At Christ Church Primary School, we have a daily act of worship. Our worship usually takes place in our school hall, although, due to the current pandemic we are having virtual Collective Worship in our classrooms. As children come into the hall for worship we play calming music for the children to listen to, enabling them to be calm and focused. Collective worship aims to provide the opportunity for pupils to worship God and to reflect upon the values of the school which are rooted in Christianity. The aim is not solely to educate, but also to evoke a sense of worship – worship being the gathering together of the school community to express feelings of respect and worth for ourselves, our local community and our world, in response to God’s gifts to us. Our times of worship are distinctively Christian, but are sensitively delivered to provide children from all religions or belief systems opportunities to think deeply and develop their sense of spirituality.
Our Collective Worship table is a permanent fixture in our school hall and represents the liturgical colours of the church year; this is mirrored in each classroom. At the start of Collective Worship, a candle is lit. This is a symbol that God is with us and is also a focal point for the children. Song, prayer and reflection also form a base for our collective worship.
Our times of collective worship are interactive and children have opportunities to take part by asking and answering questions, sharing thoughts and ideas and through shared singing. The Year 6 children help to support and lead parts of collective worship time by taking responsibility for the setup of the hall, running the PA desk and slides, and by leading the rest of the school in singing and actions on the stage. Some of our Year 6 pupils also take responsibility for the microphones which enable the children’s responses and contributions to be clearly heard and valued by all.
Collective Worship is led by our Chaplaincy team, our senior leadership team and by class teachers. We also have a team of visitors to our school who often join us to lead sessions. Once a week, Collective worship is led by class teachers in classrooms. This provides further opportunities for our children to engage in discussion in smaller groups.