Bible Storybags

Reflective storytelling for primary RE and assemblies

Margaret Cooling

Currently out of print £12.99


This book comprises 16 field-tested story scripts, based on the life of Jesus, and designed to stimulate reflective thinking in children of all ages from 4-11. Each unit contains a story synopsis, differentiated storytelling, symbols to explore, reflective activities, optional prayers, background information and links to useful websites.

The material covers the life of Jesus through popular storytelling styles such as story sacks and Godly Play, making it ideal in the classroom, or, with the additional web content which can be used with Whiteboard screens, suitable for collective worship.

The material, which gives particular emphasis to the 'learning from religion' aspect of RE, consists of units covering:

  • Jesus' birth
  • Jesus' baptism
  • Jesus' temptations
  • The choosing of the first disciples
  • Parables
  • Miracles
  • Encounters with Zaccheus, Martha and Mary
  • The Crucifixion
  • The Resurrection

Please note: Storybag and Storysack are registered trademarks of Storysack Ltd. The term Storybag is used in this book under licence and may not be applied in any other context without prior written authorisation from the trademark holder.

Download Shockwave flash files to help you tell the story on a whiteboard and knitting patterns for the figures

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Author info

Margaret Cooling is the author of over 40 books on RE and assemblies and four books for churches. For many years, her speciality has been using the arts to communicate Christianity within the field of education. She has worked with a number of publishers on this including the National Gallery Company and the BBC. In the past few years, Margaret has begun to adapt her experience and knowledge within the field of education to work with churches.


Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857460738
  • Published: 21 October 2011
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
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