Collective Worship Statement 2016
At Tree Tops we believe that Collective Worship plays a very important role in the life of our academy. It is an opportunity to celebrate all aspects of academy life to support our curriculum and to provide an opportunity for coming together to reflect on what is very often a busy, active day for the children.
The central aims of Collective Worship at Tree Tops Primary Academy are to:
- Provide our children with spiritual, moral, social and cultural educational opportunities through collaborative and meaningful themes and relevant topics.
- Celebrate the values and worth of the whole school community and all who belong in it, including the sharing of the gifts and talents of our children.
- Help children understand both the nature and language of worship of the Christian and different World faiths.
- Help children develop respect and sensitivity to the beliefs and values of others.
- Support the broader curriculum through the use of art, music, dance, story-telling, drama and other visual and oral means of communication.
The Education Act 1996 requires the provision of a broadly-based curriculum which:
‘promotes the spiritual, moral cultural, mental and physical development of pupils’; and ‘prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life’.
In our Academy, Collective Worship is seen as an educational activity which forms part of a structured and coherent curriculum linked to other subjects especially RE and PSHE. It will be of a broadly Christian character, though non-denominational, and take into account the pupils’ needs, ages, aptitudes and faith backgrounds. It will also reflect notable dates and events within the year.
A termly outline programme of assemblies is available through the school office.
Assemblies are held daily. On Thursdays there is a class assembly and on Fridays is our Celebration Assembly including Star of the Week.
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays the whole school collective worship includes the focus of the SEAL units.
- Term 1: New Beginnings
- Term 2: Getting on / Falling out / bullying
- Term 3: Going for Goals
- Term 4: Good to be Me
- Term 5: Relationships
- Term 6: Changes
At Tree Tops Primary Academy we teach and promote social, moral, spiritual and cultural education.
We promote pupils’ spiritual development by actively encouraging:
- the growth of pupils’ inner life, their capacity to relate to others and their non-material well-being; for example, their self-respect, their creativity, their will to achieve their full potential and their ability to ask, and try to find answers to, life’s major questions, including questions about the existence and nature of God;
- pupils’ acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and qualities they need to foster their own inner lives and non-material well- being throughout life.
We promote pupils’ moral development by actively encouraging:
- pupils’ understanding of the difference between right and wrong, the will to do what is right and their willingness to consider others with concern and compassion;
- pupils’ acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills, qualities and attitudes they need to do what is right and to cope with moral conflict.
We promote pupils’ social development by actively to encouraging:
- pupils’ understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being a member of families and various communities, local, national and global;
- pupils’ acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills, qualities and attitudes they need to live up to these responsibilities and exercise these rights.
We promote pupils’ cultural development by actively to encouraging:
- pupils’ understanding of the cultural influences that affect them and others, a sense of belonging to local, regional, national, global cultures, and their appreciation and response to a range of aesthetic experiences;
- pupils’ acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills, qualities and attitudes they need to understand, appreciate and contribute to their own and different cultures.
Context of Collective Worship
In order to promote children’s learning our acts of worship vary through the year. See attached plan and themes.
All teaching staff are to attend acts of Collective Worship promptly and to encourage children to behave appropriately; providing for their different needs to ensure this is possible. (E.g. By providing adapted seating, whiteboards, a small copy of a text or puppet, visual symbols. Class teachers are responsible for these adaptations.)
It is the responsibility of the staff members named to co-ordinate, research and resource the acts of Collective Worship they are assigned to. The activities, stories and resources must be real and relevant to the needs of all the children and encourage active participation.
The Whole school ethos of promoting equality, SEAL themes and the Academy Performance Agreement objectives are used to organise assembly events.
Please draw on the Go Givers website, personal experience, and relevant current events to adapt these for the children.
Consideration of how we plan with regard to vulnerable groups with protected characteristics is an expectation.
Music is to be used to encourage a quiet and orderly entrance to the hall, and leaving of the hall to make the most of the reflective opportunity and to develop the children’s awareness of music as a tool in helping create a calm atmosphere.
We have a focus of celebrating key Christian festivals of harvest, Christmas and Easter, but acknowledge and learn key principles of special festivals form other World faiths.
We encourage visitors and wider community opportunities to enhance SMSC learning and to develop in our children the skills of reflection, empathy to encourage and celebrate their talents and to promote the idea of community and a sense of well-being for all our children.
Families have the right to withdraw a child form an act of Collective Worship, but it is the class teacher’s responsibility to ensure that they are safely cared for and provided with an appropriate alterative learning task.
See assembly plan given to all teachers in pigeonholes and displayed in our staffroom.