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Religious Education

Our RE lead is Miss Steele.


How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live in unity!

Psalm 133

Religious Education at St Margaret's Church of England School

Our RE curriculum is designed to give children the knowledge of the six main religions and world views. Through learning about these religions, the children will also learn to articulate their own personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences whilst respecting the right of others to differ. Children are introduced to a variety of themes throughout their time at St Margaret’s and Christianity is the main focus with other faiths being taught in each year group. This reflects our diverse school community and a world in which our children will flourish. Pupils ask and answer challenging and provoking questions using their interpretation of religious texts. Learning in RE is fun and often creative allowing the children to develop their own ideas, values and identities as individuals in the world.

Religious Education (RE) at St Margaret’s is a subject highly regarded by both staff and pupils. As part of our Federation’s broad and balanced curriculum, RE teaching and learning is underpinned by our ‘Big Ideas’. RE planning, detailing key concepts, vocabulary, learning intentions and endpoints, enables teachers to provide all learners with a progressive, memorable and creative RE curriculum. Children explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live. Living and learning together in unity, children and adults of Christian, other faiths or none, share their experiences, and listen to and respect those shared by others.


“What does a balanced approach to curriculum design in RE look like?… a balanced curriculum that enables pupils to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief. Implicit within this is the study of a range of religions, belief systems and worldviews.” (Church of England)

Teaching and learning involves discussion, reflection and exploration of Big Questions; including, study of important texts, artefacts and key beliefs of global religions. These Big Questions develop our children’s view of the world. Pupils start each unit by identifying what they already know, linked to the Big Question, and update their knowledge, on their unit cover sheet, throughout the unit. Children respond to their learning in RE lessons in many creative ways, including drama and role-play, dance, art and experiential learning involving handling of artefacts and visits to places of worship. We aim to make RE a stimulating subject for children and adults to enjoy. RE lessons are fully inclusive and teachers tailor learning and activities in a number of ways in order to provide equity enabling all children to learn and make good progress. 

Children take great pride in their work, enjoy engaging learning experiences and achieve well in RE. Within our rich and vibrant RE curriculum, which is in line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus, concepts from the Understanding Christianity scheme enhance children’s ability and confidence in exploring and answering Big Questions. Children are introduced to a wide variety of themes, with Christianity as its main focus but also encompassing development of knowledge, understanding and respect for some other global religions. They also apply their knowledge and skills from other subjects (e.g. British Values, geography and PSHE), providing considered and informed responses when talking passionately about their learning.

Storytelling Day at Coventry Cathedral - June 2023

Experience Pentecost visit to Coventry Cathedral - May 2023

Year 4 Christingle Service at Coventry Cathedral - December 2022

On Wednesday 7th December, Year 4 visited Coventry Cathedral for their Christingle Service. During the service, they learnt about the significance of Christingle for Christians, sang Christmas songs with the congregation, performed ‘It Was On A Starry Night’ with Makaton signs and a few children shared some readings. When they returned to school, children made their own Christingles.

Year 6 - Understanding Faith Day - March 2023

Year 4 - Understanding Faith Day - March 2023

Year 3 - Understanding Faith Day - March 2023

Year 3 - Considering what Christians learn from the creation story - November 2022


Christianity is taught through the ‘Understanding Christianity’ scheme. From their first RE lessons, children at St Margaret’s understand that Christianity is a worldwide faith. Understanding Christianity’s approach to teaching about Christianity builds up pupil’s encounters with biblical concepts through texts, placing them within the wider Bible story. Children at St Margaret’s become familiar with the ‘big story’ of the Bible shown in the Big Frieze panels. Children learn to make sense of the text, understand the impact of the text on Christians and learn to make connections between Christianity, other religions and their own lives. This approach allows children to develop skills to help them to think theologically alongside learning lots of knowledge about the Bible, Christian beliefs and practices. In addition to this, each half term, a Bible Story is studied in every year group.

Other World Religions

Every year a major world religion is introduced to the children to help them make sense of the world around them. These religions are taught through the Coventry and Warwickshire Locally Agreed Syllabus. By the time a child leaves St Margaret’s, they will have learnt about Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and made links with these religions and Christianity.


Links with the Church of England

We have strong links with our diocese and consortium Church of England Schools and, because of this, take part in many activities and opportunities provided by them. In the last few years, we have celebrated 100 years of Coventry Diocese and took part in ‘a pilgrimage’ of the Cross of Nails with local schools. Activities like this provide the children with opportunities to apply their RE learning across the curriculum, working on themes such as peace and reconciliation and Christianity as a worldwide faith.


