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cO nnect Lower Primary A1




connect Lower Primary A1

A Christian Education curriculum for children aged 7 to 9 years

Contents For the teacher What you will find in each lesson Music, dramas, PowerPoints and PDFs Curriculum stance Training and support Five circles of learning Connect icons Introduction—Knowing God our Creator Lesson 1 Knowing God Psalm 119:89–90,93,169–170 Lesson 2 God's good creation Genesis 1:1–31 Lesson 3 God's plan for creation Genesis 1:26—2:25 Lesson 4 Celebrating God's good creation Psalm 8 Lesson 5 Ignoring our Creator Genesis 3 Lesson 6 Life outside the garden Genesis 4:1–9 Lesson 7 Noah: God's promise to save Genesis 6–9 Lesson 8 Zacchaeus: Seeking the lost Luke 19:1–10 Lesson 9 Saving the lost Luke 22–23 Lesson 10 Living proof Luke 24

4 6 7 7 8 9 10 12 22 34 40 48 58 66 74 82 92

Introduction—Trusting God Lesson 11 Introduction to the Old Testament Hebrews 11 Lesson 12 Gideon Judges 6–7 Lesson 13 Naomi and Ruth Ruth 1–2 Lesson 14 Ruth and Boaz Ruth 3–4 Lesson 15 Elisha 2 Kings 5 Lesson 16 Jonah Jonah Lesson 17 Isaiah Isaiah 30, 53 Lesson 18 Josiah 2 Kings 22–23 Lesson 19 Esther Esther Lesson 20 Graham Wade Proverbs 3:5–6

102 104 116 126 136 142 150 158 166 174 180

Easter assembly

Luke 23–24


Special lesson

Psalm 139; 1 John 4; 1 Corinthians 13






Teaching ideas Help with classroom management 200 Helpful teaching techniques 202 Teaching Memory verses 205 Is your class different? 208 Understanding the student: the learning theory undergirding Connect 209 Using appropriate language in the (S)RE/RI class 211 What the Bible says about living as God’s friends 212 Christian Education outcomes 213








Introduction to the Old Testament

LESSON AIM ■■ To help students to understand God’s plan of salvation for his people.

LESSON OUTCOMES Students will learn about: ■■ God’s plan, which is revealed in the Old Testament ■■ ordinary people who were part of this plan. Students will learn to: ■■ appreciate that we can learn from the lives of people from the past ■■ see what it looks like to trust in God’s faithfulness.

KEY VERSE Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we can’t see. It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God. Hebrews 11:1–2 (CEV)

» Bible background From the time of Adam and Eve’s rebellion, the consequences of sin have been evident in our world and in our relationship with God and others. Noah and his family were saved from one terrible judgement, but the problem of sin remained. With Abraham we begin to see the detail of God’s plan of salvation. God promised Abram that his descendants would be a great nation in a land under God’s rule and would bring blessing to the world (Genesis 12:1–3). The Old Testament reveals how God kept that promise to Abraham and his descendants.


Hebrews 11 Moses led God’s rescue mission to free the Israelites, who were so great in number that the Egyptians had enslaved them. Through Moses, God established his covenant with Israel, so that they might be his ‘holy nation’ who would show God’s faithfulness to the world. After entering the land God promised to Abraham, God’s people fell into a cycle of disobedience and hardship before God would send a leader or judge to rescue them and turn them back to God. Under the leadership of God’s chosen king, David, and his son Solomon, Israel enjoyed peace and the worship of Yahweh became known among the nations. But the continued rebellion by generations of Israelites brought God’s just judgement for their sin. The Israelites were captured and spent a period of time in exile, before returning to the land God promised to Abraham to await the coming of God’s righteous king, who would restore God’s people to himself. Like Abraham, who at times questioned God, those who trusted in God also displayed human weaknesses and doubts. But it was their response of faith, however weak or faltering, that pleased God. The early Christians looked to these people of faith from the Old Testament times as examples who could spur them on in their own faith. Yet we have even more reason to trust God. We know that God kept his promises, in the history of Israel and ultimately through Christ, who is ‘the author and perfecter of our faith’ (Hebrews 12:2, NIV). In fact, as Christians, we enjoy the fulfilment of the promises God made throughout the Old Testament to redeem fallen humanity.

