Headfield CE Junior School

Religious Education



Religious education (RE) is a significant strength of the school. It is extremely well-led and makes a strong contribution to academic outcomes and spiritual growth - SIAMS report 2019

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 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.

To view an overview of the units of work, please click on the RE Policy link above (Appendix A)


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.

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 takes place every day. We celebrate Christmas, Easter and Eid with special assemblies, school performances, activities and parties! Here are a selction of special events:

Spring Celebrations Diversity Day

Primary Diversity Conference 'Footsteps and Faith'


Christianity Day


Every year we celebrate Harvest through collective worship and a charity appeal.

In previous years, as part of our Harvest Festival, we have collected items generously donated by our school community for Batley Food Bank, who redistributed it to families in need locally and we have also delivered parcels to our neighbours. We have too 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.

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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 and we are always impressed with the high standard of the creative entries.

We also have tremendous success entering external competitions.

Yahya R, Year 3, won the Stafflex Christmas Card Competition. Stafflex were so impressed by his design that they used it as their official Christmas Card design! Yahya won £200 for school to spend on art supplies and £20 gift voucher for himself. 

Yahya, Year 3, won the 'Dewsbury South Community Support' Christmas Card Design Contest and won an amazing £100 Amazon voucher for himself with this fabulous design: 




At Easter, pupils learn through special sessions of collective worship and enjoy an excellent performance from Year 4.

Pupils also participate in Easter Egg competitions. Please click on the links below for the winning entries.

'Design an Easter Egg' Competition

Ramadan and Eid

At Eid, we enjoy a superb performance from Year 5 pupils, where pupils share their beliefs, customs and traditions.

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Our pupils also celebrate with Eid parties after Ramadan.



Each year Headfield marks Remembrance with special assemblies and creative activities, and observe a two minute silence to pay our respects and remember the fallen.

Each year we support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal - this year staff and pupils raised an amazing £643.21!


For Remembrance we have focused on the contribution of African, Black and Caribbean communities to the First and Second World Wars.

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Year 4 pupils participated in the online 'Acts of Remembrance' Interfaith Diversity Conference, as part of Kirklees Interfaith Week, learning about how peace is an important part of the Hindu, Islamic and Christian faiths.

We have remembered the sacrifice, service and collaboration of Labour Corps from across the world who assisted in the First World War. The Unremembered included manpower from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and other places across the commonwealth. 

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Remembrance: 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.

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Remembrance: 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. 

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Class Prayers

Each class works together to write a class prayer, which we use in collective worship to draw us closer to God, think about what we are thankful for and to ask God to help guide us in life.

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. 

Other events

Pupils enjoyed a 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.