Sixth Form Lessons
'Blueprint- Plans For Life' Series
Step has worked with sixth formers to prepare them to leave school for several years now. These separate lessons and workshops have been gathered together into a new series called Blueprint - Plans For Life. Blueprint is a series of lessons seeking to explore whether there is evidence for God having plans for our lives. Through reflecting on how uniquely wonderful each of us are, the lessons aim to build up an arsenal of ideas and tools to help deal with life and discover some of the intentionality of our existence- whether it is through our personality in Simpsons Identity; our skills, talents and abilities in What am I good at?; our wonderful gender diversity in Spaghetti and Waffles; the ways we communicate love in Love Languages; or in our values through two separate lessons on Ethical Shopping and Values. Below are
BluEprint- ETHICAL SHOPPING
Students are encouraged to consider their own ethics and also through the use of researching The Good Shopping Guide they explore the ethics of major companies and how that may impact their own shopping habits.
Blueprint- LOVE LANGUAGES
Students are taught the 5 major ways in which we communicate love and then get to reflect on the healthiness of their own ways of expressing love with their friends, family and romantic relationships.
Blueprint- SIMPSONS IDENTITY (MYERS BRIGGS)
Students are guided through an interactive session exploring one of the many personality type indicators and finding out which Simpsons character they best resemble. They are encouraged to spend time on the back of this lesson developing a greater self awareness.
Blueprint- SPAGHETTI AND WAFFLES
Students participate in a peer education session exploring the positives and distinctive qualities of men and women.
The students are encouraged to discuss in groups their personal values, how they are shaped and how these affect how they live their life.
Blueprint- What Am I Good At?
This lessons explores whether there is a God-like plan for our lives. In this lesson students are challenged to take risks, tell stories and help each other reflect on the common themes when it comes to answering “When have I felt most alive?’ The students will leave the lesson with some tools to help them discover what they might potentially be good at rather than just stumbling across it.
EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL
Through watching exerts of a presentation by Rob Bell, students engage in a series of discussions, group drawings and activities exploring a form of the teleological argument; a novel about experiences we find hard to explain called Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott; personal identity and our relationship with the transcendent. Ideally this is a three week programme, but each week does work as a stand alone lesson.
Philosophy & Ethics
This lesson helps students understand the complexities of Christian Ethics and specifically how the Old Testament, the teachings of Jesus & Paul and philosophical theories impact their decision making. Several scenarios will be posed to help cement this understanding and reveal that things aren't quite as black and white as we'd hope.
Is the future already set in stone? Do we really have free will? Are some people predestined to go or not go to heaven? Through looking at several Christian perspectives, these questions and more will be discussed.
Grill a Christian
Sometimes students just want to ask questions so in this lesson, we provide a space for the students to hear answers to these. It could be about a particular topic (e.g. Nature of God, Suffering or Science and Faith) or could be completely open to any topic within Christianity.
LIFE AFTER DEATH
Does God always get what he wants? Does he want everyone to go to Heaven? Does everyone go to Heaven? Using these 3 questions, several Christian opinions about life after death are explored in light of Jesus' death and resurrection.
This lesson looks at miracles from the Bible and stories of modern day miracles and helps us answer the questions: why did Jesus do miracles and what did it reveal about him?; do they still happen today?; and why do some people get healed and others don't?
NATURE OF GOD
Students get to look a bit deeper at the 4 omnis and consider whether God is eternal and/or everlasting. In light of these attributes, how would a Christian relate to God in a daily way?
Students are guided through the bible texts that dictate the core values on a Christian’s sexuality. The students are then given space to discuss their findings.