St. Aelred’s is a Catholic school and prayer is an important and valued part of our school life. We try to create opportunities for personal as well as for communal prayer. Each classroom has a prayer space which can be a focus for individual or group prayer and this should be kept tidy, with relevant artefacts displayed to reflect the Church Year or the current Religious Education theme.
Children are taught some of the rich heritage of traditional prayers, but are also encouraged to recognise that prayer is about a personal relationship with God. When sharing traditional prayers with children, it is important to reflect upon the words used and to explore the mean-ing of them in a variety of ways.
Prayer reflects the essence of our lives; joy and sorrow, a sense of belonging, a feeling of loneliness, celebration and peace, anger and upset. It can emerge from a wide range of learning contexts in school and may, for example, appropri-ately draw together with the children’s reflections during class circle time.
Morning and afternoon sessions begin and end with a prayer or short reflection. Each class starts the day with our Morning Prayer (see prayer book) and the mid-day break is introduced with Grace Before Meals in every classroom.