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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


  • 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 pupil’s work. The themes from collective worship are discussed in class and each week children are rewarded with a certificate for displaying the value. Children also add leaves to the ‘values tree’ as a semi-permanent reminder of the importance of these values.
  • Class led Collective Worship is well attended by families and governors, as are our regular visits to our church - at least 5 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.
  • Our Chaplain leads collective worship each week, often telling inspirational stories and lessons.
  • 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
  • Collective Worship regularly includes biblical material and Christian Teaching linked to the core Christian values of; Trust, Forgiveness and Compassion, or the value of the month.
  • Learners are encouraged to relate the messages from collective worship to their own lives and learning – for example, when learning about Roald Dahl’s life, children could identify where Christian values are displayed through the characters of his books.
  • 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
  • Collective worship challenges learners to take responsibility for their own conduct and children are celebrated each week for displaying particular aspects of the Value being taught. For example, a child might receive a reward and praise for displaying a particular act of kindness during the month when ‘Compassion’ is the theme. Children also nominate each other on the ‘value of the month’ board when they see others displaying the value.
  • The school reward system (house points) rewards children for displaying particular Christian Values
  • 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, Shoe Box appeal for African Children, collections for Red Nose Day, Children in Need among others.
  • Personal prayer and reflection form an important part of collective worship and throughout the day;
    • Each week prayers are written 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 children’s Faith Team decide a prayer focus for the child led Collective Worship which happens weekly
    • A prayer box is available to children, parents and staff.
  • Through collective worship, children understand the central position that Jesus Christ occupies in the Christian Faith for example when discussing compassion, children learned the Parable of the Good Samaritan,  when learning about forgiveness, the children were reminded of Jesus’s Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • 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.
  • The Children’s Faith Team leaders are confident in planning and leading acts of worship on a regular basis. Children are also confident when leading acts of Collective Worship with their class. These events are often well attended by families and governors for example, our Reception class led a memorable act of worship all about Friendship (their class value).
  • Collective Worship is led by various stakeholders to offer rich experiences of worship for example;
    • Head teacher
    • Senior Leaders
    • Teachers
    • Pupils
    • The school Chaplain and incumbent