Year Six

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

Key Inquiry Questions

How is the Holy Spirit described in Scripture? What do some of these images mean to me?
What were some of the challenges to the Early Christian communities?
What role did Saint Peter play in the establishment of the early Church?
How is Mary viewed in the Catholic Church?
What  are the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and how can I use these gifts in my life?
How can I continue the mission of Jesus in  my community and in the world?
What is the Church’s liturgical year and how does it represent Jesus’ life?
How can the psalms help me to pray?
How does the Rosary help me to meditate?

Wondering Questions

I wonder about the Holy Spirit. I wonder how I see the Holy Spirit.
I wonder how the early Christian community was formed.
I wonder how Saint Peter led the early communities and continued the mission of Jesus.
I wonder about the many images of Mary in the Christian Church.
I wonder about the various devotions to Mary that exist in different cultures.
I wonder if I am aware of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in my life.
I wonder if I can use these gifts to reach out to those in need.
I wonder how the Church uses the liturgical year to represent Jesus’ life.
I wonder about the various types of psalms in the Bible. I wonder if I can pray with the psalms.
I wonder about the scripture in the Rosary. I wonder if I can use this to help me meditate.

By the end of Year Six, students can express an understanding of various Biblical images of the Holy Spirit.  Students describe and explain how the Holy Spirit gives courage to the disciples and to people today. They listen, read, and recount key scripture that tells of the early Christian communities. Students compare different understandings of Mary in scripture, images and titles.

By the end of Year Six, students explain the meaning of and how they experience the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Students creatively communicate information on Spirit-filled people. Students communicate ways they can be signs of life, hope, healing, nourishment, reconciliation, and service. Students demonstrate understanding of symbols, seasons and feasts of the liturgical year.

By the end of Year Six, students research key figures in the Bible, for example, Peter. Students demonstrate ways to respond to those in need. Students explain the implications of and give suggestions for the continuation of the mission of Jesus today.

By the end of Year Six, students can understand and say, in unison and individually, a number of traditional prayers including Hail Holy Queen and a decade of the Glorious mysteries of the Rosary.  They identify, explore and compose various kinds of psalms – psalms of lament, thanksgiving and praise.

Achievement standard Elaborations

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Knowledge and Understanding

The meaning of some images in the Scriptures changes according to the culture and time.

The action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers is described in Scripture using a variety of titles, images and symbols.

Symbols of the Holy Spirit  CCC 694-701



Students typically will:
Identify some titles and images of the Holy Spirit found in Scripture. e.g.
Water CCC 694
Anointing CCC 695
Fire CCC 696
Cloud and light CCC 697
The seal CCC 698
The hand CCC 699
The finger CCC 700
The dove. CCC 701

The early followers of Jesus continued his message by spreading the Good News (Pentecost).
The Spirit of Jesus, who helped the disciples, is the same Spirit who lives in and empowers people today to continue Jesus’ mission .
The Spirit of Jesus helps people to act with courage and to respond to the Spirit of Jesus in their lives.
CCC 736 747

Describe times when the Spirit of Jesus gave courage to the followers of Jesus.
Articulate how the disciples needed courage to spread the Good News.
Describe the mission of Jesus in Luke 4:16-22
Identify situations when the disciples needed to speak and act with courage.

The author of the Gospel according to Luke  is also the  author of Acts of the Apostles.
Acts of the Apostles is a major book in the New Testament and it tells about the life of the early Christian communities.

Recognise that the Acts of the Apostles is a major book in the New Testament.
Listen, read, recount and locate the following scripture passages.
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2: 1-11
Matthew 28:19
John 20:19
The early Christian community
Acts  2:43- 47 ; 4:32-35

Mary is the mother of Jesus and of all Christians .
Mary’s role in the Church community can be described using a variety of titles and images.
New testament texts reveal Mary’s role as a mother of Jesus and her role in the early church community.

Explain how some of the titles and images
of Mary found in the New Testament texts reveal her role as mother of Jesus and her role in the Church community.
Compare different understandings of Mary as depicted in a variety of titles and images from visual, multimedia and written texts.



Knowledge and Understanding

Through the sacraments we are nourished in ministry and service
CCC 738, 739
The sacraments are ritual celebrations of God’s Spirit in our lives. Sacraments empower Christians in ministry and service.



