RE and Collective Worship

As a church school, Sambourne aims that Religious Education will:-

  • Provoke challenging and ‘deep’ questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development
  • Encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses
  • Enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • Teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • Prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion
  • Develop a sense of awe and wonder and mystery. 

"All acts of worship have a strong Christian focus and use Bible stories which the pupils clearly enjoy. Music and singing also play an important part in collective worship and are enjoyed by the whole school".

SIAMS October 2015


Collective Worship themes         

As a church school, our ethos is based on core Christian values. In our Collective Worship, we follow the Values for Life scheme which facilitates children’s reflection upon these key values. We work very closely with the team from Christ Church to tailor the scheme to the church calendar and ensure that we offer a broad perspective on each theme which is relevant to the age of our children.

Each term we focus on a different value, exploring a new aspect of that value each week. Monday's Collective Worship are whole school Collective Worship setting a focus for exploring the value we are reflecting on; Tuesday is a singing assembly with songs based on the current value; Wednesday is class based Collective Worship; Thursday is led by a member of Christ Church. Friday is Class Assembly or Celebration Assembly to which parents of children involved are invited. We also participate in services and assemblies in Christ Church throughout the year.

We are very lucky to have close links with our local church, Christ Church. Each week, on a Thursday morning, a small team from Christ Church come across to the school to lead collective worship. Their sessions are called 'Open the book'. Using 'The Lion Teller Story Bible' ,which has been written in a way which is good for reading out loud to children, they tell the children well known bible stories and invite some of them to participate by helping to act out these stories.

 Whilst Sambourne C of E Primary School is a church school, we are aware that our children have a variety of faiths. As such, we include all children in our assemblies but they are asked to join in our prayers only if they would like to.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Collective Worship.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Whole school

Collective Worship



Class Collective Worship

'Open the book'



The chart below shows what the key values are. 



Year A

Year B

Year C


New beginnings             




Christmas/ Creativity