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St Margaret's

CofE Junior School

Growing and achieving in God's love








What is the intent of our RE curriculum?

Understanding Religion has a unique place as a central subject in the curriculum of our school. Through our Religious Education curriculum, we aim to:

• engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

• provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain

• develop pupils’ understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook

• enable our pupils to apply the insights of the principle religious traditions to their own search for identity and significance

• enable learners to become aware of their own beliefs and values and to have a positive attitude to the search for meaning and purpose in life

• encourage our learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own


How do we implement our RE curriculum?

As a Church of England school, we abide by the Statement of Entitlement. As such, we ensure that pupils receive one hour of Religion per week. At Key Stage Two, children are required to learn about different world religions, with at least 50% of curriculum time focusing on Christianity. Our different focus religions are Christianity, Sikhism (Yr.3), Hinduism (Yr.4) Islam (Yr.5) and Buddhism (Yr.6) as these are representative of both our school and local community.

Religious Education at St Margaret’s CE Junior School is taught using a rolling 2-year cycle across lower phase and upper phase. Lessons are planned and delivered using the Medway Agreed Syllabus (SACRE), as well as Understanding Christianity documents. Knowledge and understanding in religion is developed in a variety of ways, ensuring that all pupils can access and participate in lessons. Interactive, practical activities encourage pupils to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions. Substantive knowledge is taught, but our primary focus is to develop the children’s disciplinarian knowledge. In our RE curriculum, this is split into three strands: Making Sense of the Text, Understanding the Impact or Making Connections. Children are encouraged to explore religious texts, concepts and beliefs, consider how these relate to the actions of believers and reflect on how their learning can apply to their own lives and the world around them. These three strands are interwoven through every RE topic as well as enhancing their Literacy skills. Pupils’ progress in RE is based on the expected outcomes outlined in the Medway Agreed Syllabus and Understanding Christianity documents, which in turn have been developed in line with national guidance.

We assess children at the end of every unit basing judgements upon outcomes for the specific units. We track individual pupil’s progress against these outcomes, whilst also bearing in mind that the statements do not cover all aspects of teaching and learning in Understanding Religion. For example, pupil’s personal views and ideas are not subject to formal assessment, and yet are central to excellent religion provision. Progress in religion is tracked alongside all other core subjects using our data management system and is reported annually to parents, having a prominent position in the end of year report.


How do we assess the impact of our Religious Education curriculum

• Knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity, other principal world religions, other religious traditions and worldviews

• Understanding and respect for different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances), through exploring issues within and between faiths

• Understanding of the influence of faith and belief on individuals, societies, communities and cultures

• Skills of enquiry and response using religious vocabulary, questioning and empathy

• Skills of reflection, expression, application, analysis and evaluation of beliefs, values and practices, and the communication of personal responses to this.


Religious Education at St Margaret’s CE Junior School encourages pupils to...

• Consider challenging questions of the meaning and purpose of life; beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human

 • Understand the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures

• Learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring questions of meaning and their own beliefs

• Learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed responses to religious, moral and social issues

• Develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a plural, global society

• Develop respect for and sensitivity to others whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.


Religious Education at St Margaret’s CE Junior School enhances pupils’...

• Awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression

• Ability to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses


St. Margaret’s is a Church of England Primary School who received Good at our most recent Church School Inspection.


Children have one Religious Education lesson per week in their class as well as daily Collective Worship.  We follow the Locally Agreed Syllabus which is supported by the Rochester Diocese. Each classroom has a reflection area which is central to lessons and Christian worship. 


Work consists mainly of Christianity which is taught using the Understanding Christianity Scheme and one other world faith per year, giving our pupils the opportunity from Year 3 to Year 6 to learn about world religions too. We look at the different beliefs and faiths of others, helping our children to respect one another and live together peacefully.


Our Christian Values permeate throughout the school. These are firmly embedded in our RE curriculum, lessons, Worship as well as everyday school life.


Click here to learn more about our Church School status.


Want to learn more at home? Here are some links you can access.


BBC Bitesize KS2 Religious Education – online learning and support


RE:Quest – A website to explore the Christian Faith


Religious Education KS2 Interactive Games


Bible Stories for Children

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