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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.
Holy week
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Holy week

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This lesson introduces students to the key events of Holy week. Includes a card sort, freeze frame activity and exam question. Links to new RS edexcel syllabus.
The Covenant
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The Covenant

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Students examine what the covenant is and why it is an essential aspect of Judaism. They do this through examining key moments of revelation. This lesson has both paired and individual activities. It encourages reflections on symbolism.
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.
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 - ordination
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The sacraments - ordination

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This lesson looks at the sacrament of ordination. Students learn about what is involved in the vocation of the priesthood and the process of becoming ordained. Links to new edexcel RS syllabus.
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.
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
Near Death Experience
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Near Death Experience

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This lesson explores what is meant by the term 'near death experience' and looks at the phenomenon through the experience of Carl Jung. It also engages in some of the proposed scientific explanations for the phenomena and and urges students to reflect on and critique the idea of out of body/near death experiences. Links to RS edexcel syllabus.
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.
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.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes
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Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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This lesson looks at Lourdes as a site of pilgrimage for Christians. It considers events in the life of Bernadette Soubirous as well as urging students to consider the rituals and spiritual healing that some Christians experience as a consequence of making a pilgrimage to this site. Links to new edexcel RS syllabus
Lent
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Lent

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This lesson explore the theological basis of lent and encourages students to reflect on why the practice of giving up things we love/enjoy can be beneficial for ourselves and wider society.
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.
Religious support for community cohesion
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Religious support for community cohesion

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This lesson reflects on the ways in which religious groups try to promote community cohesion. It uses a Jain myth to encourage students to consider the problem of ultimate truth and how this links to conflict. Students then consider how they could promote cohesion in their own community. Links to edexcel syllabus
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.
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.