Year Level Religion Unit Focus

St Bernard’s Religion Unit Focus
 
Prep
Term 1
Prep begin to learn about God, God’s love for them as people, the church and prayer.
 
 
Term 2
Prep learn about God’s love shown by the stories of people in the Bible.  The Bible is a sacred book that tells our story.  They begin to learn ways of praying.
 
Term 3
Prep learn about God’s special relationship with all of creation.
 
 
Term 4
Prep learn people have different religions and we celebrate significant events like Christmas differently.  They begin to use the language of prayer.
 
 
 
Year 1
Term 1
Year 1 link the sacred spaces of the classroom and the church, the symbols used and why they are meaningful.  They make connections with symbols and rituals and how these are connected to sacraments and celebrations within the community. 
 
Term 2
Year 1 learn God has a special relationship with all of creation.  They learn we live according to God’s plan treating each other with dignity.  They learn that to know God we spend time in prayer.
 
Term 3
Year 1 learn we shine our light when we care for others as Jesus taught us to do.
 
Term 4
Year 1 learn Mary is a significant person in the Catholic tradition and we have certain ways of honouring her including praying the Hail Mary.
 
 
Year 2
Term 1
Year 2 learn the world and all creation is a gift from God and as a co-creator they need to look after all creation.
 
Term 2
Year 2 learn God’s relationship with the Jewish people showed love and forgiveness.  They learn Jesus showed this love in healing and forgiving and that forgiveness is part of the Sacrament of Penance.
 
Term 3
Year 2 learn the Bible is a library of books and that tell us about the life and times of Jesus.  They learn about the actions of Jesus and learn how to follow them today and that our local parish helps us to do this.
 
Term 4
Year 2 learn the Bible and Sacred Writings tell us about forgiveness.  They learn about, and pray prayers of forgiveness. 
 
 
 
Year 3
Term 1
Year 3 learn how to develop an Image of God, depth that image through scripture and Sacred Christian Writings and respond by creating Prayers of Thanksgiving.
 
Term 2
Year 3 learn to make connections between important people from the Old Testament, the wisdom of saints, and how people of the parish carry on these values in today’s world. 
 
Term 3
Year 3 explore the life, teachings and mission of Jesus that help us as believers to live out the greatest commandment of Jesus – Love one another as I have loved you.
 
Term 4
Year 3 learn how the local diocese, parish and how people at the centre of keeping alive the ways to live out Jesus’ greatest commandment.
 
 
 
Year 4
Term 1
Year 4 learn there are many prayers Christian communities use to pray.  They learn each one has a different purpose.  They learn about the beginnings of the early Catholic church in Australia and the people involved.
 
Term 2
Year 4 learn to use various Bible Tools to access the Bible. They develop an understanding of God’s word in scripture and learn how to interpret scripture using Worlds of the Text.
 
Term 3
Year 4 learn that there are avenues provided by the church to action Forgiveness. They learn about Stewardship of Creation.
 
Term 4
Year 4 learn to make connections between early Christian communities and the class community. This helps them to establish the Christian principles of living in community.
 
 
 
Year 5
Term 1
Year 5 learn faith is shared and strengthened in a community of believers. They make connections with what this would look like in a Jewish community.  They develop an understanding of Mary’s role in the Catholic church community.
 
Term 2
Year 5 learn about the Holy Spirit, the Sacrament of Confirmation and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that help us with formation and decision making.
 
Term 3
Year 5 learn to compare the Gospels of Luke and Mark to discover the different ways the writer has shaped the writing to influence the audience.  They investigate psalms to discover the different types and they develop increasing control over Bible Tools.
 
Term 4
Year 5 learn about the colonial church in Australia and how it sustained the development of faith in Australia.
 
 
 
Year 6
Term 1
Year 6 learn about Christian leadership in a Catholic School.
 
 
Term 2
Year 6 learn about the Catholic church’s contribution to the shaping of Australia.
 
Term 3
Year 6 develop an understanding of justice and deepen their understanding of leadership within a community.
 
Term 4
Year 6 learn that God is revealed through the writings of the prophets, and in the Holy Spirit and in the Eucharist. They learn of the importance of Jesus’ Jewish religion in Catholic teaching and this is illustrated by comparing Hanukah and Advent.