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Planning Documents

Early Childhood
University of Notre Dame
Student Name: Emily Ferraro
Student Number: 20162785
Early Years Learning Framework
Secure, respectful and reciprocal Ongoing learning and reflective
Partnerships High expectations and equity Respect for diversity
relationships practice

Continuity of
Responsiveness to Learning through Learning Assessment for
Holistic approaches Intentional teaching Cultural competence learning and
children play environments learning

1. Children have a strong sense of 2. Children are connected with and 3. Children have a strong sense of 4. Children are confident and 5. Children are effective
identity contribute to their world wellbeing involved learners communicators

2.1 Children develop a sense of 4.1 Children develop dispositions

belonging to groups and for learning such as curiosity,
5.1 Children interact verbally and
1.1 Children feel safe, secure and communities and an understanding 3.1 Children become string in their cooperation, confidence, creativity,
non-verbally with others for a range
supported of the reciprocal rights and social and emotional wellbeing commitment, enthusiasm,
of purposes
responsibilities necessary for active persistence, imagination and
community participation reflexivity

4.2 Children develop a range of

1.2 Children develop their
3.2 Children take increasing skills and processes such as 5.2 Children engage with a range of
emerging autonomy, inter- 2.2 Children respond to diversity
responsibility for their own health problem solving, enquiry, texts and gain meaning from these
dependence, resilience and sense of with respect
and physical wellbeing experimentation, hypothesising, texts
researching and investigating

1.3 Children develop 4.3 Children transfer and adapt 5.3 Children express ideas and
2.3 Children become aware of
knowledgeable and confident self- what they have learned from one make meaning using a range of
identities context to another media

4.4 Children resource their own

1.4 Children learn to interact in 2.4 Children become socially 5.4 Children begin to understand
learning through connecting with
relation to others with care, responsible and show respect for how symbols and pattern systems
people, place, technologies and
empathy and respect the environment work
natural and processed materials

