In Year 2, students learn about aspects of God’s nature and God’s
relationship with people, as they engage with a variety of New Testament
texts depicting the teachings and actions of Jesus and Old Testament
texts that describe God’s relationship with the Jewish people. They
explore contextual information about the first century Mediterranean
world, to better appreciate the life and times of Jesus. They learn
about Jesus’ mission and ministry and explore ways in which Jesus’
teachings and actions continue to guide the life of the Church community
today. They explore, recognise and appreciate the history of a parish
community as it is revealed in many ways.
Students learn about the sacredness of all creation, especially human
life; the call to be co-creators and stewards of God’s creation; and
the responsibility to pursue peace and justice out of respect for human
life and all creation. They develop their understanding of the loving
relationship God unconditionally offers to people; and their
understanding of sin, as evident in the free choices that harm the
individual and their loving relationships with God, with others and with
all creation. They explore ways in which believers seek to heal these
relationships through reconciliation and prayer. They investigate ways
in which believers celebrate reconciliation with God and with others in
the Sacrament of Penance.
Students examine ways in which prayer and the wisdom of the saints
help believers to nurture their loving relationships with God, with
others and with all creation. They develop their understanding of prayer
in the Christian tradition through an exploration of prayer for
forgiveness (acts of contrition and Penitential Act) and meditative
Children will learn that the Bible is an inspired account of the
history and story of the Jewish people. They look at the story of
Abraham and Sarah as an example of how God relates to us all. Children
can discuss and identify people and places from these stories and
describe God’s relationship with the Jewish people in these stories.
They will compare and contrast their ideas on these stories. Children
will also explore the Old and New Testaments and the Table of Contents
to locate books depicting stories about the life of Jesus.
Children will look at their Parish community, the history and
significance and key events. They will design a narrative about this.
Children will explore the historical and geographical features of first
century Mediterranean world and identify key events and people of this
time. Children will look at some of the saints of the Church and they
help us to focus on being stewards of creation.
Children will look at what Jesus teaches us about forgiveness and why
it is important to forgive in our community. They look at St Francis
Peace Prayer and what it means to our community and what it also tells
us about Jesus teachings. Children will look at the meaning of sin and
making choices that can hurt relationships and forgiveness. Children
will learn that it is important to own their mistakes, forgive
themselves and others.
Focus Area 7: How has St Francis shown us to care for God’s creation?
Children begin this unit looking at St Francis and who he is in the
life of our school and how we can become co-creators and stewards of
creation like him.
By the end of Year 2, students analyse some teachings and actions of
Jesus depicted in New Testament texts that reveal aspects of God’s
nature. They discuss their ideas about God’s relationship with the
Jewish people as described in some Old Testament stories. Students pose
questions about the life and times of Jesus and use sources provided to
answer these questions. They make connections between Jesus’ teachings
and actions and the way members of the Church community live today.
Students recognise the sacredness of God and all creation, especially
human life. They identify ways in which human beings respond to the
call to be co-creators and stewards of God’s creation. Drawing on their
own experiences, they suggest ways to pursue peace and justice out of
respect for human life and all creation. They recognise choices that
harm an individual and their loving relationships with God, with others
and with all creation. They explain ways in which believers seek to heal
these relationships through reconciliation and how they celebrate
reconciliation in the Sacrament of Penance. They recognise that prayer
and the wisdom
of the saints help the believer to nurture their relationship with God,
with others and with all creation. They participate with respect in a
variety of personal and communal prayer experiences, including
meditative prayer and prayers for forgiveness.