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What is Collective Worship?

Collective Worship is central to education in our school and forms part of the school’s overall provision for prayer and worship.Collective Worship in our school respects the diversity of belief and commitment, but it is Christian in character, reflecting in the liturgical tradition of the Church and having Christ at its heart.

Intent

The aim of collective worship at Kibworth Church of England Primary School is to provide a highly inclusive and distinctly Christian vision rooted in the teachings of The Bible. We seek to provide opportunities, formally and informally, for pupils, staff, Advisory Board members, parents, community and church members to worship together. Pupils are encouraged to participate and respond, either actively in the presentation of worship or by listening and joining in the celebration.

 

Implementation

All pupils will celebrate an act of collective worship each day; generally, there will be three occasions each week when larger groups, usually whole school, will gather together to worship. These are: Monday; Mission Setting Assembly led by Mrs Paterson, Wednesday; Collective Worship led by a member of staff, St Wilfrids church or a visiting minister. On Tuesday and Thursday Worship Leaders also facilitate indoor and outdoor worship in smaller, often class groups, using our Reflection Spaces. Collective worship will normally take place in various areas throughout the school, but occasionally, for specific reasons, children may gather in church to celebrate.

Collective Worship Planning

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Why Collective Worship

Collective Worship in our school provides opportunities for learners and staff to come together to worship God.

  • To reflect on spiritual and moral beliefs
  • To reflect on personal beliefs
  • To respond to and celebrate life
  • To enable and encourage a sense of belonging
  • To reinforce positive attitudes
  • To mark us as special
  • To come to terms with
  • To give worth to
  • To wonder at
  • To build a firm foundation for liturgy
  • To contemplate something of the Mystery of God
  • To take time out
  • To develop a community spirit
  • To enrich the religious experience of children and staff
  • To encourage a common ethos and shared values

Impact

The collective worship and RE coordinator collate and draw conclusions through evaluation forms and by speaking with the children, staff and other adults on the quality of acts of worship. Each class reflects on Worship in their ‘Let Your Light Shine’ books and in class reflection books and in our RE themed scrap books.

Monitoring is carried out throughout the year. Here the children, members of staff and parents are asked to share their views and feelings about collective worship, offering suggestions for any changes or improvements they feel are needed. Findings are passed onto the Head teacher, coordinator and governors on a regular basis. Suggested developments are discussed with the SLT and Foundation Committee.