Collective Worship At Cold Harbour CE Primary School
We use the Oxford Diocese’s framework for Collective Worship alongside the Milton Keynes locally agreed RE syllabus. This framework ensures that we maintain a sense of regularity and familiarity for all of our pupils. It is also familiar to all those who lead our acts of worship, including representatives from our local churches. All acts of worship have a Bible story or Bible passage at their heart. Key ideas and key teachings from Christianity are always the focus. The intention is that these ideas are further developed / discussed and reflected on throughout the week once the children are back in class.
Our weekly timetable
Collective worship, or assembly as other schools may call it, is a very important part of our school day and Christian ethos. It gives the children the opportunity to come together to hear Bible stories, think, reflect, ask and answer questions, explore ideas, give thanks, sing and pray. The weekly timetable for collective worship is as follows:
Day Time Theme Leader
Monday 9:00am Value of the week through key Bible story Headteacher / Assistant Head teacher
Tuesday 9.00am Singing/Hymn practise Staff members
Wednesday 9.00am Deeper discussion of Monday’s teachings Phase Leaders supported by Collective worship ambassadors*
Thursday 9.00am Reflection on week’s value and teaching Staff members supported by Collective worship ambassadors*
Friday 9.00am Celebration worship celebrating success Headteacher / Assistant Headteacher
• Collective worship ambassadors to be established.
Collective worship ambassadors
Our next development area is to encourage children in KS2 to nominate and vote for pupils who they believe will perform well in the role of a Collective Worship Ambassador. These pupils, under the support and direction of the RE Co-ordinator:
• Review and contribute towards the half termly planning of the school’s collective worship scheme.
• Support teachers with KS1 assemblies: reading Bible stories, taking part in role plays, working with children
• Run whole school assemblies
• Share ideas and reflections on the week’s value / teachings with the whole school
• Update the whole school collective worship display board.
Our Legal requirement
All schools must provide a daily act of collective worship for all pupils which must be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ (Education Reform Act 1988).
The aim of collective worship is to develop pupils socially, morally, spiritually and culturally. The 1994 legal framework documentation regarding collective worship still stands. Added to this is the recent requirement to promote British values as part of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (Ofsted, September 2014, DfE, November 2014).
Collective worship fulfils part of the school’s duty to develop pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Pupils are given the opportunity to learn about interesting cultural traditions and there meaning, listen to stories with a moral message and reflect on themes such as wisdom, courage or loyalty. It also draws pupils’ attention to the key values we hope to develop and promote both within our school community and in each individual. It is about the growth of the whole person, their character and social outlook, whatever their academic aptitudes.
Collective worship gives pupils and school staff the opportunity to:
• engage in an act of community
• express praise and thanks to God
• be still and reflect
• express the big questions of life and respond to national events
• foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness
• reflect on the character of God ad on the teachings of Christ
• affirm Christian values and attitudes
• share each other’s joys and challenges
• celebrate special times in the Christian calendar
We work closely with our local church, St Mary’s in Bletchley. Please visit http://www.stmarysbletchley.org for information about the church.