Introduction to Christianity – Key Stage 3 lesson resources

I am teaching Religious Education for the first time in years and am teaching Christianity for the first topic. I have created these resources – a PowerPoint and a worksheet for an introductory lesson – hope they are useful and any comments are welcome.

What do you know about Christianity

What do you know about Christianity

Richard Dimbleby’s report on his visit to Belsen – a superb Holocaust resource

I used this account today [link found at the bottom of this description] to introduce the topic of the Holocaust to my Year 9 students today. It is Richard Dimbleby’s account of discovering Belsen in April 1945. It was first broadcast on 19th Aoril 1945 – two weeks before the end of the Second World War in Europe. The story behind this report deserves attention – Dimbleby was with British and American soldiers when they discovered the concentration camp at Belsen. He filed a report to the BBC, who refused to believe the extent of the report, such was the shocking content. Dimbleby threatened to resign and take the report to the newspapers if the report was not broadcast. Such was Dimbleby’s standing, the report was broadcast for fear of losing him rather than suppresing the story at first. My Year 9 class were deeply moved by this report – the first on the Holocaust to be broadcast by the BBC in Britain. Well worth using such a valuable account.

Was Chamberlain brave or a coward? A lesson in cartoon interpretations

In preparation for the next Year 9 assessment which is on the causes of the Second World War in cartoons, I have created these resources based on appeasement and the Munich Agreement. The aim of the lesson is for students to know the arguments for and against appeasement and explore the different arguments through cartoons which offer alternative interpretations.

The PowerPoint goes through the key points of appeasement and the arguments for and against. Then three cartoon sources are examined. There are three worksheets that accompany this which students need to fill in. These worksheets aim to help students unwrap the meaning of the cartoons and analyse their meanings. Once this has been completed students then need to reach a substantiated judgement on which cartoon is the most convincing.

Hope you find these resources useful.

Chamberlain and appeasement

The Munich Agreement cartoon

Appeasement cartoon 2

Appeasement cartoon task

Make your own card game – a review activity

The resources for this lesson look at reviewing the Medieval Realms topic in an engaging way. The objective of the lesson is for students to review a topic through making a card game. Students have a choice of two card games to make – the classic Top Trumps game or a memory card based upon Brainbox’s card game, which are highly recommended.

The PowerPoint goes through the key aspects of each type of game offering students ideas on how to create the game and how to present their chosen information. The worksheet supports the PowerPoint giving students extra guidance.

I hope you find this useful and you can use this type of activity to review any topic.

Medieval Realms review

Medieval card game task sheets

English Civil War project – giving Year 8 student a choice of project

I was asked to develop a project framework for Year 8 students on the English Civil War – an often neglected aspect of English history on the curriculum. I thought rather than stick to the traditional writing project, I would incorporate this into a more creative structure allowing students a choice of project to demonstrate their learning. Please find the project brief at the bottom of this post for more details as well as for you to use.

The first lesson in this sequence would be setting up the project outlines which included the following –

– Make booklet.
– Make a set of top trumps cards.
– Design uniforms.
– Make a shoebox full of artefacts.
– Write a script for a scene in an English Civil War play.

Students would then be introduced to the research resources available and have independent lessons exploring them. Also the assessment criteria would be shared.

Once the research and projects were completed, the students would have a lesson sharing their projects with the rest of the class making judgements alongside the shared criteria. Students would be then expected to write an evaluation along the 5-3-1 formula as well as post the most interesting thing/fact/aspect they have learnt on the English Civil War on an online wall created on Padlet so that everyone in the class can share.

Looking forward to the results!

Year 8 English Civil War project