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Headfield C of E Junior School

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Religious Education



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.

RE Policy 


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 new 2014 National Curriculum. We follow The Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Kirklees and Calderdale (2014-2019). This 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.

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 ICT. 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 informal judgements as we observe them during lessons. We mark a piece of work once it has been completed and we comment as necessary. 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.

Enrichment Activities

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 Eid, Christmas and Easter 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 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. Click here for photos.

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 enjoyed a wealth of activities and events in the lead up to Christmas 2016. These included: the Y3 Nativity performance, singing Christmas songs in assembly; designing a decoration for the Christmas tree; enjoying a Christmas dinner and a Christmas party! The Headfield choir visited Pentland Infant and Nursery to perform Christmas songs, and also sang in a Showcase performance at Dewsbury Town Hall.

Design a Christmas Card’ Competition Winners

Every year we run a competition to design a Christmas card. Click the links for the winning entries.

Christmas Card Competition 2016 winners





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 enjoyed a superb performance from Year 5.




Faith week, October 2016

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.


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 2016-17

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.

Click on the links below for more information on each visit.

Y3 visit to the United Hebrew Congregation synagogue, Leeds

Y5 visits to Holy Innocents Church, Thornhill Lees

Y6 visit to Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Huddersfield


RE Faith Centre Visits 2015-16

Y4 visits to the Vajrapani Buddhist Centre, Huddersfield click here

Year 4 pupils explored what it means to be a Buddhist, the meaning and symbolism behind the shrine and the concept of happiness.

Y5 visits to the Hindu Mandir, Huddersfield click here

At the Hindu Mandir Year 5 pupils explored the prayer hall, considered the significance of Puja and the symbolism of the Deities.

Y6 visits to the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Huddersfield click here

Year 6 pupils learned about what is important in the Gurdwara, the role of the Sikh community and also had a chance for personal reflection.