Religious Education is taught in many creative ways, including drama and role play, dance, looking at religious artefacts, research and art. We aim to make RE a stimulating subject in our school. RE lessons are inclusive and teachers differentiate learning and tasks in a number of ways in order to give all children equal opportunities to learn at their own level.

As part of RE, children have the opportunity to visit our local church, St Margaret’s, and experience other places of worship, either virtually or in person. These learning experiences provide enriching opportunities for the children to explore, apply their knowledge of the religions studied and ask questions to deepen their understanding. This allows children to develop their own spirituality and to understand their place in God’s world.


On this page you will find a variety of photos showing our RE learning in action. 

Understanding Faith Day - October 2022

Year 6 - Understanding Christianity Day - Windows, Mirrors and Doors - May 2022

Year 4 - Understanding Christianity Day – Litter picking as part of Year 4’s Courageous Advocacy project - May 2022

Year 3 - Understanding Christianity Day - Recognising the Fruit of the Spirit - May 2022

World Religions

Children learn that Christianity is a global religion and also study other major world religions. Alongside learning about Christianity, a different world religion is introduced each year to help them make sense of the world around them. These religions are taught through the Coventry and Warwickshire Locally Agreed Syllabus. By the end of Key Stage 2, children leave St Margaret’s having learnt about Hinduism, Sikhism, Judasim and Islam, and made links between these religions, Christianity and others that may be met throughout their learning journey.


We are incredibly proud of the diversity of our school’s multi-cultural, multi-faith community. Children and their families are welcomed to contribute to RE learning and school events. Children take pride in sharing experiences of their faith and family traditions in class and collective worship.


See how families shone in presentations for Diwali and Chinese New Year in the links below.

Diwali Day - October 2022

Click HERE to see a video from Diwali Day 2020. 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)


“Religious education (RE) makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development. It also plays a key role in promoting social cohesion and the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society.”

(DfE Religious education: realising the potential)


Driven by our Federation Big Ideas, our vibrant RE curriculum progressively builds the children’s concepts of: faith, community, morality and ethics, tradition, worship, symbolism, values and spirituality. As the children develop their understanding of the world and their place within it, our children grow in character and flourish, enabling them to be a ‘light in the world’. This is seen when children welcome visitors to our school, represent the school on trips and at sporting events and lead in Courageous Advocacy projects.


We have forged strong and positive relationships with a range of key partners. Working collaboratively with these partners has spurred staff on to make courageous decisions to secure our provision of a broad, inclusive and exciting curriculum which offers all learners and staff opportunities to achieve their aspirations and shine brightly as they live out our Christian vision and values. Regular monitoring and feedback by the RE Lead and other school leaders swiftly identifies any need for resourcing or staff CPD, ensuring that the teaching of RE is consistently strong across the school.


Strong links with our Diocese and consortia Church of England schools have opened doors for us to engage in many activities and embrace lots opportunities which have enhanced the children’s experiences and learning. In the last few years, we have celebrated 100 years of the Coventry Diocese, taking part in a pilgrimage of the Cross of Nails with local schools. Pupil and staff delegates from St Margaret’s joined with schools across the Diocese at a celebratory service at Coventry Cathedral, where we have also attended other worship events, such as Christingle. We have also completed shared RE study events with local schools and children visit places of worship, including St Margaret’s Church and our local Gurdwara Sahib. Activities like this provide the children with opportunities to strengthen their RE learning, whilst pursuing themes such as, peace and reconciliation.

Cross of Nails

Our partnership with the St Margaret’s Church community is highly valued. Rev Suffern, the St Margaret’s rector and a school governor, is a welcome visitor leading collective worship and contributing to the children’s learning of Christianity. With his links with clergy in Africa, this has helped the children see Christianity as a global faith. Other members of the Church community lead worship, including the Bible Society ‘Open the Book’ group, who bring Bible stories to life for the children.

“In Church of England schools, where pupils and staff come from all faiths and none, religious education (RE) is a highly valued academic subject that enables understanding of how religion and beliefs affect our lives. At the heart of RE in church schools is the teaching of Christianity and pupils also learn about other faiths and world views.” (Church of England: RE Curriculum Guidance)


Schools’ Statutory Duty

As a voluntary controlled maintained school, we have a statutory duty to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which includes RE. Parents can follow their right withdraw their children for all or part of the lessons. Should this be the case, we ask that parents/carers contact our Head of School.

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