Foundation Level All Strands

Level descriptors reflect the strand specific enduring understandings by describing key knowledge, understanding and learning processes aligned to levels of learning achievement.

They explain the content to be taught and promote engagement in analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Achievement standards indicate the quality of learning (the extent of knowledge, the depth of understanding and the sophistication of skills) students should typically demonstrate by a particular point in their schooling.

Level Descriptor

Learning Process
To ensure full expression of the content students will:

Achievement Standard
By the end of Level Foundation students working at standard will be able to:

Strand: Christian Ethics – Personal and Social

Christians believe that each person is unique, created in the image and growing in likeness of God, with responsibilities to the other.


Identify and describe ways in which Christians express love for God, self, others and creation.

Recognise Christians believe that identity is imaged in God, identifying and describing actions that support this recognition.

Strand: Church and Tradition

The Church community gathers in many places and ways to celebrate faith and share God’s love.


Explore various prayer gatherings as expressions and celebrations of being Church.

Identify and explain ways that belonging to a Catholic school includes being connected to a Church community.

Strand: God, Religion and Society

People have different ways of identifying meaning for their life. People who encounter the sacred express this in different ways.


Explore what brings meaning to people’s lives and describe how people who encounter the sacred give this expression.

Recognise ways the sacred is expressed in peoples lives.


Christianity has its roots in Judaism.


Investigate the practices and teachings of Jesus as they are linked with his Jewish heritage.

Connect Jesus to the Jewish faith through his words, actions and heritage.


Christians celebrate the wonder and beauty of God’s presence in the whole of creation.


Investigate and respond to the wonder and beauty of God's presence in people and the world around us.

Identify and explain experiences of beauty and wonder in creation which could be understood as God’s presence.

Strand: Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments

God's presence can be experienced and revealed in special ways through a variety of symbols and symbolic actions within prayer and liturgy.


Investigate and explain the variety of symbols and symbolic actions within prayer and liturgy.

Explain symbols and symbolic actions within prayer and liturgy, that for the Christian could reveal God's presence.

Strand: Scripture, Israel and Jesus

The Bible is a collection of books, with multiple authors that teaches about God's love, the life of Jesus and the call to love.


Explore and respond to Scripture that teaches about God’s love, the life of Jesus and the call to love.

Recall Scripture stories and interpret how they show God’s love.

Scripture is interpreted in the light of the author, place, purpose and time it was written.


Explore the Bible as a collection of sacred stories written for different times, people, places and purposes.

Identify and describe some pieces of scripture.