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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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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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Sacramental Contact Information Form
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In November We Remember

This material is part of the suite of resources made available for Catholic Schools Week 2021 and the theme for the week this coming year is; Catholic Schools; Communities of Faith & Resilience. There are four distinct elements to the resource:

November Resource Introduction
November Prayer Service
Lesson Resource for Junior Infant to 2nd Classes
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Lesson Resource for 3rd to 6th Classes
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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
Advent & Christmas Season in the Primary Curriculum
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Your Prayer Space in Advent
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A Blessing for the Advent Wreath
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Blessing of Advent Wreaths
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Advent Calendar 2020
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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.

An Advent Prayer Space

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

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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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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Feasts of Our Lady in Advent

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

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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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Lent & Easter

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

A Prayer Service for Ash Wednesday for Senior Classes
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Guide for Educators - Lent 2021
Education Kindness - Lent-2021
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Lent Second Class
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Making this Lent a Holy Time

This resource has some information and suggestions for teachers to begin the journey through Lent with their classes .

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My Lenten Prayer and Promise 2021

The Activity Sheet on page 2 can be used by children to record what they will do during under the headings of Pray, Fast & Give during Lent

Saints and Feast Days of the Lenten Season

Find out more about the Feasts of St Patrick, St Joseph and the Annunciation

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
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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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