Curriculum Framework: Grade 1

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1. Read, interpret and apply Scripture to life.


2. Demonstrate an understanding of liturgical seasons and feasts.


3. Present a reasoned rationale for being Catholic.


4. Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  
– read and recall Bible stories

– discuss the connection between Scripture stories and daily life

– demonstrate Christ-like qualities and characteristics in daily life

– identify Advent and Lent as seasons of preparation during the liturgical year

a) identify Advent as a season of waiting

b) identify the forty days of Lent as a season of preparation for Easter

– demonstrate an understanding that God loves and cares for us

– recognize Baptism as a Sacrament initiating us into God's family

– identify Jesus as God; teacher; model; friend

– recognize that we belong to the family of God through Baptism

– identify Mary as Jesus' Mother


5. Illustrate a basic understanding of the history of the Church and an appreciation of her basic traditions.  6. Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultural expressions of Catholicism.  7. Demonstrate an appreciation for the relationship between faith and culture (e.g. through arts, social sciences, sciences, technology, etc.)   8. Pray regularly and use a variety of prayer forms to enrich and express personal and communal spirituality. 
– recall the major events leading up to Christmas and Easter (Advent & Lent)

– participate in

a) Advent celebrations

b) Lenten celebrations

– identify a faith custom or a tradition particular to their family

– share a faith custom or tradition particular to their family

– make connections between faith stories and secular stories through listening to and discussing written word stories
– simple gestures for a piece of music for prayer

– help create an environment for prayer

– know the Our Father, Hail Mary, and meal grace


9. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the importance of Sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, in the life of Catholics.   10. Celebrate the presence of the Sacred through participation in worship experiences using sacramentals, symbols and rituals.  11. Use appropriate resources to plan and participate in liturgy and other prayer experiences.  12. Demonstrate the ability to apply Catholic principles to interpersonal relations (e.g. family, peers, work, society, Church, etc.) 
– recognize that they belong to the family of God through Baptism

– identify the major elements used in the Baptismal Rite

– explain the significance of the symbols used at Baptism

– identify that the prayer candle used during class prayer represents Jesus as the Light of the world

– take on active roles during prayer services

– help create an environment for prayer

– recognize that others have feelings and needs similar to their own

– demonstrate love through acts of kindness


13. Demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions consistent with Church teachings.   14. Demonstrate an understanding and respect for the gift of life; demonstrate an understanding of responsible stewardship.   15. Demonstrate an appreciation for faith community by participating in its life and activities activities as an essential way of coming to know God.  16. Express a willingness to develop and use God given gifts and talents in a Christ-like way to build Christian community. 
– demonstrate an awareness of Jesus' invitation to make good choices

– explore ways to solve conflict based on Great Commandment

– demonstrate respect for God's creation in their immediate environment

– demonstrate respect for the gift of their own human bodies

– participate in prayer services

– recognize school activities as a way of working as a parish family

– recognize that each of us has unique talents

– recognize that God's gifts and talents are meant to be shared


17. Critique societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles and apply to social and personal situations.  18. Engage in service to the community (e.g. family, parish, local, national, and global) in response to the Gospel call.  19. Examine the variety of Christian vocations as ways to live out the Baptismal call to a life of service. 
– explain the meaning of the Great Commandment: “Love God and love your neighbour”

– demonstrate an awareness of Jesus' invitation to make good choices

– accomplish small tasks at home and school for the benefit of others

– contribute theme related items for class use

– recognize Baptism as our initiation to a vocation of holiness

– name the acts of service their parents perform in living out their vocation


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