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RE Statement of Intent


Resilient          Respectful         Inspired       Curious


Respectful Thinkers at Yeadon Westfield Junior School


The study of RE helps children to develop critical thinking skills and to acquire the skills of reflection and resilience. It enables children to be curious about and inspired by world faiths, spirituality and morality. Fundamentally, it leads to greater community cohesion, respect and tolerance.


At YWJS we want our children to be fully equipped for life in modern Britain by developing respect, awareness, understanding and acceptance for those of other faiths, and those of none.


There are three main aims of the RE curriculum: 

  • Children should investigate and know the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views.
  • Children should investigate and know how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value.
  • Children should investigate and know how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.


Like all Leeds maintained and foundation schools, we follow the Leeds Agreed RE Syllabus for RE - Belonging and Believing, which provides children with a robust, challenging and enquiry-based approach to the study of RE. In KS2, we build on the learning foundations of KS1 in Christianity, Islam and non-religious approaches to life, by adding studies in Judaism and Sikhism.


At YWJS we aim to provide exemplary RE lessons through the creative use of outdoor learning, drama, exploration of artefacts, visits and visitors, art, and robust class discussion. 

By the end of Year 6, our children will be critical, respectful thinkers who are curious and inspired by the variety of world views encountered in Modern Britain and the world.  They will be further along in their personal journeys of spirituality and morality and will have a deeper understanding of what is important to them, and to others.

Parents maintain the right to formally withdraw their children from Religious Education.

Drama in RE