Levels 5 & 6 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 6 students working at standard will be able to:

Strand: Christian Ethics – Personal and Social

Christians are called to respect the uniqueness and diversity of creation as articulated in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si


Explore what is meant by 'Our Common Home' as expressed in Laudato Si.

Connect aspects of Laudato Si with an understanding of what it means for all of creation.

Catholic social teaching critiques the signs of the times and promotes discernment and action for peace, love and justice.


Explore the principles of Catholic social teaching and their application for responding to the signs of the times. 

Link principles of Catholic social teaching to actions that promote peace, love and justice.

Strand: Church and Tradition

The mission of the Church in the world is continued through the actions and ministry of the communion of saints and people across time.


Discern the actions and ministry of people in the Church and others as reflective of Jesus' ministry on earth.

Identify how the actions and ministry of the communion of saints and others across time have continued the mission of the Church. 


The Catholic Church is both an institution headed by the pope and a community of people who are united in a common faith.


Connect visible aspects of a Catholic Church (architecture / symbols / artwork) with the call for Christians to 'be church' in the world.

Describe the ways the visible structures of the Catholic Church call all people to 'be Church'.

Strand: God, Religion and Society

The Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths each have their origins in the Old Testament, yet express their faith in different ways.


Research aspects of religious understanding and identity across Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths.

Compare and contrast examples of religious understandings within the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths.

Religions are communal forms of life articulated through beliefs, sacred writings and rituals that direct a way of living in community.


Explore the opportunties that a religious or spiritual way of life can offer for meaningful living.

Investigate ways in which religions influence and challenge society to become compassionate communities.

God, who is triune mystery and beyond human understanding, can be grappled with through relationship, language, image, symbol, ritual and music.


Investigate ways in which relationships, images, symbols, rituals, language and music contribute to an understanding of the triune God.

Illustrate how relationships, images, symbols, rituals, language and / or music may contribute to an understanding of the truine god.

Strand: Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments

A praying and sacramental Church nourishes and celebrates key moments in the lives of its members, the community and the wider world. 


Discern the relationship between prayer, sacramental expressions and key moments in life.

Explain how through prayer and sacrament the Church nourishes and celebrates the lives of its members.


Christians regard sin as missing the mark in relationship with self, others, God and creation. 


Articulate the importance of 'right relationship' with self, others, God and creation.

Describe the key concepts that underpin the Church’s understanding of reconciliation.

Strand: Scripture, Israel and Jesus

The relationship between God and the People of God is a relationship of covenant, expressed through the Old and New Testaments. 


Explore an understanding of the covenantal relationship, as expressed in both the Old and New Testaments.

Describe a covenantal relationships from both Old and New Testaments. 

Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus reveals the saving love of God and gives hope to the world.


Imagine and explain how the Christian faith through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus might give hope to the world.

Link ways that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection give hope to Christians in their daily lives.

The women and men of the New Testament who encountered Jesus became disciples of hope and continued his mission.


Explore the story of two New Testament characters who were transformed by Jesus, becoming disciples.

Compare and contrast the impact upon the lives of two of Jesus' followers as a result of encountering him.