The Alive-O programme is the core resource for the teaching of Religious Education in every Catholic Primary School in Ireland. The title Alive-O reflects one of the overriding concerns of Religious Education, namely, to enable people to become fully alive in the presence of God in themselves, in others, in the Church and in all creation.

The Alive-O programme seeks to involve the home, the school and the parish in the task of handing on the faith to primary school children.

The Alive-O programme attempts to forge a stronger link between Home and School in four principal ways.

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1. Pupil Text
In each class year there is a text book which illustrates the stories and encapsulates the story which is central to that week’s lesson. Parents/Guardians should be encouraged to use the pupil as a focus for communicating with the child asking the child to tell them their story of the week and discussing with them the issues which they may have discussed in class, or that they might discuss through the week.

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2. Worksheets/workbook
There is also an individual workbook available for each class range. This book is an extra option that the teachers may choose to use. If they chose not to use the individual book they are free of copyright to use the resource book contained in their teacher kit. We would encourage that these workbooks/pages would be sent home regularly as it gives the opportunity to discuss the work of that week with their parents/guardians at home. Prayer which s central to the Alive-O programme is often contained on these sheets and therefore this gives an added opportunity for those at home to pray with the child the prayers that they are praying in school from the programme.

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3. At home with Alive-O Sheets

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The aim of these is to give parents an insight into what their children are learning in school and to provide them with some of the materials that are available to the teachers so that they can continue at home what the teacher is doing in school. Each of these sheets is designed to be photocopied back and front and folded in three like a letter in an envelope and can be coloured in by the children.

4. Liturgical Links
The Liturgical Link pages are designed to assist the Priests/Chaplains/Parish team with Sunday liturgy or in the Parish Newsletter. The overall aim of these sheets is to foster links between the Parish and the School.

CDs/Videos
Each kit includes a Video/DVD to accompany the lessons in the programme. It is a very valuable teaching tool, from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. All types are now available in CD format for the convenience of the class teacher.

Posters
These posters can now be purchased individually class per class from Veritas. See catalogue of Alive-O posters.

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