5.5 Children use information and

communication technologies to
access information, investigate
ideas and represent their thinking
Aims of Religious Education
Highlight items that relate to the planned activities.
Religious Education in the early Religious Education in the early Religious Education in the early Religious Education in the early
years aims to provide students with years aims to provide students with years aims to provide students with years aims to provide students with
the opportunity to discover God in the opportunity to draw on human the opportunity to know Jesus by: the opportunity to live like Jesus
people and creation by: experiences of God by: Wondering at the person of Jesus in by:
Experiencing the created Identifying the many gifts that God the Gospels Naming ways that people can show
environment, using all of their senses has given them Wondering at Jesus’ love for them love and be considerate like Jesus
Expressing basic ideas about the Reflecting on experiences of family, Hearing and being immersed in stories Identifying ways of including people
created environment in which they love, care, forgiveness and based on how Jesus included people
about the life of Jesus
live community Exploring ways of forgiving like Jesus
Identifying significant people in the
Sorting and classifying living and Exploring a range of human Identifying ways of choosing to do
life of Jesus
non-living things interactions good following the example of Jesus
Identifying the way that Jesus loved
Identifying signs of God’s creation Demonstrating socialisation into the Wondering at the love that Jesus had
and cared for people
Wondering at what God who created early years’ community for all people
Engaging in play experiences based
their world is like Reflecting on experiences of play and
on the stories of Jesus Using their special gifts to help others
Developing an awareness that by work, likes and dislikes, belonging
and celebrations Responding to stories about Jesus Wondering at the ways they can use
caring for living and non-living things
Exploring and making meaning of their gifts to help people
they are living as God wants Wondering at God in the midst of
human experiences. Scripture. Knowing special people who like
Discovering things about themselves Jesus used their gifts to help others in
Identifying significant others particular ways
Recognising people and places of – Mary, the mother of Jesus
importance – Joseph
Wondering at all the ways God loves – Some saints (patron saint of the
school or founding order).
Developing awareness that by caring
for people they are living as God
Religious Education in the early years aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of Catholic life, prayer and Scripture
Knowing that prayer is the way that people develop a relationship with God.
Recognising religious symbols including the cross, liturgical colours and holy water.
Knowing simple ways of praying – making the Sign of the Cross, joining hands in prayer, singing.
Engaging in informal prayer experiences i.e. prayers of praise, thanks, sorrow, petition, spontaneous prayers or through song or movement. (Formal Assessment).
Participating in rituals (e.g. Children’s Liturgy of the Word, having a set process for coming to prayer).
Appreciating the importance of Christmas and Easter as special celebrations for the followers of Jesus.
Developing an awareness that God’s family is called the Church.
Coming to know of the relationship between Jesus and the Father.
Developing an awareness that Jesus came to tell people about God’s love.
Meeting the parish priest and knowing of his role in the Church.
Visiting the parish church and learning of its role as the place that gathers God’s family.
Knowing how God’s family celebrates and experiencing liturgies and other appropriate school activities.
Recognising the Bible as the special book that tells people about God’s love.
Observing, manipulating and retelling Scripture stories using pictures and other objects
Participating in ritual to listen to and respond to Scripture.
YEAR: Kindergarten THEME: Rain/Water Cycle
OVERVIEW: This unit explores rain and the water cycle. Over three weeks, children will explore the human experience, links to Jesus and the implementation into
Catholic life. Children will explore their own experiences of rain and rainy days during the first week. They will also look at the ways that they interact with water in
their everyday lives. Once children have explored their own connections to the concept, they will examine Jesus and his relationship with rain and water. Children can
come to know Jesus by learning about his Baptism, the story of his first miracle during the Wedding at Cana and how he calmed the storm. Children will also explore
ways that Jesus used water in his life and how this may be similar or different to how the ways they have established that they use water. In the final week of this unit,
children will focus on the inclusion of water in Catholic practices through exploring Baptism and blessings.

Children will have also already explored the units ‘I Am Me,’ ‘Family,’ Lent/Easter and ‘Growing and Changing’ and will therefore have some background knowledge
on who they are, where they belong, new life, creation and growth. These concepts will provide a foundation for the children to participate in the rain/water cycle unit.
Children will also know about rain from the class weather station which will be reviewed each day. This unit will present children with key understandings which will
assist them in the next unit which will investigate oceans and rivers.
Ideas for Wonder God in People and Human Experiences of Catholic Practices –
Knowing Jesus Living Like Jesus
Questions Creation God Prayer Experiences
Let the Little Children Let the Little Children Let the Little Children Let the Little Children Let the Little Children Let the Little Children
Come to Me: Come to Me: Come to Me: Come to Me: Come to Me: Come to Me:
• I wonder why it • Measure puddles • Share family • Tell the story of • Visit a church to • Prayers of Thanks
rains? and time how long experiences of Jesus calming the look at the – thank you
• I wonder how God they take to doing things in the storm. Baptismal Font. prayers for rain.
knows to send rain evaporate. rain. • Tell the story of the • Discuss how we use • Prayers of Petition
to water the • Explore rainbows • Share things we Wedding at Cana. water in Church for asking God for
plants? as a sign of God’s like doing in the Baptism and rain in places
• I wonder where love. rain. blessing. where there is
rain comes from? • Tell the story on • Wonder how we drought, asking
• I wonder where Noah’s Ark. Make can help people God for rain for
rain goes? rainbows in water who don’t have the farmers.
with oil. enough water in • Demonstrate how
• Create sensory their country and we bless ourselves
experiences of who cannot grow with holy water as
raindrops. their crops. we make the Sign
• Discuss caring for of the Cross.
our waterways.
• Explore ways of
saving water.
Additional Thoughts: Additional Thoughts: Additional Thoughts: Additional Thoughts: Additional Thoughts: Additional Thoughts:
• I wonder why • Exploring coloured • Sharing of what we • Role play of Jesus’ • Wondering about • Exploring when
some places get rice and use water for in our Baptism in the where holy water blessings happen
more rain than experiencing the daily lives. River Jordan. comes from. in the Church and
others? melting process. • Exploring what • Children learn and • Baptism Godly why.
• I wonder what • Eye dropper art. happens to nature make actions to play.
would happen if • Recording the after it rains. match the lyrics of
the rain ran out? rainfall in a moth. the ‘Splish Splash’
• I wonder if there is song by Mary Rice
a place in the Hopkins.
world where it
doesn’t rain?

