In Year 4 approximately 25 hours of teaching time are allocated to the explicit teaching of Religion each term.
Students consider the meaning of a true community and reflect on the wisdom of St Paul to determine how our class is like the community that he describes. While reflecting on the need for rules and setting expectations for our classroom, students determine the difference between rules and laws and consider whether the Decalogue is an example of rules or laws. They use the parable of the Good Samaritan and resources from the Learning Byte, What happens in communities when things get tough?, to learn about the Jewish community in the first century. This unit ties to Civics and Citizenship concepts.
By the end of this series of learning experiences, students
- Develop their understanding of God's Word in Scripture as they use the Bible's referencing system to locate books, people, places and things
- Engage with a variety of text types in the Old Testament and the New Testament
- Listen to, read, view and interpret Scriptural passages that express God as Father, as Son and as Holy Spirit and describe the concept of Trinity
Students examine the Sacraments of Healing and reflect on morality. They revisit the Decalogue as a guide for moral living and learn about prayers of intercession. The idea of healing is extended from the personal level to a community and national level through an historical investigation into the experiences of indigenous people and the current reconciliation movement in Australia. They develop a liturgy, presentation or other suitable ceremony that reflects their growing understanding to recognise Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week or NAIDOC Week.
Students describe key features of stewardship according to Christian teaching and apply the Christian moral duty of stewardship to environmentally friendly practices while learning that caring for the environment is a moral issue for Christians. Students investigate the use of mandalas in meditative prayer. Ties to Geography unit about litter in the school and Science unit about properties of materials.
Students examine prayers of blessing and adoration, and prayers of petition and intercession, to facilitate an appreciation of the significance of these forms of prayer for Christian communities.
As part of the English and History unit in Term 4, students consider the experiences of the first Catholics in Australia. What were the challenges this early community faced? Using the resources and content from the Learning Byte, What happens in communities when things get tough? students appreciate the hardships faced by this community.