Desperately searching for creative assembly ideas? As the new academic year begins, it’s been great to see primary schools across the country using the Big Start Assemblies resources. Busy teachers are loving the ideas and hassle-free planning that helps them craft fun collective worship sessions.
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It’s increasingly difficult for teachers to find ways to share Christianity within schools. Thirty percent of children have never heard well-known Bible stories such as the birth of Jesus or Adam and Eve.¹ With over 1 million children attending Church of England schools alone, there’s a real opportunity to introduce younger generations to the values and stories within the Bible. These provide a spiritual and moral foundation as they grow up.
So how does Big Start Assemblies help in that respect?
“We noticed the need for quality Christian resources in schools a long time ago” said Essential Christian CEO Peter Martin “and with the wealth of creativity and experience we had in running children’s sessions at our annual Easter family event, Spring Harvest, it was the perfect fit for us to step into serving primary schools in this new and exciting way.”
Collective Worship for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Schools are legally required to have regular acts of Christian ‘collective worship’2 for KS1 and KS2. Big Start Assemblies offers an opportunity to explore Christian values whilst meeting Ofsted and SIAMS requirements. They encourage strong all-round development with important topics including friendship, anti-bullying, diversity, forgiveness and many more.
Big Start Assemblies was successfully trialled in the Diocese of Chichester and other schools across the South of England last term. The assemblies are now set to be enjoyed by pupils and teachers across the country. “We’ve been looking for the right kind of assembly product for a while, and to have something that is fun for pupils, easy for teachers and built around Christian values has been brilliant. The most important thing is the kids love it!” said Ben Martin, an Assistant Head Teacher at Stour Academy Trust.
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