Our assemblies vary daily – some are at 9am but most are at 11.40am just before lunch. Assemblies finish with a moment of reflection.
Monday morning is our whole school assembly. The assembly is led by the Headteacher.
At this assembly we all meet together in the main hall. At this assembly we celebrate birthdays, give out Headteacher Awards for special work, award certificates to teams – e.g football, athletics etc and also allow individuals to share awards they have achieved from outside school – e.g karate, dance or music etc.
At this assembly we sometimes sing our school song – Holly Park Forever . You can listen to the children singing it on the homepage of the website.
We also sing happy birthday to anyone (staff and school dog included) who has had a birthday in the last week.
We also have presentations from our School, Eco and Learning Councils. We also introduce themes – for example Harvest, New Year, Anti-Bullying etc. We will often remind children about upcoming events such as our fund raising projects or PTA events.
At this assembly we also read out the House point totals for the week and award a cup to the winning House.
We also introduce new vocabulary for the week. The words are challenging. We discuss the meaning and put the words in sentence context. We display these words for the week and also publish them in our weekly newsletter.
We also introduce our Picture News poster – and discuss a topical item from the news. These topics link with British Values and with Rights.
Listen to the whole school singing Happy Birthday:
Tuesday assembly is usually divided into KS1 and KS2. These assemblies generally take on a more religious theme. We often invite in speakers from different religions to these assemblies. Recently we have had in a local Rabbi, a Priest, a Reverend and some teachers from a local Mosque. These assemblies are taken by senior members of staff.
Tuesday is also the day that classes do an assembly. Each class does one assembly during the year. Parents are invited in to see the assembly. The assembly is generally based on what the children have been learning about in class.
Wednesday and Thursday
Our Wednesday and Thursday assemblies are split into KS1 and KS2 –
On one day one key stage has a music assembly and the other key stage do a circle time in class.
On the other day the assemblies are swapped over
Our music assemblies are taken by our Leading Teacher for Music – Mr Hogan
These assemblies include a wide range of songs. Songs are often sung in relation to upcoming events and themes. For example – the school song, the Olympics, The World Cup, Anti- Bullying week, Eco songs about litter and waste, Harvest songs, songs from other cultures, songs in other languages, songs relating to various religious festivals and Christmas Carols.
Circle times are when the children meet together as a class group either in their own classroom, the hall or the dining room for a Circle time. Circle time focuses on issues that children want to put forward. The children come together to solve problems for each other. Circle times are a good opportunity for speaking and listening to others. As a vehicle for learning, circle time fosters a sense of community. Although it supports the development of all children – each child, regardless of ability, can experience a feeling of belonging to the group during circle time. Circle time enhances the social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspect of the curriculum.
Friday assemblies are separate KS1 and KS2 assemblies. Friday assemblies are celebration assemblies. These are led by school staff who give out stars to children who have completed their Learning Skills sticker charts, give out Reading Challenge badges, give out our Maths challenge Times table certificates for children who have passed a grade from starter grade to Grade 13 for being able to have quick recall of their times tables.
Each teacher awards 2 stars of the week certificates to members of their class. One is chosen by the teacher, the other is chosen by pupils in the class. Reasons for awards range from being kind, trying very hard, to excellent pieces of work across the whole curriculum.
In assembly I talked to the children about keeping safe. I talked to the children about the NSPCC ‘PANTS’
We reinforced the ideas that Privates are private, Always remember:
- Your body belongs to you,
- No means no,
- Talk about secrets that upset you,
- Speak up, someone can help.
I have put up posters reinforcing this message in all classrooms and in toilets. Please reinforce this message at home with your children. In September Miss Michael has arranged for us to do quite a lot of work with the NSPCC including assemblies by guest speakers.