We have made our Collective Worship sessions available for you to join in with at home since Autumn 2020. We hope you have found these useful, especially during the period of School Closures from January 2021. We will be continuing to make our Collective Worship sessions available throughout this academic year. All of our Collective Worship PowerPoints can be found at the bottom of this page for this current term. Collective Worship PowerPoints for previous terms can also be found in the 'Archived Collective Worship' section of our website.
Collective Worship at BIR
At Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School, Collective Worship is a wonderful opportunity to share, reflect and explore personal beliefs, issues of identity, and questions of meaning and purpose.
Each week we focus on a Christian value. In this way, it makes an important contribution to promoting our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. It is also a vehicle for supporting inclusion as well as building community cohesion.
Collective Worship is a legal requirement of schools under the 1944 Education Act & was affirmed in subsequent legislation (1988 and 1996). In accordance with the law and the ethos of our school, the majority of acts of Collective Worship reflect the ‘broad traditions of Christian belief’. This does not restrict the focus exclusively to Christianity alone, but will sometimes include material from a range of spiritual, religious and secular contexts.
The children are encouraged to explore ideas arising from the stimulus material presented by staff and visitors and invited to reflect on them from their own perspectives. There is never any intention to impose religious ideas or beliefs on pupils but often the material can raise issues and questions that are relevant to their lives, irrespective of their background.
There will always be a time of quiet when pupils are invited to reflect on the focus of the Worship, with an invitation to those children for whom it is appropriate to make their thoughts into a personal prayer. Sometimes words of traditional prayers are used to support that reflection.
Through Collective Worship at Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School, our intentions are that:
- Children will take part in a form of Collective Worship every day;
- The collective worship will include the singing of hymns, choruses and songs and opportunities are given, both to join in with and to listen to prayers;
- Time will also be provided for silence and reflection;
- Each week will focus upon a Christian value. They will be varied and will always have a moral imperative whether based on Biblical topics or relating to the cycle of the seasons, the wonders of the world, the deeds of human kind or the celebration of religious festivals;
- Themes will also relate to special days & celebrations plus the children’s interests;
- The themes will be put forward in a variety of ways, e.g. through story, prose, poetry, drama, art, music, discussion;
- Whilst the majority of assemblies will be Christian based, there will sometimes be a focus or reference to other faiths;
- All members of staff are given the opportunity to lead Collective Worship;
- Children are given the opportunity to take a lead;
- Members of appropriate organisations are invited to share in Collective Worship.
Through the above, we intend that our children will:
- have the opportunity to worship and to develop a relationship with God if they wish to;
- develop an understanding of Christian values, where these originate and what these can add to their own life & practice;
- develop respect and understanding of the self and of others;
- create a sense of belonging and connecting to the world;
- develop empathy and community with others;
- provide security within which pupils can share their values and beliefs;
- provide opportunities to question and reflect;
- promote discernment and support pupils in combating prejudice;
- encourage a sense of awe and wonder about the world.
At Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School, we conduct assemblies and Collective Worship in a dignified and respectful manner. We tell children that assembly time is a period of calm reflection. We regard it as a special time and expect children to behave in an appropriate manner. We ask them to be quiet and thoughtful and to listen carefully to the teachings and participate fully in prayer and singing. We create an appropriate atmosphere by using music and sometimes candles or other objects that act as a focal point for the attention of the children.
Our weekly cycle of Collective Worship
Our Collective Worship sessions take place every day at 9.10am
- Monday: Whole School Worship with Mrs Johnston (Headteacher) and/or Father John Fisher (St Mary Magdalene Church, Medomsley) based on our weekly value.
- Tuesday: Whole School Worship with Mr Mordue (Deputy Headteacher) based on our weekly value.
- Wednesday: Class Worship using iSing Pop.
- Thursday: Whole School Worship with a class teacher based on our weekly value.
- Friday: Whole School Celebration Assembly and Worship where we join to celebrate the achievements of all.
Our School Prayer
This is our school, let peace dwell here
Let the rooms be full of contentment
Let love abide here:
Love for one another
Love of the world
Love life itself
And love of God
Let us remember
That as many hands build a house
So many hearts make a school
Collective Worship - Recorded or narrated PowerPoints
Please see below for links to our recorded/narrated PowerPoints for Collective Worship. These include all of our worship sessions with Mrs Johnston, Mr Mordue and our Class Worships too.
Summer 2 2021
Summer 1 2021