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Collective Worship

‘Our Church School explained, a foreword by our Vicar, The Reverend Caroline Hewlett.’

The purpose of a Church of England school is to offer a spiritual dimension to the lives of young people, within the traditions of the Church of England, in an increasingly secular world. Church of England schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school is not just important because they are members of the school but also because they are seen as unique individuals within God’s creation. Church of England schools began by educating children to help them flourish regardless of their background or starting point. Our school and others like it continue this Christian vision, to provide an education that enables ‘life in all its fullness’.

 

School Values and Collective Worship

At Arkengarthdale School we encourage our children to fully engage in all aspects of school life to enable them to reach their highest personal goals and  become valued and responsible members of our community. Being a Church of England school we have a close relationship with our local church and regularly visit and perform there throughout the year. We promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils by adhering to our fundamental British values. The children, during the regular PHSE and Circle of Friends sessions, make democratic decisions to enhance friendships and develop empathy towards others. We also encourage our pupils to treat people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.

 

Daily Worship

Here at Arkengarthdale we organise our Collective Worship around focusing on a Christian value per half term.
We are following the Roots and Fruits Programme

 

"A tree is known by its fruit"

Matthew 12.33

 

The twenty-first century Primary school classroom is a vibrant environment characterised by exploration, discussion, discovery and reflection. Lessons are carefully planned to engage a range of different learning styles and actively promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The expectation is, therefore, that collective worship, which offers expression to all that is of worth and indeed to all that is sacred in the school community, will likewise be inspirational and keenly relevent to the lives of the children.

 

 

Our pattern of Worship

We have an altar with three candles, representing the Holy Trinity. After a warm welcome, we invite the children to consider an aspect or possibility they may not have considered before. This may use the context of story, picture, music or poetry. We hope this then opens up a consideration of a different perspective, followed by opportunity to reflect on the new learning and respond through action, thought or spoken word. The children are encouraged to think about how they can take their new learning and use it in a way that makes a positive difference to themselves and others, both within school and in wider society.

The following is a list of values we consider essential for the children at Arkengarthdale to nurture and develop (it is by no means an exhaustive list):

Generosity, Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship, Respect, Thankfulness, Trust, Perseverance, Justice, Service, Truthfulness.

 

Our collective worship is led by the Headteacher, Deputy and Class Teacher, the Church, the Children, Curriculum Coordinators where national/international days are celebrated and outside agencies. Sometimes these sessions take place at our partner school; Richmond Methodist Primary School, St. Mary's Church - here in the village and in our third classroom (the woodland area) as part of our 'Forest Church' - led by Vicar Caroline Hewlett.

 

We arrange our Collective Worship Themes as follows:

 

 

Year

Autumn half term 1

Autumn half term 2

Spring half term 1

Spring half term 2

Summer half term 1

Summer half term 2

2018-2019

Generosity

Compassion

Courage

Forgiveness

Friendship

Respect

B 2017-2018

Thankfulness

Trust

Perseverance

Justice

Service

Truthfulness

Spirituality at Arkengarthdale Primary School


Spirituality has been described as that which makes us conscious of the mystery and wonder of life and moves us to seek meaning in it. It recognises there is more to life than what we see and touch. Different things may prompt it.


For Christians the source of all life and being is God revealed in Jesus Christ. Christian Spirituality is how we experience being drawn into the life and activity of God by his Spirit. It involves Prayer and study of the Bible but is much more. It is about the whole of life.


http://www.westyorkshiredales.anglican.org/spirituality

 

School Values: ideas for family discussion and reflection.

Compassion

Courage

Creativity

Forgiveness

Friendship

Generosity

Hope

Humility

Justice

Peace

Perseverance

Respect

Responsibility

Service

Thankfulness

Trust

Truthfulness

Wisdom

 

 

Religious Education

We believe at this school that RE underpins what we aim to do in every aspect of school life.  Our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the RE curriculum. The children are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and experience and also consider the social and moral aspects of life in the community.

 We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. We study different world faiths but focus specifically on Christianity, followed by Judaism and Islam.

 Our work centres on:

 *Learning about religion and belief

 *Learning from religion and belief

Specifically, RE at our school aims to enable pupils of whatever ability and level of development to:

  • acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practised in Great Britain.  These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, each of which is represented in North Yorkshire;
  • develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, including the local community;
  • develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions.

Enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:

  • developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences, and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them;
  • responding to the fundamental questions of life in the light of their experience and with reference to religious beliefs and practices;
  • reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study;
  • expressing their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way;
  • recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within an ethnically and socially diverse society.

 Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE teaching and should contact the Headteacher should they wish to do so.

 

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