In Religious Education (RE) you will learn about what people believe, why they believe and how these beliefs influence their own lives, the lives of others and the world around us. You will explore how many religions, particularly Christian religions, have shaped the Ireland you live in today. What will I learn in Religious Education?
Some of the things you will learn include:
- At least one of the major world religions in detail
- How different communities of faith organise themselves: their leaders, celebrations, forms of worship and guidelines about their members’ behaviour
- The different religious and non-religious ways of trying to understand the world
- How religious beliefs shape some ideas and laws.
How will I learn Religious Education in school?
Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:
- Visit religious centres and places of worship
- Listen to speakers from different organisations and religions
- Work on your own, but also in pairs and in groups
- Use a textbook, but other materials as well.
Some other things that will help you learn in class are:
- Asking questions
- Taking your own notes
- Keeping a file for your notes and handouts; they will be useful for learning and for revision
How can I learn more about Religious Education outside of school?
Some of the things you may do are:
- Talk to family and friends about their different beliefs and different ways of celebrating religious festivals
- Listen to accounts of different religious beliefs in news reports from around the world
- Notice how often films, books and art include signs of religious actions, beliefs or events
- Look at religious buildings near your home or when you are on holidays