Appleton C of E Primary School

Collective Worship

At Appleton C of E Primary School daily acts of collective worship are a key part of our vision of “building wisely for life”.

Collective worship is at the heart of our school, allowing children time to reflect on our school vision and associated values, Christian values and world issues. In Collective worship, we consider bible stories, other stories, music and film, and give children the opportunity to reflect on how these relate to their own life and experience. While collective worship is distinctively Christian in nature, it allows children and staff the opportunity to consider similarities around morals, stories and traditions from other religions, as well as giving freedom, within both prayer and reflection times, to worship in their own ways.

Collective worship is a key part of our day. We join together every morning to worship, reflect, think, sing and set the tone for the day ahead. Children follow a routine of prayer and reflection through the day, with a prayer and reflection at lunchtime and at the end of the day.

Collective worships are led by the Headteacher, teachers, representatives from the church, and the children themselves. The worship is always invitational and inspiring.

Collective worships share a number of key features:

  • The lighting of a candle, with focusing phrases
  • A representation of the Holy trinity (whether as a candle with three wicks or a bible/cross/candle in class collective worship)
  • A link to a key Christian value
  • A moment of calm and reflection
  • An invitational prayer
  • Singing
  • Age-appropriate stories

Collective worships generally follow this timetable:

  • Monday: Whole school led by the Headteacher
  • Tuesday: Class collective worship for KS1; KS2 collective worship 
  • Wednesday: Class collective worship for KS2; KS1 collective worship 
  • Thursday: Singing 
  • Friday: Celebration

We have very close links with St Lawrence church and the local incumbent would normally deliver a weekly collective worship. These will hopefully resume at the end of the interregnum.