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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.
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
Believers Baptism/confirmation
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Believers Baptism/confirmation

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This lesson explore what confirmation is and the problems associated with teenage rights of passage. It includes discussion, written and role play exercises.
Multi-faith societies
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Multi-faith societies

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Lesson focus’ on whether or not multi-faith societies lead to a decline in religion. Uses case studied to help students recognise some of the complexities of maintaining religious adherence in a multi-faith society. Links to edexcel 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.
Vesak and dharma day
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Vesak and dharma day

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Buddhist festivals Vesak and dharma day This powerpoint covers both Vesak and dharma day as two individual but short lessons which are aimed to take around 30 mins each. It can be adapted easily to be used as two distinct full lessons. The dharma day lesson has a good SMSC quality.
Mystery gardener
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Mystery gardener

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This lesson encourages students to consider whether the world needs a creator or whether it could have occurred by chance. It is a good introduction to units of work that link to creation stories or science and religion. The lesson asks students to reflect on their ideas of the origins of the world and uses a myth to help them reflect on the arguments surrounding creation. There is a leveled writing task which brings the ideas together.
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.
The Destruction of Soloman's Temple
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The Destruction of Soloman's Temple

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This lesson explores the significance of the destruction of Soloman's Temple and how it lead to the Jewish People becoming a 'people of the book'. There are paired and individual activities. This lesson is very SMSC driven.
The Sacraments/Prayer - confession
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The Sacraments/Prayer - confession

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This lesson explores the sacrament of confession. It looks at the importance of the act of confession from an experiential perspective and draws on the a literary source to help students understand the complexities and importance of this form of prayer. This lesson suitable for mid to high ability students. It will need differentiation for those less able. Links to the new edexcel syllabus
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.
Intro to Christian pilgrimage - without lesson plan
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Intro to Christian pilgrimage - without lesson plan

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This lesson provides an introduction to the idea of pilgrimage within the Christian tradition. It urges students to reflect on the meaning and purpose of spiritual journeys with the help of a video clip and a range of activities. Links to new RS edexcel syllabus
Easter
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Easter

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This bundle comprises of three lessons complete with lesson plans. The trio begins with a lesson on Lent which urges students to reflect on the practice of fasting and abstinence before moving onto a lesson on Holy Week. This lesson draws on the Biblical events of the last week of Jesus' life. Finally the Easter lesson focus' on the symbolism of Easter day and concludes with a comparative exam question which reflects on the Easter and Christmas festivals. Links to new Edexcel RS GCSE syllabus.
Christianity and Transplant surgery
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Christianity and Transplant surgery

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Lesson centered around the case study of the conjoined twins Mary and Jodie. Explores different Christian attitudes to transplant surgery. Edexcel text book is useful for one of the activities.
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.
Pilgrimage
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Pilgrimage

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These lessons on pilgrimage include an introduction to pilgrimage, pilgrimage to Lourdes, the Holy Land and a mini assessment. These lessons include a range of tasks to help students understand and explore the relevance and history of pilgrimage in Christian traditions. These lessons relate to the new Edexcel GCSE syllabus within the 'Living a Christian Life' section.
The Sacraments
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The Sacraments

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The four lessons included in this bundle cover the Christian sacraments. Lessons are focused on the sacraments of holy communion, ordination and confession but homework tasks cover baptism and death rites. The lessons include a range of activities, some of which are differentiated in order to support students in developing their knowledge and understanding of the importance of the sacraments. These lessons link to the new Edexcel GCSE 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.