Collective Worship Policy

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 1.  Why we have collective worship

Crowlees Junior and Infant School is a Church of England Voluntary Aided. Worship is therefore an important part of the school day as it gives us the opportunity to come together as a school community.

Legal Requirements

Church schools in the diocese must fulfil two legal requirements for collective worship.

The legal requirement for church schools ensures that every child in the school is entitled to an opportunity for daily worship.1.

“The arrangements for the required collective worship may, in respect of each school day, provide for a single act of worship for all pupils or for separate acts of worship for pupils in different age groups or in different school groups.” The School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Therefore all pupils should take part in daily collective worship, unless withdrawn by their parents.

 

2.  The aims of collective worship are:

  • To provide an opportunity for the children to worship God
  • To develop children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural well-being
  • To enable children to explore their own beliefs
  • To encourage participation and response
  • To develop in children a sense of community spirit
  • To promote our school ethos with our shared Crowlees Christian Values and to reinforce positive attitudes
  • To provide opportunities for self-reflection

 

3.  Organisation

We aim to provide a variety of worship experiences for the children; we follow a weekly thematic approach as decided by teachers, RE coordinator, senior leaders, the children’s collective worship committee or school council. The theme is linked to a scripture from the bible and children are given a ‘Reflection Question’, which enables them to reflect upon the theme in a manner that is relevant to them. Children always enter collective worship in a calm and orderly fashion; they are encouraged to listen to the selected music and look at the images on screen.

Our current schedule is as follows:

Monday- Whole school worship led by the Headteacher

Tuesday- Whole school worship led by the vicar from St Mary’s Church, Mirfield

Wednesday- Key stage hymn practice; led by our music subject coordinator/ Deputy Headteacher

Thursday- Key stage worship. We have two assemblies- one for EYFS/KS1 and the other for KS2. Class teachers, and where applicable their class, lead these assemblies on a rota basis.

Fridays- Whole school worship led by the Deputy Headteacher

In addition to this we have ‘Golden Winner’ and ‘Writer of the Term’ assemblies every half term where we celebrate the achievements of our children.

 

4.  The Planning and Evaluation of Collective Worship

Collective worship is treated like any other part of the curriculum when it comes to matters of planning, delivery, resourcing and evaluation. The content and methodology of Collective Worship is varied and there is evidence of this in planning. Each week there is a theme for collective worship based on Values for Life (wherever possible) as decided by teachers, RE coordinator, senior leaders, the children’s collective worship committee and school council. These are shared at the beginning of a half term. Those leading worship are encouraged to relate their worship to this theme. The themes chosen are broad enough to allow all those leading worship to approach the theme from their own perspective. This will mean that by the end of the week the pupils will have had the opportunity to reflect on the theme from a variety of viewpoints. This pattern is flexible and on occasions it is recognised that teachers may feel that they need to respond to local or national events. We seek to encourage pupils to voice their views on collective worship and to be a part of the evaluation process- we have an active ‘Collective Worship Committee’ who meet every Friday to review the week’s learning and how the theme/assemblies link to our shared Crowlees Christian Values.

Prayer and Reflection

Collective worship always includes a time of prayer/ reflection. A range of prayers are used including the Lord’s Prayer, Our School Prayer and prayers written by children or adults in school. They are introduced in an appropriate manner with a short time of quiet and are signalled by the switching on of the ‘Assembly Candles’.

The Headteacher sets a weekly ‘Reflection Question’ which links to the collective worship weekly theme. This is introduced in Monday’s assembly and is re-visited throughout the week, both in collective worship and in classrooms.

The school has a Prayer Tree, in the Reflection Area of the school. Children are encouraged to write short prayers and hang them on the tree. Sometimes these are linked to the Reflection Area theme or the weekly Reflection Question, on other occasions they are personal prayers.

 

5.  Monitoring of Collective Worship

The monitoring of the planning and provision of worship is carried out on a regular basis. The school’s senior leaders have a key role in this process to ensure that the legal requirements are met and that the worship offered to the pupils is of the highest quality. The collective worship section of The National Societies Self -Evaluation toolkit is used as a basis for this process. The school’s Collective Worship Committee also support the monitoring and evaluation of collective worship and make positive suggestions for the development of collective worship in school.

 

6.  How we celebrate achievements in collective worship

Children are actively encouraged to share their successes in collective worship. Often children bring in certificates, medals and trophies from extra- curricular activities and to celebrate their personal religious successes, such as learning to read the Qur’an.

Children are presented with school awards such as Merit Cards, Pen Licenses and School Sporting awards during collective worship.

Each half term we hold a Golden Winners’ Assembly; here we celebrate the achievements of one child per class. Their parents are invited to join in the celebration and children are presented with a certificate and sticker.

 

7.  Equality statement

The governors and staff are committed to providing the full range of opportunities for all pupils, regardless of gender, disability, and ethnicity, social, cultural or religious background. All pupils have access to the curriculum, and the right to a learning environment, which dispels ignorance, prejudice or stereotyping.

 

8.  Review

This policy was reviewed and agreed by Governors and staff in the school.