Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Thought for the week

‘Open the book’

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Summer 2021 – Any Dream Will Do?

Our collective worship series this term has lots of different parts.  Can you spot the connections and link them all together?

Monday – The latest instalment of the amazing Story of Joseph and an introduction to the thought for the week.

Tuesday – An Olympic sport and an Aplington learning link with Miss Betts

Wednesday – views from the potting shed with Auntie Annie Gram

Thursday – Celebrating our weeks achievements

Friday – Class collective worship – bringing it all together.

Week beginning 17.5.21

Joseph’s Story

The cup bearer and the baker are chucked in prison for upsetting Pharaoh.

The cupbearer has a dream about grapes and wine.  Joseph knows he can interpret dreams and he

uses his strengths to help the cupbearer understand his dream.  The cupbearer is restored to favour

just  as Joseph said.    The cup bearer forgets his promise to Joseph to remember him to Pharaoh.

The baker has a dream that Joseph also interprets, but this time the outcome is much less happy and the baker is executed by Pharaoh Just as Joseph said.

Joseph knew his strengths—he knew that God had given him a talent for interpreting dreams.


What is your talent or strength?

How can you use it to let your light shine?  How can you make the very best of your talents?

How can you use your strengths to help others?

Joseph had to have a really difficult conversation with the baker.  How do you think he handled it?

How do you feel when someone has to tell you a truth that is hard to hear?

Should we always tell someone the truth, even if it makes them feel sad or jealous or worried?


Be Curious…..

What are your strengths?  How can you use them to help yourself and to help others?

Weightlifting is about strength AND technique!

How do you manage when things get tough?  The bible talks about Jesus carrying our burdens for us.  Where does your strength come from?  Who can you ask for help?  Can you use your strength to help others?

Auntie Annie Gram

Watch her latest instalment here!


Week beginning 3.5.21

Children in our school are doing an amazing job at noticing each other’s lights shining and mentioning them in our Celebration Collective worship on a Thursday.  Here are some highlights from this week.

Lewis in Swallows “I would like to mention Ava and Tillie for their kindness at playtime”

Tyler in Swallows “I say Sam because she is always working hard and trying hard”

Rosie in Owls “I want to say all the people with their broken arms who have been very brave and cheerful this week”  Millie was also mentioned for being thoughtful and helpful to others.

Annabelle in Eagles had noticed that Evie, Molly and Leah had been litter picking each playtime and lunch time.

Thank you all for your mentions – it’s so lovely to see you celebrating each other!

Joseph’s Story

Joseph is doing a great job in charge of Potiphar’s palace.  Potiphar is a real dude—he has the house, the money, the power and ….. A beautiful wife.  Potiphar’s wife continually pesters Joseph to be with her instead of her husband.  Joseph knows this is wrong and says no to her.  Feeling jealous and rejected, she lies to Potiphar about what happened, telling him that Joseph has attacked her.  Potiphar is furious.  He doesn’t listen to Joseph’s side of the story, he takes away all his privileges and throws him into prison with nothing.

Be Resilient….

Joseph did the right thing. He stayed away from Potiphar’s wife because he knew what she was asking him to do was wrong.  Then she told lies and he was punished anyway!

How does this fit into God’s plan?

Why do people get punished for saying and doing the right thing?

What examples of this can you think of in the world today?

Why doesn’t God stop this from happening?

Talk about free choice and free will…..


Even when he was thrown into prison and everything was terrible, Joseph was resilient.  He knew that God had a plan for his life.  What keeps you going when you need to be really resilient?


This week we are thinking about

being resilient learners…..

Where can you see the word in your classroom and in your work?


Finding things hard is OK!  Everyone has to work at things to improve and get better.

Failing is not a bad thing!  You need to pick yourself up and have another try!

What can you say to yourself and to others to encourage them to keep going?

Auntie Annie Gram

This weeks episode coming soon………!  Here are some letters to Annie this week…..


Week beginning 26th April 2021

Joseph’s story

Joseph is a slave in Potiphar’s household.  He is at the bottom of the pile, the least important of the slaves.  Each day he gets up as the sun rises, works all day and collapses exhausted into bed before it begins all over again the next day,

Joseph works hard.  He takes care over the tasks he is given and practices until he knows he can do a good job.  Over time, people start to notice.  They know that they can trust Joseph to always do a good job and to try his best whatever he is asked to do. 

Potiphar notices Joseph too.  He puts him in charge of his whole household, looking after the palace and organising all the other slaves.  Joseph is proud of what he has achieved.

We talked about what it means to work hard.  We came up with lots of examples; “Try your best” “keep on and on going” “when you think you have finished keep going some more” “it makes you tired!”

Be Thoughtful

Gymnastics looks effortless and graceful, but requires a huge amount of strength, courage and skill.  Gymnasts have to learn one skill at  a time and build up to the really tricky moves

What skills do you need to practice to achieve your goal?

What do you need to practice to improve?

Who can help you?  Who do you need to listen to?

Can you take your learning further—what if…… I wonder…….

Make a list of all the ways you have been thoughtful this week.

Remember our curriculum values often have 2 meanings.  How have you been a thoughtful friend this week?  Have you put other people first or thought about what you said so as not to hurt someone’s feelings?

Auntie Annie Gram

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Week beginning 19th April 2021

Joseph’s story

Joseph’s dad gives him a beautiful technicoloured coat.  Joseph is delighted and shows it off at every opportunity—his brothers are less impressed!  Jealous and angry, they make a plan to get rid of Joseph for good.

Joseph’s brother Reuben intervenes to stop the brothers from killing Joseph.  Instead he is sold as a slave into Pharaoh’s household and is taken away to Egypt.  To cover up what they have done, the brothers cover Joseph’s beautiful coat in animal blood and take it back to his father.  “Joseph was killed by wild animals” they said “there was nothing we could do”.

Poor Joseph.  All is grand plans lie in ruins.

We talked about how God has a plan for all our lives.  When things go wrong we need to remember to be proud of who we are….. and make a plan to make things better!

Be Curious…..

What do you need to discover to achieve your goal?

Olympic runners dedicate their whole lives to becoming the fastest runner on the planet.

We talked about being curious – ask questions… Consider possibilities….. Make discoveries.

We thought about all the plans that a 100m runner would need to make to achieve their goal.

Do you think that God has a plan for your life?  How could you find out what it is?

What do you need to find out to achieve your goal?

What time do you need to spend?

What equipment do you need?

What help do you need and who could help you?

How will you make sure you listen to advice?

Who will support and encourage you?

Think of a goal and make a plan.  It could be a little thing that you want to achieve by the end of the week, or a grand plan for the future.  Share your plan with someone…..

Week beginning 12th April 2021

Joseph’s story……

Joseph is the youngest brother in a complicated family! He has 11 brothers, including the youngest who is called Benjamin.  10 of his brothers have the same dad, but a different mum to Joseph.  Secretly Joseph’s dad (who’s name is Jacob) likes Joseph better than his brothers and treats him like a favourite.  Joseph makes the situation worse by telling tales on his brothers all the time.  Understandably, they don’t like him very much!

One night Joseph had a dream.  He dreamt that he was so important and special and amazing that all his family had to bow down to him.  When he woke, he boasted about his dream to his brothers and his dad.  They were not impressed!

Thank you to all the children who helped with the dramatisation – especially Lily and Charlie for their starring roles as Joseph!

We talked about how the people in the story feel.  Jack explained that Joseph’s dad and brothers probably felt jealous of him.  Lots of people said that they would feel cross and that they wouldn’t feel like being kind to Joseph.  Ali pointed out that Joseph’s family might feel proud that Joseph was going to do so well and Charlie explained that “you can’t feel proud of other people if you don’t feel proud of yourself”.  We talked about the fine line between feeling proud of ourselves (because we are all amazing in one way or another) and not boasting in a way that makes others feel like they are not as good as us.

In KS2 we explored what we would like to do and be when we grow up.  There are some fantastic aspirations – scientists, dancers, astronauts, marine biologists and foster carers.  We discussed what you would need to be in order to achieve those aims – determined, curious, creative, thoughtful and caring.

Olympic dreams and Alpington Values

Miss Betts introduced us to the Olympic games and we talked about the values behind the Olympic rings.  Then we looked at our Alpington Curriculum Values – we will be exploring one of these each week as we think about our own goals and aspirations.  Watch this space!