Non-denominational Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum and is taught in accordance with the 2017 Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
The Kent Agreed Principle aim of Religious Education.
The principle aim of Religious Education is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
Assembly is an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community. It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us. Assemblies are non-denominational and are of a broadly Christian nature. We also give consideration to the multicultural society in which we live and recognise other faiths, particularly around times of celebrations and festivals.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship should they so wish. If parents do not wish their child to be taught the agreed syllabus or take part in short acts of collective worship then they should inform us in writing.
In Key Stage 1 our assemblies take the following format.
Monday - School Values Assembly. Mrs Lambirth leads an assembly and reflection based on one of our school values. Each term explores a different value.
Tuesday - Visitor Assembly/Philosophy for Children. Mrs Gowing leads these assemblies which alternate each year. There is an opportunity for children to discuss, debate question and reflect.
Wednesday - Singing Assembly. Mrs Lambirth leads singing with both Key Stages. We learn songs with actions and talk about the meaning of them. These are often linked to our school values too.
Thursday - Story Assembly/Class Assembly. Stories are read by the class teachers linked to the school value for that term. We also have sharing class assemblies where we invite parents/carers to come and share our learning.
Friday - Celebration Assembly. We celebrate our achievements of the week, sing our celebration song and recite our school poem. This is led by Mrs Lambirth.
Religious Education at Westmeads is fun, creative and interactive. We look into all of the main world religions and explore how they worship, what they believe and how they live their lives. We ask questions, dress up, taste food, explore places of worship and reflect on what we believe as well. Learning to discuss our own beliefs is a key part of Religious Education at Westmeads and we value everyone's opinions.