What is religious and moral education?
The purpose of the religious and moral education curriculum area is to help every child and young person to learn about and from the world’s religions, belief systems and non-religious belief groups. Learning in religious and moral education will help your child to reflect upon and develop their own beliefs and values through engaging with the beliefs, values, practices and traditions of others. This will help them make sense of the complexities of life and support their own contribution to society.
Second level (Primary)
- Share your own beliefs with your child and encourage them to reflect upon them in their own way. Support your child in asking questions about your beliefs and those of others.
- Discuss with your child the similarities and differences between your/your family’s beliefs and those of your wider family, friends and community. Support your child in understanding and valuing diversity. Help your child develop their understanding of different beliefs and how these fit with their own developing beliefs.
- Take time every day to talk and listen to your child without distractions. Share what you have been doing in the day. Talk about the things that went well and the challenges and how you dealt with them. Discuss how your own beliefs support you in your daily life. Encourage your child to do the same. Help your child to understand the ways in which beliefs can shape actions.
- Encourage your child to talk about their own beliefs and those of others. Talk about characters in a book or film. What beliefs might these characters have in different situations? How do they behave and react to different things in the story? Talk about what other choices these characters could have made. Ask your child what they think about the choices made. Ask your child what they would have done in the same situation and why they would have done this.
Help your child to understand where beliefs come from and how your/your family’s beliefs link to your child’s beliefs.
- Recognise and celebrate when your child has done well, for example helping to put away the shopping, sharing toys with friends, showing kindness and consideration for others or taking part in a game and having fun regardless of the result. Discuss with your child how their actions link to the beliefs they have. Support your child in valuing their positive actions and encouraging others in acting positively.
- Talk with your child about things which are happening in the world and how these link to people’s beliefs. Encourage your child to understand and recognise that beliefs can have positive or negative consequences and help them to use their own beliefs to support positive action.
Encourage your child to be confident in expressing their own beliefs but also sensitive to the beliefs of others.