Are you a discussion ‘Log or Hog’?

I love planning my summer term lessons because it is the time to re-connect with your subject and take your students down a journey of interesting tangents and topical themes, that the new spec AS content just does not give time for. So my plan for today’s lesson was a selection of engaging discussion questions with a hard hitting documentary. I wanted my students to discuss their views on the topical issues surrounding evil such as – are people born evil? Does upbringing determine behavior?  This would then be linked to the James Bulger case and relevant links made to new spec materials of Behaviorism, Freud and Problem of Evil.

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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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