Collective Worship Schedule
|Day||Time||Lead Staff Member|
|Monday||9.10 am||Mrs Bellamy or Mrs Somerville|
|Tuesday||2.40 pm||Various staff members||Whole academy assembly led by various members of staff (Special book, Superstar Slips, Reading Certificates etc) Some Tuesday assemblies are led by Yvonne Freud from Spen Valley Faith in Trust. Her sessions are story focussed and she ends with a song and a prayer.|
|Wednesday||2.40 pm||Key Stage staff members||Key Stage assembly on seasonal or topical theme|
|Thursday||2.40 pm||Senior Leadership team member||Whole academy assembly focus on role model/Co-operative values/British Values|
|Friday||2.40 pm||Class Teacher||Class based assemblies recorded and celebrated a book and reflect the interests and needs of each class|
Assembly topics covered in the Spring term 2018
This half term assemblies have focused on aspirations - What will we become when we are older?
- What inspired famous people to take the path they have and what did they need to do in order to get there?
A representative from Huddersfield Giants (in conjunction with West Yorkshire Police) has been into the academy to take our assembly on 29th January.
He spoke to the children about their on-line activity and the different social media platforms they use at home including online gaming. He discussed the age-limits for these sites and why these are in place.
Using a real-life example of a Huddersfield player: he explained the steps that should be taken if they receive any upsetting or abusive messages:
- Do not reply
- Save the message
- Tell a trusted adult
- Block the sender
He was very clear to the children that they should not message or return messages to anyone that they did not know in real-life.
We have been focusing on Mental health week in assemblies and class circle times this week (5 February)
Below are some useful tips
Assembly topics covered in the Autumn term 2017
A representative of the Batley food bank came to explain their role in supporting the local community, This gave the pupils a good understanding of where their Harvest donations would be going and how they would be used.
Staff led assemblies have covered the following topics:
Aim High, Challenge Yourself
Perseverance - grit not quit !
Children in Need
The role of the Academy Council
Remembrance Assembly 2017
Our assembly started by thinking about how flowers can make people happy and even in terrible times they can give us hope. The poppy is used at remembrance as a symbol of hope. We thought about how the poppy became a symbol and how during the First World War (1914–1918) poppies were noticed growing on the battlefields.
The Poem: In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, who was a serving doctor, was read.
We then thought about the act of remembrance on 11th November and how families remember their relatives and friends that have been killed in wars. I spoke about my Great Grandad who was killed at the battle of the Somme and how this time is when people like him are remembered and what they did is never forgotten.
A silence was held during which we reflected on all those who have suffered in wars and think about how we can help them to feel hope.
Celebration of Co-op Values
Celebration of coop values assemblies have continued to take place and be well attended - these take place at the beginning of every half term. KS1 focus on fives key values and KS2 work with all ten.
Governor Review May 2017
Governor reviewing the Collective Worship Assembly - Laurane Black
Assembly - Resilience
Key Feedback -
How does the assembly celebrate and promote a sense of community within the whole school (or group)?
Assembly is the time during the day when pupils can come together to learn about important themes and reflect on common interests regardless of faith, and are delivered either to the whole school or key stages or classes. The children are able to engage in relevant, meaningful experiences together while developing spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. The focus on Values helps to promote a sense of community as these are common to all pupils. By promoting a common ethos with shared values and engaging children in discussions of the values, this in turn reinforces positive attitudes and this was evident as the children came in and left quietly, they were very well behaved, respectful, thoughtful and engaged
Is there a clear aim and focus, with appropriate learning? Does it engage and interest pupils and staff?
The focus of the assembly was Resilience and Mrs Somerville used lots of resources and content to bring this to life, engage the children and keep their interest. As well as asking children to recall times when they had been resilient, she used pictures and words associated with the Red Cross.
How does the assembly nurture pupils’ awareness of their beliefs and values – and those of others (including non-religious beliefs)? How does it develop a sense of the meaning, purpose and values in their lives?
In addition to the discussion on the value of Resilience, where children were asked to reflect on occasions that they had overcome a challenge through being resilient.
Is there space and opportunity for thoughtful reflection, in the assembly or as a follow up? If prayers are used do these allow for different approaches and responses?
Mrs Somerville used reflection early on in the session which helps settle the children.
How does the assembly programme develop understanding of different perspectives and cultures? How does it promote values of tolerance, diversity and equality?
Assemblies are strong on values, whether these are British Values or the Cooperative Values which are displayed on the wall in the hall. The Collective Worship curriculum is Christian in nature however Mrs Somerville ensures that all faiths are reflected across the academic year (faith calendar) and that external themes (Water Safety / Safeguarding by NSPCC) are included to promote tolerance of different faiths and non-religious beliefs.
How did pupils respond and participate?
It was evident that pupils were interested and engaged in the assembly topic through observation that they were attentive and interacting.
I'd Rather See A Sermon
Edgar A. Guest
I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil
and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear;
And the best of all preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it
if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you
and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.
Poem shared by Mel Woodcock - Chair of our Local Governing Body