Faith Based Inquiry


Faith Based Inquiry

Catholic Faith Based Inquiry engages learners hermeneutically through the Catholic Tradition by providing opportunities to make deeper connections with our learning across the curriculum, exploring scripture and taking action within the broader community.

(St Mary’s Primary School staff, 2014)

At St Mary's we teach Faith Based Inquiry as part of our Inquiry units. This helps us to link the Catholic Tradition into the 'real world,' so that the children can make greater sense of their Catholic Identity. Each unit is linked closely with the Catholic Social Teachings.  A great emphasis is placed on the teachers and children involved in dialogue so that everyone can learn from and with one another. We believe that our Buddhist, Hindu, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, and no religious denomination children all have so much to contribute to all areas of Faith Based Inquiry. The dialogue they have with our Catholic children and teachers helps us to all learn together and hopefully helps us all to strengthen our beliefs. 

2020 Faith Based Inquiry Scope and Sequence 

Semester One, 2020

Term 1

Unit: Working Together

Learning Areas

F-2

3-4

5-6

Civics and Citizenship

Rules  - importance of

Rules and laws

 

Local Government

State/ Federal laws and Parliament

 

Roles and responsibilities  of government

Physical Science

F

Movement of objects

 

3

Force of objects

 

5

Sources of energy - making and transferring electrical energy

 

1-2

Production of Light and sound

4

Production of heat  and temperature change

6

Sources of light

Term 2

Unit: Community

Learning Areas

F-2

3-4

5-6

History

Families

Australian Community

Australian Colonisation

Health

F

Actions of health, safety and wellbeing

Influences on health, safety and wellbeing

Maintaining health, safety and wellbeing by accessing community resources in modern society

1-2

Strategies for health, safety and wellbeing, personally and in our community

Biological Science

F

Basic needs of living things

 

3

Features of living and non-living things

5

Survival of living things

1-2

Growth and change of living things

 

4

Lifecycles and environment of living things

6

Adaptations by living things to physical environment

 

 

Semester Two, 2020

 

Term 3

Unit: Environments

 

Learning Areas

F-2

3-4

5-6

 

Geography

Places – features, importance and change

 

Location of Australia and special places within Australia

 

A&TSI country/ place of school

Places – importance of environments

 

Location of Australia and major neighbouring countries

 

A&TSI peoples throughout Australia

Places – environmental, economic, demographic & human influences

 

Location and connection of major countries

 

Influences of A&TSI peoples

 

Economics and Business

 

 

Needs and wants

 

Earth and Space Science

F

Weather - earth and sky

3

Earth’s rotation

5

Solar system

 

1-2

Earth resources

4

Earth’s surface

6

Natural disasters/ extreme weather conditions

 

Term 4

Unit: Design

 

Learning Areas

F-2

3-4

5-6

 

Design and Technologies

Plants & animals produced for food, clothing and shelter

 

Materials and components used for design

Modern and traditional food/fibre production

 

Materials, components, tools, equipment for design

Food/fibre production in managed environments

 

Materials, components, systems, tools and their impact

 

Economics and Business

 

 

Work environment – now and future

 
 

Chemical Science

F

Everyday materials

3

Natural and processed materials

5

Changes to materials

-observable and physical properties

Solids, liquids and gases

 

1-2

-observable properties

4

-physical properties

6

Reversible and Irreversible changes to materials

 

 

 

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