Worship policy

Agreed: Summer 2015
Review: Spring 2018

As a Church of England Infant School (voluntary controlled) Valley End is committed to a daily pattern of Christian Worship.

Through our daily acts of worship the whole life of the school in all its collective and individual aspects is celebrated and offered to God through praise and prayer, including song and dance. We promote both a personal and collective spiritual awareness in such a way as to relate it creatively to every aspect of school life. We acknowledge and respect the faiths and beliefs of others.

Our overall pattern of worship is organised and planned on a termly basis. Each term there is a general theme, which is broken down into weekly topics. These themes are also linked to the learning objectives for Religious Education and the relevant UNICEF Rights Respecting values.

Through our thematic/topical approach to worship we aim to celebrate the goodness of God in creation, our everyday lives and to create an awareness of the breadth and richness of the Christian Faith. We seek to imaginatively promote the life of the spirit within the planned, child-centred framework which pays careful attention to the age range and aptitude of our children. Above all we aim to enable the children to participate in worship in a way which is authentic for them and which they enjoy. The exploration of weekly topics in assemblies as well as in other various ways across the curriculum, enables the children to experience and appreciate worship as an integral part of school life in close and constant relationship to their work and play.

The central attributes to our Collective Worship are:-

  • All children are included
  • Collective worship is viewed as an essential and valued part of day that adds spiritual value to the school and its community
  • The inclusion of interactive and engaging sessions that are always rooted in the Bible, the Gospel message or an understanding of the Trinity.
  • The inclusion of opportunities for the application of Bible teaching into our own lives
  • The Bible, a candle (to symbolise that Jesus is the Light of the World) and the Cross are always present. We also display the correct colour from the Church of England calendar (e.g. purple for Lent).
  • The inclusion of prayer is a central part of collective worship. This may be led by the children or the adults and often includes the Lord’s Prayer
  • The Children respectfully join in with prayers
  • The school prayer is always said by the children
  • There is time to reflect on answers to prayer
  • There is time to listen to God
  • There is time to reflect on themes and deeper issues or how we might apply lessons from the Bible
  • There are child friendly sung worship songs that are linked to the weekly assembly theme.

Within this overall framework particular attention is paid to the seasons of the year and also to the important festivals in the Christian calendar.

We maintain close links with St Saviour’s church and a special highlight of our regular worship are the assemblies held there at the beginning and end of every term. We invite local clergy from all three surrounding parishes to come and lead worship on a regular basis.

The RE Subject Leader prepares termly plans, liaises with colleagues and visitors, helps up-date the SIAMS Self-Evaluation form, and is available to offer advice and training where necessary and to provide appropriate resource materials.

Weekly Pattern of worship:

Monday Whole school assembly-the weekly topic is introduced
Tuesday Singing Assembly-with Music Teacher and support staff. Christian worship songs are taught and sung.
Wednesday Whole school Assembly-organised by staff rota to develop theme
Thursday Class Assembly-topics are explored in a more intimate atmosphere in order to focus on personal issues which may arise for discussion and prayer. This a more reflective and prayerful time
Friday Whole school ‘Celebration’ assembly-Children share achievements in and out of school. Birthdays are also celebrated

This policy seeks to underline the view that worship here is seen as a central and integral aspect of our life together.