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CEP Curriculum Overview

Christian Education Publications (CEP) is the largest publisher of religious education curriculum designed for use in Australian & New Zealand schools. With material for children aged in Kindergarten through to year 12, it is a Bible-based curriculum which seeks to engage students and encourage them to discover for themselves the truths of the Christian faith and make good life choices.

The material is ‘ABC’:

  • ‘A’- Academically rigorous
    CEP school material uses best teaching practices with each lesson containing a wealth of ideas and activities suitable for all teaching and learning styles.
  • ‘B’- Biblically-based
    We believe the Scriptures are the best place to understand God, ourselves and how we are to live in his world.
  • ‘C’- Contemporary
    All CEP resources use quality, contemporary design and are particularly effective in engaging with today’s culture.

Structure

CEP curriculum for primary-aged children offers 20 lessons each semester at Infants, Lower Primary and Upper Primary levels.
The curriculum is made up of:

  • For Kindergarten:  BEGINNING WITH GOD
  • For students in Years 1-6:  CONNECT
  • Final year of primary school:  BIG QUESTIONS

The lesson content works together in a cohesive flow, examining consistent themes, events and concepts from the Bible, with progressive learning outcomes at each level of the curriculum.

Beginning with God is a one-year program of 40 lessons and assumes little prior knowledge.

Connect is a three-year curriculum, offering 4 units of 10 lessons each year, which students cycle through twice during their primary school years learning at greater depth as they progress through school.

Big Questions is a one-year program designed for students in their last year of school who are ready to explore some big questions, share their own opinions and investigate the Bible for themselves. The course tackles issues such as:

What is God really like? What’s gone wrong with the world? Does God really care about me? How will I make choices about my future? What’s the purpose of my life?

Content

Different children learn in different ways and the Connect curriculum is designed to reflect this. The curriculum has its foundation in the belief that is important to allow the Bible’s own framework to determine what is taught and how it is taught.

The curriculum is Bible-based, and students engage with the truths of the Bible week by week through music, drama, reading and writing, puzzle solving, drawing, and asking questions.

The curriculum is child-related. It is designed to engage minds and emotions as well as develop the skills needed to understand the Christian faith and how it applies to life.

Through each curriculum, lessons survey the broad sweep of Bible history from creation to God’s ultimate purpose for humanity. Each lesson seeks to introduce key Biblical concepts, themes and major characters such as Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus in an active and engaging way, allowing students to explore the Christian faith and see how it is relevant today. The curriculum also encourages students to discover for themselves what the Bible says as they explore contemporary problems that people face in today’s world.

Included in the curriculum are teachings on the key events of Easter and Christmas as well as special lessons dealing with major issues that children face, including self-esteem, loss, caring for the environment, and coping with change.

View the syllabus for our school range

Christian Education Outcomes

The CEP curriculum seeks to broaden your child’s education by helping them develop their understanding and knowledge of Biblical principles, to build skills which will enhance their overall learning ability and to form an understanding of values and attitudes of faith, culture and the world today.

Below is an overview of the Christian Education Outcomes for all 3 learning stages.

Knowledge and Understanding
  • God our Father
  • Jesus Christ
  • Ourselves and others
  • The world and living things
  • Sources of knowledge about God (from the Bible, from nature and from human experience)
Skills
  • Investigation
  • Communication
  • Participation
  • Application
Values and Attitudes
  • Trusting God through faith in Christ (God and us)
  • Culture and the world
  • Social justice
  • Stewardship and ecology
  • Learning

Click the links below to view specific outcomes for each of the 3 stages 

Stage 1
(Years K-2)
Stage 2
(Years 3-4)
Stage 3
(Years 5-6)

 

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I have really appreciated having Scripture in our schools. I work in a hospital emergency department; this week one of my colleagues said to me that he was keen for his child to go to school and receive a religious education. My colleague is a Buddhist but was keen for his child to learn about Jesus so that she could decide for herself whether to be a Buddhist or a Christian or neither. I draw your attention to the fact that it is not just Christians who are keen for Scripture in schools to continue.

Mirrilee