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Raising Achievement in Religious Studies

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS4

Designed to raise the achievement of D and E grade GCSE candidates to C grades. This pack includes references to grading criteria and tips on how exam responses can be improved. The activities will build confidence and raise grade potential in students who are tackling coursework or examination questions.

Topics include: Developing an understanding of religion; Sources of authority and their influence; Evaluating arguments; Notions of an afterlife.

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Size: 60 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 239 6
Author(s): Sara Davies
Code: RARS
Popularity rank: 378

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Contents List


  • 7 WHAT IS RELIGION? Students explore their own views on religion and compare them with those of Gandhi.
  • 9 WINDOWS ON RELIGION Develops an understanding of the nature of religion, and of commonly held perspectives on religion.
  • 11 WHO NEEDS RELIGION? Helps students to develop knowledge and understanding of what believers get from religion.
  • 13 MUSLIM MORALITY Students develop empathy and understanding by identifying those occupations a Muslim would avoid.
  • 15 ALL DRESSED UP A letter-writing task encourages students to develop an understanding of Muslim women's dress code.
  • 17 THE BUSINESS PLAN Students consider hypothetical situations to develop an understanding of the Sikh principle of Sewa, and consider their own moral code.
  • 19 A JOB WORTH DOING Asks students to analyse and evaluate the ethics of income.
  • 21 PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREACH Explores what is meant by religious 'commitment', and how it manifests itself.
  • 23 TILL DEATH DO US PART Students use evidence to argue the case for remarriage, in the context of Christian belief.
  • 25 HANG HER! Students develop skills in handling evidence to support a personal view, in the context of capital punishment.
  • 27 GIRL POWER Students analyse and weigh up arguments relating to female ordination.
  • 29 A GOOD DEATH Students write 'doctor's notes' to analyse and evaluate the issue of euthanasia.
  • 31 AN END TO VIOLENCE Explores pacifism and ethical use of violence using skills of empathy and evaluation.
  • 33 GONE BEFORE Explores and analyses the attitudes to death and their effect on practice.
  • 35 CASTE OFF Students consider how the caste system affects young Hindus in India.
  • 37 A DAY OF REST Students write a letter to an MP in order to argue for or against Sunday trading.
  • 39 JEWISH JUSTICE Asks students to evaluate the contribution of Judaism to Western legal codes.
  • 41 FAITH IN ACTION Students write an article to explain and evaluate the Muslim custom of Zakat.


  • 43 INVESTIGATING THE ISSUE Students use a checklist as a framework for analysing and evaluating the issue of abortion.
  • 45 ORGANISED WORSHIP Students use a flow chart to analyse and evaluate hierarchical organisation within the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 47 LIVING IN SIN Students develop skills of empathy and understanding by exploring the link between belief and practice, in the context of marriage versus cohabiting.
  • 49 GOD'S GARDEN Explores the influence of religious belief and morality on social practice, focusing on environmental issues.
  • 51 HIS WORD IS LAW Students investigate authority in Islamic law and its relation to civil law, and the concept of mitigating circumstances.
  • 53 DIVINE AUTHORITY Aims to develop skills of understanding, evaluation and reflection, by investigating early attitudes to Jesus.
  • 55 MONEY MAD Students write a 'bank manager's report' on investment in industries considered by some to be unethical, using skills of reflection and evaluation.
  • 57 THE CHRISTMAS STORY Students develop skills of analysis, textual study, and awareness of symbolism, by comparing gospel versions of the birth of Jesus.
  • 59 THE POVERTY TRAP Develops skills of evaluation and personal response using poverty as an example.
  • 61 GOD CONTROLS ME Students make a table to compare and evaluate positive and negative aspects of a Marxist perspective on religion.