Year One

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

Learners understand ways God, Jesus and the Catholic Church community can be described and relate those understandings to their lives.
Learners understand some rituals, prayers, words and actions in the sacraments.
Learners demonstrate an understanding of moral actions and messages about morality in texts. They understand differences between right and wrong behaviours. They are aware of just and unjust ways of acting.
They are aware of their ideas and feelings about prayers and rituals.

The content at this year level involves four strands of Beliefs, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer. These strands are interrelated and should be taught in an integrated way.

Key Inquiry Questions for students:

How do I see God in creation?
How do I see God in loving people around me?
Where do I belong?
How does the Catholic Church welcome me?
How did Jesus treat those in need?
How do I care for myself, others?
What is the story of the first Easter?
What is the story of the first Christmas?
How and when do I pray?

 

I wonder what my favourite place is
I wonder  if you know someone whose love reminds you of God’s love
I wonder what groups I belong to?
I wonder what happens in Baptism?
I wonder what symbols are used in celebrating  Baptism?
I wonder if I can be like Jesus? I wonder if I can be forgiving to others?
I wonder how I can show care towards others?
I wonder what happened at the first Easter?
I wonder  about the story of Jesus birth?
I wonder how I can pray like Jesus did?

Achievement standards

By the end of year one, students can illustrate their images of God and God’s loving presence in creation. Students identify that they belong to various communities. Students demonstrate their knowledge of Mary as mother of Jesus.

By the end of year one, students identify common elements of the sacrament of Baptism. Students recall scripture stories of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection.

By the end of year one, students express feelings and identify actions that show forgiveness. They recall biblical information about Jesus and how he cared for people.

By the end of year one, students name Father, Son and Holy Spirit when they pray and demonstrate an understanding of the Hail Mary. Students recite the Hail Mary and Our Father in unison. Students contribute creatively to prayers and identify reasons to pray.

Achievement Standard Elaborations

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Beliefs

Knowledge and Understanding

How do I see God in the people around me? In creation?

God’s presence is shown in and through special people in life.
CCC 32

God’s presence is in creation. We find God in creation
Images of God in scripture – the Good Shepherd, Loving Father, nature, God is love.
CCC 40, 41
God loves all creation

Skills

Students will typically:

illustrate their images of God

illustrate God’s loving presence in creation

know that people are created and loved by God

Where do I belong? I wonder what different groups and communities I belong to?

We live in and are part of  groups– family, school, Church
CCC 959
We help those in our community who are in need
CCC 771
Jesus lived in community and formed friendships.
Jesus asks us to care for one another in our community.
CCC 544, 1939

 

 

identify that they belong to various communities

Who is Mary? I wonder about Mary and her life with Jesus
Mary is the Mother of Jesus

demonstrate their knowledge that Mary is the mother of Jesus.

Sacraments

 

Knowledge and Understandings

How does the Catholic Church welcome me?
I wonder what happens in Baptism?
I wonder what symbols are used in celebrating Baptism?

Important elements of Baptism are found in the words, symbols and actions of the sacrament.
CCC1235-1245
Water, oil and light are key symbols of Baptism
CCC 1218
Through Baptism I am welcomed into the Church.
CCC 1213, 1267
At Baptism families and godparents express their faith .
CCC 1255
My parents gave me my  name.
CCC 1235-1245,

 

Skills

Students will typically:

identify common elements of the scarament of Baptism

I wonder what happened at the first Easter? I wonder what happened when Jesus was born?

The Church celebrates Jesus through special seasons of the liturgical year.
Lent: Lent is a time for me to show the special ways I can be a friend.
Easter: I hear the story of the first Easter
Advent: Advent is a special occasion when I prepare and wait.
Christmas:  Christmas is a time to  celebrate the birth of Jesus.
CCC 1194

 

recall parts of the Scripture story of Jesus’ death and resurrection

identify ways they can be better people

identify Advent as a time of preparping for a great celebration

recall the infancy narraitves in both Luke and Matthew

Morality

 

Knowledge and Understandings

How do I care for myself, others and the environment?
I wonder how I can care for God’s creation?
I wonder if I am caring towards others?
We are called to love God and to love others.
I can show love and respect to others.
We can live safely and happily together .
I can care for and enjoy God’s world.
CCC 1825

 

Skills

Students will typically:

describe how they are an example of God’s loving action to others and to the natural world

I can make choices
God gives us freedom to choose
CCC 1749

identify the choices they make

I know that there are good and bad choices
caring and careless choices;
respectful and  disrespectful choices
CCC 982

express feelings that show forgiveness
identify actions that show forgiveness

Jesus is the model for right behaviour.
CCC 520

recall biblical information about Jesus and how he cared for people.

