Thou shalt...be surprised!

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Objective: Explore rules from religious traditions – and prepare to be surprised by thinking about rules which liberate rather than constrain.

Key Questions: Why should we follow rules? How do I know if I am self disciplined and content? Who judges our integrity? Who/what should make the rules?

By the end of this unit

All learners will:

Have considered a variety of religious rules from four religious traditions and developed some knowledge and understanding about their significance. They will have begun to make some connection with these rules in relation to their own life.

Most learners will:           

Also have begun to understand that the rules are not necessarily easy to follow and require a change of heart and not simply adherence to instructions. They will begin to appreciate that following rules is linked to personal attitudes and integrity.

Some learners will also:

Evaluate their own lives and attitudes in light of some of these rules and recognise truths in challenging statements such as “Happiness is a choice not a feeling”. They will appreciate that although rules exist for the benefit of communities they may not always be universal or relevant and that underlying human attitudes and self-discipline are more important than the rules themselves.

N.B. many lessons are accompanied by short film clips which you may find useful as a part of your lesson.

Thou shalt... be surprised! - KS3 - Christianity and Judaism - Lesson 1 of 6

To look at some of the oldest rules in the world and ask if they still matter today.

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    • Lesson Plan
    • Film clip - Observing Shabbat
    • Film clip - Jewish Sabbath
Thou shalt... be surprised! - KS3 - Islam - Lesson 2 of 6

What are the really important parts of a person’s life?

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    • Lesson Plan
    • Film clip - Rules from Sikhism
    • Film clip - Loyalty within Muslim scouts
    • Film clip - Muslim poet
Thou shalt... be surprised! - KS3 - Christianity - Lesson 3 of 6

What are the important routines in life?

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    • Lesson Plan
Thou shalt... be surprised! - KS3 - Christianity - Lesson 4 of 6

To find out why rules can appear “back to front”.

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    • Lesson Plan
    • Film clip - Being humble in Christianity
    • Film clip - Being accountable and living with integrity
Thou shalt... be surprised! - KS3 - Buddhism- Lesson 5 of 6

To understand why suffering is a part of life.

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    • Lesson Plan
    • Film clip - Buddhist performing meditation
Thou shalt... be surprised! - KS3 - Buddhism - Lesson 6 of 6

To understand how suffering can be overcome by a series of attitudes to life.

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    • Lesson Plan