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Edexcel GCSE Linear Religious Studies Unit 10 Section 1: Beliefs and Values






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Edexcel GCSE RelIgious Studies
Unit 10 Section 1 Beliefs and Values


Edexcel scheme of work
Students will be assessed on their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in this Section. For more information please see the SPaG Guide.

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Topic 1:

The meaning and importance for Christians, of believing in God as Unity and Trinity.



  • To identify the meaning of God as Unity.

  • To identify the meaning of God as Trinity.

  • To understand the reasons why it is important for Christians to believe that God is Unity.

  • To understand the reasons why it is important for Christians to believe that God is Trinity.

  • Students discuss their understanding of the Unity and Trinity.

  • Half of the class, in sub-groups, produce a presentation on why it is important that God is Unity; the other half, on why it is important that God is Trinity.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.1 could be used.

Topic 2:

The meaning and importance for Christians, of believing in God as the Father.



  • To identify the meaning of God as Father.


  • To understand the reasons why it is important for Christians to believe that God is the Father.

  • Students decide what a father is and what the word Father means when referring to God.

  • Students read the prayer 'Our Father' and discuss the image of God it portrays.

  • Students give four reasons why it is important that Christians believe that God is the Father.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.2 could be used.

Topic 3:

The meaning and importance for Christians, of believing in God as the Creator.



  • To identify the meaning of God as the Creator.

  • To understand the reasons why it is important for Christians to believe that God is the Creator.

  • Students look at the Genesis account of creation. They make a list of what it means when it says that God is Creator, and what the Genesis account shows them that God is supposed to be like.

  • Students identify reasons why it is important for Christians to recognise God as the Creator.

  • Use a Bible copy of the Genesis account or a DVD/video of the Genesis story.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.3 could be used.

Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies — Unit 10 Section 1: Beliefs and Values Scheme of Work © Pearson 2012



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Topic 4:

The meaning, and importance for Christians, of believing that Jesus is the Son of God.



  • To identify the meaning of Jesus as the Son of God.

  • To understand the reasons why it is important for Christians to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

  • Students draw a mind map with the words ‘Son of God’ in the centre, and write as many connected ideas onto the mind map as possible.

  • Students discuss the idea of Jesus being the Son of God rather than having an earthly father.

  • In groups, students write down reasons why Christians think it is important that Jesus is the Son of God and then hold a vote to work out which are the four most important reasons.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Sections 1.4 and 1.5 could be used.

Topic 5:

The meaning, and importance for Christians, of believing in the Holy Spirit.



  • To identify the meaning of the Holy Spirit.

  • To understand the reasons why it is important for Christians to believe in the Holy Spirit.


  • Students watch a video of a Pentecostal worship celebration. Teacher explains that these Christians ask explicitly for the Holy Spirit to work through them.

  • Students work out from the video and from their knowledge of the Holy Spirit in the Bible what the Holy Sprit means for Christians, and write a five-line description.

  • They write a list of four reasons why the Holy Spirit is important for Christians and then a list of four reasons why the Holy Spirit might not be important for some Christians.

  • Videos of Pentecostal worship are available online at YouTube.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.6 could be used.

Topic 6:

The meaning and importance of Christian beliefs about salvation from sin.



  • To identify the meaning of Christian beliefs about salvation from sin.

  • To understand the reasons why it is important for Christians have salvation from sin.

  • Students revise the meaning of sin and the problems associated with sin (entry into heaven). Teacher explains what ‘salvation from sin’ means.

  • Students produce a poster explaining what salvation is, and explaining the word ‘atonement’.

  • In pairs, students produce a list of reasons why salvation from sin is important to Christians.
  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.7 could be used.


Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies — Unit 10 Section 1: Beliefs and Values Scheme of Work © Pearson 2012





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Topic 7:

The meaning and importance of loving God and how love of God affects Christians’ lives.



  • To identify the meaning of loving God.

  • To understand the reasons why loving God is important for Christians.

  • To understand how love of God can affect Christians’ lives.

  • Students discuss what loving God means and how we can love a God we cannot see.

  • Students make a list of reasons why loving God is important.

  • Teacher gives students a sheet with the hours of the day written down the side. They write onto the sheet how at each hour loving God might affect someone's life, e.g. prayer, helping others, going to church, wearing a cross.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.8 could be used.

Topic 8:

The meaning and importance of Christian teachings on the love of others (Mark 12:29–31, Luke 10:25–37, Matthew 25:31–46).


  • To identify the meaning of Christian teachings on the love of others as shown in The Most Important Commandment, The Good Samaritan and The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats.

  • To understand the reasons why these Christian teachings are important.

  • Students divide students into groups. One group designs a poster based on The Most Important Commandment, one on the Good Samaritan and one on the Parable of the Sheep and Goats. The posters should include the whole of the reference and an explanation of the teachings.

  • Students give a presentation to the rest of the class using the poster to help explain what the teachings are and why they are important.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.9 could be used.

Topic 9:

How love of God is expressed in the life of a religious community.



  • To identify how love of God is shown in the life of a religious community.

  • Students research a religious community, using computers if possible. They then produce a booklet advertising for people to join this religious community so that they can show love of God.

  • Booklets are available from religious communities.

Topic 10:

How love of others is expressed in the life of a religious community.

  • To identify how love of others is shown in the life of a religious community.


  • Students discuss how the religious community chosen shows love of others as well as love of God.

  • Students draw a table to record four reasons why it is important for religious communities to show love of God and others, and four reasons others might give that it is not important that religious communities show love of God and love of others.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.11 could be used.

Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies — Unit 10 Section 1: Beliefs and Values Scheme of Work © Pearson 2012







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Topic 11:

How a Christian church shows love of God and love of others in the local area.



  • To identify how a Christian church shows love of God in the local area.

  • To identify how a Christian church shows love of others in the local area.
  • Students visit a local church and interview the priest, and possibly a couple of parishioners. They collect a newsletter/ bulletin. Their aim is to find out what happens within the parish that shows love of God and love of others.


  • Students draw the outline of a church and write inside ways in which love is shown towards God and others. In pairs or groups they share ideas and add more to their own drawing.

  • The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 10C Student Book, Section 1.12 could be used.

Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies — Unit 10 Section 1: Beliefs and Values Scheme of Work © Pearson 2012



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