GOD STRAND
Year
Key Concepts
Learning Intentions (might be)
We are learning:
Success Criteria (could be)
We will:

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

· How tapu and good God is for creating the whole universe and caring for it



· How special people are to God and some things God wants them to do


· That everything we can see and even things we can’t see are created by God – and we praise God for them


· At prayer time, name and give thanks for things God has created
· Tell why people say God is tapu and good
· Name the things God gives us that we need to live each day

· Tell how people can look after God’s living things
· Tell what makes people special to God and tapu
· Name God’s special gifts to people so they can enjoy being alive

· Tell what God thinks and feels about creation
· Share the words in the ‘Hail Mary’ that the angel said to her
· Say a prayer of praise to God

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



· How God shows us love through creation and people


· How Jesus is God’s greatest gift to people



· What to do with the gifts God has given us

· Tell what God’s gifts of creation are a sign of
· Say why people are precious to God
· Tell one way to be a sign of God’s love

· Tell why Jesus is God’s greatest gift to people
· Retell a parable Jesus told and say what it teaches us about God
· Name one thing we pray for in the Our Father

· Demonstrate in a role play, the best way to receive a gift
· Explain what God wants us to do with the gifts God has given us
· Share ways to give thanks to God for all God’s gifts



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


· How to recognise God’s presence in creation and take care of it



· How the Church helps people become signs of God’s grace to others

· That God speaks to people when they read the Bible and when they listen to the Word of God at Church

· That God works through all cultures of the world

· Tell one way God people can see what God is like through creation
· Describe what a responsible attitude towards God’s creation looks like

· List how people can be signs of God’s grace to others
· Name how the Church helps people accept God’s grace (God’s love happening) in their lives

· Demonstrate how to treat the Bible reverently and say why people do this
· Tell what we listen for when the Word of God is proclaimed in Church

· Show where the Bible’s creation story is told and give the name of the creation story in Maori culture
· Name two ways to show respect people from different cultures


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

· That God is the Holy Trinity – a loving community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three persons united as One God

· To respect God’s gift of creation and the tapu of whenua, the sacredness of the land

· How God guides people to live with love and respect by the gift of the Ten Commandments

· Name the three persons of the Holy Trinity and explain how the Holy Trinity is shown in the story of the Baptism of Jesus


· Explain why creation is tapu
· Name how the tapu of land can be disrespected and describe how the tapu of whenua can be restored

· Retell an important event in the Exodus story
· Match the commandments with their meaning
· Explain what the commandments teach people about showing love and respecting other people’s tapu

5

· Scripture stories of God’s call to people and their responses

· The meaning of covenant and God’s faithfulness






· The call to believe in God and build up Te Rangatiratanga – the Reign of God on earth

· Bible stories of God’s call to people and how they responded


· The meaning of a Covenant in the Old Testament and how God – Te Atua is always faithful





· What it means to be called to believe in God and build up Te Rangatiratana – the Reign of God on earth


· Retell one of the ‘call’ stories from the Old or New Testament including how people did what God asked


· Explain what a covenant is in the Old Testament
· Tell what God promised Abraham and Sarah and how they kept their covenant with God
· Explain how some people in the Old Testament didn’t keep their side of the covenant
· Give an example that shows how God is always faithful
· Tell what God wants when relationships are broken

· Explain what it means to believe in God
· Give an example of what building up Te Rangatiratana looks like today

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

· Names and images from Scripture that help people understand what God is like

· How Jesus best shows what God is like and how to respond to God through worship and action




· What the Creed teaches about God

· Name an image of God from the Bible and explain what it tells people about God


· Locate John 14:8-11 and explain what it tells people about Jesus
· Explain ways Christians worship God
· Retell the parable of the Good Samaritan
· Give an example of how a person can respond to God in faith today by what they do

· Explain the importance and purpose of the Creed for Catholics
· Name one belief Catholics have about God as named in the Creed

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


· How grace, growing in virtue and turning away from sin help people live life to the full like Jesus


· How to use one’s personal gifts for the work of the Church and the Reign of Tika, Rangimarie and Aroha on earth

· What God wants for people

· How creation, though affected by sin, is graced and redeemed by God and how its tapu and mana is to be respected

· Describe how people grow in virtue and illustrate what the living of a particular virtues looks like
· Give an example of how sin diminishes virtue
· Explain ways people can be helped to turn away from sin to live more like Jesus

· Name four aspects of the work of the Church
· Explain the ‘policies’ and gifts people need to use for the Kingdom of Tika, Rangimarie, and Aroha

· Identify what Jesus would want for today’s Year 7/8 students for each person to their live life to the full

· Contrast the ways creation shows God’s goodness with the ways creation is affected by sin
· Identify three spiritual values Maori have regarding whenua and creation
· Explain how creation is redeemed by God


8
· God is mystery – personal and distant (immanent and transcendent)




· God revealed as a Trinity of three persons – creating, redeeming and sanctifying
· That God is mystery and cannot be measured - both near and great beyond human understanding



· God is revealed as a Trinity of three persons – One God who creates, redeems and sanctifies
· Explain why the Church says ‘God is mystery’
· Illustrate how God reveals God’s Self to people and how they can respond to God in faith
· Identify what causes Christians to call God great
· Identify and explain a passage from Scripture than demonstrates God’s love and desire to be close to people

· Give three examples of images from the Christian Tradition that try to help people understand God as Trinity
· Match cards to define what it means to create, to redeem, to sanctify
· Give an example from Scripture that demonstrates the Trinity acting in the world to create, redeem or sanctify