God

KEY IDEAS FOR GOD STRAND
These are derived from investigation of the theological focus, the strand progressions over 8 years and what we believe are the key ideas our year 8 leavers will need to know and understand by the time they leave St Joseph's.  Our selection of the key ideas is guided by our understanding of the Nicene Creed, the founding belief statement of the Catholic faith dating back to the Council of Nicea in AD325; Biblical teaching; Church tradition; and the Catechism of the Catholic church which the original RE curriculum documents are based on.


Key Ideas
God created the world
How can we know about God? - God is revealed through Jesus
God is all powerful and remains a mystery
God loves us individually (he has made a Covenant with us)


Annual God Focus
As we have composite classes we will swap our strand year level focus annually so that all children are exposed to all teaching levels.

Room 2
Year 1 (2015), Year 2 (2016)
Room 1
Year 2 (2015), Year 3 (2016)
Room 3
Year 5 (2015), Year 6 (2016)
Room 4
Year 6 (2015), Year 8 (2016)


OUR TEST FOR THE GOD STRAND



Test for the God Strand – Year 4-8
God the Father


1. God loves us individually and he made a covenant with us.  Give some examples of this (1 point for each example, up to 3 examples)


 2.         How can we know about God?   In what ways is God revealed to us? (3 points for the main way, 1 point for any other examples)

3. God is all powerful and is a mystery.  What do we know about what God is like – give some examples (one point for each example, up to 3)

4. God created the world.  What do you know about God and creation? (1 point for each example up to 3)




Marking Year 4-8 

1. God loves us individually and he made a covenant with us.  Give some examples of this.

One point, up to 3 for examples such as:
·      through giving commandments on how to live,
·      sending Jesus to save us,
·      forgiving us,
·      giving us our needs through Creation,
·      has a plan for us,
·      stories of saving eg Exodus,
·      idea of Kingdom (reign of justice)


2.         How can we know about God? 
God is revealed through Jesus – 3 points for this, plus 1 each for any other examples.
Other examples could be:
·      Through Creation,
·      teaching,
·      reason,
·      prayer,
·      Bible


3. God is all powerful and is a mystery.  What do we know about what God is like – give some examples


Suitable examples(s) for 1 point each (up to 3 points)
·      Father, part of Trinity, Creator, Judge, King, Mother, may include angry - as with the Flood or Babel, all knowing, all powerful, everywhere at once, infinite beyond our understanding


4. God created the world.  What do you know about God and creation?

Suitable example(s) for 1 point each (up to 3 points)
·      Creation story as in Bible,
·      creation is beautiful,
·      the universe is huge,
·      anything about nature,

·      God in other people,



God the Father Year 1-3 assessment
From classroom observations, discussions, and activities

1.    God loves us

Children can give some examples of how they know God loves us e.g.  (1 point for each up to 3 points):
He made the world for us
He forgives us.
He is like a parent to us.
He sent us Jesus.


2.  God made the world

Suitable example(s) for 1 point each (up to 3 points)
·      Creation story as in Bible,
·      creation is beautiful,
·      the universe is huge,
·      anything about nature,
·      God in other people,




THEOLOGICAL BACKGROUND TO GOD STRAND




God created the world
How can we know about God? - God is revealed through Jesus
God is all powerful and remains a mystery
God loves us individually (he has made a Covenant with us)

GOD KEY CONCEPTS ACCORDING TO NEW ZEALAND CURRICULUM


Key Concepts For God Strand
Key Concepts For God Strand
Year 1:
God is the creator of all that is and keeps it in being
Each person is God’s unique creation made in love for love
We praise God for all the good gifts of creation, both seen and unseen
Year 5:
Scripture stories of God’s call to people and their responses
The meaning of covenant and God’s faithfulness
God calls people to be reconciled in relationships
The call to believe in God and build up Te Rangatiratanga – the Reign of God on earth
(will need to add teaching on Creation)
Year 2:
God’s gifts to people are a sign of God’s love
God’s greatest gift is Jesus who showed us God is a loving and forgiving Father
People are called to appreciate God’s gifts and be grateful for them

Year 6:
Images of God reveal something of what God is like
Christians come to know God through Jesus and respond in worship and action
Catholic beliefs within the Creed
(will need to add teaching on Creation)
Year 3:
God is everywhere in the world through creation
God works through people who accept God’s gift of grace
God speaks to people through the Scriptures
God works in the world through every culture
Year 7:
People are created to grow through grace to become like Jesus and turn away from sin
Using talents for the work of the Church and the Reign of Tika, Rangimarie and Aroha on earth
God’s desire for humanity
Although affected by sin, all creation is redeemed by God and has been given its own tapu and mana
Year 4:
God is the mystery of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Giving respect to the gift of God’s creation because it is tapu
God’s love expressed through the ten commandments
Year 8:
God is mystery – personal and distant (immanent and transcendent)
God revealed as a Trinity of three persons – creating, redeeming and sanctifying

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