Key Stage 3&4 Lessons

Arguments for the existence of god

Students consider three of the main arguments for God's existence, namely the cosmological argument, teleological argument and religious experiences through creative illustrations involving dominos and Kinder Eggs.

BOURNE IDENTITY

With reference to the film, students explore their own identity and what makes them unique. They also learn some of the basic beliefs a Christian holds about their identity.

CHRISTIANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Students reflect on the wonder of our planet and learn why, for some Christians, protecting the environment is an expression of their faith.

Christian Worship

Through the use of iPods and accompanying activities, students explore a variety of different worship practices among Christian denominations.

Crime and Punishment

A courtroom-style activity helps students think about what constitutes a just punishment. They explore, through verses from the Bible, how the concepts of grace and forgiveness might affect a Christian’s attitude towards criminals.

FAIR TRADE

An interactive game in which students compete against each other to produce trainers in the equivalent of the world market. They then reflect on the fairness of the game and the ethical implications.

Faith in Action

Students explore how they respond to injustice in the world and how a Christian’s faith might motivate them into action. The lesson challenges the class to use their time, treasure and talent to make the world a better place.

FORGIVENESS

Students explore the value of forgiveness through powerful case studies and reflect upon The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.

Grill a Christian

Students are given the opportunity to ask a panel of Christians about any aspect of Christianity and their personal experiences of faith.

iMatter: Life is a Journey

Students are encouraged to reflect upon the events in their life that have shaped them so far and their hopes for the future. The workshop incorporates the bracelet activity from the Pilgrimage lesson.

Incarnation, resurrection and ascension of Jesus

This lesson, which is in two parts, explores the terms ‘incarnation’, ‘resurrection’ and ‘ascension’ and their significance for Christians. It uses elements of the Resurrection (Narnia) lesson.

INSPIRING PEOPLE

This lesson was written with the aim of encouraging young people to think of themselves as having the potential to be an inspiring person. Through thinking about famous people who have overcome obstacles, the hope is that students can look at how suffering can cause us to become better people.

LIFE AFTER DEATH

Students explore Christian perspectives on life after death through discussing key Bible texts andget the opportunity to become the ‘ultimate judge’. Where will they draw the line?

MIRACLES of Jesus

Students learn what a miracle is, investigate some of Jesus’ miracles and reflect upon whether miracles still happen today.

NATURE OF GOD

Students learn how a Christian might answer the question ‘What is God like?’ and cover key terminology for their assessment.

Parable of the prodigal son

As the parable is told through a video presentation, students take on one of the characters and have the opportunity to share their character’s thoughts and feelings at each stage of the story. They then discuss the meaning of the parable. 

PARABLES of Jesus

Students learn what a parable is and look at some of the parables told by Jesus, with a particular focus on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

PILGRIMAGE

Students learn about the significance of pilgrimage and reflect upon their life as a journey by creating unique personal bracelets.

PREJUDICE

Students play an immersive game that helps them identify their own sources of prejudice. The lesson concludes with an example of how Jesus stood against prejudice and discrimination.

Refugee Game

This session aims to develop students’ understanding of the Syrian refugee crisis and their empathy with people who are forced to leave their homes. In groups, students must make a series of choices as they navigate their way from a war-torn homeland to safety.

RESURRECTION (Narnia)

Using the story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, students learn about the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus and its meaning. They then put the resurrection on trial, weighing up the evidence for and against it.

Sanctity of Life

This lesson challenges students to consider what makes life valuable and explains the Christian perspective. It focuses on the ethical dilemma around legal abortion and examines why Christians may come to different conclusions.

SCIENCE and Faith

One of the most common questions we get asked is 'How can you believe in God when science has disproved his existence?' This lesson aims to answer this question and show that science and religion can co-exist.

SEX AND MARRIAGE

A fun, audio-visual lesson that explores the Christian views on relationships, marriage and sex.

STRESS

Students identify their main causes of stress, look at the positive and negative side effects of stress and reflect upon ways to reduce or manage stress in their lives.

SUFFERING

Students reflect upon the causes of suffering in the world and explore how a Christian might reconcile the presence of suffering with a belief in an all-loving, all-powerful God.

The Price is Right

Using the ‘Titanic’ game from the Prejudice lesson, this lesson explores the value we place on different people and aims to challenge the belief that some people are worth more than others.

ULTIMATE QUESTIONS

Students debate with each other some of the most fundamental questions of life, including ‘Does God exist?’, ‘How did life begin?’ and ‘Is there a purpose to life?’.

WALK THROUGH THE BIBLE

Using props and costumes, students act out memorable stories of the Old Testament to gain an understanding of the key events and how they fit into the bigger picture of God’s relationship with the world.

What's so amazing about grace?

Students learn about a Christian understanding of grace, forgiveness and the importance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

WHO IS JESUS?

Students consider the claim that Jesus was God by reflecting on C.S. Lewis’ trilemma (was Jesus telling the truth, lying or crazy?). They also explore what other people say about Jesus and the sources of evidence we have about him.

Women and Christianity

Students learn about Jesus’ attitude to women and discuss whether key passages from the Bible could be considered as empowering or disempowering. They put their questions about the position of women within Christianity to a female panel.