Primary School Curriculum
The study of Kingdom Building includes the study of History, Geography and Doctrine. This curriculum is specialised to City Impact Church School. It has been created and compiled ‘in-house’ and is complemented by a range of excellent external resources.
The teaching of History is the backbone of our Kingdom Building Curriculum and is taught in two-year cycles from New Entrants through to the end of Year 10. Throughout history, God has commanded His people to write down what has happened, so as to teach the following generations. Today, history is often devalued and seen as unimportant and irrelevant to modern life. We understand that we are born into the context of God’s overarching plan of redemption for mankind and that knowing our history helps us live wisely and purposefully; learning the lessons from those who have gone before us.
Ephesians 5:15 (AMP) 15 and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
There is an aphorism: He who forgets his own history is condemned to repeat it. If we don’t know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices, and absurdities all over again. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
Dovetailed into Kingdom Building is the teaching of Geography. This includes the study of population and settlement, the natural environment, economic development and the use of our natural resources. Students learn how to be diligent stewards of our God-given resources, as well as understanding that people and cultures are all ‘one’ under Christ.
Each two-year cycle builds upon the next as follows:
Primary Biblical History
Years 0 – 2: An overview of Biblical history. The main characters from Creation through to Jesus are explored to give a solid foundation for understanding the sequence of the Bible. This is known as the ‘Meta-narrative’ or ‘His big story’.
Years 3 – 4: This is the study of the main empires that have arisen over history and how they correspond with the timeline of the Bible and beyond. This is a fun study that teaches about the cultures, traditions, beliefs, key events and people of those eras. Students build an understanding of why Empires rose and fell, giving valuable lessons in principles for living today.
Years 5 – 6: Children will learn about the different nations within each continent. This is predominantly a geographical study, including identification of the specific nations, and the interaction of people with the physical elements in which they live. There still remains an important, but lesser, historical component which helps build understanding of the origin of each of the continents.
Doctrine and Worldview Studies
The study of Doctrine is also interwoven into all the levels of the Kingdom Building programme, because we believe that:
“Doctrine believed, received and practiced determines our character, which affects our behaviour, which determines our destiny.” – The Foundations of Christian Doctrine – Kevin J Conner
Doctrine is taught systematically throughout Years 0 – 6 and covers the key doctrines of our Christian faith. This creates a solid foundation of belief in which to build the students’ personal walk with God and is taught so that it enables real-life application.
God has designed us for relationship with Himself and with each other. In order for our students to be effective in all modes of communication, we teach the following:
Written Language – teaching students to write effectively in a variety of genres.
Grammar and Spelling Programmes – teaching the ‘good old fashioned’ basics of our English language.
Oral Language – teaching the skills for effective communication, both informally and formally.
Reading – teaching students to read fluently, comprehend, and interpret, using a variety of texts.
God is concerned about numbers. He is a God of order, precision, consistency and accuracy.
We teach, line upon line, (Isaiah 28:10) the necessary skills in Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Statistics as well as endeavouring to teach every student to be competent in their ‘Basic Facts’ across all four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by Year 7. This creates a solid foundation for the Junior and Senior High years.
Science is an incredible subject which unfolds to us more of the mystery of who God is, through what He has made (Romans 1:20), and equips us with the knowledge to be greater stewards of our lives and the world around us. Students are taught the key concepts of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy in both theory and practice.
Romans 1:20; For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
Nehemiah 9:6; You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.
Our Arts programme consists of Art and Design, Music and Drama.
Art & Design
God is a creative God, who has created us with the ability to appreciate and produce beauty. Art is used to bring God glory as we express our creativity. It can touch people in a personal and powerful way as it evokes emotion and paints dynamic pictures of reality and hope.
Developing students’ conceptual thinking within a range of practices across drawing, sculpture, design, painting, print-making and photography. Art History is incorporated within the practical programme which includes the study of theories of art, architecture and design. Investigations into various theories and world-views also informs practical enquiry. They experiment with materials, using processes and conventions to develop their repertoire of skills, knowledge and understanding to create finished works for art.
We are called to be good stewards of our bodies and, as we are training students in body, mind and spirit, Physical Education is a valued part of our curriculum.
As part of our Physical Education programme, our Primary School (Years 0 – 6) makes the most of the outstanding, professionally run, sporting facilities available on Auckland’s North Shore, including Hilton Brown Swim Centre, Northern Tennis, North Harbour Gymnastics, and North Shore Trampoline Inc. The onsite aspect of our programme focuses on developing students gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination.
School sports teams will continue to develop as the school grows. We currently have teams in Touch Rugby, Football, Basketball and Netball at various year levels.