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Collective Worship

 

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 Autumn term

Role models – Beatrix Potter and Edith Cavell
Remembrance Day
Wash your hands!
Firework safety
Fire safety in school and the fire alarm
Advent, the traditional Nativity story and the legend of Baboushka.

Peace Babies

 

Assembly topics covered in the Spring term

World Poetry Day ( Links; Poetry has power and World Poetry Day Teaching Resources )

World Water Day ( Links; Water Aid UK  and World Water Day Teaching Resources )

In the run up to Easter there were assemblies about different aspects of the story of Jesus. But we also looked at what makes a good leader - and thought about different world leaders, sports figures and leaders from within our own community. 

 

Assembly topics covered in the Summer term

 The election - several assemblies took place in the lead up to the election about democracy (which is one of our values).
We talked about the suffragette movement and the life story of Emily Wilding Davison
We looked at the differences between Indian and African elephants to demonstrate to children that while people/animals etc can look different there are lots of things in common.
A wonderful world assembly took place using music and art as a stimulus.

We had visitors in to show children how to keep their teeth clean and healthy (KS1 only). Foundation Stage had a visit from the air ambulance team talking about their work.
As the term ends we will be focusing on transition/ moving on.

 


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. 

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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