Religious Capabilities Spiritual Capabilities

Faith – wonder about Temperance –
God who makes rain, being joyful for the
thank God for sending Hope Charity Prudence Justice Fortitude rain, to look at
rain, exploring Jesus’ ways of saving
own Baptism. water.
Catholic World View and Teacher Witness
Pope Francis’ World Water Day 2019 address centred on appreciating water as a precious natural resource and working together with communities to conserve it. The
Pope also calls the Church to use water respectfully in their own lives and to care for plants and animals by providing them with water. In Laudato Si (2015) the Pope
highlights water as a sign of replenishment, an earthly resource that humans can use but must not exploit. Pope Francis proceeds to mention that an injustice against water
or any other earthly resource is an injustice against God himself. Laudato Si proclaims that water is essential to human life and therefore every human person should
have access to clean water.

In my own life, I have experienced rain and water in many ways. When I was younger, I experienced running in the rain and feeling the joy of nature all around me. I
use water in my everyday life in many ways including for drinking, bathing and washing clothes. I have attended Baptisms before and seen water used to cleanse. I bless
myself with holy water every time I enter a church so much so that it has become something I don’t even have to think about anymore.
Evaluation and
Colour Code Lesson One Lesson Two Lesson Three Lesson Four Lesson Five
Guess What I’m
Experience Think-
Human Describing Game
Pair-Share ‘Who Likes Rain?’ by
Experience The educator uses
Children engage in a Wong Herbert Yee
adjectives, letter
think-pair-share about This text examines how
sounds, rhymes for the
their experiences of We Need Water Sort to dress for rainy
word and situations to ‘The Rainy Day
what they do when it Children think of all the weather and which Sensory chart
Knowing describe rain and the Game’
rains (stay inside or ways we use water animals like the rain. work sample
about Jesus children try and guess Children watch this
outside, what they wear every day and take
what is being described. Peppa Pig episode and
and what they see). turns sorting cards into Drip, Drop We need water
discuss the part of it
true and false groups Children listen to and card sort
Sensory Chart that they relate to the
‘Rain’ by Peter Spier using a Random Name learn the ‘Drip, Drop’ anecdotal notes
Children work with most.
The educator and Generator. rhyme and act out the
each other and the
Understanding students explore this lyrics.
educator to create a
of Catholic life wordless text and
looks like, feels like
reflect on their own
and tastes like chart for
Mystery Bag Jesus Calms the
Splish, Splash Jesus’ Baptism
Human A drawstring bag is Storm Soundscape
Jesus-Water Children listen to and Children get into a Photo taken of
Experience passed around the circle The educator children
Association learn the song ‘Splish, comfortable position, Jesus-water
and children remove musical instruments
Using a photo of Jesus, Splash’ by Mary Rice close their eyes and association with
story prompt items which they are to play
children classify all the Hopkins which explores listen to the educator annotations
from it (bottle of water, at times throughout the
ways that Jesus used the stories relating to tell the story of Jesus’
dolls wedding dress, story. The educator tells
water using pictures water in the Bible. Baptism. The educator Video recording
play food). the story of Jesus
Knowing and separate them from Children listen to the assigns children in the of Jesus calming
calming the storm and
about Jesus some fib cards that are song again and come up class with roles and the the storm
Godly Play the children play their
included. with actions for each story is retold soundscape
The educator performs assigned instruments at
lines of lyrics. dramatically.
a Godly Play story of their aforementioned
the Wedding Feast at cue (the educator can
Cana incorporating the point at children who
items from the mystery have forgotten).
of Catholic life

Holy Water
Human Discussion
Chant Circle Prayer
Experience Children engage in a
Church Visit The educator creates a
partner share sitting in
The educator takes the beat using a drum or
concentric circles. They Petitions
class visits the local claves. Children go
take time to think about Children think about Video recorded
church and parish around the circle
their response to the someone in their life of chant circle
Godly Play priest. The educator chanting water to the
educator’s question. who needs water and prayer to be
Knowing The educator performs demonstrates blessing beat. Once ‘water’ has
They then turn to the they orally recite a shared at class
about Jesus a Godly Play story themselves with holy been passed around the
person sitting across petition prayer asking ritual
about Baptism. This water and has the circle once, the
from them and take God to bless the person
includes the words, children do the same. educator models saying
turns speaking and e.g. Dear God, please Anecdotal notes
actions and symbols. Children explore the a prayer thanking God
listening. After each bless my Mum who of holy water
baptismal font as ask for water and the
question, the outside needs water to wash the discussion
the parish priest any children go around the
Understanding circle gets up and plates.
questions they have circle doing the same
of Catholic life moves one space to the
about water or Baptism. while the beat is kept
left to get ready to share
the next question with a
new partner.
Physical DEVELOPMENT Creative/Aesthetic
• Children use their bodies • Glitter glue art created to
to become raindrops and resemble rain drops.
behave like them.
CONCEPT: Rain/Water Cycle TERM: 3 WEEKS: 1-3
• Watercolour art where
• What happens if it rains shapes are painted and
and we don’t have a pressed onto paper.
raincoat discussion. • Water and oil art where
• Jumping in rain puddles. Spiritual/ Moral paint and cooking oil are
• Creating the water cycle • Looking for any signs of water wastage added to water and paper
using body movements. and stopping them. is placed on top to make a
• Touching water and • Sharing water out from a large source print.
sharing how it feels with into equal amounts for all the children • Painting a picture
others. in a small group. reflecting the way water
• Collecting waste water for the garden. moves.
• Rain fact/fib cards where children must • Children paint and
sort the facts from the fibs. decorate a raindrop shape
Social/ Emotional • Water saving puppet show. for their parent using
• How do rainy days make • Good daily water use role play. glitter, stickers and paint.
us feel? (Happy, sad, • Appointing water monitors whose job it
scared, excited). is to report any leaks or water spills to
• Creating a rain scene as a the teacher during water activities. Cognitive/ Language
whole class. • Following water restrictions in the • Learning the words that
• Taking turns to use the classroom and in the playground. describe each part of the water
drink fountain social story. cycle.
• Children pass a container • Children sing the ‘It’s Raining,
with water in it around in a Raining, Raining’ song.
circle and attempt to not • Children sing and act out the
spill anything. ‘Umbrella Song.’
• Children learn the names of the
colours in the rainbow in order
by remembering ‘ROYGBIV’.
• Creating a rain shelter from ©The University of Notre Dame 2010 developed by C McGunnigle • Making a rainbow necklace
blocks. using coloured beads threaded
• Making boats that can float in Week 1 to Week 3 onto string.
the water trolley. • Making and manipulating
• Making rain clothes out of cloud dough.
newspaper. • Putting loose parts in water
• Water small world play with stones, sticks and
• Making a boat using recycled and seeing if they change.
materials. • Exploring and making music
• Sorting items that float and don’t float.
with the rain shaker.
• Ice and rice play, exploring what happens when ice
• Exploring differences between cold and warm water.
• Adding sugar to water and watching what happens. COLLAGE
PAINTING • Exploring blue items that can
• Using water, dishwashing be used for water (blue velour,
liquid and paint to create blue mesh, blue ink etc.)
• Plant Nanny app to determine how much water you
bubble art. should drink in a day. • Using cotton wool and blue
• Creating a watercolour paint to make rain clouds.
• Sink or Float game where child drag objects to the
artwork of a rainy day. correct side of the screen. • Using craft items and natural
• Children paint a rainbow materials to create a symbol
• Using Pic Collage to make a rainy day picture.
picture with themselves in it. for each part of the water
• Making a Book Creator about what you do on rainy
• Using an eye dropper to place cycle.
Edicol dye on paper and then
dropping water on top and
swirling to create art.
• Exploring books about the rain e.g. ‘Who Likes
DRAMATIC PLAY • Drawing a way that you use
Rain?’ by Wong Herbert Yee, ‘Rain’ by Peter Spier,
• Home corner play with ‘water water every day.
‘The Rain Came Down’ by David Shannon and ‘Big
watchers’ whose job it is to • Writing a sentence rain e.g.
Rain Coming’ by Katrina Germein.
stop water wastage. Emily likes rain.
• Creating a rain scene in the book corner using blue
• Dress ups using rain coats, • Drawing the water cycle using
streamers and plastic wind twisters.
gumboots, rain hats, and warm a poster example.
• Children create a raindrop
CLIMBING AREAS shape pressing using blue oil
• Pretending to climb the pastels in varying shades.
fireman’s ladder to put out Week 1 to Week 3 • Children use dot stickers to
the fire. create a rainy day in nature
• Climbing to escape from picture.
‘rising’ waters. SAND and WATER PLAY • Children cut out images from
• Exploring what happens • Making mud pies by mixing water and soil. magazines to create a rain
when water is dropped from • Making sand sculptures for a water art gallery. mood board.
up high rather than from an • Exploring making holes in sand using different
average height. quantities of water and different pouring containers.
• Making a shower in the sand pit using a bucket, rope
• Collecting rainwater over a
• Water marker drawings.
• Plant growth comparison
• ‘Fishing’ in a plastic container NATURAL ENVIRONMENT (watered vs not watered).
filled with water where • Caring for creation by watering plants in the • Exploring what happens to
children have to catch playground. rain when it hits different
laminated fish with metal clips • Making sure the hose and sprinklers are turned off surfaces (soil, cement, wood,
on them using a fishing rod during rainy weather. grass etc.)
with a magnet on the end. • Caring for the class vegetable garden by watering it • What happens to water when
• Children put water beads in when needed and also protecting it from too much it is heated up (ADULT
water and watch them expand, rain. PRESENT).
when they have expanded
children can use them for
sensory play.
• Children create a ‘car wash’ on the
• Using water and natural materials to PLANNING
• Using bikes to transport water around
make nature paint. • Shallow wading pool in summer months
the playground.
• Making water and glitter shakers. (ADULT PRESENT).
• Clay cookie cutter art using water to • Water trolley kept outside with some
shape clay. small world items and image prompt
PLANNED ASSESSMENT - One formal assessment that links to a key understanding or learning point, develops higher
order thinking skills and comprehensively assesses student learning.

The following formal assessment is based on the aim about children engaging in informal prayer services. Children explore
two different types of prayer in this unit; thanking prayers and petition prayers. In this lesson, children have been asked to
formulate a petition prayer asking God to bless someone in their lives who needs water. An observation checklist will record
whether or not the child can orally recite a petition prayer and has room for any additional observations or comments.

Legend: ü = Can recite a petition prayer l = Can’t recite a petition prayer

Name: Can recite a petition prayer? Comments:

BOOTH, Owen Asks for God to bless his dog who needs water to
ü drink.

McDONALD, Jemima
ü Asks for water to wash her hair.

STRICKLAND, Charlie Thanks God for making it rain (confused types of

l prayer).