R.S Blockbusters

I love this time of year because you can finish those jobs that you have been trying to sort out for the whole year! For me it was organising my DVD collection from old spec to new spec. This DVD collection is available to my students – as a sort of Netflix’s- where they can borrow any DVD they wish. Unfortunately, as you well know, the new spec does not provide time for watching full films and documentaries. Therefore as I do not want my students to miss out on developing their wider understanding, I have built my ‘Blockbusters’ cupboard.

Here are my DVDs:

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First Year Ethics:

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It’s Arrived!!!

And it looks fabulous! IMG_1206Exactly the same structure and layout as the last text book too #highlightofday!

Here’s hoping that I can get a little bit of planning under my belt before September starts!

 

If you are interested in viewing it, please click on the link below for the Amazon store.

Oxford A Level Religious Studies for OCR: Year 2 Student Book: Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics

Organising a New SOW: Second Year

The time has come to start planning the second year of the New Spec. To my horror there is a surprising amount of new content still to cover (I can’t believe there are another 6 topics to cover in Christian Thought!). So I thought I would make a start and the best way to do this is by organising my SOW, creating an overview map of exactly how long I have and how to cover both new content and revision.

So a couple of pointers first:

  • My students sit an exam at the end of the first year which means I have to cover all the first year modules rather than split equally over the two years (see: Updated SOW: Let’s be realistic! for first year SOW)
  • There is no team teaching or sharing of spec so students cover each section as a chunk: Philosophy, Ethics then Christian Thought.
  • I have five hours teaching time for second years per week.

The first big change from first to second year is the order of the sections, with Christian Thought coming first. This is very simply because it is the only section with 6 new modules to cover, so I just need to get those out of the way. I am also quite happy (ish) with the Philosophy and Ethics as they do not look much different from the old spec.

Second of all I am going to integrate revision into the Philosophy and Ethics sections and then leave some time at the end to revise Christian Thought again and fill in any final Philosophy and Ethics gaps. I have made this decision for two reasons. One because I believe students should be starting to revise their knowledge after Christmas and secondly because it then splits up revision. Revision is very hard work for both student and teacher therefore breaking it down into more manageable chunks seems wise.

This is how it looks:

SOW 1

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Panic “My Exam is Tomorrow!” Must Read for New Spec Christian Thought

I am in the dark with everyone else when it comes to giving last minute tips for the Christianhqdefault Thought topics. Unlike Philosophy and Ethics, which have altered slightly, they are still very similar to the legacy A2 questions, therefore have a level of predictability as far as technique and last minute tips (see: Must Read for New Spec Philosophy and Must Read for New Spec Ethics to help).

So my last minute words of advice for Christian Thought were simply three things:

  1. Use the words in the question throughout your answer
  2. Add critical words with ‘because’ throughout to emphasize evaluation
  3. Add as many glossary/ key words as possible and link back to the question.

Good Luck

This might help last minute revision.

DCT pack

2017 Questions:

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Panic “My Exam is Tomorrow!” Must Read for New Spec Ethics

There are roughly three types of ethics questions (see: “What would Aquinas say about Euthanasia?” Tackling the Application Essays for a more detailed breakdown) and three questions on your paper – I think the exam is going to look like:

  1. Specific topic – application open (Natural Law is useful when dealing with moral decisions)
  2. Specific topic with specific application (Kantian ethics is helpful when dealing with issues surrounding business ethics)
  3. Application (The religious concept of sanctity of life is outdated)

(These are only examples of style of questions not predictions)

Note: OCR might be really nice again (like in the Philosophy which I think was very fair) and ask questions such as: “Natural Law has no strengths” or “Evaluate Kant’s focus on duty” but I always like to prepare for a few curve balls.

So don’t forget:

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Predictions for A2 Ethics

I am not a gambling sort 714583-exam-1401318461-908-640x480of person but I would bet money that you will be asked two application questions. But what about the other two questions? Well, as with my previous predications, all I have to go on is the patterns, links to the specifications and gut instinct (call it my ‘intuition’ if you like).

Meta Ethics: even though this came up last year I still think there is a possibility of it re- appearing (as it makes more appearances than not in the exams). At the end of the day it is not a popular topic therefore it often rears its head repeatedly. If so, my predications are either: Ethical Naturalism specifically or a question worded with Non Cognitive e.g ‘A non cognitive approach is the only way to understand ethical language’ (as emotivism not asked since 2011 and prescriptivism since 2012).

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