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CEP Curriculum Overview

Christian Education Publications (CEP) is the largest publisher of religious education curriculum designed for use in Australian and 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.

Structure

CEP curriculum has been designed to cover all learning stages for primary-aged children and high school students. The curriculum is made up of:

  • For Kindergarten:  Beginning with God – a one-year program of 40 lessons and assumes little prior knowledge.
  • For students in Years 1-6:  Connect – a three-year curriculum, offering 4 units of 10 lessons per term, which students cycle through twice during their primary school years learning at greater depth as they progress through school.
  • Final year of primary school:  Big Questions – a one-year program designed for students in their last year of primary 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?
  • For students in Years 7-10:  Think Faith – a two-year curriculum for Stages 4 and 5, offering 4 units of 8 lessons per term.

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.

 

Content

Connect

Children learn in a variety of ways and the Connect curriculum is designed to meet the different learning styles of students. 

  • The curriculum is Bible-based, and students engage with biblical truths 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.

The curriculum surveys 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
 

Think Faith

For high school students, Think Faith provides a learning framework for nurturing, equipping and guiding students in their understanding of the Christian faith. The curriculum uses the Bible as its foundational text and encourages students to think more deeply about the beliefs and tenets of the Christian faith whilst providing them with the tools to connect their learning with how Christians are called to live. These ‘connectings’ have been organised around three kinds of relating described by Jesus in John 15: relating to God, relating to others, and relating to the world.

View the syllabus for Think Faith

 

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 five stages 

Stage 1
(Years K-2)
Stage 2
(Years 3-4)
Stage 3
(Years 5-6)
Stage 4
(Years 7-8)
Stage 5
(Years 9-10)
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My first experience of death was just before I started high school. I was struggling for a long time with such a big event and the sadness of losing someone I loved so dearly. I remember being extremely comforted by what I read in the Bible during my scripture classes.

Luke