As part of our Collective Worship, it is important for pupils and adults in school to learn about the importance and role of Communion or Eucharist in Church. This is done through Acts of Worship, looking at the life and teaching of Jesus (particularly in the lead up to Easter) as well as through RE lessons, where pupils explore this through Biblical texts, disucssing the impact communion has on the lives of believers and the connections they can make to their own lives.
By using Acts 2:42 as a basis, "The disciples devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer" we share with the pupils how we, as members of the Christ Church (Erith) CofE Primary School family belong: we are here to develop as learners and to 'devote ourselves' to the education we can; we have opporunities and an open invitation to pray; we share bread together to show how we are part of one school family.
Pupils are offered a piece of bread (which we explain is just pitta bread from the local supermarket!) and that it represents how we are all part of one school body.
By experiencing our bread sharing act of worship, pupils become more familiar in how a church might share bread during communion. Some pupils have commented that they feel more confident in asking for confirmation and to take communion in church themselves. Others simply enjoy sharing a snack with their friends!