St Nicholas Church of England Primary School

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Our Wholesome Curriculum encompasses: • Heart- Feelings and responding • Head- ‘sticky knowledge’ • Hands- physical skills •Health- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental


Times of collective worship are educational, planned learning experiences and contribute to the education of the children, facilitate spiritual growth and respect of each other’s beliefs and practices.  This may be done by evoking the sense of beauty, awe, wonder or feelings of pride, compassion, sharing or by exploring the spirituality of life and experience. The Head Teacher takes the lead in collective worship with the invaluable support of the children.

  • Collective Worship forms a valued part of each day. Christian Values are at the core of worship: each value is explored through The Bible, story, drama, song, prayer and children's work.
  • Collective Worship includes all children from Reception up to Year 3 and children with Special Educational Needs are supported to participate within collective worship.
  • Collective Worship is punctuated by inspirational visitors who have included: the Bishop of Tonbridge, a Paralympian, authors as well as representatives from charitable organisations (for example Shoebox appeal organisers), scientists, and musicians.
  • The impact of Collective Worship can be seen many aspects of school life:
    • Children’s behaviour is guided through the values discussed in Collective Worship and children will often talk about and find examples of these values when in the playground (for example when learning about ‘Friendship’ many children could identify when they showed the value and when others did).
    • Children who need additional support with behaviour are reminded about the values, often alongside social stories and visual support.
    • Children show genuine compassion for one another in classrooms, outside and on school visits.
    • Adults within the school model and replicate this care to all children and their families. We have countless examples of how our staff have supported parents and carers, above and beyond the provision of education; we have supported with housing, access to foodbanks, support seeking employment, advocacy in meetings, liaison with professional services etc 
  • Pupils are taught through collective worship how to identify distinctive features of different Christian Traditions, for example:
    • The significance of the lit candle during Collective Worship
    • The liturgical colours of the seasons of the church year
    • The importance of Prayer and different types of prayers offere
    • Responses
    • The singing of hymns and worship songs
    • Christian festivals
  • Charity is a recurring theme during Collective Worship and children are encouraged to help those less fortunate than themselves, not only through showing compassion and generosity; for example, collecting for our school Foodbank, Christian Aid and also through prayers for those in need.
  • Personal prayer and reflection form an important part of Collective Worship and throughout the day:
    • Prayers written in the corridor reflective area are collected and prayed for in school 
    • Children pray at regular times during the day and are encouraged to pray at other times – for example when waiting for collective worship to begin.
  • The school incumbent takes a supportive role in teaching the children about God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, enabling learners to recognise this and talk about it with an impressive degree of understanding.

Collective Worship Policy

Term 5 worship:

Week 1


A prayer for this term.

(Based on the Order of the Mustard Seed daily prayer)


Father God, help me live this day to the full, following the example you set.

Jesus help me to give myself away to others, being kind to everyone I meet.

Spirit, help me to love the lost, be hospitable and stand up for truth and justice.


Week 2

Taking the Gospel to the nations

Week 3

Express God’s mercy and justice

Week 4

Practise hospitality

Week 5

Live prayerfully

Week 6

Celebrate creativity