Religious Education

Religious Education provides young people with the opportunities to learn about, discuss, evaluate and learn from religious beliefs, practices and values. Through Religious Education young people are able to develop a positive sense of themselves and their beliefs, along with a respect for the beliefs and values of others.

The curriculum for Religious Education is defined by the Department of Education and the four main Christian Churches in Northern Ireland in the Core Syllabus. It also has a role to play within the context of the revised curriculum through presenting young people with chances to develop their personal understanding and enhance their spiritual and ethical awareness.

Religious Education in the Primary School

These non-statutory guidance materials have been prepared to help teachers in primary schools make effective use of the Northern Ireland Core Syllabus for Religious Education and to assist co-ordinators in their planning for RE throughout the school.

These non-statutory guidance materials have been prepared to help teachers in primary schools make effective use of the Northern Ireland Core Syllabus for Religious Education and to assist co-ordinators in their planning for RE throughout the school.

Religious Education in the Primary School Non-Statutory Guidance Materials 4.6 MB - uploaded 30-03-2015

Thematic Units

Food for Thought (Years 3 & 4)

St Patrick and People of Faith (Year 5)

Faith and Light (Year 6 & 7)

Visiting Churches Visiting Churches

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding resource. Visiting Churches aims to give one example of how two schools, representing both the controlled and maintained sectors, organised a visit by Year 5 pupils to two churches of different faiths in Newtownards.

Stepping Out Stepping Out

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding resource from Irish School of Ecumenics. This resource contains material for teachers and play leaders working with young children (5-9 years).

Useful Links

Department of Education Core Syllabus for Religious Education  education-ni.gov.uk