RE - Jesus


Aim is to show understanding of the big ideas across the school appropriate to the age e.g. a younger child might draw the Good Samaritan and an older child might refer to the Beatitudes or Social Justice.  Both would count as equal answers – the older child has more knowledge but both have shown understanding.  Some of our older children have very little knowledge on which to base their understanding and this test aims to reveal this.  Younger children will need a writer to record explanations.

Three Big Ideas:

(all of these ideas are also covered during the liturgical year and children will be exposed to them through masses)

1.       Jesus is fully human (covered in year 1 & 5)

2.       Jesus came to show us how to live and to save us (covered years, 2 (showed love), 4 (by example), 6 (repent and live a good life), 7 (our Saviour), 8 (Beatitudes))

3.       Jesus is God (covered year 3 & 5)




Year 1 – Jesus my Friend

1.      Jesus’ life as a human child in Palestine

2.      Jesus is human – our tuakana – and the Son of God

3.      Jesus’ invitation to be his friend


Year 5 – What I know about the life of Jesus

1.      The structure of the New Testament.

2.      The context in which Jesus lived his life.

3.      Jesus’ life story.

4.      Jesus – fully human, fully divine




Year 2 – Jesus showed his love in different ways

1.      The different ways Jesus showed love and respect.

2.      How to follow Jesus’ example of loving and respecting

3.      Learning about Jesus in the Bible


Year 6 – Jesus the Fullness of God’s Revelation

1.      Jesus is the Son of God who revealed God as Abba – Loving Father.

2.      Through the Holy Spirit Jesus invites people to repent and live a life of faith, hope and love in worship and action.

3.      Jesus lived his life in love for God and people.




Year 3 – Jesus gives himself in the Eucharist

1.      Jesus’ gift of himself as a Meal that helps people grow in holiness.

2.      How Christ is present in the celebration of the Eucharist.

3.      The celebration of the Eucharist – giving thanks to God


Year 7 – Jesus Saviour and Liberator

1.      Jesus saves people from sin and death through his life death and resurrection.

2.      Scriptural titles of Jesus.




Year 4 – Jesus came to show people how to live and lead them to God

1.      Jesus invites people to grow in holiness through His grace.

2.      Sharing in Jesus’ mission of worshipping God and bringing about God’s reign.

3.      How Jesus exercised tika, pono and aroha.

4.      Jesus was sent to reveal God’s love and reconcile people to God.


Year 8 – Jesus’ values and the role of the Disciples today

The Beatitudes and their place in the lives of Christ’s disciples

1.      Original, personal and communal sin, the struggle against sin and Christ’s message of forgiveness.

2.      Working for justice and peace as a follower of Jesus, advocate for the poor.

3.      Jesus as Risen Lord.