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

SOW 2SOW 3SOW 4SOW 5SOW 6SOW 7

Please note: My college might have slightly different holidays and start/ finish dates. I have also planned in our mock exam weeks which are institutionally based.

I am happy to send you a copy of this document, so just reply at the bottom or write a comment from the homepage. Also if you spot any glaring mistakes or problems please let me know – I am sure it will need some re-drafting.

Alternatively to view all available teacher and student materials click on: R.S Resources. I will be adding all my new PowerPoints, lesson packs (with all worksheets and activities) and revision packs for the second year new spec when I complete them. This digital goods store will allow you to quickly and safely download all materials (for a small charge). These are all the materials I use with my own students, so they are tried and tested and available for you to download, keep and adapt over the years.

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4 thoughts on “Organising a New SOW: Second Year

  1. Tom Johnson

    Please could I have a copy. Your resources have been inspirational in helping to deal with the challenges of establishing the new course. Thank you.

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