At Seal Church of England Primary School, Collective Worship is the beating heart of the school. We use the planning from the Rochester Diocese and weave through our vision and values for our Collective Worship provision.
Pupils have opportunities for further reflection within class worship three times a week, which enables them to further consider the themes and how they might apply their thinking into their lives.
Each term we will explore one of our six values and explore how the value connects with our collective worship themes.
We will also reflect on how we can continue to grow and flourish, just like a mustard seed.
This term, we are focussing on the value of:
Week 1 - What does perseverance mean?
In week 1, we explore what perseverance means in terms of being patient and not giving up when we find something challenging. We look at how Moses showed perseverance through his determination to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. We look at what might have helped Moses to persevere through such incredible challenges.
We will look at further exemplifications of perseverance, and how we need to resist the urge to give up, in order to grow and flourish.
Just as a mustard seed takes time to grow, we need time to continue to practise, persevere and reflect in order to grow and flourish.
Week 2 - Epiphany
In week 2, we look at epiphany and the gifts that the three wise men gave to Jesus. We look at why this is such an important celebration for many Christians across the world and how they celebrate this special day. We think about what gifts we have that we can give to others.
Week 3 - The Four Gospels
In week 3, we look at the four gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
In the gospel of Matthew, we look at Jesus' first meeting with Simon Peter and how he tells him the parable of the mustard seed. We consider what we can learn from this and how God wants us to be the best that we can be.
In the Gospel of Mark, we look at how Jesus would respond wisely when people would try to catch him out. We consider our growth and development and how we should think before we respond.
In the Gospel of Luke, we consider the story of Mary and Martha and how welcoming others and spending time with others is important. We consider how we welcome others and how we show we care. We reflect on this to think of what we could do differently in order to grow and flourish.
In the Gospel of John, we look at the story of Philip and Nathanael. We consider what makes us a good friend to others and how our friendships can continue to flourish.
Week 4 - Jesus brings good news
In week 4, we study the story of the woman at the well. We look at the kindness and love shown by Jesus despite the differences between Jesus, being Jewish, and the woman being a Samaritan. We consider how we can show love and kindness to all.
Jesus said 'love one another.' How do we do this? How does this help others to flourish?
Week 5 - Jesus brings good news
This week, we study the story of Zacchaeus and how he makes amends for his wrongdoings. We consider how we all make mistakes, however God will forgive us. Learning from mistakes is what helps us to grow and flourish. It is what will develop us as individuals and we should seize the opportunity for personal growth. We may need to persevere in order to do this, it won't necessarily come easy.
Week 6 - Lent
Ahead of Ash Wednesday, we look at the story of Jesus being tempted. We think about how Jesus may have resisted temptation, what tempts us and how we resit. We consider how Jesus spent 40 days in the desert reflecting on the future of his life, and what we might want for the future and how we may need to persevere to get there, or to resist temptations.