Collective Worship

At Wardley CE Primary School the children take part in a daily act of Christian Collective worship during which we aim to encourage them to define their own beliefs and values. Parents can decide whether their children should take part in the daily act of Collective Worship in the school and those wishing to withdraw their children should inform the headteacher in writing. We conduct acts of Collective Worship in a dignified and respectful way. We tell children that assembly time is a period of calm reflection. We regard it as a special time and expect children to behave in an appropriate way. As children come into Collective worship calming music is played. We ask children to be quiet and thoughtful and listen carefully to the teachings and participate fully in prayer and reflection. A candle is lit during for these reflective periods and it is placed on a focus table with other artefacts.

The acts of collective worship are based around promoting the teaching of the eighteen Christian values which we see as ‘values for life’. These values are - Courage, Trust, Creativity, Justice, Forgiveness, Peace, Humility, Truth, Thankfulness, Compassion, Hope, Friendship, Generosity, Respect & Reverence, Wisdom, Service, Perseverance and Responsibility. One value is focused on each half-term over a three year cycle. We believe these values are clearly Christian in nature but are universal in their application. Collective worship will also follow the traditions of the Christian faith and often reflect the festivals and events of the Christian calendar. Throughout the ‘Values for Life’ teaching a number of approaches are used:  A range of questions are used to help the whole school community reflect on· each value.  Bible stories that are relevant to the theme.·  Stories from world faiths, which illustrate the value of the theme.·  The use of well known children’s texts which support the value.·  Interactive displays for children to follow up the discussions in Collective· worship.

For more information on Collective worship at Wardley CE Primary please see the Collective Worship policy or call into school to talk to us

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