Prayer

 

Knowledge and Understandings

How and when do I pray?
I wonder how I can pray like Jesus?
I wonder what I can say when I pray?

Traditional prayer: Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary, Our Father
The psalms are prayers .

 

Skills

Students will typically:

name Father, Son and Holy Spirit when they pray
recite the Hail Mary and Our Father in unison.

There are creative approaches to prayer such as song, dance, drama, word, silence, symbol  and action.
I can create my own prayer using word, song, dance, symbol and actions e.g. morning and afternoon prayer, grace before eating.
CCC 2660

contribute creatively to prayers
identify reasons to pray

We can pray in community.
We can pray personal prayer.

participate in communal prayer and personal prayer.

Prayers of praise and thanksgiving
CCC 263, 2638

become aware of  prayers of praise and thanksgiving.

Mary teaches us to listen and respond to God.
The Hail Mary is a Catholic prayer that uses words and scripture to praise Mary.
CCC 2617

demonstrate their knowledge of Mary and her actions
demonstrate an understanding of the Hail Mary.

Beliefs

Knowledge and UnderstandingsPossible ElaborationsSuggested Scripture
God’s presence is shown in and through special people in life.
God’s presence is in creation. We find God in creation
Images of God in scripture - the Good Shepherd, Loving Father, nature, God is love.
God loves all creation
Create a word bank of ideas about God.
Complete the Learning Object on Creation
Create a Y chart using similes or metaphors, about what God looks like, sounds like, and feels like.
Share songs and stories that illustrate the idea of God as mystery.
Explore the scripture story of the Good Shepherd through Godly Play and ask wondering questions about the story.
Use children’s literature to explore the concept of God. e.g. Because nothing looks like God by Kushner and Kushner ISBN 9781580230926
see Teachers Resources Page on Children's Literature
Indigenous creation stories can be read as well as other cultural creation stories especially if there are students of indigenous or other cultures in the class.
The parable of the Shepherd
John 10: 1-16

Psalms
104
19
148
We live in and are part of groups– family, school, Church
We help those in our community who are in need
Jesus lived in community and formed friendships.
Jesus asks us to care for one another in our community.
Using children’s literature, read stories to the children with the theme of relationship and/or friendship.
Investigate how the school reaches out to those in need - eg Mini Vinnies - have one of the year seven children come to the class to talk about what they do.
Look on the Caritas website to discover stories of those in need and select a way that the class can reach out to a local cause.
Read the story Jesus Day Off by Nicholas Allen
or show the PowerPoint from the Children's literature page on the website
Martha and Mary
Luke 10:38-42
Jesus calls four fishermen
Mark 1: 16-20. Matt 4: 12-22; Luke 4: 14, 15: 5-11
Zacchaeus
Luke 19: 1-10
Mary is the Mother of JesusInvestigate the infancy narratives and identify the role of Mary in both Matthew and Luke. Notice the differences in a compare and contrast chart.
Wonder at the challlenges Mary faces in the story of The boy Jesus lost in the temple. 'Young childern and Worship p 147
I wonder if you have ever been lost
I wonder how you felt
I wonder what your Mother felt
I wonder if Mary would have felt the same

Use children's literature on families to continue thinking of the role of mothers.
Infancy narratives
Matthew and Luke

The boy Jesus in the Temple. Luke 2: 41-52

Sacraments

Knowledge and UnderstandingsPossible ElaborationsSuggested Scripture
Important elements of Baptism are found in the words, symbols and actions of the sacrament. Respond to the sacrament of Baptism through art, drama, movement,
wondering

Discuss reasons for coming together to celebrate, what we do/or have to help us remember these celebrations - photos, mementos – cards, candle from baptism, gifts. The children could bring in something that helps them remember someone or some event.
The baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan

Matthew Mark and Luke
Water, oil and light are key symbols of BaptismExplore experiences of change and re-growth – children’s own growth, growth in nature, especially after bushfires and floods, making fresh starts, beginning a new school year
Through Baptism I am welcomed into the Church.Talk about sacrament of Baptism as a celebration of welcome into the Church community.
Re-tell the story of ‘Jesus and the children’ identifying Jesus as welcoming.
Discuss greeting words from other nationalities from within the class.
Jesus and the Children
Mark 10:13-16
At Baptism families and godparents express their faith Children write sentences for display: My name is … scripture Isaiah 43:1Isaiah 43:1
I have called you by name you are mine.
My parents gave me my name
The Church celebrates Jesus through special seasons of the liturgical year.
Lent: Lent is a time for me to show the special ways I can be a friend.
Easter: I hear the story of the first Easter
Advent: Advent is a special occasion when I prepare and wait.
Christmas: Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Name the season of Lent as the time when we grow in our relationship with Jesus.
Easter is a time of celebration, new life and new beginnings.
Name the season of Advent as the time when we prepare for the birth of Jesus.
Recall and reflect on experiences of waiting.
Identify Christmas as the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Discuss the significance of gift giving at Christmas.
The Lord’s Supper
Matthew 26:26-29
Mark 14: 22-25
Luke 22: 14-34

The passion of Jesus
The Resurrection of Jesus
Luke 24: 1-12
Matthew 28: 1-10
Mark 16: 1-8
John 20:1-10

Infancy narratives
The birth of Jesus
Matthew 1: 18-25
Luke 2: 1-20

The visit of the Wise Men
Matthew 2: 1-12

Morality

Knowledge and UnderstandingsPossible ElaborationsSuggested Scripture
We are called to love God and to love others.
I can show love and respect to others.
We can live safely and happily together .
I can care for and enjoy God’s world
Write simple poems about friendships.
Using children’s literature, read stories to the children with the theme of relationships and/or friendships.
Express an understanding of God as loving and forgiving.
Talk, write, draw, about the importance of forgiveness and gratitude in relationships
Discuss or list qualities of good relationships
Role play scenarios of healthy relationships.
Paint/draw illustrate what you are grateful for : people, objects, gifts, talents, experiences
Matthew 18:21-22
Forgive seven times seventy
I can make choices
God gives us freedom to choose
I know that there are good and bad choices
caring and careless choices;
respectful and disrespectful
choices
Create ‘choose your own adventures’ stories that provide different suggestions of caring behaviours.
Dramatize the actions of characters in a story from scripture that demonstrate a message about morality.
Create a feelings graph for each character in a story that involves choices between right and wrong
Jesus is the model for right behaviour. Story Ladder - Provide scaffolding sentence beginners involving the content of a particular Scripture story. Ask students to complete the sentence with
illustrations and/or written text.

Prayer

Knowledge and UnderstandingsPossible ElaborationsSuggested Scripture
Traditional prayer: Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary, Our Father
Read parts of Psalm 148 to the children and respond creatively through art, drama and song. Ps 148:1-4, 9-12
The psalms are prayers.Display parts of the psalm and read together for morning prayer.
There are creative approaches to prayer such as song, dance, drama, word, silence, symbol and action.Create prayerful actions to accompany a song or prayer used in a class celebration.

Using songs from such artists as Michael Mangan, Andrew Chinn, John Burland etc. as prayer experiences.
I can create my own prayer using word, song, dance, symbol and actions e.g. morning and afternoon prayer, grace before eating.Take the children for a walk. Look for as many wonders of God’s creation as they can find, e.g. the intricacy of a leaf, the ants at work in the ground, the warmth of the sun, the mystery of the clouds.
We can pray in community.
We can pray personal prayer.
Allow time for whole class prayer and quiet times for personal prayer.
Participation in appropriate Church liturgies
Use Meditation as a form of prayer.
Prayers of praise and thanksgivingCreate a prayer space with symbols, images and objects in praise of God.
Use prayers of thanksgiving from books which have collections of prayers and reflections.
Mary teaches us to listen and respond to God.Write a class “thank you‟ prayer. Use photos to give children ideas of what they might thank God for.
The Hail Mary is a Catholic prayer that uses words and scripture to praise Mary. Invite students to share their own prayers of thanks for Mary and for the gift of Jesus.
Pray the “Hail Mary‟ together.
Students write a letter from Elizabeth to Mary thanking her for her visit.
The Annunciation – Mary says yes
Luke 1:26-38
The Visitation
Luke 1:39-45

List of Resources for Year One Sample Units:

Year One - List of Full Resources

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Achievement Standards Elaborations Year One

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Inquiry Unit Proforma
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Year One - Review and Balance of Coverage of Knowledge and Understandings
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Year One - Review and Balance of Coverage of Knowledge and Understandings
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The sample units below are to be modified and adapted to your own teaching style and the learning needs of your students. 

Year One - Lent
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Year One - Easter
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Year One - Sacraments
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Year One - Lent
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Year One - Easter
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Year One - Sacraments
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Year One - I wonder if I can be forgiving and caring like Jesus
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Year One - I wonder if I can be forgiving and caring like Jesus
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Year One - God
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Year One - God
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Year One - I wonder about being Church
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Advent teaching strategies and resources

Knowledge and UnderstandingsSkillsActivitiesResources
People wait for many things.

