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Religious Education and Key Skills

In addition to their specific content and knowledge, the subjects and short courses of junior cycle provide students with opportunities to develop a range of key skills. There are opportunities to support all key skills in this course, but some are particularly significant. The examples below identify some of the elements that are related to learning activities in Religious Education. Teachers can also build many of the other elements of particular key skills into their classroom planning. The eight key skills are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle.


Key skill Key skill element Examples of student learning activities
Being creative Imagining Students will imagine ways that they can be a force for good in the world and take inspiration from sharing stories of people of courage, conviction and imagination.
Being literate Exploring and creating a variety of texts, including multi-modal texts Students will access and engage with oral, written and multi-modal texts to explore a variety of religious beliefs and traditions and develop religious literacy.
Being numerate Seeing patterns, trends and relationships Students will examine patterns and trends that influence beliefs and values and engage with data to find out about the diversity of religious beliefs in Ireland today.
Communicating Listening and expressing myself Students will learn how to listen actively and respectfully to different perspectives and beliefs and express opinions, feelings and beliefs appropriately.
Managing information
and thinking
Being curious Through classroom activities and research, students will learn how to ask questions and probe more deeply in order to gain knowledge and insights about religion and beliefs.
Managing myself Knowing myself Through participation in classroom activities students will gain awareness of the influences shaping their beliefs, assumptions, values and decisions.
Staying well Being spiritual As students explore some of life’s big questions they will grow in awareness, grounded in a sense of purpose, meaning and connectedness. 
Working with others Respecting difference Through discussion and group work, students will consider different experiences and points of view and learn to appreciate diversity as a source of enrichment and learning.