✔✔ A photo or postcard of a view from a lookout (see Before you start) ✔✔ Visual aids on pages 110–115 of the Old Testament Bible timeline posters and Map of Israel and her neighbours (see Before you start) ✔✔ Blu-Tack ✔✔ A pair of dice and counters (for the game in the Activity books) ✔✔ A CEV Bible marked at Hebrews 11:1–2, 7a, 8, 11–12, 23–29a, 32–33a ✔✔ Activity books ✔✔ God’s great plan on CEP’s A1 Lower Primary album ✔✔ Books of the Bible, Old Testament Bible timeline posters and Map of Israel and her neighbours in Old Testament times from the Coloured Visual aid pack ✔✔ Materials for Taking it further (optional)

OTHER RESOURCES If your lessons are longer than the standard, you may find the following resources useful. ■■ The Books of the Old Testament (track 7) on Colin Buchanan’s Baa Baa Doo Baa Baa album. ■■ The B.I.B.L.E. (track 18) on Colin Buchanan’s Super Saviour album.



» You will need


■■ This is the first time you will use the Old Testament Bible timeline posters. Consider how you want to make them durable so that they can be used from year to year. It is suggested that the posters be sticky-taped together so that they can be easily unfolded in order during the lesson. You may even like to laminate these posters. ■■ Consider how familiar your students are with the Bible. Encourage the students to ask their own questions and invite them to comment on these questions as you present the lesson. This will help you to identify their level of understanding and familiarity with the Old Testament. Use the Old Testament Bible timeline posters to help you to answer questions. These posters may also prompt questions. If the students have more questions than you are able to answer in this lesson, make a note of these so you can plan to answer them over the coming weeks. ■■ You may need to adjust the amount of some of the Bible passages you read in the lesson, according to the time available and the knowledge level of your class (for example, Hebrews 11:23–29a).

» Teacher's prayer Thank God for his unfailing love, which has been shown through the generations. Pray that the students will understand why people trust God and place their faith in him. Pray for a clear understanding of the way God is revealed in the Old Testament.

■■ If you intend to use an interactive whiteboard, review the PowerPoint slide(s) for this lesson (see page 6 of this manual).




■■ You will need to bring a photo or postcard of a view from a lookout. This may be somewhere you have visited or a place well known to the students. It will be used to introduce the idea of ‘zooming out’ to see the big picture and ‘zooming in’ to consider the details. This technique will be used throughout the following lessons as we consider the lives of individual people within God’s unfolding plan of salvation revealed in the Old Testament.




» Way in Hold up your photo or postcard of a view from a lookout. Briefly describe something you enjoy about this view. ■■ Why do you think people make lookouts such as this one? (Accept a few responses.) It’s great to be able to stand back and see the whole picture, as there’s so much detail. Some lookouts even provide binoculars so tourists can zoom in on particular features, or they may spend time zooming in with their cameras to capture individual parts. When it comes to understanding God’s Bible icon message to us in the Bible, we need to see the big view of the Bible as well as the details within. Activity Books icon



Display the Coloured Visual aid of the Visual Aid icon Books of the Bible if you have it, and identify some of the books of the Old CDfrom iconwhich you will be reading over the Testament coming lessons (such as Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Music icon Esther). Kings, Isaiah, Jonah, Just like standing at a lookout, we need icon to ‘zoomWord out’ to see how the Bible fits together and we also need to ‘zoom in’ so Maths &how Logic iconacts in the lives of we understand God different people. ■■ What Body have icon we heard about God’s plan for the world in our lessons so far this year? Space & VisionGod iconmade the heavens and (Accept responses. Bible icon the earth, God made people to rule in his world, peopleInterpersonal turned away icon from God, God wants to Activity Books icon save people from the results of sin, God gave the world fresh start through Noah, God sent Self aicon Visual Jesus so weAid canicon be forgiven.)

Nature icon Play God’s great plan on CEP’s A1 Lower CD icon Primary album. Bible Exploration icon

There were thousands of years between the Music icon time of Noah and the time when Jesus came. This term we’ll be looking at some of the Word icon people who were part of God’s plan during that time.

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» Bible focus The first Christians knew how important it was to understand God’s plan through history. They thought about how God had worked in the lives of ordinary people and this encouraged them to have Bible faith icon and trust in God’s plan too. Read Hebrews 11:1–2 from a CEV Bible.

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Display the Coloured Visual aid or the Activity Books Visual Aid icon icon Visual aid on page 110 of the Old Testament Visual AidBible icon timeline (Creation to CD icon Joseph). Today we’ll see how some of the ‘ancestors’ CD icon Music icon mentioned in these verses were part of God’s plan.

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Identify Noah on the Old Testament Bible timeline poster. Word icon

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Read Hebrews 11:7a from a CEV Bible.

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The world started wellicon but people turned away Activity Books Body icon Space & Vision icon from God. Noah trusted God and was saved from the Visual flood.Aid Buticon even after God gave the Spacestart, & Vision icon continued to live Interpersonal icon world a fresh people their own way.

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AbrahamCD trusted icon God and waited to see how this would happen.

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HundredsMusic of years iconlater, Abraham’s family was a big nation. But they were living as slaves in Nature icon Booksout icon Egypt, soActivity theyicon called to God to help them. Word Display the Coloured Visual aid or the Bible VisualExploration Aid icon icon Visual aid&on page 111 of the Old Maths Logic icon Testament Bible timeline (Egypt to Joshua).

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Body icon Identify Moses on the timeline poster.

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Display the Coloured Visual aids or the Visual Aid iconicon Maths & Logic Nature Visual aidicon on pages 113–114 of the Old Testament Bible timeline (King David to icon to Nehemiah). CD Bible Exploration icon Jeremiah Body andicon Daniel During this term we will be ‘zooming in’ to see Space & Vision icon Music icon how God’s people went keeping the agreement they made with God. icon Interpersonal

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We’ll hear how many different people were part of God’s plan. Some were chosen to lead Self icon Maths & Logic icon God’s people and help them to make wise Bible icon decisions based on God’s law. They were called Nature icon Body icon judges—people like Gideon and also Deborah Activity Books icon and Samson.

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Indicate the section from Gideon to Visual Aid icon Samuel on the timeline Interpersonal icon posters.

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Others were chosen to rule God’s people well CD icon so that they would love and obey him. They Self icon BooksSaul, iconDavid and Solomon. were theActivity kings—like

Music icon Indicate Naturethe iconsection from King Saul to the Visual Aid icon exile on the Bible icon Word icon timeline posters. Bible Exploration iconGod’s plan to his God chose others to explain CD icon Books icon Activity people. They known Mathswere & Logic iconas prophets.

Indicate the people on the timeline posters Music icon Visualicon Aid icon asBody you mention them.

Word icon Moses was first, but there were many more, CD icon Space & Vision icon like Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and others. Maths & Logic icon Interpersonal Music icon icon Body icon Word icon Self icon Space & Vision icon Maths Logic icon Nature&icon Interpersonal icon

People who loved and trusted God waited and looked forward to his promised King.

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The people we will be hearing about this term lived thousands of years ago, in a different part Activity icon of the world andBooks in very different times to us. Display the Coloured Visual aid or the Visual Aid icon Visual aid on page 115 of the Map of Israel and her neighbours in Old Testament times CDthat iconthis is the part of the world we and explain now call the Middle East.

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As we read about Noah, Abraham and Moses, we see that there was something they all had Word icon in common. ■■ Can you suggest what this might be? Maths & Logic icon (Accept responses. They all had faith in God.) Some of Body the people icon we’ll hear about were given special tasks by God, but others lived quite ordinary The one thing God asked Space lives. & Vision icon them all to do was to trust him and follow his ways. Interpersonal icon Read Hebrews 11:32–33a from a CEV Bible icon Bible (up to ‘God made promises to them').

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Over the Activity comingBooks weeks we will have time to icon ‘zoom in’Nature and see how God helped his people icon and why Visual people trusted Aid icon and obeyed God. The first Christians knew thaticon hearing about these Bible Exploration people helped them to have faith in Jesus and CDGod’s icon promises. to trust in Learning about God’s plan through history can Music icon help us to understand what it means for people to trust God today.

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When God brought his people to live in the Music icon icon Bible icon Interpersonal land he promised to Abraham, he wanted them to live his way and show the other nations Activity Books Word icon how special is. icon Self God icon

■■ Who do you think the prophets were speaking about? (Accept responses. Jesus is the perfect King, who the prophets promised would come.)


Display the Coloured Visual aid or the Visual Aid icon Visual on page 112 of the Old Bodyaid icon Testament Bible timeline (Promised Land icon to David).CD Space & Vision icon

They warned God’s people that ignoring God always has consequences. And they also promised that one day God would send his perfect king to rule in his kingdom and rescue his people.


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Moses led the Israelites as God rescued them according to his plan, and when they CDGod iconmade an agreement that were safe, the Israelites would be his special people. icon God gaveMusic Moses instructions to give to the Israelites so they would know how to live Bible icon God’s way andicon be a blessing to others. The Word people agreed to follow God’s commandments Activity Books icon and live God’s Maths way. & Logic icon


The prophets reminded God’s people to trust God, to listen to his word and to follow his plan for living.


Select sections to read from Hebrews Bible icon 11:23–29a from a CEV Bible (as suitable for your lesson time and class knowledge). Activity Books icon Identify the different parts of this account on the timeline poster.




CD icon Music icon Allow time for the students to ask any questions they have about the Old Testament. Make a note of any that you are unable to answer today and answer these over the coming lessons. Use the Old Testament Bible timeline posters to help iconquestions. answer orBible prompt Distribute the Activity books and direct the Activity Books icon students to page 11. Invite students to work in pairs or groups of three to play the Visual icon game. You will need to Look at the Old Aid Testament iconcounters and allow time to distributeBible dice and collect these when the game is finished. CD icon

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Allow time for any questions students have about Music iconMake a note of these and the Old Testament. Visual Aidthe icon answer them over coming lessons.

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Play God’s great plan on CEP’s A1 Lower CD icon Primary album as students complete the Maths &inLogic activities their icon books.

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This is how Christians talk to God. If you would Body icon like to pray with me please join me. If you don’t Word icon then please lower your head so we don’t get Space & Vision icon distracted while praying this short prayer.



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» Concluding prayer

Body icon Self icon Space & Vision Dear God, thank you icon for the Bible and for Nature icon the example of many people who trusted iconus to learn from in yourInterpersonal promises. Help Bible Exploration iconand trust in you. them and grow in our faith Amen. Self icon

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Visual Aid icon Taking it further CD icon

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Trust God on CEP’s A1 Lower Primary album.

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Supplementary songs are also included in Other resourcesMaths at the&start the lesson. Logicoficon

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Word icon Bible icon Brainstorm with the students to come up with the Maths & Logic icon names of people from the Old Testament whom Activity Books icon they have heard about. Invite students to write Body icon their thoughts or questions on a piece of paper and Visual iconsheet of paper or cardboard attach these to aAid large Space & Vision icon written on. with the words Old Testament Bible icon Alternatively, ask the students to work in groups CD icon Interpersonal iconthem about how much for this activity. Encourage Activity Books icon the questions they they know and try to answer Music icon have asked. Self icon Visual Aid icon Word icon Nature icon TIMELINE YEARS CD icon Maths & Logic icon Bible Exploration icon Bible icon icon Invite theMusic students Body iconto observe and comment on all five of the Old Testament Bible timeline Activity Books posters. Ask them why icon they think the dates 'run Word Spaceicon & Vision icon backwards' and what BC means. If the students are unclear about hint that the years are dated Visual Aid icon Maths & this, Logic icon Interpersonal icon from before the birth of Christ.

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COMPARE THE MAPS Space icon & Vision icon Music Nature icon

Display the Map of Israel and her neighbours Interpersonal icon Word icon Bible Exploration in Old Testament times asicon well as a map of the world.

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Ask the students if they can find the region that is shown in Body the Map of Israel and her neighbours Nature icon icon in Old Testament times on the world map.

Bible Exploration icon Ask the students identify similar place names. Space & to Vision icon Then ask them to find the modern place names of Interpersonal some of the regions on icon the Map of Israel and her neighbours in Old Testament times. Self icon

GEOGRAPHY Nature icon

Invite theBible students to use the internet to find Exploration icon information about the region of the world shown in the Map of Israel and her neighbours in Old Testament times. Ask the students to suggest categories they would like to research, such as weather, rainfall and the crops that are grown in this region today.


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■■ What promises did God give Abraham? (He would give him a land to live in, a family that would become a great nation, all nations would be blessed through him.) ■■ How did Abraham respond to God’s promise? (He had faith in God.) Encourage the students to consider how these promises came true as they listen to the lessons over the coming weeks. If you have more time, use the Old Testament Bible timeline posters to trace how these promises came true.

■■ Did the students understand the importance of faith and trust in God? ■■ Did I encourage the students to ask questions about the Old Testament?

» For next lesson ■■ You will need to prepare some Visual aids. ■■ It will be helpful to listen beforehand to the album tracks used in the lesson. ■■ You will need the Coloured Visual aid or the Visual aid on page 112 of the Old Testament Bible timeline poster.


This passage describes God’s promise to Abraham and explains that the promise was for everyone.


Read Genesis 12:1–3.

» Teacher reflections


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Connect A1 Lower Primary Teacher's Manual  
Connect A1 Lower Primary Teacher's Manual  

A sample from the Revised 2017 edition of the Connect A1 Lower Primary Teacher's Manual.