This is a blog from the Religious Education department at Nodehill Middle School, Newport, Isle of Wight. It’s called BELIEVE IT OR NOT and its aims are to promote RE and to help raise pupils performance in this subject. We want you to comment on the posts we publish on the blog. All comments are moderated. Only use your first name when leaving comments and pupils please also leave your class. Remember never include your email address. BLOG SAFE.
Year 7 pupils have been working on their presentations on world wealth. They chose which religion they wanted to focus on and looked at the teachings on money, poverty and charity. They then looked at the differences and similarities between their focus religion and another - because they want to achieve a Level 5! They also chose how to present their findings - either by way of powerpoint, drama, film show, interview, poster, leaflet... watch this space!
Year 7 pupils had the opportunity to speak to Christian visitors to the Island this week. The visitors are from all over the UK and have spent the week in Newport as part of 'Hope 2008' and Evangelist Week. They heard how some of Jesus' parables are relevant today and had the opportunity to share their wishes and views. Let me know what you thought and, of course, what you learnt!
Some Year 7 pupils have been learning about the Christian Festival of Pentecost over the last couple of weeks. They read the story from Acts 2 in the New Testament and then worked in small groups to produce a piece of art work that explains it. Their work was then displayed at a Hope 2008, the Island Churches Celebration of Penteost at St. George's Park, Newport on Sunday. Have a look at some of their work; explanations of what they did and the photos of them learning.
Some Year 7 classes have been developing their ICT, as well as RE skills, by producing Powerpoints on one of Jesus' miracles. They worked in groups to decide on the main aspects of the miracle story; produced storyboards; drew background 'sets'; used digital cameras to photograph their still images; annotated the slides by adding speech bubbles, a title page and an additional slide explaining the importance of the miracle to some Christians. All this and they got to use Lego figures! which I think inspired them to produce their best work! Sit back, watch, enjoy and then leave me a comment about what you think.
Year 7s have been learning about the life of Jesus and looked how some Christians believe he is the Messiah. They looked up Isaiah 9:6-7 to see what was prophesised (what was going to happen). They looked at job adverts from the local and national papers then produced their own job adverts for the post of 'Messiah'. Some are on display in the RE room and here are a couple - tell me what you think!
Self and Peer assessment of certain tasks have been introduced in Year 7 this year. They involve pupils completing a tick list marking ladder that show whether or not pupils have included the information they must, should or could include in their work. They then go on to say what they did well and what they need to do to improve their work. Let me know what you think about these activities. What do you find easier to assess - your own or your partner's work? Do you think it improves your work? How? What ways of self assessment work best for you? Leave a comment and let me know!
7JD have looked at newspaper reports on rescues that have taken place recently. They are then looking at the concept of rescue and how some Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah and rescued sinners. Have a look at their newspaper reports and leave a comment about whether you know of any modern day miracles.
Year 7 have been learning about the people who Jesus met and how their lives may have been influenced by him, his stories or the miracles some Christians believe he performed. The task was to interview some people who met Jesus for a television programme called 'This is Your Life'. Pupils were to ask various questions and then recommend to the programme researchers why they thought this person should be worthy of a television slot. This is one pupil's work. What do you think? How do you think they could have improved? What level would you give them and why?