Assembly is an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community. It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us. Assemblies are non-denominational and are of a broadly Christian nature. We also give consideration to the multicultural society in which we live and recognise other faiths, particularly around times of celebrations and festivals.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship should they so wish. If parents do not wish their child to be taught the agreed syllabus or take part in short acts of collective worship then they should inform us in writing.
In Key Stage 1 our assemblies take the following format.
Monday - School Values Assembly. Mrs Lambirth leads an assembly and reflection based on one of our school values. Each term explores a different value.
Tuesday - Visitor Assembly/Philosophy for Children. Mrs Gowing leads these assemblies which alternate each year. There is an opportunity for children to discuss, debate question and reflect.
Wednesday - We do not have a whole school assembly on a Wednesday. Instead, Mrs Lambirth leads a singing session in both key stages throughout the week. In these sessions, songs are learnt with actions and time is spent reflecting and discussing the meaning behind the words. These songs are often linked to our school values or particular events and celebrations during the year, e.g. Harvest, Christmas, Easter.
Thursday - Story Assembly/Class Assembly. Stories are read by the class teachers linked to the school value for that term. We also have sharing class assemblies where we invite parents/carers to come and share our learning.
Friday - Celebration Assembly. We celebrate our achievements of the week, sing our celebration song and recite our school poem. This is led by Mrs Lambirth.