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KEY LEARNING AREA: Religion GRADE: 1

TERM 1 2015

TEACHER: Hayley Galvin

Fertile Questions

How is God present in the lives of people?
VISION / AIM
The Vision for Religious Education gives voice to what each school hopes for their students in terms of their religious literacy and faith formation.
The schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane aspire to educate students who are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and who are
literate in the Catholic and broader Christian tradition so that they might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society.

Religious Life of the School

Religious Identity and Culture

Social Action and Justice

Evangelisation and Faith Formation

Prayer and Worship

General Capabilities

Literacy

Numeracy

Information and communication technology
(ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking

Personal and social capability

Ethical understanding

Intercultural understanding.

Cross-Curricular Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
histories, cultures and spiritualities

Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia in
a multi-faith context

Sustainability and ecological stewardship.

Year Level Description
The Religion Curriculum P-12 involves four strands: Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Church and Christian Life. These strands are interrelated and are taught in an
integrated way, and in ways that are appropriate to specific local contexts.
In Year 1, students explore the Christian teaching that all people are created in God’s own image, with dignity and natural rights. They learn about living in
accordance with God’s plan for all creation: living safely and happily in community and in loving relationship with God, with a responsibility to care for all creation
and using God’s gift of freedom to make choices responsibly. They engage with a variety of Old Testament texts to learn about God’s presence in the lives of
individuals and communities and make connections to their own experiences. They explore the words, actions and symbols used in the Sacraments of Baptism and
Eucharist to communicate God’s presence and action. They learn about the different roles in the local parish community.
Students learn about the nature of Jesus’ mission and ministry. They explore aspects of Jewish daily life at the time of Jesus. They listen to, view and read
accounts from different Gospels of key events, places and characters in the life of Jesus and explore similarities and differences in these accounts. They explore
the many ways in which Mary, Mother of Jesus, is honoured by Christians past and present and develop their understanding of the Hail Mary, a Catholic prayer
honouring Mary. Students understand that prayer was an important part of Jesus’ life and is important in the lives of believers. They continue to learn about ways
in which believers pray, either alone or with others.

Achievement Standard
By the end of Year 1, students make connections to personal experience when explaining ways of living in accordance with God’s plan for creation: that people live
safely and happily in community and in loving relationship with God, with a responsibility to respect the dignity and natural rights of all people, to care for all
creation and to responsibly use God’s gift of the freedom to choose. They relate stories from some Old Testament texts that describe God’s presence 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. They recognise the significance of prayer in Jesus’ life and in the life of believers and
participate with respect in a variety of personal and communal prayer experiences, including meditative prayer, Grace and the Hail Mary.

Learning Intentions
Learning Intention
By the end these learning experiences, students



Will have listened to many Old Testament stories
Will explore the key messages of God through listening to these stories
Will explore how they live out God’s messages in their lives
Will participate in simple meditation techniques

Success Criteria

Assessment

Success Criteria

Students identify God’s message in Old Testament stories.

Students verbalise the key messages in Old Testament stories.

Students identify how they show God’s message in their lives.

Students draw a picture (teacher scribes) to show how God is present in
their life and how they are living by his messages.

Significant Days and Celebrations





12th February – Beginning School Mass
18th February – Ash Wednesday
25th February – Year 1 Sciencentre Visit
19th March – Harmony Day
26th March – Celebration of Learning
3oth March – Holy Week Celebrations

Content Descriptions
Sacred Texts

Mission and Justice

Beliefs

Christian Spiritual Writings and

Christian Life

Human Existence

Wisdom

Religious Knowledge and Deep Understanding

Religious Knowledge and Deep Understanding

Religious Knowledge and Deep

Understanding

God created human beings in God’s own

created in the image of God. The Church teaches that all people

image, in order to form a loving

The wisdom of some Old

have dignity and natural rights and deserve respect, regardless

relationship with them. God’s plan is

Testament stories (e.g. Moses,

of their religious, social or ethnic background.

that people help each other to live

Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Ruth,
Jeremiah) helps people

Skills

lives of individuals and
communities.

safely and happily in community.

Communicate a personal response to the Church teaching that

all people are created in the image of God.
Make connections with personal experience when exploring

understand God’s presence in the

Make connections between

Skills

caring, loving, listening).
Identify and share the gifts God has

given.
Make a connection between their ideas

background.

important messages about God’s

Prayer and Spirituality

presence in the lives of

Religious Knowledge and Deep Understanding

Discuss ideas about God (including
creator, forgiving, compassionate,

Christian teaching about the dignity and natural rights of all
people, regardless of their religious, social or ethnic

Skills

Based in Scripture, the Church teaches that all people are

of God (e.g. God is loving) and the way

individuals and communities in

Meditative prayer uses silence and stillness to assist believers

people live safely and happily in

some Old Testament stories and

to listen and talk to God. There is a range of practices

community (e.g. I/we can show love

their own experiences.

