Our Christian Ethos

Naburn Church of England Primary School is a small, tightly knit community, where adults and pupils work joyfully together inspired by the Christian values of compassion, trust and perseverance.Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report May 2017

Headteacher Naburn Primary School 180Daily acts of Collective Worship  are important forums for sustaining and developing our ethos. Each Collective Worship follows a four part plan to include welcome, learning, reflecting and responding.

richardThe Rector from St Matthew’s Church visits fortnightly to lead whole school Collective Worship linked to our Christian values.

We also welcome the team from ‘Open the Book’, who lead worship fortnightly in the Village Hall, based on current Church celebrations and Bible stories.

We took a survey amongst our school community asking for people to choose the Christian values most relevant to us and the results were: compassion, trust and perseverance. We are now focusing on embedding these in all we do.

A Statement on Worship

Worship team planning worship with Louise from Yo-Yo

Worship team planning worship with Louise from Yo-Yo

Collective Acts of Worship take place on a daily basis. Our SIAMS in 2017 said that ‘Collective Worship inspires the whole school community‘.

As a Church School, our acts of worship are mainly Christian in nature, though special occasions and festivals of other cultures and religions are recognised and valued. It is a parent’s right to request that their child be excused from acts of collective worship.

Parents and members of the community are welcome at our church services at Harvest and Christmas and the children lead these, helping to develop their confidence in communicating with larger audiences. We have also just begun to invite parents into our Friday celebrations, where we take a look back on our week at school and give out Teacher Awards.

worship team first assembly (5)

Leading Whole School Collective Worship

Children also share their successes at this time, bringing in such items as swimming medals, football trophies etc. and it is an opportunity to celebrate the wider lives of our children.

We have a Worship Team (nominated by the pupils) who plan, lead and evaluate our worship. They have worked closely with the Yo-Yo team to develop our worship further.

The Worship Team has planned, led and evaluated Whole School Collective Worship.

Planning using our four part plan

Planning using our four part plan

They have worked with Yo-Yo to organise and lead a Prayer-Space Day in St Matthew’s Church, based on our three core values. Every child in school worked through six ‘stations’ including a bubble tube to write down their prayers and worries, a world map to think about people across the world who are in need and a lego tower, adding a brick for each thing you are thankful for.

Our current team is working on one of our SIAMS areas to improve, which is to ‘further strengthen the contribution that pupils offer with more opportunities to evaluate, take part, plan and lead collective worship’.

Watch this space for more details.