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 Bishop John Robinson C of E Primary School

Bishop John Robinson C of E Primary School

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Collective Worship


***As part of our risk assessment to safeguard the school during the pandemic, and following current government guidance, Collective Worship is currently being held in class daily and weekly for each bubble in the school hall. Collective Worship still follows a regular schedule to ensure that the children are receiving their full entitlement. Whole school Collective Worship will resume when it is safe to do so.*** 

  • Collective Worship forms a valued part of each day. Christian Values are at the core of each act of worship: each month a different value is explored through The Bible, story, drama, song, prayer and pupils' work. The themes from Collective Worship are discussed in class and each week children are rewarded with a certificate for displaying the value. 
  • Class led Collective Worship is well attended by families, as are our regular visits to our church - at least five times per year.
  • Collective Worship includes all children from Reception up to Year 6 and in the Spring and Summer Months, even our youngest Nursery children attend. Children with Special Educational Needs are supported to participate within collective worship.
  • Collective Worship is often punctuated by inspirational visitors who have included: the Bishop of Woolwich, a Paralympian, famous authors as well as representatives from charitable organisations (for example Greenwich Foodbank), scientists, and musicians.
  • The impact of Collective Worship can be seen many aspects of school life:
    • Children’s behaviour is guided through the values discussed in Collective Worship and children will often talk about and find examples of these values when in the playground (for example when learning about ‘Generosity’ many children could identify when they showed the value and when others did).
    • Children who need additional support with behaviour are reminded about the values
  • Learners are taught through collective worship how to identify distinctive features of different Christian Traditions, for example
    • The significance of the lit candle during Collective Worship
    • The liturgical colours of the seasons of the church year
    • The importance of Prayer
    • Liturgical responses
    • The singing of hymns
    • Christian festivals
  • Charity is a recurring theme during Collective Worship and children are encouraged to help those less fortunate than themselves showing compassion and generosity; for example, collecting for the Greenwich Foodbank, Comic Relief and Children in Need amongst others.
  • Personal prayer and reflection form an important part of Collective Worship and throughout the day:
    • Each week prayers are written in class and collected by the Chaplain to be prayed at church
    • Children pray at regular times during the day and are encouraged to pray at other times – for example when waiting for collective worship to begin.
  • The school chaplain and incumbent take a central role in teaching the children about God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, enabling learners to recognise this and talk about it with an impressive degree of understanding.