Students typically will:
Recount that Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit at his Baptism and that we too are anointed to continue his mission at our Baptism and Confirmation.
Recognise that Jesus showed concern for the poor, the captives, the blind and the downtrodden throughout his ministry.
Explore different aspects of Christian living such as being entrusted with the mission of justice and peace to those who suffer in the world.

Images of wind and fire helped the people of the Old Testament and the early Christian community express their experience of the presence of God.

Identify images in scripture that reveal God as Holy Spirit:
Moses and the burning bush
The Exodus from Egypt to the promised land.
Moses at Mt Sinai and the giving of the commandments.

As members of the Christian community we explore the gifts of the Holy Spirit that help us live as followers of Jesus.
CCC 1831
Symbols and rituals signify and express the gifts of the Holy Spirit celebrated in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

I know that the Holy Spirit brings gifts (Isaiah 11:1-5) and that these gifts will bear fruits in our lives (Gal 5:22-23)
Explain the meaning of some of the gifts of the spirit and how these guide and give strength to believers today.
Name and illustrate the gifts of the Spirit
Counsel- Right Judgement
Fortitude -Courage
Piety –  Reverence
Fear of the Lord – Wonder and awe
Explain the meaning of some of the fruits of the Spirit and how they are visible signs of God’s active love and work in the lives of believers.

God’s faithfulness and goodness is celebrated through the liturgical seasons.
The Church celebrates Jesus’ life death and resurrection in the many feasts and seasons of the liturgical year.

Name the liturgical seasons and the liturgical colours used by the Church
Purple /Violet – Advent and Lent
White-Christmastide and Eastertide
Red – Pentecost
Green – Ordinary Tine



Knowledge and Understanding

The early Christian community continued the ministry of Jesus by their witness and this continues in the church today as people are called to join this mission.
Key figures in establishing the Church after Pentecost include:



Students typically will:
Describe characteristics of the life and faith of early Christian communities.
Research lives and evaluate the contributions of key figures in the early Church.
E.g. Peter
Identify how to continue the mission of Jesus today, strengthened by the Holy Spirit
Formulate an action plan for a disciple of Jesus today.




Knowledge and Understanding

Traditional prayer -know a number of traditional Catholic prayers and develop an understanding of the meaning of these prayers:
Hail Holy Queen.




Students typically will:
Participate regularly through recitation the prayers that have been learned in Prep-Yr5.
Examine the prayer – Hail Holy Queen and creatively respond to the prayer through visual arts.

The Rosary – Praying the rosary is a meditative prayer practice in the Christian tradition.
Ccc2678, 2708, 2617
Pray a decade of the Rosary –Glorious

Say, individually and in unison, a decade of the Rosary using Rosary beads and meditates on the mysteries individually using creative arts.
Our Father
Ten Hail Marys
Glory Be
Prayer of Fatima (optional said by teacher)

The psalms of the Old Testament are a model for personal and communal prayer. There are three main forms of Psalms in the Old Testament – Psalms of lament (sorrow) Psalms of thanksgiving and Psalms of praise.

Identify some of life experiences of the psalmists as communicated in a variety of psalms. (awe and wonder, despair, anger, threatened by enemies.)
Explore the relationship between the psalmist and God as revealed in a variety of psalms.
Use the psalms as a model to create a personal or communal prayer, compose psalms /or prayers
Lamentation: Psalms 3-7; 25-28
Thanksgiving: Psalms 30, 32, 34, 65-68; 75, 116,118
Praise: 95-100; 144-150; 113; 114

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

Beliefs Unit - Mary
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Sacraments Unit - The Liturgical Year
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Sacraments Unit - I wonder about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit in my life.
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Beliefs Unit - I wonder about the Spirit of God
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Beliefs and Morality Unit - The Early Church
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Prayer Unit - Yr Six Psalms

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Psalms Criteria Sheet

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Psalms assessment task

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Year Six-Review and Balance of Coverage of Knowledge and Understandings

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Beliefs Unit - Mary

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Sacraments Unit - the Liturgical Year

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Sacraments Unit - I wonder about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit

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Beliefs Unit - I wonder about the Spirit of God

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Beliefs and Morality Unit - The Early Church

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Prayer Unit - Psalms

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Resources for Year Six Units

Liturgical Seasons Unit - Resource No 2 - the liturgical staff

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Liturgical Seasons Unit - Resource No 3 -Crossword puzzle

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Liturgical Seasons Unit - resource no. 4

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Liturgical Seasons Unit - resource no. 5 - Easter Triduum

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Liturgical Seasons Unit - HAIKU for Ordinary Time resource

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Advent Teaching and Learning Strategies Year Six

Knowledge and UnderstandingActivitiesResources
Advent begins the Church’s liturgical year and prepares us to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. It gives us time to reflect and rejoice in the coming of Christ.

