Supporting Collective Worship at home
Whilst we are away from school we wanted to make sure our pupils and families still have the opportunity to take part and worship together. There will be a weekly video added below from Mrs Swann, a member of our Holy Trinity Church family. Please also see the additional links below supporting Collective Worship at home.
Oak National & Church of England: Collective Worship
Each week, Oak National Academy will host assemblies and Collective Worship sessions in partnership with the Church of England and other organisations. The assemblies will be available from 11am on a Thursday (or you can watch live at 10am). The Collective Worships will be available from 11am on a Friday (or you can watch live at 10am). Both are opportunities for pupils from across the country to come together, hear from some inspirational guest speakers, and to think and talk about wider things affecting us.
Additional Collective Worship resources:
Bible Chat Mat – Allows people of all ages to read the Bible and have conversation together, whether around a meal table, sitting on the sofa or wherever works best. It is produced by the Diocese of Bath & Wells.
Prayer Spaces at home – A series of prayer activities produced by the Prayer spaces in Schools Team, part of the Prayer 24-7 movement.
Worship at home – Resources produced by the Diocese of Guildford.
C of E Faith At Home Collective Worship Videos – a series of themed worship videos for primary and for secondary aged pupils produced by the C of E. [There are also resources for parents to help children with grief, bereavement and loss].
At Cookridge Holy Trinity Primary we have daily acts of Collective Worship, in which pupils, staff, clergy and visitors are actively involved. Our daily Collective Worship is linked to our school ethos and our school’s Christian Values.
A list of our Collective Worship weekly themes is available for the whole school year. These themes link to our school’s core Christian Values and also include some themes which link to our major Christian festivals. In the classroom and weekly school newsletter, each half term’s Christian Value, memory verses of Bible quotations and our ethos statement are displayed.
Special celebrations take place at:
Significant times of school year e.g Trinity Day
A variety of types of Collective Worship are reflected in the relatedness between school and the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Cookridge. Participation in the end of year services, Easter and Christmas services provide opportunities for the children’s experience to be focused outside the more familiar setting of the school premises and enriched by that process.
Aims for Collective Worship
- To use Collective Worship for the children in order to meet their expectations and needs.
- To enjoy worshipping together.
- To stimulate imagination and encourage participation.
By these means to enable the children:
- To gain a clear and concise understanding of Christian teaching and practice with reference to the teachings of the Church of England and the Holy Scriptures.
- To reflect and be encouraged to perceive the spiritual dimension of being human.
- To give thanks to God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- To encourage respect for others and to explore and discover relationships and diversity.
We seek to explore the meanings of Christian values and their significance through weekly acts of worship delivered by our Head teacher, Deputy Head, Holy Trinity Church, Tinshill Free Church and class teachers. These Christian values are taught as part of our curriculum and embedded in our school life.
In consultation with our children, parents, Governors and staff we believe that the gifts of respect, service, perseverance, hope, compassion, truthfulness, thankfulness, friendship, trust, forgiveness, love and courage are the values we want our children to leave our school with. Whilst these gifts are inclusive of human values, we try to anchor them into the Christian faith by relating them to the Bible through stories and readings.
We teach our Christian Values in a two year rolling cycle.
Our Christian Values this year (Year A):
Term 1: Respect
Term 2: Service
Term 3: Perseverance
Term 4: Hope
Term 5: Compassion
Term 6: Truthfulness
Our Christian Values this year (Year B):
Term 1: Thankfulness
Term 2: Friendship
Term 3: Trust
Term 4: Forgiveness
Term 5: Peace
Term 6: Courage
Whole School and Class Worship Times
Monday – 9am – Whole School Worship
Tuesday – 9am – Key Stage 2 Collective Worship through song
. 10:30am – Key Stage 1 Collective Worship
Wednesday – 9am Whole School Worship
Thursday – 9am Celebration Worship
Friday – 9am – Whole School Worship