In our collective worship, children are encouraged to consider their feelings and the feelings of others linked to our half termly values. Religious topics are explored which can be appreciated at all levels of understanding and developed appropriately with the different age groups. We welcome guest speakers every week and local clergy termly.
Collective worship is held daily with all children coming together as a school community in our school hall, except for the Key Stage collective worship on a Thursday. Collective worship is carefully planned by school staff and led by our Collective Worship Team. Our collective worship is designed to be inclusive and inviting to people of Christian faith, other faiths and no faith.
Our collective worship consists of 4 stages:
We welcome our school community with a liturgical greeting and the gathering of our class candles.
We have the main input of the worship. This may be a bible story, story, film clip, piece of art, drama etc.
This is an opportunity for reflection on the input. This may be through prayer, quiet reflection, discussion or an activity.
The close of our collective worship. This may be through a final message, song, prayer, music, liturgy.
This term our values are: Respect and Compassion.
We encourage families to use the Home School Values resources as a way to stimulate discussion and reflection on our current values at home;
Arrangements for the act of collective worship are made by the school in accordance with the requirements of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, as amended. Parents and carers may, if they so wish, withdraw their children from the arrangements for collective worship or religious education. Such requests should be made to the head teacher in writing. Pupils withdrawn from collective worship or religious education will normally remain in a classroom and prepare for the day’s activities under the supervision of a teacher.
When the children enter and leave Collective Worship we strive for a calm and reflective environment and music plays a key part in this. We also want to provide the children with an understanding and appreciation of music. The children listen to a range of genres from the present and past, and from around the world, with each musician's music being played for the month.
The musicians are carefully planned as can be seen in the two year plan.