As we prepare for Advent and Christmas, we remember the people who played a part in the story of the coming and birth of Jesus. They waited in hope.

Mary was a young Jewish girl who awaited the coming of the Saviour.
Joseph was chosen to be the foster father of Jesus. Joseph was kind and gentle and a strong protector of Mary whom he loved dearly. He loved and cared for Jesus and lived his life as a carpenter and taught Jesus to also be a carpenter.
Read Matthew 1:18-24 The Birth of Jesus
 Only two of the four gospels tell of the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth and both are different. Luke focuses very much on Mary, while here in Matthew’s gospel Mary is passive and the Annunciation is to Joseph in a dream. It would seem that both writers are in their own way making sense of the Church’s traditional belief that Joseph was not the natural father of Jesus; rather, Jesus was conceived through the Holy Spirit.
 Mary’s pregnancy is presented as unexpected. Both gospels agree that Mary and Joseph are betrothed at the time of her pregnancy. Betrothal means husband and wife in fact, although they had not come to live together. Betrothals were often made while the couple were very young, especially the woman. So their living together did not take place until the woman was sexually mature – generally about twelve years of age. So was Mary twelve? Possibly. According to the law Joseph could divorce her for her apparent infidelity to him. This was, of course, very hard for the woman who becomes virtually unmarriageable and thus has no hope of children or financial support. The pregnancy is explained to Joseph in a dream by an angel. Matthew quotes from the Hebrew scriptures and here he quotes the prophet Isaiah. The eighth century prophet Isaiah and the people of his time were hoping for a king from the Davidic royal family to lead them to greatness as David had done. It must be remembered that the writers of these infancy narratives of Jesus in Matthew and Luke were certainly not eyewitnesses to the events and are relying heavily on the oral tradition as handed down to them. They also bring their own understanding of this oral tradition into their accounts.

A Jesse Tree
 Ask the students if they have learned about family trees and their ancestors
 Explain that the gospel of Matthew 1: 1-17 begins with The Genealogy of Jesus – the family tree of Joseph also known as the Jesse Tree
 The Jesse Tree is a symbol from the Middle Ages. It comes from the words “A shoot shall come up from the stump of Jesse, and from its roots a branch will bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1). Jesse was the father of King David and the Bible tells us that Jesus will be born “of the house of David”. By going back to David’s father, Jesse, and his ancestors, the Jesse Tree can be thought of as Jesus’ family tree. Each symbol used on the Jesse tree depicts a story or person of faith from the Old Testament leading towards the fulfilment of the prophecy of the coming of a Saviour. The Scripture stories tell us of the preparation of the people of God throughout history for the coming of Jesus.
 Invite the class to research some of the names in the genealogy eg
- Abraham
- King David
- Solomon
- Ruth
- Mary
- Joseph
And to make a visual symbol/image for that person to place on a branch – Jesse tree…



Christmas Teaching and Learning Strategies Year Six

Knowledge and UnderstandingsActivitiesResources
In Australia we give gifts at Christmas.

In some countries they give gifts on the feast of the Epiphany, when the wise men brought gifts to Jesus.

Information about the Epiphany
Tell the story of “A Different Christmas”

I wonder
• What can we do to help those for whom Christmas might be a lonely or sad time?

The children could share the story of Christmas using the play “The kid from God”. It is a contemporary Australian version of the story for 16 actors and a chorus. It includes suggestions for 10 songs.

Make Christmas cards for your family and friends and include a written prayer for them and a message that tells them why they’re so special to you.

To know, worship and love Year 5 pp. 190 – 192

Rina Wintour (2003) Christmas Celebrations pp 51- 61.

“Bill and Sally” –Leigh Newton Christmas in the shed
“Song of light”, “Follow the Christmas star” – Michael Mangan from Sing your joy
“Christmas is near” –Jeanette Wormald from Christmas in the shed- Leigh Newton
“Christmas where the gum trees grow” – Leigh Newton – Christmas in the scrub