Year Eight

  • Achievement Standards
  • Knowledge, Understandings and Skills
  • Elaborations
  • Sample Units

By the end of Year Eight students research people from the Old Testament who have been transformed by their encounter with God. Students can outline the covenant relationship between the people of the Hebrew Scriptures and their God. Students name and recall the parables and miracles of Jesus. They articulate some key features of the world –in-right-relationship with God. Students describe some ways in which the faith of believers is expressed, professed and lived out in different communities, past and present.

By the end of Year Eight students investigate and identify how the Sacraments of Initiation reveal something of the mystery of God nourishing Christian life in mission and service. Students explain the relationship between Eucharist, Baptism and Confirmation. Students explore the ritual and purpose of initiation in Christian and other faiths.

By the end of Year Eight students critique what it means to be a disciple or saint. Students present an understanding of how Mary and the disciples are models for Christian life.

By the end of Year Eight students participate in a variety of prayer forms and lead mediative prayer. Students recognise symbols, rituals, and different ways of praying as very human experiences.




Knowledge and Understandings

The development of the relationship between God and the people in the Old Testament
The Bible reveals the nature of God’s covenant with God’s people. CCC121 – 123
The theme of covenant, as unique relationship between God and God’s people, is central to understanding the Old Testament.



Construct an overview of the themes, people and events of the Old Testament.
Investigate the way God’s people heard and responded to God’s call in the Old Testament.
Identify individuals in the Old Testament who responded to God’s call.
Examine the text structure and features of some Old
Testament covenant narratives to identify common themes and features.

Jesus Christ offers hope to the world and calls his   followers to  discipleship.
Jesus proclaimed the Reign of God through parables: stories meant to challenge and transform.
As disciples, we are called to cooperate with God in making the world more compassionate and just.
Stories from other traditions can also  challenge people to be transformed.

Articulate some key features of the world-in-right–relationship.
Identify times when Jesus used parables to challenge people to change their lives.
Discuss how Jesus, challenging and giving hope, is a sign of the Reign of God.
Identify and critically reflect on aspects of their own lives and society that need to be transformed
Examine parables and the challenges they pose.

The Creeds of the apostolic and ancient Churches, including the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed, express the Christian understanding of God.
Through the Creeds, Christians are linked with the faith of believers throughout history.

Explore contextual information (e.g. historical, social, and cultural) about the creeds of the apostolic and ancient Churches.
Examine statements of belief within the Creeds of the apostolic and ancient Churches that express a Christian understanding of God. (God as creator, Trinity, mystery) that links the faith of believers throughout history.



Knowledge and Understandings

Initiation into the Christian community is accompanied by the sacramental rituals of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. – Sacraments of Christian initiation. CCC1212, 1285
Other faith traditions celebrate initiation rituals   e.g. bar Mitzvah, Sacred Thread (Hinduism)



Identify signs and symbols in everyday life and in religion.
Explain the significance of the symbols, actions and words used in the Sacraments of Initiation.
Identify how rituals mark special moments in human experience
Identify the combination of elements which comprise the structure of various rituals.
Outline how Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are Sacraments of Initiation.
Outline the  symbols and ritual structure of the Sacraments of Initiation.



Knowledge and Understandings

God is a relationship of love and Christian life is about growing right in relationship.
Jesus’ teaching on holding together rights and responsibilities for all of us is deeply counter-culturally.
Jesus subverts the status-quo for all of us which led people to crucify him.
The changing understanding of sainthood (e.g. all Christians)
Contemporary heroes.



Explain the terms ‘saint’,  ‘disciple’, and ‘mission’.
Investigate the life stories of people striving to follow Gospel values in their particular time and circumstances.
Compare  how Mary, the disciples and contemporary role models are models for Christian life.
Recognise and reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities for living as disciples in our world today.



Knowledge and Understandings

Meditative prayer uses silence and stillness to assist believers to listen and talk to God.
There is a range of practices for preparing the body and the mind for meditative prayer. (e.g. posture, centered breathing, mantras, closing eyes)
A range of spiritual exercises drawn from the Christian tradition helps believers engage in the work of meditation (chimes, icons, beads, labyrinths, mandalas.)
Contemplative prayer is the simple awareness of the presence of God. It is prayer without words or images.



Participate respectfully in meditative prayer including Christian meditation.
Identify and use practices and spiritual exercises that assist in preparation for and engagement in meditative prayer.

Prayer and Christian life are inseparable.
Prayer is about listening for God’s presence in human experience.
Prayer is a universal human experience with a rich variety of expressions.

Demonstrate an understanding of Jesus’ teaching on prayer.
Recognise symbols, rituals and ways of praying that are part of human experience.
Explain the connection and between reflection and prayer.
Investigate prayer in the school community through research and interview- where and when is prayer expressed.
Investigate other religious traditions and cultural (including indigenous) and devotional practices.

The sample units below are to be modified and adapted to your own teaching style and the learning needs of your students. 

I wonder what are the Sacraments of Initiation

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I wonder about the parables and the challenge of discipleship.

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I wonder about the Nicene Creed and what it means to be a member of the Catholic Church

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Liturgical Units

Easter Unit Prep-Yr10
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Easter Unit Prep-Yr10
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