SMSC, School & British Values
Our July 2019 Ofsted report states that:
"They (The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery) have created a strong ethos based on the school’s motto of ‘enter to learn, leave to achieve’. They take every opportunity to promote the school’s own values and how they link to British values, celebrate diversity and remind pupils of the importance of respect and care for one another. This adds significantly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development”
“Weekly assemblies promote pupils’ understanding of the beliefs of people from different cultural backgrounds and help them consider the lives of others. Pupils feel that they can share their views and personal concerns and, if they do, they are confident that staff will follow them up."
Acts of Collective Worship (Assemblies)
Due to Covid-19 we hold our assemblies via Zoom. They are all delivered at an age-appropriate level.
In accordance with the principles outlined by Essex SACRE, acts of collective worship at The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery are meaningful and relevant to all those present. They:
1. Promote a sense of community.
2. Are educational.
3. Promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.
4. Are a special time.
5. Enable participants to be actively involved.
6. Are of high quality.
Collective worship is mainly of a broadly Christian character, though not distinctive of any particular Christian denomination. Collective worship that is ‘broadly Christian’ is inclusive in that it deals with universal human values and issues that concern us all, Christians and non-Christians. It is about our duty as a school to develop pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. This includes learning about interesting cultural traditions and their meaning, listening to stories with a moral message and reflecting on themes such as strength, courage or loyalty. Collective worship draws pupil's attention to our school values both as a body and in each individual. Collective worship is about the growth of the person, their character and social outlook, whatever their academic aptitudes.
Acts of collective worship are appropriate for the pupils, in that they take account of pupils’ ages, aptitudes and family backgrounds, and are delivered to a class, a year group, a key stage or to the whole school.
Nursery have acts of collective worship as a class, and Reception participate in whole school Celebration Assembly and Reading Assembly in their Year Group bubble.
We have a school poem that we all say at the end of assemblies. It reflects the peaceful, calm, caring and nurturing environment that is our school.
The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery
Summer 1 Acts of Collective Worship (Assemblies)
Healthy Eating Week
World Music Day
First Day of Summer- Summer Solstice
World Refugee Week
Tour de France
Religious and Non-Religious World Views
London Climate Action Week
Muslim Hajj Season
Jonah and the Whale- Christianity
The Jewish Creation Story
Noah’s Ark- Christianity
The Hindu Creation Story
Every Thursday children write their Blog as a class.
Every Friday is Celebration Assembly.
For more information please see our Collective Worship Policy and The Essex Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) Guidance on Collective Worship 2013, that are attached on this page.
Meeting the requirements for collective worship, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom are all ways that we ensure pupil’s SMSC development.