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Marlborough Primary School

Collective Worship

                                                                                 

 

Marlborough Primary School

Collective Worship 2019 - 2020

 

Intent

Collective worship is central to the life of our school.  Worship offers the children and others in our school an opportunity to reflect on our school values. It shapes our approach to others and to what we do in school.

At our school, Collective Worship is a time when we come together as a community to share and build on our school’s values. Sometimes these sessions happen in our school hall and on other days in classrooms.

Our School Values:

September

Confidence

October

Equality

November

Friendship

December

Compassion

January

Self-Belief

February

Positivity

March

Responsibility

April

Tolerance

May

Courage

June

Patience

July

Hop

 

Implementation

In Collective Worship, we have plenty of opportunities for spiritual development and developing a sense of awe and wonder. We have an opportunity to think about our own beliefs and understand those of others.

Worship has a variety of leaders from both within the school and from the local Church Community. Children are given opportunities to lead worship throughout the year in class assemblies. Leaders from faiths within the area help us to increase the pupils’ awareness, promote respect and raise the esteem of the pupils who belong to these faiths. Children are given the opportunity to spend time working together as they respond to what they listen to.

Our acts of worship are carefully planned to ensure a balance between content and experience. Leaders, including the children, plan the content and activities included in Worship according to what is most appropriate to the theme/value, and the ages, aptitudes and the backgrounds of the pupils. Throughout their time at our school, children will encounter a wide variety of activities such as dance and drama alongside traditional elements of worship such as prayer and song.

Prayer is a vital part of our worship.  It is introduced with a form of words that invites but does not coerce pupils to participate.  Our prayers are addressed to God. Pupils who prefer not to pray are encouraged to use these times to reflect on the important messages shared in our worship.

Our worship is regularly reviewed through discussions with participants, observation and reflection. Our evaluations are fed into the planning for future worship

 

Impact

Our collective worship provides the pupils and staff with the opportunity to:
 

  • Experience a variety of styles of worship;
  • Celebrate:
    • A range of religious festivals;
    • school values;
    • achievements;
  • Grow in understanding of and participation in prayer;
  • Develop a reflective approach to life and reflect on our shared values
  • Develop as a community
  • Participate and respond, through active involvement in the planning, leading, presentation and evaluation of worship;
  • Feel safe and affirmed.
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