Year Seven

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

By the end of Year Seven students will explain the relationship between God and humankind and describe a way of life faithful to God’s Love.  By the end of year seven students will describe the structure and identify some of the genres of the Bible. They examine some of the social and cultural practices of Judaism in the time of Jesus and express personal interpretations of Jesus as teacher and healer. Students describe the role Saint Paul played in the establishment of the Church.

By the end of Year Seven students analyse different qualities, features and conventions of the symbols and rituals of each of the seven Sacraments to identify how they celebrate the risen Christ.

By the end of Year Seven students in the context of the Exodus story, investigate the Ten Commandments. They make connections between the Commandments and ways of living justly as a community.

By the end of Year Seven students identify people who live in the Holy Spirit. They communicate the ways they are signs of life, hope, service, and justice. Students identify the specific spirituality of the school and how it reflects the wider mission of the Church.

Beliefs

 

Knowledge and Understandings

God, the loving Creator, who reaches out in relationships and gifts the world with God’s Spirit.
Creation stories, from Christian and other world religions, and Aboriginal spirituality.
The ways the Holy Spirit is active in renewing creation.
God is active in all creation
God created the world according to God’s wisdom (CCC295)

 

Skills

Express in poetry or art, an understanding of how God’s Spirit challenges contemporary thinking.
Demonstrate a growing value for creation through participation in activities that improve the immediate or local environment.
Outline the responsibilities of Christians as co-creators and respond in a local context.
Explain Aboriginal views on the stewardship of the land.
Compare the  biblical accounts of creation and discuss their different images of Creation -Genesis 1&2
Identify a range of expressions of God’s presence in the natural environment and human experience.

Jesus is the Son of God, who offers hope to the world
Jesus was a Jew, who lived and grew within the Hebrew tradition. CCC 577-594
(In the Hebrew tradition, Son of God is understood as one in whom God is present.)
Jesus reached out to all people, particularly the marginalised, vulnerable and poor, and acknowledged their human dignity.
Jesus taught the value of faith and acknowledged and responded to the faith of some people around him.

Examine some political, social, historical and religious elements in first–century Palestine.
Present the key teachings and practices of Judaism in the time of Jesus.
Examine the role of Jesus as teacher and healer
Reflect on how Jesus’ words and actions influence our own life and the lives of others.

The Bible contains different genres: myths, letters, wise sayings, Psalms, Historical narratives.
The Bible writers drew on the oral tradition and the writings of others to compile their works.
The New Testament writers wrote for particular
communities experiencing difficult challenges.
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels.
All four gospels provide a unique insight into the person and life of Jesus.

Identify various genres in the Bible.
Outline how the Bible was constructed.
Discuss the challenges that faced the writers and audiences of the New Testament.
Define what a synoptic Gospel is and locate a common text.

The first great Christian missionary was Paul, who preached the Good news of Jesus’ Resurrection and its meaning to both Jews and Gentiles.
The letters of Saint Paul were written for specific communities.
Paul travelled extensively throughout the Roman Empire establishing Christian communities in Turkey, Syria, Greece, Cyprus and Malta.

Describe Paul’s role as  Apostle to the Gentiles in the establishment of the early church.
Locate on a map significant places in the travels of Paul and significant events at each.

Sacraments

 

Knowledge and Understandings

The Church recognises seven sacraments as drawn from the life of Jesus and continuing his ministry: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, anointing of the sick, marriage, Holy Orders. For each of the seven sacraments, the Church specifies the rituals, ministers and norms for celebrating each sacrament. All sacraments, as celebrations of the worshiping community, express and support the journey of faith. CCC1210
The Church recognises and celebrates the sacramental presence of God through ritual, sign, symbol and word.
Sacraments are a way of exploring the unfathomable mystery of God.
Sacraments are visible but limited signs of God’s active presence.
Christ is a celebration of humanity and divinity
Sacraments are centered on the mission of Jesus.
They bring the action of the past into the present  experience and reality.

 

Skills

Explain the relationship between the Sacraments and the important moments of a Christian life.
Illustrate how life experiences are expressed and celebrated through each of the sacraments (e.g. Baptism –welcoming, belonging).
Describe how the symbols and rituals of each of the seven sacraments of the Church points to the risen Christ.
Investigate how the Sacraments have developed over 200 years.
Illustrate how each ritual Sacrament enables us to change.

Morality

 

Knowledge and Understandings

The Ten Commandments (Decalogue) affirms the relationship between God and humankind. It describes a way of life faithful to God’s love.  CCC  2056 -2061
Other world religions have codes of conduct e.g. the Eightfold Path (Buddhism)

 

 

Skills

Show how the Ten Commandments  describe a way of life faithful to God’s love.
Explain the relationship between God and humankind that is revealed in the Ten Commandments (Decalogue).
Find examples of other codes of conduct in other world religions.

Prayer

 

Knowledge and Understandings

In the communion of saints, many and varied spiritualities have been developed throughout the history of the churches. (CCC2684)
The different schools of Christian spirituality share in the living tradition of prayer and are essential guides for the faithful.

 

Skills

Become familiar with images (statues, pictures, icons) of the saints studied in school and know that they are models of Christian life.
Research the lives of those saints/religious orders pertinent to the charism of the school.
Explore themes of justice and peace in the lives of those saints/religious orders connected to the school community.
Identify ways in which people can learn from school saints/religious orders actions and be challenged to bring their values alive in the school communities and the world.

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

I wonder about Saint Paul

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I wonder how Jesus lived in first century Palestine

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I wonder about the sacraments of the Catholic Church

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I wonder about the relationship between God and Humankind

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