Learners and Learning in the Religious Education Classroom
Prep to Year 2
In the early years of schooling, students have a natural curiosity about their world, and their desire to make sense of it provides a platform to construct and review their learning through interactions with others, experimentation, scaffolding, explicit teaching and practice and play in the classroom and beyond. This helps them make sense of a world that is outside their immediate experience, as they connect new knowledge with what they already know or believe. This also provides an opportunity to challenge what they know or believe.
Although from diverse backgrounds, with differing life experiences and levels of development, students share many characteristics. Most students are:
- naturally trusting and accepting;
- developing an ability to empathise;
- developing their sensory, cognitive and affective appreciation of the world through exploratory and creative learning;
- gradually developing an image of God that is influenced by the significant adults in their lives;
- imitating the religious gestures and behaviours of others;
- assimilating some of the values and beliefs of their parents/carers; and
- developing a natural sense of wonder and experience the sacred through nature using their senses.
The Religion Curriculum P-12 enables students in Prep to Year 2 to learn about Jesus’ life as a Jew, his family and friends and his teachings and actions. They learn about God’s loving relationship with people and all of creation, and the many ways in which communities of believers nurture their loving relationship with God, others and with all of creation.