Subject: Christian Religious Studies
Class: primary 4
Term: 1st Term
Topic: God gives his law to us
- Meaning of the term ‘law’
- Reasons for the law
- Purposes of the law (regulate the relationship between God and his people. Exodus 20:1-11)
Behavioural objectives: At the end of the lesson Pupils should be able to:
-state the reasons for the law
-list the purpose of the law
Instructional material/Reference material: Textbook charts and pictures.
Building Background /connection to prior knowledge : Pupils are familiar with the topic
The meaning of the term ‘Law’
The law simply means rules and regulations which are made to guide a set of people in a community or society. A law is made to control the lives of people so that the people do not depart from the right path. In our different homes, daddy and mummy give us rules to follow. This is to help us live together without any problem. For example, in some homes, no child should come home later than 8 o’clock in the evening. Also, in some others, every child should be up at 6 o’clock in the morning to do his/her house duties. The law helps us to differentiate good from bad or right from wrong.
As there are rules in the home, so are there rules in the school, in churches and in our country. The school authority has ‘rules and regulations’ for both staff and pupils. For the staff, teachers should not come late to school. They must submit their daily lesson plan promptly.
They must be role models for the pupils.
They must be hard working.
Reasons for the Law
The Ten Commandments were given to the Israelites to regulate the relationship between them and God. These laws have been passed to the Christians of today.
Purpose of the law
Rules and regulations are given to people in the society. They may be changed with time. Each law has purposes. Among the purposes of the law are:
1 To help us in the smooth and orderly running of the system.
2 To guide us aright.
3 To reward those who keep it and punish the offenders.
4 To maintain orderliness in society.
5 To discipline us and to make us live a disciplined life.
6 To discourage cheating during examinations, as cheating could lead to suspension or expulsion.
7 To regulate our relationship with our creator who is the law-giver.
8 To egulate our relationship with our neighbours. We must love our neighbours as we love ourselves.
When we obey the law, we live a peaceful life and be at peace with our neighbours. It is good to keep the law of God, of our country, of the school authority and of our parents.
Evaluation:Teacher ask Pupils questions in relation to the topic:
Choose the correct answers to the questions below.
1. The law is the same as
A. rules and regulations. B. just as a code. C. the love of God. D. let me just do it.
2. The law-giver is A. God himself. B. Judah. C. Abraham. D. Sarah.
3. When we keep and obey the law, we live a A. peaceful life B. Bad life. C. Short life
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