Collective Worship

Collective Worship Curriculum Leader: Mrs Mitchell & Mrs Holden

Intent:

The intent of the Collective Worship Programme at Hindsford is to:

  • Provide regular opportunities for the children to participate in collective prayer and reflection.

  • Frequently share and discuss stories from the Bible and discover the meaning and learning of these stories.

  • Explore the meaning of each School Christian Value and express what this means to them.

  • Build strong relationships with members of the school church and local community via the holding of regular Family Worships and Community Events.

  • Encourage the children to think about current issues in the world and what they can do to contribute to the healing or improvement of this – i.e. charity work/prayer/changing their actions etc.

  • Explore with the children the power of faith and how this can guide and support them in all that they do.

  • Submerge the children in the joy of singing God’s words.

  • Create opportunities for the children to explore that of other faiths and gain a good understanding and mutual respect of their beliefs, culture and traditions.

  • Allow the children to connect with God and welcome him into their life if they choose to do so.

Implementation:

Every day the children engage in at least 20 minutes of worship each day. To ensure that all aspects of the intent are delivered, the school offers a variety of different Worships.

Picture News – What is happening in the world?

Understanding Christianity Timeline – Exploring Bible Stories

Class Worship – Exploring Personal and Class Issues – Use of the Class Reflection Areas

Family Worship – Worship with Reverend Tracy Marshall

School Values – Exploring our School Values

Celebration Worship – Celebrating God’s Work

Singing Worship – Singing God’s Words

During each Worship, a variety of different approaches are used to engage the children and allow them to connect with God in different ways. These are as follows:

  • Singing

  • Thought

  • Prayer

  • Stories

  • Drama

  • Bible Readings

  • Reflection

  • Thought

Impact:

The intended impact of the Collective Worship Programme is that the children will:

  • gain an expected or higher level of attainment in RE.

  • be able to connect with God and welcome him into their life, if they choose to do so.

  • have a good understanding of the Christian Values and use these when making decisions and within their everyday actions in relation to others and the world that they live in.

  • have a good understanding of other faiths so that they show respect to this.

  • have developed skills to pray and reflect.

  • have a secure understanding of the teaching of the Bible and Gods words.

Collective Worship Council:

To become a member of the Worship Council, the children have to submit a paragraph of writing explaining why they would like to become a Worship Councillor. The staff Worship Team then look at all of the applications and decide who to appoint for this role.

The role of the Worship Council is to plan and deliver Worships linked to our School Values. They also collect feedback from the children, staff and parents about Worship and how this can be developed further. In addition, each week the Worship Council collect the prayers  from the Reflection Areas and share these at the start of their meetings.

Collective Worship Planning:

Collective Worship Gallery:

Below are some photographs of the children’s work and reflections during Worship.

This work is linked to the children exploring what the school vision means to them and why our school values are important.

Here, the children have listened to the story of The Good Samaritan and then linked their learning from this story to our school values of Love, Kindness and Friendship.

In this work, the children have thought about what they can do to show Love, Kindness and Friendship by supporting charities and others that are less fortunate than themselves.

To deepen the children’s understanding of the school value Love, in this piece of work the children read this passage as taken from the Gospel according to Matthew 22: 36-40.

They also explored a passage taken from the Gospel according to John 15:13.

Here, the children have asked themselves the question why should a Christian show love to God?

During this Worship, the children explored that beauty lies within a person. They watched a scene from the Greatest Showman and talked about the importance of kindness and showing kindness to whoever needs it.

The children also watched a scene from the film Ugly and talked about the importance of not discriminating against people for the way that they look. God loves us no matter what.

Here, the children read a story about friendship and how we should spread friendship just as Jesus did his love.

This work shows the children exploring the Bible passage Proverbs 17:17 and what this passage is saying about love.

They also explored the Bible passage John 3:18.

The children read the story of Zachaeus and talked about how Jesus helped him to be honest.

During this Worship, the children talked about Jesus in the desert and the self-control that he had when tempted by the devil.

They then thought times that they had shown self-control and shared these with their class.

Here, the children learnt about the Christian value Forgiveness. They first explored the Bible passage Matthew 18: 21-22 and then talked about why forgiveness is hard.

 

Below is video to show some of the learning carried out during Picture News Worships.

 

Response to Covid-19

During the 2021 national lockdown, we taught Worship remotely. Each week there was a Picture News Worship, Bible Story Worship and Celebration Worship. In addition, Reverend Tracy carried out a live Community Worship on zoom every fortnight.

During this difficult time, it was really important for the children to know that God was with them each step of the way. We spent time exploring the Footprints poem and discussing how God gives us strength and guidance whenever we need him.

During this time, the children wrote letters and cards to Brookdale Court as part of them showing love, kindness and friendship to members within our community.