Religious Education (RE) is an important curriculum subject in its own right and also makes a valuable contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils.
The teaching of RE allows children to learn about and from religions and other world views, and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them. It allows children to develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures and appreciate the value of differences and similarities.
In recognition of high quality religious education, we are extremely proud to have achieved the Religious Education Quality Mark Gold Award.
This has been awarded for embedding excellent, creative and innovative RE practice throughout the school and for recognition as outstanding in the wider community.
RE forms a statutory part of the 2014 National Curriculum and at Headfield we recognise it as a core subject. We follow The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds 2019-2024, entitled 'Believing and Belonging'.
The syllabus is enquiry based, focusing around investigations of key questions and pupils’ personal reflection. Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are studied in depth alongside non-religious world views. We encourage children to think about their own views and values in relation to the themes and topics studied in the RE curriculum.
As a Voluntary Controlled Church of England school, our RE curriculum reflects the requirement for two-thirds of the teaching to be on Christianity, whilst also including coverage of the variety of world faiths and diversity between them.
RE is taught in regular, timetabled slots, equivalent to an hour a week. We provide a wide range of activities and there are plenty of opportunities for cross-curricular links with subjects such as Art, Music, Drama, PSHE and computing. Lesson content may be adapted to meet the needs of individual classes or individuals.
Please click here for an overview of the units of work.
We assess children’s work in religious education by making judgements as we observe them during lessons. In RE, we use the skills progression in our RE documentation to assess pupils’ standards, monitor progression and to inform planning and assessment. We report on pupils’ progress and attainment in RE to parents annually.
As well as regular timetables sessions, RE teaching is enhanced in a variety of ways.
We foster strong links with our local community to provide rich learning opportunities for our pupils. Direct experience comes from organised visits to local places of worship and visits from representatives of local religious groups. Pupils have also been involved in projects working together with pupils from other schools, local artists and churches.
Collective worship take place every day. We celebrate Christmas, Easter and Eid with special assemblies, school performances, activities and parties! The Year 3 Nativity performance is always greatly anticipated!
Every year we celebrate Harvest through collective worship and a charity appeal.
In 2019 & 2018, as part of our Harvest Festival, we collected over 1000 items generously donated by our school community for Batley Food Bank, who redistributed it to families in need locally. What generous pupils, parents and staff we have!
In 2017, we supported the Diocese of Leeds 'Water for Bwasi' Appeal, raising funds for a borehole and pump to provide clean water for the village community of Bwasi, Tanzania.
In 2016, we collected items for Batley Food Bank. An amazing 791 items were donated in total, thanks to the tremendous generosity of pupils, parents and staff. Click here for photos.
Pupils enjoy a wealth of activities and events in the lead up to Christmas. These include: the Y3 Nativity performance, singing Christmas songs in assembly; designing a decoration for the Christmas tree; enjoying a Christmas dinner and a Christmas party! Previously, the Headfield choir have visited local schools to perform Christmas songs, and have also sang in a Showcase performance at Dewsbury Town Hall.
‘Design a Christmas Card’ Competition
Every year we run a competition to design a Christmas card. Click the links below for the winning entries.
At Easter, pupils learn through special sessions of collective worship and enjoy an excellent performance from Year 4.
Ramadan and Eid
During Ramadan, children and staff took part in a '30 days of good deeds' challenge. Good deeds were written on a leaf and added to the 'Good Deed Tree' to show ways of being kind to others.
At Eid, pupils enjoy a superb performance from Year 5.
Remembrance 2018: RAF 100
Inspired by the 'Remember RAF 100' project, we created a dramatic centrepiece to mark the centenary of the RAF and to commemorate the end of the First World War. Each pupil decorated a paper plane and named it after a different member of the RAF who lost their life in the First World War. Each class also researched an individual who had served in the RAF to recognise their contribution to the British Armed Forces. Our pupils' wonderful Remembrance work was included in an exhibition at Holy Innocents Parish Church.
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Remembrance 2017: Women at War
For the 100th Anniversary of women in the Armed Forces, pupils looked at how the role of women in service has changed and each class researched a different famous woman who had contributed to the Armed Forces. Each pupil also contributed a paper poppy to create a 'Remembrance Dress'. The school councillors sold poppies to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
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Pupils commemorated Remembrance 2016 with a variety of activities, including special assemblies, research, poetry writing and artwork. The school councillors sold poppies to raise money for the Royal British Legion. Each class made a wreath, choosing a soldier/special person, who made a significant contribution to the war effort, as a central focus of their wreath.
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RE Faith Centre Visits
Pupils enjoy educational visits to places of worship to enrich their Religious Education learning. These visits are a great opportunity for pupils to engage in active learning, and discover the similarities and differences of the different faith communities in Kirklees.
Previous visits have included to the United Hebrew Congregation synagogue, Leeds; Holy Innocents Church, Dewsbury; Longcauseway Church, Dewsbury; Holy Trinity Church, Ossett; Dewsbury Minster; the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara and the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Huddersfield; the Vajrapani Buddhist Centre, Huddersfield and the Hindu Mandir,Huddersfield.
Pupils enjoyed an RE week based around the theme of ‘Getting Creative with Creation’. Pupils explored the creation stories from Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and Humanist beliefs on creation. They recorded their responses in a variety of exciting, thoughtful and creative ways, such as story-telling, poems, drama, music and artwork. The outdoor environment was utilised to explore the wonders of the natural world and inspired some wonderful artwork.