Monday, 30 June 2014

Outcomes of God Strand Meeting

Outcomes of God Strand Staff Meeting

We decided on four key concepts we would like our children to develop and deepen as they move
through our school:

1. God loves us.
2. We know about God through the Bible, through His Creation and through our personal relationship through prayer.
3. What God is like - Father, Creator, everywhere, all powerful etc.
4. God is the Creator

These four concepts will be the context of the God strand teaching throughout the school.  We continue to teach the learning outcomes for the Religious Education curriculum at each year level in the context of these four concepts.

The test for the strand with teacher's notes can be seen at this link (public): and the test is at:

Staff: Please enter assessment information at (private):
by Thursday 27 July.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

God staff meeting, term 2 2014

God Staff Meeting - Term 2, 2014

Meeting date: Wednesday 18 June, 3.15, in Manuka
Purpose: 1. To review and interpret previous assessments.
2. To reconnect with the theology and curriculum progression behind the God strand, and
3. To agree on some key ideas we want children to understand and deepen as they move through the school.

The highlighted parts are the parts we will put our time into at the meeting.  Everything else should be read and digested beforehand. There will not be time for this in the meeting.  At the meeting there will be time for questions and clarifications of any of the reading or data.  Then we will move on to construct our next step.

Any files containing student information are private to us.  Everything else is public.

1. What did our assessment on the Holy Spirit tell us?  How does this compare with the Jesus assessment and what does that tell us?
Step 1: Have a look on the assessment data we have gathered overall.  On this file there are tabs at the bottom: sheet 1 = comparison of Jesus and Holy Spirit strand, sheet 2 = Jesus assessment and sheet 3 = Holy Spirit assessment.

a) Assessment overview 2014:

b) Your own Holy Spirit data:

What does this data tell us?  Are there any trends we need to notice? 

2. Create an "end point" for our school leaver of what we would like them to know about God
Step 1: read the theology about God at the beginning of your strand book.
Come to the meeting prepared to discuss any tricky or challenging parts, or share anything you just love about it.

Step 2: Have a look at the key learning objectives for each year level:

Step 3: Have a look at the SOLO assessment rubric - anything we need to change here?

Step 4: Bring a succinct example to the meeting of something you have done previously with the God strand that has helped children's learning.

Step 5:  At the meeting we will use all this information to come to agreements on some basic understandings about God, which can grow with the children.  Even though the basic understandings underpin the teaching and learning, we will still teach the content at our level and use that to access the basic understandings.

Step 6: We will have some discussion about the type of things we could use to assess this understanding, including SOLO and along the lines of what we did for the Jesus and Holy Spirit strands.  

Step 7: I will make a test for us based on what we agree and share it in the Google RE folder under God.

Step 8:  We will agree a date to enter data so that we can come prepared to the next meeting.

FINALLY: Reflect on this process - what do we keep, what do we change?