Content Structure of GNFL


GNFL is organised into three interrelated strands:

  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Inquiry and Communication
  3. Discernment and Making Connections

Knowledge and Understanding

The Knowledge and Understanding strand of GNFL focuses on the essentials of Catholic faith—on key Christian beliefs, practices and ethical values. The content of GNFL is structured as eight core elements: God, Jesus Christ, Church, Scripture, Sacraments, Christian Prayer, Christian Life, and Religion and Society. They are the high-level concepts for the learning and teaching of Religious Education and can be used to shape questions, guide investigations, organise information, suggest explanations, or develop units of work. Each element of GNFL contains a set of core doctrinal concepts that are referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Derived from the doctrinal concepts, the anticipated understandings that students will acquire are identified in order to focus the learning and teaching at each year level. Moreover, they are sequenced from Foundation to Year 10 as knowledge and understanding increases and deepens at each successive stage.

Inquiry and Communication

The Inquiry and Communication strand promotes the development of skills for studying Religious Education, with an increasing emphasis on critical reasoning, creative personal reflection, interpretation of personal experience and exploration of tradition. Its substrands are:

  • Questioning and Theorising
  • Interpreting Terms and Texts
  • Communication

Discernment and Making Connections

The Discernment and Making Connections strand in Religious Education develops students’ capacity to apply their knowledge and understanding (gained by critical inquiry) to their lives. It promotes students’ growing capacity for personal responsibility grounded in reasoned thought and inquiry, making connections to other learning areas. It affects and forms their personal faith commitments, the expression and application of their commitments in social action, their personal relationships and their spiritual identities. Its substrands are:

  • See: Identifying and Reflecting
  • Judge: Evaluating and Integrating
  • Act: Responding and Participating