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Our Primary Resources aim to offer assistance across all aspects of the Religious Education Curriculum, from sacramental preparation to seasonal resources throughout the year. We hope you find these useful in your school and classroom.

Religious Education Curriculum

An introduction to the curriculum, as well as specific resources for Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4. Also included here is the Religious Education Policy Template which must be in place in each school.

RE Curriculum Introduction
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RE Curriculum Level 1
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RE Curriculum Level 2
RE Curriculum Level 3
RE Curriculum Level 4
RE Policy Template

All schools are asked to have their Religious Education Policy in place and ratified by the Board of Management. When the policy has been completed please send a copy to [email protected]

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RSE Primary Programme - Flourish

Over the last number of years, the Council for Catechetics of the Irish Bishops Conference, with the support of CPSMA, has been engaging with principals, chairs of boards of management, teachers, and parents in the area of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE).  As a result of this engagement, an RSE programme has been developed for use in Catholic Primary Schools.  The RSE Primary Programme is called Flourish and is available for use with all classes, from Junior Infants to Sixth Class in Catholic Primary Schools. All the resources can be accessed here.

The Flourish programme provides resources for teachers encompassing the three strands, ‘Myself’, ‘Myself and Others’ and ‘Myself and the Wider World  outlined by the current SPHE curriculum. This material links with other resources being used by teachers such Webwise and Busybodies while clearly situating the content to be compatible with the Catholic ethos of the school.

Flourish Programme Introduction
Cross Curricular Links & Integration
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RSE Strands and Themes
RSE by Class
RSE Prayerful Reflection
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Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation

A variety of helpful resources to help in the prepartion of children for these sacraments.

Liturgy Preparation - First Reconciliation
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Parents Guide to Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the First Time
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Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the First Time - Teachers Guide
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First Reconciliation - Parents
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Prayers to Practice and Pray
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An Introduction to the Do This In Memory Programme
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Do This in Memory Programme Order Form
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Enrolment Ceremony
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Combined Penitential Service and Ceremony of Light
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Confirmation Reconciliation Service
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Service of Reconciliation Apapted from Alive-O 8
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Teacher Notes for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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GDPR Guidelines on Photography
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Confirmation Pledge

The Irish Bishop’s Drugs Initiative offer ‘The Confirmation Commitment’ a resource for parishes that enables the candidate and their parents to make a personal commitment to lead a healthy lifestyle. During the Pledge Ceremony, the candidate, with the support of their parents, commits to a Healthy Life style, receives a Spirit Band ( Silicone Band) with one of the Gifts on it and then presents a Bookmark with a special Prayer to Sponsor in appreciation of their support.
There is also an option for
• Parent’s Talk at Confirmation Meetings (Hints & Tips & importance of The Pledge/Commitment)
• Age appropriate talk to Confirmation Class as part of preparation on the challenges of transition to secondary school
Further details on the Confirmation Commitment and other resources from
Darren Butler, National Coordinator Pastoral Response to Substance Misuse, 087-7901461 [email protected]
Title Email or Text : Kildare & Leighlin Confirmation

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Sacramental Contact Information Form
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In November We Remember

Some resources for use in the classroom for the month of November.

November Classroom Resources
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Advent & Christmas

The season of Advent creates many opportunities for primary learning and there are many resources for our primary schools available.  Here is a selection of material.

Advent Explained in 2 Minutes
Religious Education Planner December
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An Advent Prayer Space

A video created by Newbridge Parish on creating an Advent Prayer Space in your home.

Your Prayer Space in Advent
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The Advent Wreath

A video prepared by Naas Parish explaining the Advent Wreath and how to make one in your home.

A Prayer Service for the Blessing of Advent Wreaths
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For Blessing of Advent Wreaths during Mass
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Advent Calendar 2022
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The Liturgical Year
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Liturgical Year Quiz
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Jesse Tree
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St Francis and the Crib - Level 3
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St Andrew - Fact File & Word Search Level 4
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Video about St Andrew
The Feast of St Nicholas -December 6

Information for the teacher and levels 3 & 4

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St Nicholas Activity Sheet

Levels 2 and upwards

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St Nicholas Crossword Puzzle

Levels 3 & 4

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St Nicholas Colouring sheet I

Levels 1 and up

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St Nicholas Colouring sheet 2

Levels 1 and up

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Feasts of Our Lady

Levels 3 & 4, includes information on Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Mary Colouring Page

December 8 is a holy day of obligation. Consider joining the celebration of Mass via the webcam if possible. Talk to your priest about acknowledging the presence of the children on the day.

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What do you know about Mary activity sheet

Level 4

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The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Colouring Page
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St Lucy Fact File
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Feast of St Lucy
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St Lucy Colouring and Activity
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Chalking the Door (6 January)
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Catholic Schools Week

Taking place from January 22 – January 29 2023. This year Catholic Schools Week will reflect on the theme‘Walking Together in Faith & Love considering the process of synodality, the writers for Catholic Schools Week 2023 identified three features of synodality helpful to exploring ’:

• Communion
• Participation
• Mission

The resources will reflect on these features within the overarching theme and will make use of scriptural reflection on journey, prayer, student voice, and (spiritual) wellbeing.

Prayer Service Catholic Schools Week 2023

Many parishes and schools celebrate Catholic Schools Week by gathering together to pray. A Prayer Service to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2023 can be downloaded here.

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CSW 2023 Resources
Recorded Zoom Presentation for use at Staff Meeting

As part of our celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2023 the Diocesan Education Office is offering a 25 minute recorded Zoom ’Walking Together in Faith and Love as Staff in a Catholic School’. This video is designed to be used at a staff meeting or as part of a school’s Croke Park Hours and offers School Leadership the opportunity to encourage and facilitate ongoing reflection on what it means to be a Catholic school and suggests ways to support staff in their teaching of religious education in the classroom and in helping children to deepen their relationship with God.

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Lent & Easter

A selection of resources suitable for primary schools around the themes of Lent & Easter

The Season of Lent

Some suggestions for the RE Coordinator & Parish Team Members for supporting the journey through the Lenten season in the classroom and the wider school and faith communities.

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Making this Lent a Holy Time
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My Lenten Prayer Promise
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Saints and Feast Days of the Lenten Season
RE Planner Lent
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Stations of the Cross - Powerpoint
Ash Wednesday and Lent explained in two minutes

Watch the video to begin to explore the Season of Lent with senior classes.

Feast Days

A KandLe prayer to St Brigid
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Meaning of St Brigid Mosaic
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Senior Infants - St Brigid
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2nd Class - St Brigid
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4th Class - St Brigid
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6th Class - St Brigid
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St Brigid Prayer
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How to make a St Brigid's Cross
How to make a St Brigid's Cross from Paper

Other Useful Resources

Liturgical Year Planner for Schools
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Celebrating the Retirement of a Member of Staff
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Useful resources for Religious Education
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Blessing of Schoolbags and Backpacks
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Inter Religious Literacy - World Faiths
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