Curriculum Framework: Grade 3

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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.  
– explain Scripture stories

– explain the faith message derived from Scripture stories

– show how Christ-like qualities and characteristics identified in Scripture can be lived out in community

– recognize the fifty days of Easter as a major liturgical season ending on Pentecost Sunday

– demonstrate an awareness of the cycle of the liturgical year

– identify the Apostles' Creed as a summary of Catholic belief

– recognize that our belief today is the same belief as that of the Apostles

– identify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the three Persons in the Trinity

– recognize the Catholic Church as a community which has a common Baptism and a set of beliefs based on the Creed


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. 
– recognize the role of the Holy Spirit in the origin of the Church (Pentecost)

– participate in celebrations relating to the Holy Spirit

– identify the diverse cultural expressions of Catholicism within the school community

– explore how cultural diversity is expressed through faith celebrations

– explore how their inner faith experience can be expressed through the arts
– participate in a short guided prayer meditation

– respond to a scripture reading through a verbal, pictorial, written or other artistic form

– know the Apostles' Creed


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.) 
– participate in school Eucharistic Liturgies

– participate in reflection on the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist

– identify the significant symbols/sacramentals found in a Catholic Church

– participate in Stations of the Cross

– formulate the Prayers of the Faithful based on a given theme

– enhance the environment for a school liturgy or assembly

– affirm the personal qualities of others

– demonstrate an understanding that our bodies are sacred


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. 
– make the connection between making good moral decisions and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

– demonstrate an awareness of the consequences of one's actions on self and others

– acknowledge and affirm the gifts of the elderly

– reflect God's loving care in their behaviour towards others


– recognize the Mass as the central expression of worship in the Church

– identify the parts of the Mass where the students can take an active role

– show how they can respond to God's call to develop their gifts and talents to build Christian community

– demonstrate an understanding of the importance of showing respect and appreciation for others' gifts and talents


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. 
– identify models of just living from Scripture or from their community

– distinguish between just and unjust situations

– acknowledge the needs of others and pray for these needs

– use their time and talent to bring joy to others

– demonstrate an awareness of the lives of the Apostles as they lived out their call to service

– demonstrate an understanding of the concept of vocations


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