Collective Worship Themes
Each day we have an assembly, which we call collective worship. During these times we learn about bible stories, celebrations of the Christian calendar, important life messages, as well as learning about other special events in other faiths and topical news from around the world.
The worship leaders work with the head teacher and the RE leader to think of things the children are interested and important messages and lessons the children need to know.
Here you can see some of our assemblies and special celebrations.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we are holding our collective worship assemblies in classrooms, as part of our secure bubbles. We still all share the same themes and sing the same songs, but at this time we just have to do it safely in our bubbles.
In order to record and share our learning, led by the Worship Leaders in each class, we record thoughts or draw images of important lessons and aspects of the themes we learn in worship. These are then put into our Collective Worship Book, so we can all see how each class felt about the assemblies and what they learnt.
On Tuesday, we took advantage of the sunshine, to learn a new song with Makaton signs together. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to sing and learn together as a whole school again ( in a Covid secure way.)
You can also have a go at home!
children of light - full song.mp4
As Easter Sunday approaches and over the last few weeks, children in school have been spending time in collective worship talking and learning about the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Some great discussions were had about friendship, betrayal, strength and sacrifice. Our pupils showed empathy and thoughtfulness in their questions and ideas.
Many of the children created Easter gardens, as part of our Easter competition and they showed the tomb of Jesus, where he laid to rest. They were amazing! Two of our wonderful ladies from church came to judge the entries and were amazed by them all.
Fountains class decorated our Easter tree outside the office and it looked egg-cellent!
Unfortunately, we were unable to attend our Easter service at All Saint's Church, but we celebrated Easter in our bubbles and would like to thank the church for our palm crosses.
Our Special Easter Crosses
In our KS1 outdoor area, we have three very special crosses. The children have set up the Easter scene, as written in the Bible.
Just outside the city of Jerusalem there was a hill known as Golgotha, sometimes translated as Calvary. One day three crosses were raised on this hill. Luke gives us an account of one of the events that occurred on that day.
“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, ‘If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.’ But the other, answering rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:39-43)
Three crosses in a row. Usually we see only one; the one Jesus hung on, as its significance is so much greater than the other two. However, we have recreated all 3 in order to remember how Jesus, even when he was dying on the cross, thought of others and showed love, light and forgiveness.
What makes our crosses extra special is that we have used the wood from the trunk of our Christmas trees over the last three years, to make them. This is special because, Jesus came into the world at Christmas and the tree symbolises this. We have then taken the same trees, to also symbolise when Jesus died on the cross for us.
Each year, our Worship Leaders and classes make an Easter garden scene. They hang a purple scarf that was knitted by Rievaulx class and some volunteers from the community, aswell as a crown of twisted wood, to represent the thorns that Jesus wore upon his head upon the say he was hung on the cross.
Thank You All Saint's Church
WE SHALL REMEMBER
Remembrance Service 11th November 2020
In school, staff and children took time out of their lessons today, to remind themselves why we have Remembrance Day and thank people for their service past and present.
We reminded ourselves of the importance of remembering, historical events that led us to this day, the memories of a soldier and some poetry and prayer, led by school councillors and worship leaders.
We also remembered our heroes around us today, helping keep us safe and those people who are looking after others during the coronavirus pandemic. For that we gave thanks.
At 11am one pupil from each class took a handmade wreath to lay outside, around our collective worship candle decorated beautifully with poppies by one of our pupils. As the Wistow All Saint's church bells tolled, we stood silent, we remembered, together.
We shall not forget.
Remembrance Day Assembly
Our Virtual Harvest Festival
Our harvest festival this year was very different, as usually we celebrate together in church. However, we still managed to celebrate together virtually, via Zoom!
As a school, we encourage all our children to be the best they can be and our mission statement underpins all we do each and every day.
Faith is all around us.
We have to have faith in ourselves in order to be the best that we can be.
We are a small school, with big hearts and together we beat as one.
Sowing seeds of knowledge and faith, with nurture and love
We thrive, we grow.
We took part in a gardening competition this year and this inspired our theme for our harvest festival. We looked at how we can grow anything if we work hard, work together and show patience, commitment, resilience and realise we can grow in all we do.
Mrs Cox shared a power-point which showed our peace garden evolve over the last few years, alongside our gardening project and it made us all realise that we can grow as learners and young people, just like plants in our peace garden.
Take a look:
The Great Wistow Veg Off and Peace Garden Story
Thank you all for your kind and generous donations for our harvest festival. We will be donating it all to Selby Foodbank, after it has been isolated for 72 hours.
Working together to show compassion and care for our community!
THANK YOU FROM US ALL AT WISTOW SCHOOL!
Christian Aid and The Good Samaritan
Bolton have been working very hard over the last few weeks and they showed off their RE learning in assembly. We have been looking at Islamic Relief and Christian Aid where we have identified the core beliefs that drive both charities. We then moved on to look at the similarities between Christian Aid and The Good Samaritan and how we can show kindness to our neighbours.
Caring for Creation and all God's Creatures
Fountains class told everyone what they have been learning in RE this term about Islam. They retold some of the stories the Prophet Muhammad told about caring for all creatures, even the tiny ants. They then told us about how some Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday and prepare for Easter. They also introduced the Church of England's 40 day Lent challenge. More information about this can be found on the Worship Leaders' page.
Caring for our world and others.
Fountains class have just shared with everyone what they have learnt over the first three weeks of term. The focus was caring for our world and others. They shared how they having been caring for their outside area and especially the pumpkins. They also told everyone the story told by Jesus about who is our neighbour. Fountains are such a helpful class that they could explain how they help others too.
Oceans and Seas
Fountains class told everyone about what they have learnt about sea creatures this term and how we can look after our oceans. They also read out some of their excellent letters and postcards they have written using the book Dear Greenpeace as a stimulus. Fountains' have also created their own marvellous sea creatures from plastic waste.
It's a wide watery world!
Fountains class shared their work on the oceans and seas with the whole school. They performed their own poems about the oceans and sea creatures which included lots of adjectives and similes. They also shared their favourite song of the moment by the Rend Collective, My lighthouse.
Our Worship Leaders led a wonderful assembly on mothers and how and why we have Mothering Sunday. Facts were shared about when this celebration began and how other countries celebrate or say thanks to their mothers.
We decided we all have special people in our lives, whether it is; a mother, an aunt, a sister, a grandma or a really good friend - but we all thought it is so important to say thank you and show them that we appreciate everything that they do.
This week, we explored an important word in the English language - THANKS.
We talked about what we are thankful for and there were so many things. Reverend Terry led us all in song and we created our own lyrics saying thank you for the following:
Thank you Lord for all our friends.
Thank you Lord for those we love.
Thank you Lord for food to eat.
Thank you Lord for Rievaulx class.
Thank you Lord for Byland class.
Thank you Lord for Fountains class.
Thank you Lord for Selby class.
Thank you Lord for those who teach.
Thank you Lord for Wistow School.
We made a verse out of each of the lines above and then sang the chorus together of Hallelujah Praise the Lord.
Resilience and Growth Mindset
We all learn something new every day and it is up to us how well we learn. Today in assembly we talked about opening our minds to new experiences and things and how, if we do that we can be better learners. We also learnt that believing in ourselves and positive thoughts help us too.
'Salt In His Shoes' is a book written by Michael Jordan (the famous American) basketball player and is his story about believing in himself and how he as a child used a positive mindset when he found something challenging.
As a school, we all then discussed what Michael went through and how he tackled his problems.
We all decided he showed:
He showed that with positive thinking, an open mind, hard work and dedication, he achieved his dreams. The message for us all today was that we too can achieve our dreams, we just have to open our minds and believe in ourselves.
Fountains planned and shared a wonderful class collective worship around the theme of Light. They had created some fantastic Chinese lanterns to show the children and parents. As well as the lanterns, the children talked about the importance of Light in the bible and how we see Jesus as the light of the world.
Everyone enjoyed this song: