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In the primary grades 4K-2, students develop the basis of understanding and identifying Sacraments of initiation, healing, and vocation; they demonstrate the 10 commandments and virtues; and they describe characteristics of the lives of Mary and the saints as disciples of Jesus as well as unique characteristics of each person in the Blessed Trinity. Students also learn the liturgical seasons in the Church year as well as prepare for Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
In the intermediate grades 3-5, students investigate the Sacraments as a significant part of their lives; they apply the Catholic Moral teachings found in the 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, and Works of Mercy; and they describe the characteristics of discipleship. Students explain the core beliefs of the Catholic Faith as presented in the Creed, engage in opportunities that develop pride and ownership in their Catholic Faith, and implement a service project in the community or beyond.
In the middle grades 6-8, students analyze how all Sacraments find their source and summit in the Eucharist; they examine the virtues of Mary and the Saints as examples for our own lives; they develop a prayer life that reflects a relationship with the Blessed Trinity through Scripture, the Mass, and their own traditional and spontaneous prayers; and they formulate concrete ways to live out Catholic moral teaching recognizing the dignity of the human person. Students discuss the relationship between Creation, Salvation History, and the Last Things as well as between the Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Sacred Teaching Authority.
In addition to all of these, students learn to apply bible stories and their messages to their own lives, actively participate in the liturgical life of the Church through Mass, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and imitate Jesus through acts of loving service.
These outcomes are directly quoted from Diocesan Curriculum K-12 Theology. To learn more specifically what you can do to assist your students in their religious education, click here: Parent Version of Religion Curriculum