By the end of Prep, students communicate their ideas, feelings and thoughts about God, the goodness of God’s creation and God’s plan that people help each other to live safely and happily together for the good of all. They identify connections between some Old Testament stories and their personal experience including the experience of the goodness of creation. Students listen and respond to stories of and about Jesus in the Gospels that tell of Jesus’ life as a Jew; his mother Mary, his family and friends; of Jesus praying and teaching others to pray; and of his suffering, death and resurrection. Students recognise Jesus’ teachings about love, compassion and forgiveness that challenged people about the way they were living. They relate examples of people having the freedom to choose between good and bad, right and wrong.
Students understand that prayer helps believers to follow the teachings of Jesus to live according to God’s plan. They recognise ways in which believers pray either alone or with others, using word, music, action, silence, images, symbols and nature. They participate with respect in a variety of these prayer experiences including the Sign of the Cross, and Amen and meditative prayer practices especially silence and stillness and lighting a candle. They describe ways in which believers pray together during special celebrations and rituals that mark important times in the life of believers and in the Church Year.
By the end of Year 1, students make connections to their personal experience when explaining ways of living in accordance with God’s plan for creation. They identify how people live safely and happily in community and in loving relationship with God. They explain how to respect the dignity and natural rights of all people, to care for all creation by responsibly using God’s gift of freedom to make choices. Students relate stories from some Old Testament texts that describe God’s presence and action in the lives of individuals and communities. They identify words, actions and symbols used in the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist to communicate God’s presence and action.
Students identify the nature of Jesus’ mission and ministry, as well as some similarities and differences between Gospel accounts of significant events, places and characters in the life of Jesus. They describe some aspects of Jewish daily life at the time of Jesus. They recognise some ways in which believers past and present honour Mary, Mother of Jesus, including praying the Hail Mary. Students recognise the significance of prayer in Jesus’ life and in the lives of believers and participate with respect in a variety of personal and communal prayer experiences including Grace and the Hail Mary and meditative prayer practices especially closing eyes, praying with beads and music.
By the end of Year 2, students identify aspects of God’s nature as revealed in the Bible. They discuss ideas about God’s relationship with the Jewish people as described in some Old Testament stories. They analyse teachings and actions of Jesus depicted in New Testament texts that reveal aspects of God’s nature. Students make connections between Jesus’ teachings and actions and the way members of the Church community live today. They pose questions about the life and times of Jesus and use sources provided to answer these questions. They make connections between Jesus’ healing ministry and the Church community’s celebration of the Sacrament of Penance.
Students recognise the sacredness of God and all creation including human life. They identify ways in which humans respond to the call to be co-creators and stewards of God’s creation. Drawing on their own experiences, they suggest ways to pursue peace and justice out of respect for human life and all creation. Students recognise ways in which believers nurture their relationship with God, with others and with all of creation. They recognise choices that harm an individual and their loving relationships with God, others and all creation. They explain ways in which believers seek to heal these relationships through reconciliation. They recognise that prayer and the wisdom of the saints help the believer to nurture their relationship with God, others and all creation. They participate with respect in a variety of personal and communal prayer experiences especially prayers for forgiveness including acts of contrition and Penitential Act. They participate with respect in a variety of meditative prayer practices including centred breathing and attending to posture.