Collective Worship plays a critical and pivotal role in the life of our school. Our vision of Love Learn Thrive translates into and impacts directly on our collective worship provision as outlined below.
Children learn of God’s love as best described in Corinthians
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Corinthians 13:4-8 4
Through worship, children learn and explore Christian values through the teachings of the bible as well as stories from other cultures and faiths. They consider how these values can influence and impact on their lives and the lives of others helping to improve our world.
Collective worship creates opportunity to celebrate diversity and uniqueness as well as the values of caring, understanding and compassion that all contribute to enabling us to Thrive. Through participation in and leadership of worship in its different forms (whole school and classroom based) children experience success and achievement.
Collective worship takes place daily. Our worship is both whole school and also classroom based. This balance provides regular opportunities for the whole school community to worship together while also allowing opportunity for worship in smaller class based groups. This allows themes to be explored in more detail with an age appropriate focus as well as creating opportunity for children to lead worship with their peers.
A well established recognisable rhythm of worship including a key focal point, welcome, hymns, story, reflection and prayer all help ensure worship time is distinctive, special and impacts on the children’s lives.
Collective Worship Themes
We have created an annual cycle of themes that are explored through Collective Worship. Please click on the link below to access the themes for this academic year:
Reflection in Worship Time
Children reflecting on the themes and stories from worship is central to it impacting effectively on their lives. We use three well known and easily recognisable symbols to help children with their reflections. These are
The Window—Looking out. What could be improved? How could this be done?
The Mirror— Reflecting. How has it made me think/feel? Have my thoughts and feelings changed?
The Door – A new opportunity. What I might do now?
Reflections from the Children
‘Sometimes if things are hard you need a lot of faith’ Jessica EY
‘I have faith in my family and friends, they will always be there for me.’ Lexi KS2
‘Mr Griffiths put his faith in all of us when we held the rope when he climbed Jacob’s ladder on the residential.’ Mayson KS2
‘Worship time in the garden outside made me remember how God made everything’ Max KS1
Follifoot Sharing Assemblies and Service dates:
Sharing assemblies start promptly at 3.00pm and take place in the village hall. Dates to follow.
Spofforth Sharing Assemblies and Service dates:
We are pleased to present our full Collective Worship Policy – Collective Worship Policy Fed Nov 2019 PDF