Collective Worship

 "It continues to be an important time when the pupils and staff come together to reflect, pray and give thanks to God. It plays a significant role in developing spirituality through the questions which are posed and the themes which are directly related to the children’s experiences".

 

SIAMS October 2015

 

Our school is designated a Voluntary Controlled School. Worship is an important part of the school day as it gives us the opportunity to come together as a school community to think more deeply about God, about our relationships with others, about God’s world and about ourselves.

We understand worship to be a special act or occasion whose purpose is to show reverence to God. Collective worship involves all members of the school coming together and participating in an assembly. We expect everyone to take an active part in our worship.

Our aim at Sambourne CE VC Primary School is that worship should:

  • reflect our Mission statement and values of the school;
  • instil a sense of awe and wonder in the children;
  • provide an opportunity for the children to worship God;
  • be inclusive and an occasion where each individual’s integrity is respected;
  • will have a strong focus on God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit enabling all learners to embark on an understanding of the Trinity;
  • offer opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
  • reflect some of the practices and traditions of the local church;
  • be regularly monitored and evaluated;
  • underpin the Christian values and ethos of the school;
  • celebrate the values and worth of the school community;
  • help children explore and develop their own spirituality;
  • enable children to explore and evaluate their own beliefs;
  • celebrate special occasions in the Churches year and the life of the community
  • show appreciation for the God given gifts and talents of the school community
  • celebrate and give thanks for achievements within the school, local and international community and occasions of significance, including festivals. 

We conduct our Collective Worship times in a dignified and respectful way. We tell children that collective worship time is a period of calm reflection. We regard it as a special time and expect children to behave in an appropriate manner. We ask them to be quiet and thoughtful and to listen carefully to the teachings and participate fully in prayer and hymns. We create an appropriate atmosphere by using music and candles or sometimes other objects that act as a focal point for the attention of the children. Our worship usually take place within the school hall, however a number of services a year are held in the church itself and then a larger congregation of parents can join in the worship. We also have the grounds to hold worship outside.

We hold a daily act of collective worship in our school. We meet as a whole school every day in our school hall.

Our weekly collective Worship is organised in the following way:

  • Monday - Collective worship setting a focus for exploring the value we are reflecting on
  • Tuesday – Songs of Praise, a singing assembly with songs based on the current value
  • Wednesday - Values assembly
  • Thursday - Open the Book led by members of the Christ Church team.
  • Friday - Celebration Assembly – some of which are led by the classes in our school and to which parents of children involved are invited.

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.

Our 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, alongside Imaginor resources, 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.

The chart below shows what the key values are:

 

Term

Year A

Year B

Year C

1

New beginnings             

Thankfulness

Trust

2

Christmas/ Creativity

Compassion

Service

3

Hope                                

Peace

Respect

4

Truthfulness                   

Forgiveness

Wisdom

5

Friendship                       

Humility

Justice

6

Perseverance

Generosity

Trust