TT358: Major World Religions and Medical Ethics

Summary: A 13 lesson Scheme of Work on the major world religions views on medical ethics. This SOW was designed for KS5 General RE to replace a section of the previous NOCN course. I gathered research on Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam’s views on Genetic Engineering, Abortion, Contraception, Transplant Surgery, Euthanasia and Fertility Treatment. I designed the SOW, resources, lesson plans and an assessment. My research is compiled into one document that can be used for a variety of different lessons and age groups. Although the SOW was designed for a Catholic School it is applicable to all […]

TT280: This Is Our Faith: active cross-curricular approaches to learning and teaching in RE

Summary: In November 2011 the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland published This Is Our Faith. This document describes the expectation of learning and progression in Religious Education in Roman Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools. This Is Our Faith provides supplementary guidance which builds upon the experiences, outcomes, principles and practice of religious education provided in the national curriculum; Curriculum for Excellence. Curriculum for Excellence and This Is Our Faith both advocate an active, cross-curricular approach to learning and teaching and the use of technology to support learning. The aim of this Farmington Fellowship was to establish a learning community, in which […]

TT195: Teaching ‘Media’ through concepts

Summary: The author undertook research into how the media presents society and people in society, why there has been a boom in Reality TV and why we have become ‘fixated’ with ‘celebrities’. The report includes a scheme of work and lesson plans for delivering ‘Media’. There are different ideas for teaching and learning, starter activities and assessment for learning.

TT176: Effective Religious Education: Building Religious Understanding through the teaching of Ethics

Summary: This report considers some research on the purposes of RE in schools – based on the premise if you are going to reach conclusions on effectiveness you have to know what your intentions are. It focuses ideas on how children learn, particularly the work of the social constructivists Vygotsky and Bruner, and more recent work on emotional intelligences. It considers how learning works in practice in a RE classroom and how studying ethical issues can lead to effective RE. It considers why using ethics helps not only to build religious understanding but also allows for strong religious education. It […]

TT97: The New AS/A level Specifications: Cause for Concern or Celebration

Summary: aimed at helping in the delivery of AS level courses in Ethics and Philosophy. The author suggests ways of implementing carefully planned schemes of work for 6th form exam classes. Looks at the requirements and specifications for post-16 RS and includes reference to Key Skills and the Synoptic assessment. Assesses the opportunities and challenges posed by the new specifications, in particular, ‘Curriculum 2000′, which the author believes has the students’ best interests at heart Concludes with a useful set of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for delivery of the new AS level, suggesting that we do not lose sight of the […]

TT92: Teaching and Learning Strategies for AS and A Level Religious Ethics

Summary: outlines various strategies for teaching AS and A level Ethics that may be used to enhance students’ learning. Explores a variety of means that will actively involve students in their pursuit of insight. Suggests an order of topics for teaching a syllabus on Ethics as well as schemes of work. Provides recommended reading on Kant as well as ideas on essay writing skills from planning through to writing and self-assessment. There are several useful sample introductions to essays on Ethics. Ripple diagrams, flow charts, circles and research grids, wall displays, student presentations and scrap books on contemporary issues are […]

TT61: The Distinctive Contribution of RE to Children’s Moral Development in the primary Years

Summary: investigates the contribution of R.E. to children’s moral development and the role of the school in the establishment of a moral framework. Considers what is meant by the term ‘moral’, the legal requirements for the provision of R.E. and recent government initiatives and how these are implemented in the school. Research was undertaken in a selected sample of three schools using lesson observations, teacher and children interviews and analysis of documentary evidence. The research highlights the significance of the role of R.E. in influencing moral development if it has an explicit place in the curriculum, yet is an integral […]

TT07: Outdoor Education, Spiritual Development and Religious Education

Summary: Looks at outdoor activities in schools and identifies how the opportunities for spiritual development they present can be increased and enriched by using the outdoors. The author argues that although the term “spiritual” is subjective and influenced by one’s religious and cultural background, there are clear links between the writings and work of outdoor educators, and those writing about spirituality, who tend to come from a Religious Education background. Examples of the elements of spiritual development that can be nurtured by the outdoors are: awe and wonder, transcendence, creativity, relationships and the search for meaning and purpose. The author […]

PS30: Supporting the Bereaved Child in Primary School

Summary: if a child experiences the death of someone close it is natural for a period of mourning to take place. The child’s grieving process is an experience that runs parallel with the adult experience and behavioural changes during this period are common. To be able to help children in grief the educator needs to be enabled to understand grief-reactions and to be empowered by effective support systems. But most of all the ability to listen effectively and to speak with empathy will help to ensure that a child’s grief becomes a foundation to be built upon and a structure […]