Helping save you time planing collective worship…
So many great assemblies, not sure where to start? Well, we have produced two optional guides for how we think you could effectively spread out your Big Start Assemblies across the year.
The Series-Based Assembly Calendar helps spread out the values over the whole year, whilst allowing continuity as you follow a series of assemblies. This calendar also takes into account particular festivals and dates in the year, including things like Easter, Halloween, Christmas and Harvest, but also special days like anti-bullying day or Mothering Sunday. At the moment we have three full academic cycles available – Cycle A, B and C– which can be downloaded here.
Alternatively, you might like to use, the Value-Based 3-Year Plan. With this plan we have reshuffled all three years’ worth of assemblies, and reordered them so that you can fill a whole term focusing on just one (occasionally two) values. It creates a journey through three years exploring the different values. You can download this plan here.
These are Word /Excel documents, allowing you to adapt them for your school. You can of course mix and match or make your own calendar, but you might find these a big help in your planning. Download the calendar using the links below.
The bigger picture for KS1 & KS2 assembly time…
We think collective worship is most effective when organised with a bigger picture. We don’t want to just make resources then leave you in the lurch. Collective worship is one of the most important parts of school life. For Key Stages 1 and 2, it teaches important life values not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.
Assemblies are usually the only time a school is all together in one room. The values and lessons you unpack in collective worship can impact your entire school’s culture. Our assembly resources will be most effective if you adopt some of the values and themes into wider school life. Many assemblies include classroom reflections appropriate to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This allows you to continue unpacking themes and values throughout the week. Our assemblies also normally have more material than you can fit into one assembly. You can take sections to use in other contexts, or even spread the assembly plan and resources over two collective worship sessions.
Help us improve our assembly resources…
We are always keen to hear how we can adapt and make these resources even more suitable for use in primary schools. Collective worship should be as awesome, fun and engaging as possible. We can only do that with your feedback. Feel free to comment below if there are particular things we can do to help equip your primary school for its collective worship and assembly times.
Not using our multi-media collective worship resources yet?
Our resources are specially written by internationally acclaimed story teller, writers, teachers and educational specialists. Our films are created by professional film makers, actors and directors. Our packaged assemblies are tested and used by head teachers and teachers all over the country. If you are not yet a Big Start Assemblies member, find out more on our home page or sign up here.