The Curriculum Chart
About the Curriculum
Our curriculum comprises two programmes running concurrently - a story programme and a Christian topics programme.
The story programme
Our story programme takes children through the Bible chronologically every year, with a summer holiday project (Summerise) focusing on a Bible character.
Stories from the Old Testament lead to the Nativity at Christmas and every spring a selection of stories from the Life of Jesus lead up to the Passion story at Easter. Children then hear stories from the period of the Early Church before the start of the next year’s programme.
To find out more about our Story-Craft planners click here.
The Christian topics programme
To help young people dig deep into topics central to the Christian faith we’ve selected over forty relevant Bible verses. By playing games based on these verses children take a look at 12 Christian topics including ‘Prayer’, ‘The Holy Spirit’ and ‘Telling Others’.
Because we suggest children revisit the same topics each year, exploring them through a new set of relevant Bible verses, we call our Christian topics programme Re:verse.
Teaching the curriculum
A typical Bible Curriculum session uses resources from both our programmes - storytelling and craft resources from our story programme and games and ‘talk about’ suggestions from our Re:verse programme.
Because there is no planned correlation between the two programmes, the children cover two 'lessons' in one session - a bit like a having a numeracy lesson followed by a literacy lesson.
This means stories can be taught chronologically following the story programme and a new topic introduced every month.
A forty five minute session
We think it takes about 15 minutes to tell a Bible story, 15 minutes to make one of our crafts and 15 minutes to play one of our Re:verse games, so we suggest dividing a 45 minute session into three sections...
To deliver our resources using a work-shop style model take a look at Carousel
For sessions that are less than forty five minutes...
...we suggest simply following the Bible Story programme, working through the Bible stories chronologically and making take-home crafts.
Alternatively you could just follow the Re:verse programme and take a look at a new Christian topic each month - this would be ideal for a youth group or a lunchtime club.
For three simple steps to teaching The Bible Curriculum click here