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Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School

Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider

Collective Worship

May - June 2022


This term our value has been forgiveness.


  • We learned about how forgiveness with God is like wiping the slate clean.
  • Mrs Mallender brought in her puppets to model how we can say sorry and ask our friends for forgiveness.
  • Reverend Nicola read to us from Isaiah 1 and brought in a t shirt covered in ketchup! She told us that forgiveness with God is like dirty clothes being made completely white and clean again.
  • We have been learning the Lord's prayer together as a school.

April - May 2022


This term our value has been courage.

  • Mrs Clements taught us the story of Moses and the burning bush. We found out how God gave him courage to face his past.
  • Reverend Simon came in for outdoor worship and brought in bread and wine, the symbols of the Eucharist. He talked about the last supper and how God gave Jesus the courage to face his fears.
  • We enjoyed the story of Daniel in the lion's den. God gave him courage to not give in when people put pressure on him to act in a way that compromised the values of his spiritual core.
  • Mrs Clements also told us the story of David and Goliath. Even though David was just a shepherd boy, God gave him the courage to face a GIANT challenge! 


Year 6 have led house worship this term, using Flippin Praise to help choose the content of their sessions. We have enjoyed exploring the creativity within our spiritual core and have made bookmarks to remind us to be courageous. We have also made our own courage badges, celebrating our own bravery. 

  • We have learned about the Courageous Advocates Malala Yousefzai, Nelson Mandela, David Attenborough and Desmond Tutu.
  • With Mr Downings, each house was encouraged to think of their own courageous advocates. The children had great ideas, (including Volodomyr Zelenskyy, Marcus Rashford, Greta Thunberg, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ernest Shackleton, Lewis Hamilton) and gave their own reasons why they thought they were couragous and important to them.
  • Mr and Mrs Briddon came in with their puppets and told the story of the woman at the well. She had to be courageous to go and tell the people in her village about how Jesus changed her life.

 We used the four windows model and discussed how the Courageous Advocates and people from our Bible stories connect spiritually. We also spent some time in reflection about our own spiritual cores, wondering about whether the value of courage is one we see within ourselves.

March - April 2022

This term our value has been responsibility.


  • In this season of Lent, Mrs Mallender talked about the story of Jesus in the desert and how he took responsibility for his power and choices. Reverend Simon and Reverend Nicola also came to school on Ash Wednesday to give us an opportunity to remember how great God's love is for us.
  • Mrs Clements talked about the tongue being like a wild fire and how hard it can be to control our words.
  • We learned about Jeremiah from Reverend Simon. He didn't want to take on the responsibility of sharing God's message to the king.
  • Some children had a go at making whips out of plaited cords. These were displayed on our worship boards to go with the story of Jesus clearing the temple. This story reminded us of how we have to sometimes take responsibility for our anger.
  • Reverend Nicola shared the story of Jonah the groaner. He ran away, rather than go to preach to the people of Ninevah. We loved the part of the story where the big fish swallowed him whole. GULP!
  • Mr Downing's talked about ways we can use water responsibly as part of World Water Day.
  • We went to church for the last day of term, where Ruby class planned and led our Easter service. They told the story of Holy Week from the pulpit, read their own poems and led us in prayer. Sapphire class amazed us with a dramatic retelling of the crucifixion, all in rhyme. Emerald class danced and sang 'This is Amazing Grace,' while Opal sang us two Easter songs beautifully. 

In house worship the Year 6 house leaders have showed great responsibility in leading each session. Together we have:

  • made posters about taming the tongue.
  • learned the story of the ant and the grasshopper and how we can take responsibility for our time.



Students from Cliff College told the story of the ten lepers. They asked us to remember to be thankful for the big and little things in our lives.

Mr and Mrs Briddon came in to share the story of the Good Shepherd. He looked after every one of his 100 sheep. What a responsible leader!

Here are preschool retelling the story with some gorgeous knitted sheep, left by Mrs Briddon.

Sheelagh came in from Tideswell and District Environment Group to talk about how we can make a difference by planting trees locally.

We had a special day to think about Ukraine. In Collective Worship we wrote prayers and made crosses in our house teams.

Each house have completed an evaluation of worship this term, led by Year 6.

Here are some things we have enjoyed about Collective Worship this term:

  • Singing
  • Talking to each other
  • Wrapping people up in bandages with the Cliff College visitors
  • Making crosses for Ukraine
  • Responsibility for your time
  • Being part of the story
  • Making things
  • Listening to stories
  • Learning songs
  • Picture News


 Here is how worship has helped us discover more about our spiritual core:

  • Showing us we have wider responsibilities
  • Thinking about others
  • Being respectful
  • Being kind
  • That it grows and grows
  • It's a hole like in the middle of a donut, you can't see it but it's still there.
  • You can take responsibility for different things
  • Your core is like a muscle.


"Everybody is different, everyone is special."

Elsa, Emerald Class



January - February 2022


This term our value has been service.


We have enjoyed stories from a range of different sources. Here are a few examples:

    • Reverend Nicola talked to us about how Queen Esther put herself in danger to save her people.
    • We enjoyed watching Luisa's song 'Surface Pressure' from Encanto and discovered how sometimes serving others can be hard.
    • Mrs Clements brought in her tea set to demonstrate how sometimes we can feel empty and need others to serve us.
    • Reverend Simon read from the gospels to talk about how Jesus washed his disciples' feet. He talked about how important the jobs are of people in our community who serve.
    • Mr Downings talked about paratrooper Hannah Senesh who served behind enemy lines during WW2.
    • We learned about Peter, the hero of Haarlem, who saved his community from a flood in an act of courageous service.
    • Mr and Mrs Briddon brought in some terrifying lion puppets to tell the story of Daniel in the lion's den. He never gave up serving God, even when it was against the law.

"Each of you received a spiritual gift. God has shown you his grace in giving you different gifts. And you are like servants who are responsible for using God’s gifts. So be good servants and use your gifts to serve each other."

1 Peter 4:10



Children from Year 6 lead House Worship in school. They have done brilliantly! Each house group have created 'talent jars,' thought about places around school they could serve, and planned acts of service they could go out into the community to do. We called this BPS Secret Service!

Each class has created a lego service cross. We used different coloured bricks to show acts of service we spotted from the teachers and children around school. Each colour of brick represented one of our school values of Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider.  Which value do you think Emerald Class showed the most?

Picture News in Sapphire Class  

By Penny

We have looked at lots of different picture news stories. Here are some of them:


Designing the city of the future

We talked about how the old capital city was sinking so they are planning to build a new one which helps the environment. This taught us about individual liberty because we all have the right to be ourselves.


Is it fair to judge others on their appearance?

This was about footballers having to cover up their tattoos in a game or remove them. I don’t think that is right because if they want them they should have them. This taught us that we should be equal no matter what we look like. I think tolerance and kindness is important.


Is it important to know the history of the universe?

The James Webb telescope is a huge satellite that will take pictures of planets that we don’t know much about in our solar system. The news story was about the different stages it would take in outer space. I think this is important. Individual liberty means we all have the right to learn.


Chinese New Year Day

We had a great time celebrating Chinese New Year in our special activity day! We wore red and took part in lots of different activities. Ash and the kitchen staff prepared us a fantastic Chinese themed lunch!

Year 6 interviewed the younger children about Collective Worship. Here are some things we have enjoyed this term:


    • Picture News because it helps us learn about the world.
    • Singing Assembly
    • House Assembly so we can meet people across the school.
    • Our Chinese New Year activity Day
    • Watching videos
    • Stories
    • Getting involved
    • Learning about our spiritual core

"When you hear a story in Collective Worship you can go and use it in your life."

Wesley, Sapphire Class

Every day we ask the children to 'Go out and make a difference.' This word art shows how children see our value of service spilling out of our school and into our daily lives: