Horsford CE VA Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England School. This means that, in addition to teaching Religious Education in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, we have to ensure that our school has a distinctively Christian character and ethos. As a church school Collective Worship is an important part of our school day.
Children at both of our sites worship together every day in each school hall or in their classroom. On a Monday we hold a celebration worship, where good work of our children is highlighted. At least once a term, both sites come together in our Mill Lane hall for a joint worship. These are when we celebrate Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the end of the school year.
Each half term we explore a Christian value (see below for the rota). We learn about each value through stories and are encouraged to reflect and think about how we can demonstrate the value in our everyday lives.
We have a recently introduced Christian Values Ambassadors group, made up of children from our Mill Lane site. These children plan and lead some of our Collective worship sessions.
Rev. Margaret, the incumbent of the Horsford Benefice, comes into school weekly to lead Collective Worship. She also leads regular vision and values days, where the children focus on the school's vision and its core values.
Each year group visits Horsford Parish Church at least once per year and learns about an aspect of the Christian faith as well as taking part in an act of worship.
Both of our sites hold weekly singing worship sessions where suitable songs linked to each half term's Collective Worship theme are chosen, as well as general Christian hymns and songs.
Our rota for Collective Worship themes: