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cO nnect Upper Primary A1




connect Upper Primary A1

A Christian Education curriculum for children aged 10 to 12 years

Contents For the teacher What you will find in each lesson Music, drama, PowerPoints and PDFs Curriculum stance Training and support Five circles of learning Connect icons

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Introduction—Knowing God our Creator Lesson 1 Knowing God 2 Timothy 3:16–17; Psalm 25:4–9 Lesson 2 God's good creation Genesis 1:1–25 Lesson 3 God's plan for creation Genesis 1:26—2:4 Lesson 4 Celebrating God's good creation Psalm 145 Lesson 5 Ignoring our Creator Genesis 3 Lesson 6 Life outside the garden Genesis 4 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 24:13–49

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Introduction—Trusting God Lesson 11 Old Testament Bible overview Genesis 12; Exodus 19; 1 Chronicles 17; Jeremiah 29; Ezra 1–2; 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 6 Lesson 16 Jonah Jonah Lesson 17 Isaiah Isaiah 1, 6, 39, 55, 61 Lesson 18 Josiah 2 Kings 22–23 Lesson 19 Esther Esther Lesson 20 Simon Camilleri from The Backyard Bard 1 Corinthians 10:31

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Easter assembly

Luke 23–24


Special lesson

Psalm 139; 1 John 4; 1 Corinthians 13






Teaching ideas Help with classroom management 190 Helpful teaching techniques 192 Teaching Memory verses 195 Is your class different? 198 Understanding the student: the learning theory undergirding Connect 199 Using appropriate language in the (S)RE/RI class 201 What the Bible says about living as God’s friends 202 Christian Education outcomes 203




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LESSON AIM ■■ To help students to appreciate that God is an all-powerful judge and Saviour.

LESSON OUTCOMES Students will learn about: ■■ how God appeared to Isaiah in a vision ■■ Isaiah’s message of judgement and hope. Students will learn to: ■■ appreciate that people respond to God in different ways ■■ realise that God wants everyone to know and trust him.

MEMORY VERSE I want you to know me, to trust me, and understand that I alone am God. Isaiah 43:10b (CEV)

» Bible background The book of Isaiah presents the whole sweep of God’s actions in the world: his creative power, his disappointment at sin, his judgement and his amazing acts of rescue. We see the holy God acting out of overwhelming love. Isaiah the prophet lived and prophesied in Jerusalem from about 740 to 700 BC. Under Kings Uzziah and Jotham (Isaiah 1:1), Judah enjoyed a time of prosperity, but soon after, became corrupt and sinful. During the reign of Ahaz, Assyria became a real threat, leading to the siege of Jerusalem by Sennacherib during Hezekiah’s reign (see 2 Kings 16–19).


Isaiah Isaiah 1; 6; 39; 55; 61

Isaiah condemned the sinfulness of Israel. Their sacrifices did not please God; on the contrary, they offended him, because the people were so violent and filthy in their deeds. Their religious activity actually made the matter worse, considering how wicked the people were in ordinary life. Religious behaviour does not impress God; justice and helping those in need are what he wants first (Isaiah 1:17). Isaiah himself understood God’s holy requirements. When confronted by a vision of the Lord, he immediately considered himself doomed (Isaiah 6:1–5). He knew he was sinful, and could not possibly survive in the presence of the holy God. God, however, was gracious, and forgave his sins. He then gave Isaiah a message of condemnation for Israel. God had reached the end of his patience. The time for punishment had come. Although Hezekiah responded to God’s message and tried to introduce reforms, under his son, Manasseh, Judah relapsed into the sinfulness that Isaiah condemned. In 587 BC God’s people were taken captive by the Babylonians. God’s message does not stop with judgement. Although justice demands accountability, God’s greatest wish is for people to be saved. In Isaiah 61 we see a wonderful promise of the comfort that God will eventually send his people. The oppressed will hear good news; prisoners and captives will hear the announcement of freedom. These are the words with which Jesus announced his ministry to Israel (Luke 4:18,19). Beyond all expectations, Jesus came not to deliver people from mere earthly problems, but to give the far greater freedom of delivery from sin. Isaiah wrote of the promise of God’s greater plans.

✔✔ Blu-Tack ✔✔ Whiteboard and whiteboard marker or a large sheet of paper and a marker pen ✔✔ Visual aids on pages 150–151 of Warning signs and Isaiah preaching ✔✔ Visual aids on pages 142 of Flashcards of the Memory verse ✔✔ A CEV Bible marked at Isaiah 1:4, 21–23; 6:1–8; 39:5–7; 55:6–7; 61:1–2; Luke 4:18–21 ✔✔ Activity books ✔✔ Prayer talk on CEP’s A1 Upper Primary album ✔✔ Old Testament Bible timeline posters, Books of the Old Testament, Map of Israel and her neighbours, Isaiah preaching, and Isaiah 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 Lord Don’t Change at All (track 22) on Colin Buchanan’s 10, 9, 8 ... God is Great album. ■■ Isaiah 53:6 (track 3) on Colin Buchanan’s Baa Baa Doo Baa Baa album or (track 18) on Colin’s Favourites album.


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■■ The Activity books also provide an opportunity to encourage students on their efforts. Try to find the time to look through their Activity books every now and then, and add positive comments if appropriate. ■■ When encouraging students to remember what you have done in previous lessons, it is always helpful to display again the Visual aids you used or have them look at their Activity books. ■■ Use the whiteboard or a large sheet of paper to make notes about the passage you read from Isaiah. Alternatively have some students ‘scribe’ these notes after you read the verses. This will help students to complete their Activity books. ■■ When completing the profile section on Isaiah, explain that Yahweh is the Hebrew name for God. ■■ It is important to remember that God’s promises for his people are true for his people throughout all time. Although we all come under God’s judgement on sin, God’s promises are available for all who trust and obey him.

» Teacher’s prayer Thank God that he is all-powerful and wants people to know him. Pray that the students would know that greatness of God and understand that Christians believe that all of us need to follow him.

■■ Come on and Follow (track 11) on The King, the Snake and the Promise album.

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




■■ As the students will be working in their Activity books during the lesson, use the time to walk around and speak to individuals about their thoughts on different aspects of Isaiah’s story.




» Way in If you go swimming at a surf beach you might sometimes see a ‘beach closed’ sign telling you not to go into the water because the surf is too dangerous, or a shark has been seen close to the beach.

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Lifesavers don’t put up the warning sign to spoil your day. They put up the sign to protect Activity Books you and save you fromicon being hurt. Display the Visual aids on page 150 of Visual Aid icon Warning signs. ■■ Where else might you see warning CD icon messages? (Accept responses. Warning signs near the Music icon edge of a cliff; road signs such as 'slippery when wet'; messages on cigarette packaging; Word icon about drink-driving or TV advertisements speeding; posters in dental waiting rooms & Logic about Maths food that is badicon for teeth.)



■■ Why do people use these messages? Body icon (Accept responses. These messages are designed to protect or save people from being Vision iconare not designed just hurt orSpace even & killed. They to scare people, but to help people.)

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Last lesson we heard how God sent the prophet Jonah to Nineveh with a warning that Selfdestroy icon them for ignoring him and God would treating people badly.

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■■ What happened when Jonah went to Nineveh and warned them? Bible Exploration icon (Accept responses. The king and the people of Nineveh were sorry for what they had done and turned to God; God saved the people of Nineveh.) The message caused the people of Nineveh to turn to God and be saved. Today we will look at another prophet called Bible icon Isaiah. God called Isaiah to speak a message of warning and of hope to God’s people living in Judah.Activity Books icon Display the Coloured Visual aid of the Map Visual Aid icon of Israel and her neighbours in OT times, if you have it. Indicate the southern region of icon that this area was called Judah. Israel andCD explain

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» Bible focus Isaiah is one of the prophets who not only Bible icon spoke God’s messages to his people, but also wrote it down so other generations could read Activity Books icon God’s word. Display the Coloured Visual aid of the Visual Aid icon Books of the Old Testament, if you have it, and also explain where the book of Isaiah iconCEV Bible. Indicate that this book is found inCD your begins the section of writings by the prophets.

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Before Jesus came and showed us what God was like in human form, sinful human beings icon face to face. God is so holy, could notWord see God powerful and awesome that human beings Mathscome & Logic icon cannot easily into his presence. God spoke to his prophets in many ways and in 742 BCBody Godicon spoke to the prophet Isaiah through a vision. Chapter 6 of Isaiah records Space & icon of God. It is a very his experience ofVision this vision Bible icon unusual event.

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Distribute the Activity books and direct the Activity Books icon students to page 32.

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Ask a student read the part of Isaiah in green VisualtoAid icon and another to read the part of the Lord in red. Ask Nature icon the rest of the class to read together the part of CD icon the flaming creatures in blue and another student Bible Exploration icon to read the section in verse 7. The teacher is to Music icon read the narration as the students follow. ■■ What would it have been like for Isaiah to Word icon see a vision of God like this? (Accept responses. Scary; amazing; frightening; Mathswould & Logic icon awesome; have seen just how powerful and great God is as the king; would have seen Body iconhuman beings are before the just how small God who made the world; saw his need for Space & Vision icon forgiveness.) Ask the students to look at verse 8.

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■■ What do you think God was asking Isaiah? (Accept responses.)

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God was asking Isaiah if anyone would take his message to icon his people, to call them to turn Nature back to himself.

Bibleasked Exploration Just as God Jonah icon to take his message to the people of Nineveh, God wanted Isaiah to warn his own people that they would be destroyed if they kept ignoring God’s ways and treating one another cruelly.

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This is an example of what God sent Isaiah to CD icon say to his people. Listen carefully and try to Body icon list three things that made God angry with his Music icon people in your Activity books.

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Read Isaiah Word icon 1:4, 21–23; 39:5–7 from a CEV Bible icon Bible slowly andicon clearly. Interpersonal As you ask the next question, Maths &Books Logic icon Activity icon write the answers on the whiteboard. Alternatively ask a few Self icon students Body to write the responses. icon Visual Aid icon

icon ■■ What Nature were the things God did not like Space & Vision icon aboutCD hisicon nation Israel? Bible Exploration (Accept responses. Thaticon they were sinful, Interpersonal iconfrom God, unfaithful, wicked, corrupt, turned Music icon full of murderers, judges were now dishonest, cheating, liars, crooks, leaders have rejected Self icon Word icon God, bribes, do not treat widows and orphans fairly.) Nature icon Maths & Logic icon

■■ How do you think the people of Israel would have responded to Isaiah’s Bible Exploration icon message? Body icon (Accept responses. They ignored Isaiah; told him that God would never do such a thing to Spacesome & Vision iconhave turned back to his people; would Bible icon God; not believed Isaiah.)

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Direct the students to page 33 in their Activity Books icon Activity books and ask them to note some Bible icon ofSelf theicon warnings Isaiah spoke to God’s Visual Aid icon people. The solutions to Isaiah's profile are: Activity Books iconJesus. Nature icon judgement; hope/salvation;

CD icon Display the Coloured Visual aids or the Visual Aid icon icon Bible Exploration

Visual aids on pages 101–102 of the Old Music icon Testament Bible timeline and indicate that CDduring icon the period when kings led Israel. Isaiah lived Word icon Explain that many turned away from God and Music encouraged the icon Israelites to do the same. Point out the following as you describe them. Maths &events Logic icon

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God’s justice meant that he could not just stand back and watch his people ignore his ways and treat one another so badly. ■■ How might the people of Israel have felt when they were taken captive by Babylon? (Accept responses. They would have been sad; angry that God had not saved them; wondered whether God still cared for them; disappointed; some may have been sorry and realised that Isaiah was right in his warnings.) At the same time, Isaiah also gave a message of hope to God’s people. He promised that there would come another time when God would free his people from Babylon. God had not given up on his people. God really did care for his people. His greatest wish is for people to be saved and rescued. So Isaiah also encouraged his people that even in Babylon, God continued to love them and would one day set them free and bring them back home. Read Isaiah 55:6–7; 61:1–2 from a CEV Bible Bible icon icon Bible. Direct the students to page 33 and ask the Activity Activity Books Books icon icon students to note words of hope that Isaiah spoke God’s VisualtoAid iconpeople.

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After 70 years as prisoners in Babylon, God’s people were set free and many returned to CD CD icon icon Jerusalem to rebuild the city and God’s temple there. Again, God’s word through Isaiah was Music icon Music icon trustworthy and true.

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Display the Visual aid on page 151 of Isaiah Visual Aid icon preaching.

Even with the warnings from Isaiah, many people didn’t believe him and turn back to God.

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Isaiah had a difficult message to take to his CD icon own people and their king. He had to tell them Bible icon that because they had ignored God and failed icon they were going to be to live asMusic his people, Activity Books icon taken over by another country called Babylon.

Many of the people were sent to Babylon and the temple and the city walls in Jerusalem were destroyed.


Ask the students to write in their Activity Activity Books icon books a sentence or two in Isaiah’s diary describing how he might have felt after Visual Aid seeing this vision oficon God.


About 100 years later, Israel continued to ignore God and was defeated by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, just as Isaiah had warned.


■■ How did Isaiah respond? (Unlike Jonah, he offered to be God’s Bible icon messenger.)

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» Connections Nearly 700 years after Isaiah had spoken these words to Judah and they were written in the Jewish Bible, Jesus read these same words to tell people what he had come to do in the world. Bible icon Invite students to turn to page 33 in their Activity Books icon Activity books and read aloud the text from Luke 4:18–19,21.

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Jesus uses Isaiah’s words to explain that, as God saved his people from Babylon, he had CD icon come to save people and set them free. However,Music Jesusicon did not come to deliver his people from the control of another country. He came to do much more. He came to set people Word icon free from selfishness and sin so that they could see who God really was and live with and for Maths & Logic icon him forever.



Jesus came to free people from death and a Body icon broken relationship with God so that people could know God and be friends with him again.

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Like the people who heard Isaiah’s message, people today need to choose how they will Interpersonal icon respond to Jesus’ message. While some people choose to ignore Jesus’ message, others Self icon accept it and choose to follow him. Just as God wanted Nature icon the people of Isaiah’s time to trust him, God wants us to know him and Bible icon respond Bible in trust too. Exploration icon Revise the Memory verse using the Visual Activity Books icon Bible icon aid on page 142 of the Flashcards of the Memory verse. Try omitting some sections Visual Aid icon as students learn the verse. Activity Books icon Invite students to complete the profile on Isaiah in CD icon Visual Aid icon their Activity books. Play Prayer Music icontalk on CEP’s A1 Upper Primary CD icon album as they complete their Activity books or to conclude the lesson.

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Maths & Logic icon Word icon Body Mathsicon & Logic icon Space & Vision icon Body icon Interpersonal icon Space & Vision icon Self icon Interpersonal icon Nature icon Self icon


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

» Concluding prayer Heavenly Father, Isaiah’s vision of you reminds us that you are great and very powerful. You are the King of all people and the whole of creation. Father, please forgive us and help us to follow you and your son Jesus. Thank you for the promise of life forever with you. Amen.

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» Taking it further Visual Aid icon

Bible icon CD icon Activity Books icon SINGING Music icon Bible icon Visual Aid icon Faith is on CEP’s A1 Upper Primary album. Word icon Activity Books icon Supplementary songs are also included in Other CD icon resourcesMaths at the&start of the Logic icon lesson. Visual Aid icon Music icon Body icon INTERVIEW CD icon Word icon Space & Vision icon In pairs, ask students to prepare a television Music icon Maths & Logic icon interview Interpersonal with Isaiah about iconhis vision of God. Word icon Body icon Self icon TIMELINE Maths Logic icon Space & Vision icon Nature icon Invite theInterpersonal students to research icon the kings of Judah Body icon during theBible timeExploration of Isaiah. Ask them to date the icon

reigns of King Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah and Space & Vision icon ManassehSelf andicon plot them on a timeline.

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Visual Aid icon Music Maths icon & Logic icon CD icon Word icon Body icon Maths Logic icon Space & Vision icon

Encourage the icon students to read Isaiah 61:1–4 and Interpersonal icon Word icon Body create a poster on hope.

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PROPHET’S Interpersonal iconMESSAGE Body Natureicon icon

Invite students to imagine the prophet Isaiah Space & Vision icon Bibleicon Exploration icon Self visited your country today. Divide the class into groups ofInterpersonal three or four and ask them to discuss Nature icon icon what message you think he might speak to us. Ask the groups to give a 30-second report to Bibleicon Exploration icon Self the class.

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» Teacher reflections


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■■ Are the students able to appreciate that a loving God is also able to judge people who continue to ignore his ways and treat other people badly? ■■ Are you able to pace lessons so that the lesson aim and outcomes are achieved?

» For next lesson ■■ Read the full story of King Josiah from 2 Kings 22:1—23:30 or 2 Chronicles 34–35. ■■ There are some Visual aids to prepare and you may like to practise completing the word grids.

In Isaiah 53:10–12, Isaiah speaks of a suffering servant who will come and achieve great things. Ask the students to read the passage in a CEV Bible and answer the following questions:




• What do you learn about this servant? • What did this servant achieve?






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Connect A1 Upper Primary Teacher's Manual  
Connect A1 Upper Primary Teacher's Manual  

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