad Links to edexcel syllabus
The sacraments - eucharist - holy communion
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The sacraments - eucharist - holy communion

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This lesson looks at the eucharist. It asks students to reflect on the theological background of this sacraments and why it is important for Christians today. Includes a picture analysis activity A video clip extracts from the gospels An exam question Links to new GCSE RS edexcel syllabus
Cult or Religion
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Cult or Religion

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This lesson encourages students to think about the way we categorise different religious groups in society. It includes a card sort activity and discussion activity.
Pilgrimage to the Israel/Jerusalem (the Holy Land) without lesson plan
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Pilgrimage to the Israel/Jerusalem (the Holy Land) without lesson plan

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This lesson looks at the spiritual value of a pilgrimage made to Israel from a Christian perspective. Using a carousel activity students visit six different key locations in the Holy land and reflect on their biblical significance and how visiting such places may help a Christian feel closer to God. Links to new RS GCSE syllabus
Liturgical worship - without lesson plan
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Liturgical worship - without lesson plan

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This lesson explores what liturgy is why it is an import part of worship for some Christians and how it differs from non-liturgical worship. It includes: video sources/structured activities/exam question/points for discussion Some resources are differentiated. Links to new edexcel RS GCSE syllabus
10 obligatory acts
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10 obligatory acts

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This lesson explores the 10 obligatory acts of Shi'a Islam. The lesson introduces students to the 10 obligations and uses the 'link method' to help students remember them and understand why they are important to followers. This lesson links to the New edexcel RE 'Living a Muslim Life' syllabus.
Islam and Stewardship
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Islam and Stewardship

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This lesson explores Islamic teachings on Stewardship. It also reflects on campaigns that have focused on environmental issues and asks students to create there own with a religious spin.
Golden Temple
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Golden Temple

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This lesson uses resources for RE Today to help students reflect on the importance of the Golden Temple for Sikhs and the symbolism found within it's architecture.
Evil and Suffering
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Evil and Suffering

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This bundle of lessons includes the power points for a whole scheme of work on evil and suffering. The lessons range from an introduction to the idea of evil, through to an exploration of the nature of God, responses to the problem of evil, Buddhist perspectives and an assessment task. These lessons are interactive and include many tasks that encourage students to develop their oral/discussion skills. These lessons can be used at KS3 or 4 and strongly support the the Edexcel GCSE syllabus.
Capital punishment
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Capital punishment

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Intro to capital punishment. This lesson looks at what capital punishment is and the reasoning for and against it. Students reflect on a series of high profile case studies and consider whether they feel capital punishment can be just. Links to RS edexcel syllabus.
Pandora's box
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Pandora's box

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This lesson explores the story of Pandora's box and encourages students to consider the use/meaning behind the myth. You will need some boxes in which to places anything that will stimulate curiosity.