Religious Education: What will my child be learning?

​​Religious Education Overview Year Prep

Term​ 1

Unit ​​title: What is prayer?

The children will be learning about the important ways the Church has of praying together, to mark special times, through celeb​​rations and rituals.

Prayer focus: Students will learn to pr​ay the Sign of the Cross and Amen.

Term​​ 2

Unit title: What is Jesus’ ​story? How d​o we pray? How do I respect others?

The children will explore the bible as a sacred book which is used in prayer. They will learn about characters, events and messages of the New Testament and make connections to their own experiences. The children will explore the Easter story. The​y will come to understand that Jesus prayed regularly and taught others to pray. They will experience many forms of prayer.

God’s plan is for people to live safely and happily, and students will come to understand this through connecting Jesus’ teaching about love, compassion ​and forgiveness, with their own experiences. Children will learn about wrong and right choices through their experiences and our school ROBO respect rules.

Prayer focus: Meditative prayer practices: silence, stillness and lighting a candle.

Term​ 3

1. Un​​it title: What is a celebration (in our Church and in our school)?

The chil​dren will further develop their understanding of prayer celebrations and rituals of the Church and come to make connections between these and their lives (eg. Baptism). They will participate in a variety of prayer celebrations, learning about how believers pray with the help of word, music, action, silence, images, symbols and nature.

2. Unit title: Why did G​od create the world for everyone?

Through the Creation stories of the bible, the children will come to understand God as the source of love and truth a​​nd the creator of all. They will begin to recognise His special relationship with all of creation, and will investigate how God is revealed in the goodness of creation.

Prayer focus: M​editative prayer practices: lighting a candle.

Ter​m 4

Un​​it title: How can people use bible stories to help them in their lives? Why do Christians celebrate Christmas?

​The children will continue to develop their understanding of the bible and become more familiar with the characters, messages and events of some Old Testament stories of the bible, to be able to make connections between Scripture and real life. Through some New Testament stories, they will learn about Jesus’ life as a Jew with his mother, Mary. The focus will be on the Church’s celebration of Christmas.

Prayer focus: ​Meditative prayer practices: praying with bible stories. 

​Religious Education Overview Year 1

Te​​​rm 1

U​nit title: How do believers pray?

T​​he children will explore prayer and come to understand that prayer involves talking and listening to God. It can be done alone or with others. Word, music, action, silence, images, symbols and nature help them to pray.

The children will come to understand the way Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has been honoured in prayer by Christians. They wi​ll participate in a range of prayer practices, particularly meditative prayer.

Prayer focus: Hail Mary. Meditative prayer practices: closing eyes and praying with beads and music.

Ter​​​m ​2

Uni​t t​itle: What are the special gifts and talents that our compassionate God has given me?

The children learn through Scripture, the Church’s teaching that all people are created in the image of God. All people have digni​ty and natural rights, and deserve respect. God’s plan is that people help others live safely and happily.

The children will ex​​plore the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, and the words, symbols and actions which communicate God’s presence.

Prayer f​ocus: Grace.

​​Term 3

Unit titl​​e: How can we learn to be loving stewards of creation and harmonious members of our community?

The children will investigate and compare the many different roles within the St Brigid’s Parish community. They will explore th​e creation stories of the Old Testament and the Christian belief that God creates and sustains life, and that people have a responsibility to care for creation.

Through a range of Old Testament stories, the children will come to understand how God was present in the lives of th​​e people of Israel.

Prayer focus: Meditative prayer practices.

Ter​​​m 4

Un​it title: What has Jesus taught us about how to treat others?

The children ​will explore the Gospel stories of the New Testament to gain insight into the life, teachings, mission and ministry of Jesus.

Prayer foc​us​: Meditative prayer practices.  

​Religious Education Overview Year 2

Term 1

Unit title: How ar​e believers the hands of God?

The children will come to understand about being co-creators and stewards of creation through stories of the Old Testament and​​ the writings and wisdom of saints such as St Francis of Assisi.

Prayer focus: Pra​yers of forgiveness, including Acts of Contrition.

Term 2

U​​​nit title: How do the stories about Jesus give meaning to our community today?

The children will begin t​​o become familiar with the books of the New Testament, particularly those which tell about the life and te​aching of Jesus and the early Church. They will begin to understand the purpose of his mission and ministry.

Learning about what the world was like when Jesus was alive will help the children better understand the life and times of Jesus as they ​read the gospels. The children will explore the history of St Brigid’s Parish.

The childre​​n will learn meditative prayer practices, using silence and stillness to help them listen and talk to God.

Prayer focus: Penitential Act, Meditative prayer practices: centred breathing and attending to posture.

Ter​​m 3

Unit title: How can I c​ontinue to build a world of love?

The children will learn about the relational, loving and forgiving aspects of God’s nature through stories from both the Old and New Testament. They will continue to explore gospel stories and the teachings and actions of Jesus (loving, forgiving and helping others) to better understand his mission and ministry, and see how the Church community draws on these teachings to guide the way they live.

The children will learn that the loving relationship God offers, is unconditional. Sin harms the relationship with God, the individual and others. Reconciliation involves admission of sin, saying sorry and asking God’s help to change.

Prayer focus: Act of Contrition, Meditative prayer practices: centred breathing and attending to posture,

Ter​​m 4

Unit title: How do Bible s​tories help believers to live by Jesus’ teachings?

The children will e​​xplore the bible as a way of learning more about Jesus’ life and ministry. They will study the characters, setting and messages in New Testament stories told by Jesus that teach believers how to live in community.

Prayer focus: Meditative prayer practices: centred breathing and attending to posture. 

​Religious Education Overview Year 3

Term​​ 1

Unit title: Ideas about the ​Life and Teaching of Jesus as the Messiah

The children will examine certain gospel texts to learn about the cultural contexts in which they were written, to better understand the life and teachings of Jesus, especially as “Messiah”.

They begin to recognise a key me​ssage in Scripture as concern for the poor and disadvantaged and will examine the wisdom and writings of certain saints which will help them understand this message for the community.

Prayer focus:​ Meditative prayer practices: including guided meditation and mindful listening.

Term​ 2

Unit title: Member​s of Church Community Experience the Sacraments and Share the Catholic Faith 

The children will examine the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), in which people become members of the Church, and make connections to their own experiences of becoming a member of a grou​p/team/class etc. This will include the rules and right behaviours expected. In learning about the Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes and the fruits of the Spirit, the children will begin to connect their own personal experiences of right behaviour to the teachings in the Scriptures, which guide people to live a moral life.

Prayer focus: Meditative prayer practices: including guided meditation and mindful listening.

Term ​3

Unit title: God’s​ Relationship with us and Images of God around Us

The children will be introduced to certain Old Testament scriptures and Psalms, and to the images of God portrayed. They will begin to​ understand the role of prayer in praising and thanking God as they investigate prayers of praise and thanksgiving, especially the use of Psalms in prayer.

They will continue to make connections between their personal experiences of right behaviour and the teachings in the Scriptures, which provide a foundation for moral living. The children will explore some of the relationships in the created world (eg. Sun and moon), and begin to understand the interdependence of God’s creation.

Prayer focus: Prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of praise.

Term​ 4

Unit title: Scriptur​e Provides a Foundation for Living a Moral Life

The children will learn about their local diocese and how people in a church community have different jobs to do to care for everyo​​ne in the community. They will use scripture stories to study images people have of God, relating their learning to what they already know about God’s covenant with His people.

Prayer focus: Glory Be, Meditative prayer practices. 

​Religious Education Overview Year 4

Term​ 1

Unit title: Ancient Voices and​ the Bible

The children will explor​e and develop their understanding of the teachings in New Testament texts, including: parables and passages that express the Christian belief of God as Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). They will begin to appreciate the significance, for Christians, of living in a loving relationship with God, others, and creation, as they explore the local Church community, as modelled on the mission and ministry of Jesus.

Prayer focus: Meditative prayer practices: including praying with colour and mandalas.

Term 2

Unit title: Wh​ere Do We Find God in the Text?

In Religion, the children will be examining both the Old and New Testament texts and becoming familiar with the structure, text t​ypes and language features. The children will be learning about prayers of petition (seeking forgiveness and turning back to God) and prayers of intercession (praying for the needs of others and self). They will learn about the different forms and features to be able to write their own prayers.

Prayer focus: Prayers of petition and intercession (including litanies).

Term​​ 3

Unit title: Livi​ng Community

The children will investigate the significance of community for Christians, and make connections to their experiences, as they explore the writings of St Paul and the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) and learn about different communities, including Jewish communities of the first century. They will examine the practices of the church community at the local level and make connections between these practices, and the mission and ministry of Jesus. They will learn prayers of blessing that acknowledge and praise God’s presence and pray for God’s gifts for self and others.

Prayer foc​​us: Prayers of blessing (including Psalm 148).

Te​rm 4

Unit title: Living in​ Harmony

The children broaden their understanding of the Sacraments for Church Communities, through exploration of Anointing of the Sick a​​nd Penance. They will explore the words, actions and symbols used to communicate God’s healing of body and spirit (Anointing of the sick) and God’s love and forgiveness (Penance). The children will investigate Christian morality (choosing between right and wrong), and examine how free choice results in actions that affect the individual and others, coming to understand sin as wrong choices that harm the loving relationship with God, others and creation. 

Unit title: How was The Word promoted in the early​ Australian settlement?

The children will e​​xamine the experiences of early Church communities in Australia and the practices of contemporary parishes and dioceses.

Prayer focu​s: Meditative prayer practices, including praying with the help of colour and mandalas 

​Religious Education Overview Year 5

Ter​m 1

Unit title: How is faith shared and strengthened?

The students will broaden their knowledge and appreciation of communal and personal prayer for communities of believers. They will explore Psalms of the Old Testament, and the relationship revealed in them, between the writer (psalmist) and God. The students will use the psalms as models to create personal or communal prayer. The students will use a range of Biblical tools to explore New Testaments texts, including​ parts of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. They will explore some aspects of the cultural, social and historical world of the Gospel writers, to better understand the historical, factual and religious truth revealed in the texts. The children will explore the personal and communal worship practices of Judaism, to better understand how the followers of Judaism express their relationship with God.

Prayer f​ocus: Marian prayers, including Hail Mary, Litany of Mary of Nazareth and Rosary

Ter​m 2

Unit title: How d​​o the actions of individuals influence the development of faith within a community?

The children will explore the writings (including letters) of St Mary of the Cross, Mackillop. Through her words and the exampl​​es of her actions, the children will begin to develop their understanding about caring for the wellbeing (charity) of others, and the faith of the community of believers. The children will examine aspects of Church history, focusing on the early colonies of Australia (c. 1850 CE-c. 1900 CE) to include key people and events of the time and the challenges Catholics faced in society. The children will further appreciate how important community is for sharing and strengthening faith, as they identify ways in which faith is shared - including the celebration of Eucharist - within their own community,

Prayer focus: Meditative prayer practices, including praying with Rosary beads

Term​ 3

Unit title: How does the H​​oly Spirit work in the lives of Believers?

The children will explore the actions of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers and identify titles and images as described in certain Scriptures. The children will learn about the action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, as they examine the key parts of the Catholic Rite of Confirmation, and explore the gifts of the Spirit (wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, awe and wonder and reverence) and the fruits of the Spir​it (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self- control).The children begin to understand that moral decisions take the good of all into account, as far as possible. The children will examine certain texts (including The Ten Commandments and The Beatitudes) to develop their understanding that the Word of God forms the conscience of Christians. They draw on previous knowledge about the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help them in their moral choices.

Prayer​ focus: Meditative prayer

Ter​m 4

Unit title: How do​ images of Mary help believers connect with God and Jesus through prayer?

The children will explore different ways Mary is depicted throughout history and learn different prayers that seek Mary’s help in comm​​unicating with God. The children will participate in a range of prayer experiences and learn how believers have traditionally used the Rosary to reflect on the life of Jesus.

Prayer focus: The Prayers of the Rosary 

​Religious Education Overview Year 6

Term​​​ 1

Unit title: How d​oes the Bible help us to know about our relationship with the Holy Spirit?

The children will be introduced to the Church teaching that the Holy Spirit guided the formation of the New Testament. They will explore images and titles in certain New Testament texts that describe Jesus’ relationship with God and humanity, including Messiah, Son of Man and Saviour, and develop an understanding of wha​t Jesus came to do; the significance of his New Law and what it implies for their personal actions.

Prayer focus: Meditative prayer

Ter​m 2

Unit title: How has prayer been used by Catholics past and present to enrich and give meaning to their spiritual beli​efs?

The children will develop their understanding of prayer in the Christian tradition by exploring The Our Father; its origin and use ​in Catholic liturgy. They will make connections between the petitions within The Our Father, and their own experiences. They will participate in a range of meditative prayer, including The Examen, and develop an understanding of the Christian belief of faith as a free and personal response to God.

Prayer focus: Lord’s Prayer; Meditative prayer, including The Examen.

Term​ 3

Unit title: Ho​w has the Catholic Church contributed to the shaping of Australia?

The children will examine aspects of Church history, focusing on the Australian Church that emerged in the development of Australia a​s a nation (c. 1900 to present). They will investigate events, and the wisdom of key people which demonstrate the Church’s teaching about concern for the common good. They will reflect on their personal responses to the challenge to serve others through works of mercy (charitable actions).The students will continue to increase their knowledge of the Bible. Using a range of Biblical tools they will focus on the key messages of the Old Testament prophets.

Prayer focus: Med​itative prayer practices, including prayer journaling.

Te​rm 4

Unit title: How is faith celebra​​ted?

The children will make ​​connections between Jewish religious festivals and the related Christian rituals and celebrations. They will explore the texts that inspire these events and look for similarities and differences in the ways that people live out their beliefs.

Prayer focus: ​​The Examen​