Assemblies Across Faiths offers primary school assembly ideas for religious assemblies. It helps your pupils to learn about diversity and world religions, with exciting ready-to-use assemblies based on themes from six major religions.
Assemblies Across Faiths will enable you to:
teach your pupils about different religions and about the lessons they can learn from them
encourage understanding and tolerance of different beliefs and ways of life among your pupils
help pupils to examine their own beliefs and teach them to be self-questioning
enrich pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the six major religions practised in the UK
provide a wealth of inspiring material for pupils in your collective worship without requiring a lot of preparation time.
Summary of contents
With so much diversity in our society and in our schools, it is important that today’s assembly resources include material drawn from the major religious faiths that are practised in the UK.
Assemblies Across Faiths is a collection of ready-to-use assembly materials from the writers of the Primary Assembly File. This collection provides a selection of assemblies, each of which focuses on one of six major faiths or draws together themes from several faiths.
Assemblies Across Faiths offers 40 assemblies covering Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism on the themes of holy water; places of worship; places of pilgrimage; symbols; special food; founders and prophets; light and darkness; and values.
In each of our assemblies, we try to draw out a lesson – something that sheds a little more light, perhaps from a previously unconsidered direction, on our own core beliefs and attitudes. We also try to reinforce one of the key principles of good religious education – as well as learning about religion, we learn from religion. It is the ‘learning from’ element that we concentrate on.
Our resources are designed to reflect that it is each school’s own responsibility to interpret the collective act of worship regulations in its own way in order to fit in with the nature of its own community.
We aim to provide schools with a rich selection of resources to be used in assemblies that bear in mind the pressures of primary school life, so we offer assemblies that can, if necessary, be used with a minimum of preparation. Each of these assemblies comprises an introduction, a story, words and thoughts sections, an activity, a conclusion, a prayer and suggestions for further reading.
Theme – Holy water
Judaism: washing before meals
Hinduism: the Ganges
Christianity: holy wells
Theme – Places of worship
Christianity: a Methodist church
Judaism: a synagogue
A Hindu temple
A Sikh gurdwara
Islam: a mosque
A Buddhist temple
Theme – Places of pilgrimage
Judaism: the Western Wall
Christianity: meeting the Pope
Theme – Symbols
Buddhism: the Noble
Islam: the Five Pillars
Sikhism: the five K’s
Christianity: the Cross and the Crucifix
Theme – Special food
Multifaith: birthdays in different faiths
Judaism and Islam: kosher and halal
Christianity: Holy Communion
Theme – Founders and prophets
Buddhism: Gautama Buddha
Hinduism: who is the founder?
Sikhism: Guru Nanak
Christianity: young Jesus in the temple
Theme – Light and darkness
Multifaith: a candle for Christopher
Theme – Precious values
Sikhism: all are created equal
Buddhism: seek to know yourself
Christianity: love your neighbour
Judaism: loving learning