We can get very excited while we wait.

Sometimes we feel we can’t wait a minute longer.
A mysterious parcel
Make a beautifully wrapped parcel with a bright bow containing enough holy cards, bookmarks or other appropriate gifts to be shared by the students. Ensure the parcel is wrapped in several sheets of paper in a similar fashion to when playing ‘Pass the Parcel’. You could add messages such as ‘You’re getting closer’, ‘nearly there’, or ‘one more to go’ in between each layer. Attach a card to the parcel which reads: ‘This is for Year 1. It is a special parcel to say Thank You for being really great kids. This parcel must be opened slowly and carefully making sure to unwrap only one layer of paper at a time. Wait for half an hour before unwrapping the next layer.”
Put the parcel in a prominent place in the classroom, possibly in the prayer place ready for morning prayer. Make sure it is there ready for the beginning of the school day. When several children have noticed it and wondered about it, pick it up and bring it to the attention of the whole class. Read the attached card and say ‘I wonder what it could be?’
After a brief time of wondering, invite one of the children to come and carefully unwrap the first layer of paper. Put the parcel back in its place and promise to unwrap the next layer later on.
Every half an hour or so invite one of the children to unwrap another layer of paper. Encourage the children to continue wondering about the parcel or share how they are feeling about what might be in the parcel.
Continue unwrapping throughout the day until the final layer is reached. Use your own judgment for how long to keep the experience happening.
After the contents of the parcel are finally revealed and shared, encourage students to wonder about the experience of waiting using ‘I wonder’ statements such as: ‘I wonder how you felt when you first saw the parcel this morning?’ ‘I wonder how you felt as you had to keep waiting for each layer to be unwrapped?’ ‘I wonder how you felt as we got closer to the gift?’ ‘I wonder how you felt when the parcel was finally unwrapped?’
Students could journal about the experience of the special parcel.
K.8 Advent and Christmas Unit Outline Sydney CEO


To know, worship and love Prep/Kindergarten ch 18 pp 134-139.
We can wait a very long time for a seed to grow into a tree.

Families wait for a long time for a new baby to be born.
Have you ever waited for a long time for something to happen?
What are some of the things you wait for – your birthday, school holidays, a party, Christmas?
How do you feel waiting for something important to happen?
Have you ever waited for the birth of a baby brother or sister?
How did you feel when the baby was born?
We are waiting to celebrate Jesus’ birthday at Christmas.

Advent is the special time when we prepare for Christmas
How do you feel waiting to celebrate Jesus’ birthday?
Engage students in talking, drawing and writing about how they might get ready for Christmas. Students complete the stem: I will get ready for Christmas by…. Make into scrolls and display around a banner “Advent - We are waiting for Christmas”
Learn a hymn such as ‘Christmas is Coming’ or ‘Wait in Hope’ As One Voice For Kids

Christmas teaching strategies and resources

Knowledge and UnderstandingsSkillsActivitiesResources
Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem a long way from their home. When they got there the town was crowded. The only place they could find to stay was a stable. There, Jesus was born.
The students can retell parts of the story of Jesus’ birthI wonder...
· Why God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus
· How Mary felt when she was asked to be the mother of Jesus
· What it would be like to be born in a stable
· What angels are like
· Why God’s angel told the poor shepherds about Jesus
To know, worship and love Prep/Kindergarten pp. 147-153.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 525
That night, God’s angels sang. Have a carol-singing session.“Animal Alleluia”
One of them told some very poor shepherds that Jesus had been born in the stable. The shepherds went to see Jesus.Find the words or music to as many Christmas carols as you can. If possible, sing the carols to a musical instrument. Otherwise, sing unaccompanied. Talk about what the carols mean.

Tell the story of Jesus’ birth using the figures of the Christmas crib.

Make a set of five sequence cards telling the story of Christmas from Luke’s Gospel. Discuss with the students what is happening in each card. Then ask them to place the five cards in the correct order according to the gospel account.

Use the story senses worksheet to record what the shepherds could see, taste, touch, smell and hear in this scene.
Star Stable Baby Angel”, “Sounds of a stable” – Gerry Holmes from Christmas in the shed – Leigh Newton

“Donkey, donkey” - Leigh Newton from Christmas in the scrub

Fiona Watt (2005) The Nativity

Maurice Ryan (2010) Learning Links to Christmas p21, 22.