Monday, 8 February 2016

Jesus Strand Meeting

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

In 2014 and 2015 we worked through the theology and key concepts for each RE strand.  Bearing these in mind the staff came up with key ideas which we could keep constant and develop through each child’s journey at St Joseph’s school.  The need for this was based on the high number of children who enter our school at different levels, many missing out on junior and middle teaching in RE.  The concepts had to be ones which would be accessible to both 5 and 13 year olds, at different stages of RE knowledge and at different stages in their faith journeys.

We proposed to “test” these concepts over three years with this year being our final year.  We hoped that keeping these concepts at the forefront supported by the strand teaching at each level, we would see a deepening of understanding of these concepts as children move through the school which so far we have.  2016 is our fourth year of using the SOLO thinking taxonomy in RE to promote and assess depth of thinking and we are using this to guide our assessment.

  • Theology – what’s easy and hard about Jesus? (look in the back of your strand books and share any questions or ponderings)

Here are the  essential links for teachers to follow during this strand. 
RE achievement targets
Jesus key concepts

Jesus test year 1
Jesus test year 2
Jesus test year 3+

Possible test answers

Teachers to record test results into this google form please. Also please check that all your children are correct and add in any new children. 2016 Jesus assessment teacher input

Specific assessment information is available at:

and the year level breakdown of comparisons from 2014 is at: Comparison 2014 to 2015

Teachers and new BTs to meet with Paul, Morgan and Siobhan to go through Teachers new to Catholic schools handbook