Navigation
Home Page

Collective Worship Policy

Dunham-on-Trent Church of England School

 

Policy for Collective Worship (Spring Term 2014)

 

Policy Statement

 

Dunham on Trent is a Church of England School. Collective Worship will take place every day and has the potential to unite the whole school membership of the school and will develop a sense of community. Collective Worship is part of our school’s contribution to promoting the spiritual, social, cultural development of every child. It is seen as a time to celebrate the worth and value of every single person in the school community.

 

Aims

 

Through our Acts of Collective Worship we aim to: -

  • give opportunities to reflect on the Christian Faith
  • consider the importance and variety of prayer, reflection, including silence
  • develop a respect for each other’s beliefs and opinions
  • encourage a sense of unity and personal identity
  • build a concept of individual self-worth and ‘special ness’
  • realise our commitment to each other, staff and pupils alike
  • encourage Christian personal, social and moral values
  • think about the needs of others
  • provide a richness and variety of experiences
  • including occasional reference to other major faiths

 

Our Practice and Purpose

 

  • During Collective Worship all our children will be given opportunities to reflect, share, listen and sing.
  • Throughout each term these opportunities will occur through poetry, story telling, Bible readings, visual aids, drama, shared experience, prayers, reflection, songs and hymns.
  • At our school Collective Worship will endeavour to encourage the children to reflect upon their life experiences and to seek out answers to questions as far as their intellectual and spiritual capabilities will allow. It is a time when individual work can be celebrated either socially or academically. It is also a time to foster positive values held by our school and the community.
  • After the act of Collective Worship announcements of school life and administration matters will be administered.
  • We are aware that for many of our children the worship they take part in may be their only experience of such and it is therefore vital that we make the experience not only relevant but enjoyable.

 

Planning and organisation

 

  • At our school all teachers and pupils take an active role in leading worship. The clergy lead worship weekly on a regular basis.
  • Collective worship themes have been planned in a yearly cycle (see Appendix 1) and reviewed yearly. The clergy follow their own scheme based loosely on the church’s year.
  • A theme is introduced on a weekly basis and is explored during Collective Worship over that week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are whole school assemblies and on Wednesdays Collective worship is split into junior and infant assemblies. (See Appendix 2)
  • The R.E. coordinator and one of the foundation governors coordinate collective Worship.
  • All children participate in a daily assembly.
  • Children will be expected to arrive promptly, participate and leave in an orderly ‘settled’ manner. (See Appendix 3)

 

Special Educational Needs

 

Special arrangements are made for children with special educational needs which may include for these alternative seating or support for those who find the large group experience of assembly disturbing .A radio transmitter is used in assemblies to help children with hearing difficulties.

 

Resources

 

Assembly ideas books

  • Information on R.E from the library and resources room
  • OHP
  • Instruments
  • CD and tapes
  • Drama scripts
  • Artefacts
  • Website assemblies

 

We also have guest providers throughout the year. Some of these maybe related to a specific project e.g. NSPCC. Lepra, speakers from other faiths, Barnados etc. As a Church of England School it is desirable that there be occasional acts of Collective Worship in a church building.

Withdrawal of pupils from Collective worship.

 

As our main purpose in Collective Worship is for it to be meaningful and relevant for all our pupils, it is hoped that few parents will find the need for withdrawal. At present there are no parents who exercise this right. If in future children were withdrawn, adequate supervision arrangements will be put in place.

 

Assessment and recording

 

This is done through assembly record sheets displayed in the staffroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Appendix 2)

 

 

 

Assembly Timetable 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Whole school

 

 

 

09.10 am

 

Whole school

 

Visitors/Clergy

 

09.10 am

 

 

 

 

Split key stage

 

 

 

09.10 am

Whole school

 

School Council

 

09.10 am

 

 

 

 

Hymn Practice

 

 

 

09.10 am

 

 

Celebration ‘Show Me’

 

03.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Appendix 3)

 

 

Suggested daily programme for Collective Worship. 

                                     

 

There should be:

  • A focal point e.g. candle, flowers, plant
  • Hymn
  • Prayers
  • Reading or a talk
  • Music
  • Grace

 

Collective Worship should have:

  • Theme
  • Purpose
  • Spiritual Dimension
  • Sense of Integrity
  • Atmosphere
  • Orderly entrance of children
  • Focal point

 

Possible Curriculum Links:

 

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Festivals
  • Christian Groups

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 1

Yearly cycle of themes for Collective Worship.

Autumn Term

Starting

Hope

Helpers

Harvest

Giving

Inspiration

Love/care

Diwali

Organisations

Determination

Advent

Sharing

 

Spring Term

New life

Duty

Talents

Courage

Wisdom

Protecting

Mothers

Easter

 

Summer Term

Faith

Signs and Symbols

Gifts

Light and Colour

Rules

Surprises

Disappointments

Happiness

Nature

Patience

Journeys

Listening

Trust

Communities/homes

Saying Goodbye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top