Hi, I am Kanwal Narula and I am a Year 5 teacher and Religious Education Lead. I have been teaching since 2005. I joined West Hill in 2017 and loved the special days and projects that we do here, that I decided to stay! When I’m not teaching I like spending quality time with my family and friends. I love cooking, listening to music and writing poetry. I am an active member of my local community centre where I teach Punjabi to my community children and assist children with special needs.
In R.E. we want our pupils to be curious about the differences that exist between different religions and cultures and bring them to life as much as possible. This helps to encourage tolerance and respect of other people’s beliefs.
To do this we follow a range of activities including art, sharing personal experiences , look at artefacts and costumes. We also go on lots of trips to the Gurdwara, church, mosque, Hindu temple and Buddhist temple.
We follow the Wandsworth agreed syllabus.
We are legally obliged to fulfil the requirements of the Wandsworth Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and follow a scheme of work based upon this.
Children are taught about different religions and cultures. They are given opportunities to consider their own responses, the value religion plays in their daily lives aiding in their understanding of the world around them. They are encouraged to develop a sense of morality and know the difference between right and wrong. They are also encouraged to show consideration, care and respect for themselves, others and the environment.
School Standards and Framework Act 1998 states that “the parent of a pupil at a community, foundation or voluntary school has the right to request that the pupil be excused from all or part of the RE provided. However, the right of withdrawal does not extend to other areas of the curriculum when, as may happen on occasion, spontaneous questions on religious matters are raised by pupils or there are issues related to religion that arise in other subjects such as history or citizenship. If pupils are withdrawn from RE, schools have a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Pupils would remain on school premises.”