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Castleford Park Junior Academy

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​Assemblies​​

​Assemblies ​

At Castleford Park Junior Academy, we feel it is very important for all pupils and staff to come together in collective worship to maintain our strong sense of community and respect for each other. Assembly provides us with a time to ask and answer deep questions, reflect on British Values and the diverse nature of Great Britain. Below is an explanation of how our assemblies are structured and what they consist of:

​​Monday – Head Teacher Assembly

​​Tuesday – Singing Assembly​

​​This assembly provides the pupils with a collective challenge to focus on over the week. It usually asks pupils to reflect upon their attitudes to learning and towards each other, considering what makes them equal and special in their own way.

​​This assembly is split into Lower and Upper Key Stage to increase the complexity of performance as the pupils get older. Singing brings us together as a community and allows us to work as a school team to achieve a collective goal. It reminds us that practice – both of whole songs and singing skills – helps us be the best we can possibly be.

​Possible topics include:

How can we demonstrate tolerance every day? 

How do we look after the wellbeing of our classmates? 

How do we keep school safe? 

What strategies can we use to reach our goals?

Possible topics include:

Songs that link to the themes of our church services – Christmas, Easter and Harvest 

Songs that have roots in gospel, pop and worship linked to calendar events and themed assemblies – such as Black History month, Anti-Bullying Week and to reflect the themes of a range of religious festivals ​

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​Wednesday – Deeper Thinking Assembly​

​​Thursday – Wonder Assembly

​​Friday – Celebration Assembly​

​​On Wednesday, class assemblies take place. They often take the form of a class discussion and aim to help pupils consider and respect each other’s opinions and think deeply about the big questions in the world. The topics range from ones that develop understanding of wellbeing and safety, to philosophical questions where the right answer isn’t known. Everyone is invited to back up their theory with explanation.​

​​This assembly is pupil-led and focuses on questions that the pupils themselves want to know the answers to. A question is selected, by specific pupils, who then research the possible answers and present them to the whole school in assembly. The children love the opportunity to explain their theories and interests to each other and there is a clear atmosphere of wonder and respect as they listen.

​Friday is a chance to celebrate the hard work, high standards of attendance and good behaviour of the week. Teachers celebrate the children in their class who have gone 'above and beyond' in a particular way and a 'battle of the bands' takes place between classes to find out which class are the Times Tables champions of the week. 

​Possible topics include:

How can we stay safe on the internet? 

How can we celebrate difference? 

What do good leaders have in common? 

Why is it important to fight for your beliefs? 

​Possible topics are chosen by the children and can cover: 

'The KP Boundary' and how dinosaurs became extinct. 

What is Alzheimer's and how does this affect your family? 

How does google work? 

What is culture and why is it important to celebrate it?​