Key Stage 1 & 2 Religious Education

Religious Education

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

The Department of Education and the four largest Christian Churches in Northern Ireland define the curriculum for Religious Education in the Core Syllabus. Religious Education also plays a role in the curriculum by giving young people opportunities to develop their personal understanding and enhance their spiritual and ethical awareness.

For Further information see Department of Education Core Syllabus for Religious Education

Curriculum Objectives

The learning opportunities  that Religious Education provides helps young people to develop as:

  • individuals,
  • contributors to society, and
  • contributors to the economy and environment.


For more information on RE, please contact:

Liam Dempsey
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2233


Religious Education in the Primary School

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

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

Thematic Units

Thematic Units are structured learning and teaching opportunities that teachers can use over a period of six weeks. They develop the Ideas for Connected Learning further by selecting, adapting and planning specific teaching and learning opportunities for a class.

Food for Thought (Years 3 and 4) curriculum > key stage 1 & 2 > connected learning

St Patrick and People of Faith (Year 5) curriculum > key stage 1 & 2 > connected learning

Faith and Light (Years 6 and 7) curriculum > key stage 1 & 2 > connected learning

Visiting Churches Visiting Churches

This Personal Development and Mutual Understanding resource explores how Year 5 pupils from two different schools, one from the controlled sector and the other from the maintained sector, visited two churches of different denominations in Newtownards.

Stepping Out Stepping Out

This is a PDMU resource from the Irish School of Ecumenics. This resource contains material for teachers and play leaders working with children aged 5 to 9 years.

Useful Links

Please review all links to judge their suitability before using them with your class.

Webanywhere – Religious Studies teaching resources

Teaching ideas

The Guardian teacher network

RE Online

National Association of Teachers of Religious Education

Religious Education Core Syllabus