Religious Education

​​​​​Vision for Religious Education

The Vision for Religious Education emphasises the complementarity of the two dimensions of Religious Education and articulates a school’s aspirations for students in terms of their religious literacy and faith formation. In that sense the Vision begins with “the end in mind”.

The schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane aspire to educate and form students who are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and who are literate in the Catholic and broader Christian tradition so that they might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society.

The Vision for Religious Education appropriately aligns with the goal for learning and teaching as articulated in the Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) Learning and Teaching Framework (2012):

As a Catholic Christian community we educate all to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world.

Model for Religious Education

Since 2008, the distinct and complementary nature of both dimensions of Religious Education has been​ conceptualised in the following Model for Religious Education.


In the schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious draw upon the Catholic Christian tradition in ways that are mindful of local contexts and the ecumenical and multi-faith realities of contemporary culture.

Religious Education Prep – Year 2

In the early years of schooling, students have a natural curiosity about their world, and their desire to make sense of it provides a platform to construct and review their learning through interactions with others, experimentation, scaffolding, explicit teaching and practice and play in the classroom and beyond. This helps them make sense of a world that is outside their immediate experience, as they connect new knowledge with what they already know or believe. This also provides an opportunity to challenge what they know or believe.​​

The Religion Curriculum enables students in Prep to Year 2 to learn about Jesus’ life as a Jew, his family and friends and his teachings and actions. They learn about God’s loving relationship with people and all of creation, and the many ways in which communities of believers nurture their loving relationship with God, others and with all of creation.

Religious Education Years 3-6

During these years of schooling, students begin to understand and appreciate different points of view as they move from an identity centred on the family to a wider world of relationships. They draw on their growing experience of family, school and the wider community to develop their understanding of the world and their relationships with others, past and present. Students increasingly look for and value learning they perceive as relevant, consistent with personal goals and leading to important outcomes.

The Religion Curriculum enables students in Year 3 to Year 6 to develop their understanding of community and its significance for sharing and developing faith. They learn about the experiences of different communities, past and present and the many ways in which faith is lived out and celebrated in their lives. Students learn about the particular communities for whom the human authors of sacred texts shaped their writings. They learn about the relational nature of God as Trinity and the significance of Jesus’ law of love.

Below is an Overview of Year Level Overview Statements summarising the key learnings in Religion at Mother Teresa School from Prep-Year 6:

​Religion Year Level Overview Statement

Prep
In Prep, students learn about God and the goodness of creation. They also learn about the relationships between creation and people. Students learn about Jesus, his life, family and friends. Students learn about prayer and special celebrations and rituals within the Church liturgical year. Students learn about Jesus’ teachings of love, compassion and forgiveness. Prep students explore the Church and name symbols within the Church building.
Year 1​
In Year One, students explore Christian teachings about God’s creation, Jesus’ mission and Prayer.  Students listen to stories from the Bible to understand how God is present in their everyday lives.  They learn that they are part of God’s community and they explore ways they can choose to care for the world and people.  They begin to recognise God’s presence in the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. 

Students learn about the importance of prayer in the life of Jesus and its importance to Christians today. They also learn how to participate in individual and communal prayer by using words, actions and songs.  Students recognise the significance of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and participate in a variety of prayer experiences; including meditative prayer, the Hail Mary and Grace.
Year 2
In Religious Education, Year Two students learn about the sacredness of God’s creation and how to show care and respect for the environment and human life, as modelled by the wisdom of the Saints. They learn that the Bible is a library of books made up of two parts: The Old Testament and The New Testament.  

Students consider how to build a world of love and forgiveness by following Jesus’s examples. They are exposed to stories from the Old Testament which reflect God’s unique relationship and covenant with the Jewish people.
Year 3
In Year Three students develop an appreciation of Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments focusing on the life and teachings of Jesus, The Messiah. They engage in learning that is centred around living a Catholic Christian Moral life that respects basic human rights.
  
Students participate in many prayer experiences and recognise the importance of Catholic prayers, including ‘Glory Be’.  As members of the Catholic Church community, students learn about the significance of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
Year 4
Students in Year Four use the Bible referencing system to locate books, people, places and things.  They explore the New and Old Testament and learn about God as Trinity.  Students learn to appreciate their connection with community and view these experiences and practices as Christian living.  The term “community” relates to past Jewish communities and contemporary Catholic Church communities.  

Students broaden their understanding of the significance of the Sacraments, particularly that of Healing, including Anointing of the Sick and Penance. Students examine different forms of prayers that are significant for Christian communities through the exploration of prayers of blessing, petition, intercession and meditative prayer.
Year 5
In Religion in Year Five, students explore how faith is a shared experience and can be strengthened by the community and believers. They describe the importance of personal and communal prayer and create examples of each to share with others. Students answer the question, ‘How can the Holy Spirit move my world?’ by looking at the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in the lives of others. They look at the idea of charity, conscience and choice by examining The Beatitudes, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and real life stories of morality. Students explore the parts of the Bible, in particular focusing on the Gospels.  They discuss key features of each Gospel, different Gospel authors and compare how time, place and audience helped to shape the different Gospel passages.

Students research the lives of pioneering Catholics in Australia, such as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and discuss how they shaped the Church of today. They explore the life of Mary as the mother of Jesus and participate in prayers that worship her, such as The Hail Mary, The Rosary and The Litany of Mary of Nazareth. Students participate in a range of prayerful experiences, including personal and shared meditative practices and daily prayer rituals.
Year 6
In Year Six, students develop their understanding of the many ways in which faith is lived out and celebrated in the lives of believers past and present. They understand the significance of Jesus’ New Law and how they are challenged to live out his message of love and mercy. They examine the shaping of the Catholic Church in a developing Australian nation.

Students identify and explain the role of celebrations and rituals and demonstrate the significance of personal and communal prayer including the Our Father and The Examen.