(including closing eyes, and praying with beads and music) that

when I/we...).

helps believers prepare the body and the mind for meditative
prayer and engage in the ‘work of meditation’.
Skills

Participate respectfully in meditative prayer.
Identify and use practices and spiritual exercises that assist
them to prepare for and engage in meditative prayer

Learning Experiences
Week Topic

Activities

Resources

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Who is God




Who is God?
How do we talk to God?
How do we know how God wants us to live?
Introduce the Bible (Old and New Testament)

Bible

2

The Old Testament –





The Creation Story
The second Creation Story
Read the story and watch on youtube
Record a message and draw a picture – God created/made the world
Why did God make the world? – Because he loves us.

Second Creation story

Using code-breaking activities to understand selected examples of wise words

Noah: a story of re-creation

from Old Testament stories
Noah: a story of recreation - Noah: “I will give you my blessing. All living things

Genesis 6:13-9:1


are given into your hands.” Genesis 9: 1-2)
Record God’s message and draw a picture in their Religion books – God Keeps His

Praising Creation

promises.
Exploring words and images that depict the Church teaching that all people are

Psalm 139:1-5

The Creation Story

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The Old Testament Noah

tenderly held in the hands of God (e.g. Isaiah 49:14 -16; Psalm 139:1-5; Psalm
139: 14-16)

Genesis 2:4b-8 15-23
Youtube

Isaiah 49:14-16
Psalm 139:14-16
Isaiah 49:14-16

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The Old Testament –

Using code-breaking activities to understand selected examples of wise words

Ruth Ruth 1:1-19

from Old Testament stories
Exploring words and images that depict the teaching that all people are tenderly

Esther





held in the hands of God
Record God’s message and draw a picture in their Religion books .
God speaks to Moses Exodus 2: 23 – 3:8a; - God is always with us
God speaks to Elijah 1 Kings 19: 11 – 13a; - God does Miracles
God’s Promise to Abraham Genesis 15:1 – 6; - Trust in God
Ruth Ruth 1:1-19 – God takes care of us

Esther 2:16-3:1-11, 4-8

Match the Old Testament story to God’s message – Do any of the stories have

Camera
Microphone

the same message?
Together as a class, then in small groups and then individually, students verbally

Moses, Elijah,
Abraham

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Revision and
Assessment

Old Testament
stories.

Exodus 3:8-17
Exodus 2: 23 – 3:8a;
1 Kings 19: 11 – 13a;
Genesis 15:1 – 6;

share their favourite Old Testament story and the key message of this story.

Students verbalise
the key messages in

Moses


Eg. The story of Elijah – God looks after us
Take a photo of each student
“Tell me an Old Testament story and some of God’s messages” (record and
annotate next to their picture)

Compare those who chose the same story – did they mention the same parts?
What did each student see at the important party of the story? Did they have
the same message?

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How is God present

in my life?

Responding to the question “How is God present in me and how is God present in
others and in all of creation?” using strategies such as a wonder wall - “I wonder
how God is present in ….?”; “I wonder how God is present in the life of Joseph?”


(Genesis 37:1-50)
When do I feel God?
Look at Old Testament stories. How was God present to Moses? Abraham?

Ruth?
Using simple meditation techniques (e.g. mindful breathing, use of mantra,
closing eyes) to respond to God’s presence

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Who is God and what

Creating a word thinking bubble to show their ideas about God (e.g. God helps

(Genesis 37:1-50)

is he like?

me, forgives me, listens to me) Relate to messages from the Old Testament

How do I live by



stories previously looked at. God helps me to forgive, listen, help others.
Creating a ‘Who is God?’ big book for the class
What is God like? How should I act towards God?
Recording the wondrous things about themselves on one side of a cut out

silhouette
Recording their own name on a gift box and listing the gifts God has given to

them
Learning different practices for preparing the body and mind for Meditative

God’s messages?
Gifts

Prayer including closing eyes and listening to music
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Match attributes of

Discovering and celebrating the uniqueness of each member of the class (e.g. in

the routine of class shared time)
Matching attributes of God (e.g. compassionate) with images of ways people act

in community (e.g. caring for the aged)
Developing classroom routines and rules that focus on being safe and happy in

the school community
Establishing and following rituals and routines (e.g. greetings, farewells,

God with acts people
do in our community

welcoming visitors, affirming individuals, marking of special events) that show
respect for and affirm the uniqueness of each person and their diverse

backgrounds
Making Personal Paper-People Chains (A-Z Strategies) representing the diverse
religious, social and ethnic backgrounds of the global community, to show that all
people are created in the image of God and deserve respect

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Revision and

Together as a class, then in small groups and then individually, students verbally

share how God is present in their life and how they live by God’s messages,
Students draw a picture (teacher scribes) to show how God is present in

their life and how they are living by his messages.
Creating and using a string of beads for times of silence

Assessment

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Easter Story


The Easter Story