CL 1.1 CB 1.2 Best Friends This unit of work for a Kinder class demonstrates one approach that can be taken with the Christian Living key idea: Christians believe that God creates people to live in relationship with him and with each other. It also draws in concepts from CL1.2 and CB 1.2, specifically stories about Jesus, what he said and what he did. Throughout this unit students are introduced to a range of significant strategies enabling them to process the information they are gathering as they inquire into friendship from God’s perspective and friendship as it lived out between people, especially class members and the people who are special in their lives.
CB 2.2 The life of Jesus This document tells the story of a unit which changed direction dramatically due to an activity that went exceptionally (and unexpectedly) well and sparked many ideas and questions that we as teachers decided were worth further investigation. We would never have planned to follow this path, but we are so glad that we did! Initially we were going to begin by looking at the images of Jesus (see PowerPoint attachment), and then go on to focus on the actual teachings of Jesus. However, it was only when we showed the PowerPoint that we realised there were so many ideas to flesh out. We knew we could take the discussions that we had in the room that day further, so the unit became about both the identity and the teachings of Jesus.
CB 3.1 The nature of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit The unit of work demonstrates one approach that can be taken with Year 3 students and the Christian Beliefs Key Idea Christians believe God is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The unit is designed to assist students to understand the nature and roles of the Triune God. Students inquire into the differences in God's roles through non-threatening activities and reflect on their learning. Both art and music are incorporated as avenues for exploration and expression. Students are encouraged to question what it means that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This requires students to think deeply and creatively about the content and ideas in the outcome. As well as the unit of work, supporting documents are provided: surveys and questionnaire and photos/samples of student work.
CB 4.1 One God revealed The unit of work demonstrates one inquiry approach that can be taken with students and the Christian Beliefs key idea: Christians believe that God is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Beginning with mysteries in the world of fiction and from student experience, the unit moves on to expose students to biblical mysteries and the ways in which God chooses to reveal himself in both the OT and NT. As students engage with this material they seek to answer questions such as: • What is the Trinity? • How does God reveal himself to people? • Is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? • Do they play the same role? • Do people believe the Trinity is a mystery? • Is it okay to ‘just believe’? • How do we know what God is like? • Does God communicate with you? • What do various symbols, artistic representations of God, reveal about God? • Why do I want God as my father if my earthly father is not very nice?
In grappling with the question of what the guiding force in people’s lives is, this unit demonstrates one way that an inquiry can be developed using Christian beliefs key ideas: Christians believe that God is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and A Christian worldview is shaped by the biblical teaching of sin and grace. Students investigate the profound question, what is the guiding force in life? Is it fate/God’s providence/predestination, is it freewill/choices, or random chance? Students investigate the profound reality of both through narrative as life is in itself a narrative. Looking at various philosophical principles that may apply to the question, students develop their understandings as they wrestle with the nature of life. Finally the Christian response to the problem is analysed and reviewed.
CB 6.3 Peacemakers Students need to be challenged by alternative views and particularly a balanced view of the Christian’s responsibility to be a peacemaker. A clearer appreciation for Grace and Justice can help to usurp stereotypes and extremist images promoted by the media.