PL 4: Ā Tātou Whakapapa Our Story (Yr 9-10)

Overview: Achievement Objectives

There are a range of Ngā Whāinga Paetae Achievement Objectives (AOs) which are the essential areas of knowledge, and each AO must be covered over all the phases of learning. Teachers may choose how to group these, including making choices regarding effective integration into the wider school curriculum.

Ngā Kaupapa
Content Area
Phase of Learning: 4
Theme: Ā Tātou Whakapapa Our Story
Touchstone: Tūhono Connected
Content Area Title 
Focus Question
Our History: From Persecution to Power
How did Christianity become established?
Content Area Aims
• Understand the developments of the Church as a community of faith from its beginnings as a small Jewish sect to a major spiritual, political and social force.
• Investigate the concept of ‘Christendom’ and understand the achievements of, and challenges to, Catholicism during the Middle Ages.
General to Content Area Young people will:
AO1 Develop an understanding of the Church’s origins at Pentecost and its transformation from a Jewish sect to a Church for all.
AO2 Investigate how Christianity spread to various parts of the world until 1450 and the challenges it encountered.
AO3 Understand the change in Christianity’s status from that of a persecuted minority within the Roman Empire to its official religion and appreciate the impact of this on the lives and faith of Christians.
Mana Tapu
AO4 Inquire into medieval European society and the place of the Church within it, especially the relationship of church and secular rulers, the contribution of monasticism, the role of pilgrimage and the significance of cathedrals.
Aroha Pūmau
AO5 Inquire into the life of one male and one female saint who lived from 500-1450, explaining how they remain inspirational today.
AO6 Recognise how the Church safeguarded its faith in Jesus Christ by discerning a canon of Christian scriptures and formulating statements of belief.
AO7 Investigate the concept of ‘Christendom’ and how this concept affected people both within and outside ‘Christendom’ through time until today.
AO8 Explore Marian devotions and have an opportunity to experience them. (Rauemi ngā waiata ki a Maria.)
School Level AO
Te Kōhatu:

Tūhono – Connected
AO9 Develop understanding of our inter-connectedness with one another and with God as we share our spiritual journey; AND develop connections with parish and diocese to increase our sense of being part of the Catholic Church.