A culture of prayer
Our school has a culture of prayer, which is central to everyday life at our school. Teachers make use of a range of collective worship forms, such as child-led Liturgies, Personal prayer, Meditation and Visio/ Lectio Divina.
Liturgies are planned using the Extra-Ordo-nary Calendar from NDCYS, which gives the children a weekly theme on which to focus their worship. Some classes also plan liturgies on themes of their own choosing, particularly if they want to pray for something specific to them.
Class liturgies are planned and delivered progressively as the children move throughout the school. Adults reduce their scaffolding in the planning stage as the children move throughout the year (progression from term to term) as well as between year groups as they progress through the school (progression year on year). Children make use of a range of resources in their liturgies. We are currently using the ‘Let Us Pray 2Gether’ resources will aids progression and further support independence in the planning stage of worship.
Christian Meditation invites our children to spend time with God, focusing on allowing Him into their hearts and minds. The children understand the importance of being present with God, and allowing him into our minds and hearts.
Lectio Divina focuses around short passages of scripture, allowing the Word of God and its meaning to have a personal impact on you. Children are encouraged to say which words stand out to them and why, how the passage makes them feel and what it is saying to them.
Personal prayer focuses around the them of the week and asks children to reflect on the theme. Children wonder how it affects them and how they can live out the theme. Children then spend time in prayer and our children have the opportunity to write/draw in their prayer books.