Daily Act of Collective Worship
Here at Atwood, we believe that collective worship and sharing time together is a crucial part of our broader school life. Every day, every class will be involved in some form of collective worship. Because Atwood is a relatively large school, we tend to hold collective worship for EYFS and KS1 in the Infant Hall, and KS2 in the Junior Hall. On very special occasions, when the weather is fine, we have the entire school together for collective worship outside on the grass.
These acts of collective worship will reflect the vision and values of our school, the traditions and culture of our country and are broadly based on Christian themes. As a school we follow the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education’s Religious Education policy which is a multi-faith based syllabus that will teach children to understand religions from all round the world. We regularly invite outside speakers in to our assemblies to engage the children with their specific knowledge, beliefs or skills. Before any outside speakers visit, we vet their suitability and content to ensure that it is appropriate for our children and that it is in tune with the fundamental British values.
Here is a typical flavour for collective worship each week, although no two school weeks are the same! We also take account of multi-faith days, world events and we support our chosen charities throughout the year. There also opportunities for children to share their learning with their parents and carers throughout the year through our various plays and productions, or at KS2, through ‘class assemblies’.
At EYFS and KS1:
Monday – Teacher’s Assembly
One of the teachers leads this assembly. Children reflect on issues raised through stories, including those from sacred texts. Often the children will take part in the re-telling of these stories. The children also have an opportunity to sing a range of songs, often relating to the season.
Tuesday – Music Assembly
Mr Glenn leads the Music Assembly. Children learn a range of songs to sing, usually with a seasonal flavour.
Wednesday – Head teacher’s Assembly
Mr Veale leads these assemblies based on our current theme or other key focus, which will be set within the context of a range of songs, often relating to an upcoming event or season.
Thursday – Deputy Head teacher’s Assembly
Mrs Gambier leads these assemblies which follow a termly theme and support all the important aspects of our school’s Vision and Values.
Friday – Key Stage Celebration Assembly
We love to celebrate good work and special events in our school. This is wonderful time for the Class Teachers to recognise a member of their class who has displayed an excellent attitude towards school. They are awarded a Superstar Certificate. Children are also awarded their gold stars for academic achievement and Rainbow certificates for exemplary behaviour. During this assembly we celebrate achievements from outside of our school, birthdays and attendance. At the end of each half term, one child per class will receive a Gold Star Certificate and a metal Gold Star for exceptional conduct and attitude.
Monday – Deputy Head teacher’s Assembly
Mrs Gambier leads this assembly which is of a broadly Christian nature and will often this will be a religious minister, or it could be a representative of one of our chosen charities. Sometimes, it may be a Governor, or it could be our Education Welfare Officer, who talk about key issues
Tuesday – Teacher’s Assembly
This assembly aims to celebrate current learning across KS2; children are asked to reflect on the big issues we face- global warming, pollution, poverty, famine and war. A variety of class teachers lead this assembly.
Wednesday – Music Assembly with Mr Glenn
Mr Glenn leads this assemblies based on our current theme or other key focus which will be set within the context of a range of songs, often relating to an upcoming event or season. The assembly also provides the opportunity for our children to perform to their peers.
Thursday – Key Stage Celebration Assembly led by Mr Veale
We love to celebrate good work and special events in our school. We also recognise our Values of Learning, Diversity, Enthusiasm, Respect, Achievement, Teamwork and Friendship throughout the Year. On Thursday we hold our Celebration Assemblies. This is wonderful time for the Class Teachers to recognise a member of their class who has displayed an excellent attitude towards school. They are awarded a Blue Values Certificate. At the end of each half term, one child per class will receive a Gold Star Certificate and a metal Gold Star for exceptional conduct and attitude. As a privilege, Gold Star winners may sit on a chair in assemblies.
Friday – Class Assembly
Each KS2 Class takes a turn in performing their class assembly to the KS2 community. They also invite their parents and carers to celebrate their learning with them.
FUNDRAISING AND CHARITY
This year, Atwood is supporting:
- The Purley Food Hub- donations welcomed in the front office
- The South East Cancer Centre
- The Croydon Refugee Centre
- Paint Purley Purple