Open the Book Assemblies at Newnham Croft Primary School
OPEN THE BOOK offers a programme of themed and dramatised Bible stories at no charge to the schools. Each session is around 10 minutes long.
Our teams from St Mark’s Church use drama, mime, props, costume - even the children and staff themselves - to present Bible stories in ways that are lively, engaging, informative ... and great fun for everyone involved! We do this most Monday mornings during term-time.
The work of OPEN THE BOOK has been favourably received by OFSTED and SIAS and helps primary schools in meeting their statutory Collective Worship obligations under the 1998 Schools Standards & Framework Act. Our teams offer a Bible story, not a sermon. The handbooks have been written with care and sensitivity by teachers and educators. We are simply contributing to the children's spiritual, religious and moral education by presenting Bible stories in a way that they will relate to and enjoy. Wherever possible, we involve the children themselves.
OPEN THE BOOK is being used successfully in schools with wide ethnic and religious backgrounds. There is no coercive content. The time for reflection is suitable for children of all faiths and none. No attempt is made to impose the Christian faith on a child. Whatever their background, children and teachers find it educational and fun. OPEN THE BOOK has proved popular in very varied Community and Church schools.
Our Aims are:
- To present the Bible in primary schools in an accessible and enjoyable way.
- To tell the stories in ways which enable the children to engage imaginatively with the text.
- To assist primary schools in meeting their statutory collective worship obligations.
- To contribute to the children's religious, spiritual and moral education.
- To contribute to the biblical literacy of each new generation.
- To enhance children's understanding of the nation's Christian heritage.
- To encourage links between school and church in a local context.