Our calm and reflective acts of worship is a special time when we come together, take some time out from the busy day and reflect on how our lives effect others and we reflect on how Christians believe God has set an example to us by sending Jesus to show us the way. We use a wide range of stories from many faiths and non, quotes and stories from famous scientists, sports people, artists and medics as well as those from ordinary people such as the families who lived here in Eyam over the centuries. We invite people to share worship with us – from the church and the community. The children lead our prayers and plan as well as evaluate worship on a regular basis both in school in church as even outside!
Worship is central to life at Eyam. We meet daily, following a pattern of:
- Gather ~ welcome from the children
- Engage ~ learn involving some children to take part or to lead
- Respond ~ reflecting and prayer
- Send out ~ think about this or take away an idea
We enjoy a range of visitors and have close links with our local church. We are very lucky that both Mike and Adam continue to lead our whole school worship during the week and this adds to our understanding of the church year and our focus on particular Christian themes. At Eyam we use the Roots and Fruits resources to help us study the following virtues; Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship, Respect, Thankfulness, Trust, Perseverance, Justice, Service and Truthfulness. These help us to embed our School values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility and through the themes we also learn about the Christian calendar.
Autumn 2018 ‘Let your Light Shine’ We looked at our vision and its roots in the Bible – in Matthew 5 vs 16
We found that we could be a light to others – to offer help and be a sources of strength, show compassion and have a friend in Jesus. Mike and Adam have shown us that we need to have courage – like David and Goliath.
Harvest – our focus this year was to support the Archer project – we learnt about where the donations of food go in Sheffield. We hope that by sharing we are learning to be more grateful for all the good food, friendship and love that we have.
We learnt about the War and people who showed compassion towards others. We found out about the women who worked at home and took over the jobs that men had done before.
Advent and Christmas
We joined the village for a Community Christmas Service in Church – along with a donkey, our fabulous bells group, plenty of singing and a story about 3 wise doods!
Our Youngest children performed a wonderful Nativity ‘everyone Counts’ which really showed how important everyone in the world really is.
Gratitude – Autumn 2017
Harvest – celebrating in Church with all the parents and making donations to the Archer Project in Sheffield
Tree planting – celebrating outdoors with the Ranger
Our welcome to Eyam School power point we sent to Jan Tam School in Bakina Faso
Christmas 2017 Nativity and village Carol Service
Trinity and Prayer
We celebrated ‘Share a Pencil day’ in May 2018 by watching a film to learn about life in war torn countries and in places where children are hungry for food and learning. We are very lucky we learnt and school is free. We found that many children crave learning and don’t have resources – not even pencils to help them learn to write.
At the end of the summer term we are thinking about RESPECT.
During the spring we have been thinking about forgiveness.
We have been especially pleased with the older children for leading a discussion in worship – seen here working in House groups to lead and record ideas about what we might want to ask forgiveness for.
Children leading worship in church
Adam from the Church is in school – illustrating verses from the bible at the end of term
For the First Summer Half Term we are focusing on Friendship, linking with our PHSE focus on Relationships.
During the Second Spring Term we are focusing on Forgiveness. We are learning about Wiping The Slate Clean, Turning Over A New Leaf and Beginning Again, culminating in a celebration of Easter.
In the First Spring Term we are focusing on Courage. We are looking at the story of Harry, who was trying to qualify for the Olympics. We are thinking about what targets we can set for ourselves.
We enjoyed making this short film for the diocese reflecting on The Lord’s Prayer