Thursday, 24 July 2014

Outcomes of Church Strand Taonga

Outcomes of Church Strand Taonga

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

1. The Church is the people united with God

We want the children to know they ARE the church.  
Becoming part of the church - ceremonies, initiations, Baptism.
That we are Disciples- following the way of Jesus
Belonging and participating
The Church shows us how we need to act in our lives - we are the Church
Church as the bride of Christ
We are a community of disciples , our parish is a sign of God in the world - Jesus founded the Church and it is a sign which brings about God’s presence and love in the world.

2. We all have a role in the Church
To take some responsibility like presenting the gospel or saying prayers or reading or children’s ministries such as altar serving etc...
What are we called to do because we are part of the church (vocations)
Roles in the church

3. Formal roles within the Church
The work of the priest in the church.
Teaching role of bishops
The role of the pope

4. The Mission of the Church

To understand that the church is the continuation of Jesus' mission to live God's Kingdom on Earth.

These four concepts will be the context of the Church 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.

We agreed:

For year 1-3 the class teacher will decide the content of the assessment.  This will be entered on the assessment gathering file and the children will be marked 1= exposed, 2=achieving, 3=mastered.

For years 4-8 we will take the same test but leave it open for the children's answers.  We would expect achievement to be shown mainly in the context of their year strand.  For children to show mastery it should be clear that their understanding of their year level work is linked to some of the main concepts we want them to understand (above).

The test for the strand can be seen at this link (public):

Staff: Please enter assessment information at (private):
by Thursday 21 August.

Have a go at using something like the analysis SOLO map we shared at our taonga.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Church Strand Staff meeting

Church Staff Meeting - Term 3, 2014

Meeting date: Tuesday 22 July, 3.15.
1. To reconnect with the theology and curriculum progression behind the Church strand, 
2. To review some relational thinking possibilities, and
3. To agree on some key ideas we want children to understand and deepen as they move through the school.
(We don't have the God strand assessment information yet.  We will share this at the next meeting.)

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. Create an "end point" for our school leaver of what we would like them to know about the Church
Step 1: read the theology about Church 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: At the meeting we will have a look at a Prezi to help us think more about the theology  

Step 3: Have a look at the key learning objectives for each year level:

Step 4: Have a look at an example SOLO relational thinking analysis map for the Church strand:

Step 5: Bring a succinct example to the meeting of something you have done previously with the Church 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 Church, 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.  

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

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?