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SESSION PLAN (TUTORIAL) – TOPIC 11 - Community/Congregation LEVEL 1/2


Teacher Activities

Learner Activities

Big Questions


Starter Options – (5-10 mins)

  • Flash up Big Questions and/or Common Themes and/or Quotes

  • Introduce video-clip of ceremony, worship (eg wedding/funeral)



Contribute own questions, respond to quotes.

Aren’t churches, mosques, temples irrelevant to real life?

Are worship and prayer out-of-date in the modern world??

Do I need to go to church/ mosque to follow my faith?

Is church a building or people?



Common Themes:

Main Task

  • Introduce video-clip (eg ‘Wedding Dance’) or Service, Ceremony, or Funeral etc from one or more faith/belief tradition

  • Check how it relates to student experience of festivals, ceremonies etc.



  • Watch video-clip of ceremony

  • Relate to own experience of similar ceremonies

  • In groups (or plenary) discuss BQ or selected questions


Do you belong to a community? Based on faith?

More than one?

Do you like festivals? Which ones? What happens?

Are religious communities different from other communities (eg sports team)?

Wedding Dance:


Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Moslem, Pagan or Sikh weblinks, (To be inserted)


Introduce notions of pluralist society, community cohesion.





Student responses,

Contribution to discussion

  • What function do festivals play in society?

  • What is Community Cohesion?

  • Is there a relation between





Assessment Options: Write up and compare responses

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the session the learners will have:

  • Identified a festival or ceremony from own experience

  • Explored own questions on what churches, mosques, temples etc do

  • Reflected on worship, faith community, and community cohesion

KEY DIFFERENTIAL CRITERIA: Level, Gender, Individual Learning Need, Ethnicity, Faith/Belief Background,

ECM CRITERIA: Awareness of moral development, social well-being

EMPLOYABILITY CRITERIA: Self confidence, Team working in diverse contexts, Communication, Personal Effectiveness, Reliability




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