Course Content

The PSR program course content series builds from year to year around four themes:

  1. What Catholics Believe
  2. How Catholics Worship
  3. How Catholics Live
  4. How Catholics Pray

An introduction to the scope and sequence of each grade level is as follows:  


Kindergarten

God’s love creates the universe including all people and family.  Children are introduced to Jesus as the greatest sign of Gods love and begin to express love of Jesus.


1st Grade  

Children learn that we belong to a community known as a Church.  Children begin to learn how we live and pray as a Catholic Community.


2nd Grade  

Building on first grade, children grow in understanding of themselves as part of a Catholic Community including preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.


3rd Grade  

Children continue to grow in understanding of themselves as members of the Church. They learn in depth the four marks of the Catholic Church and begin to see the connection of the Church’s mission to the wider world.


4th Grade  

Students learn of God’s existence as one in three: God, Son and Spirit. Students will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year, typically during Lent.


5th Grade

Students are introduced to an in-depth study of The Sacraments as God’s Gift: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, the Sacraments of Healing and the Sacraments of Service.


6th Grade  

Students are taken on a journey to the roots of our Catholic faith through a study of the Old Testament. Students learn the story of the Exodus and the role of the Prophets as calling a people to grow in faithfulness to God. Students will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year, typically during Lent.


7th Grade

Students learn about Jesus via key theological terms such as the Incarnation and Paschal Mystery. Students learn about Jesus ministry on earth in announcing the Kingdom of God.


8th Grade

Students are invited to a deeper understanding of Church via historical development from the initial days of following The Way, through times of persecution, to medieval expression in theology and cathedrals, on to the Reformation and church councils.