Foundation Stage Religious Education

Religious Education

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 gives young people opportunities to develop their personal understanding and enhance their spiritual and ethical awareness.

For further details 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 Religious Education contact:

Lyn Lynch
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2607

Liam Dempsey
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2233


Curriculum Planning

Non-Statutory Guidance Materials Religious Education in the Primary School – Non-Statutory Guidance Materials

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

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.


Teaching ideas

The Guardian teacher network


National Association of Teachers of Religious Education