We have daily prayers in school, which have a Christian character, but are always open and respectful of all faiths and worldviews. Prayers are part of our collective worship (assemblies) and also take place in class, sometimes led by an adult and sometimes by the children themselves. This can be a prayer said together, like the Vision Prayer or the Grace Prayer, but more often is a spontaneous and heartfelt prayer said by one person.
Prayer is always invitational, without any compulsion to take part unless the child chooses to. We teach children to be respectful of different ideas and beliefs, and to listen to the words of the prayers. They are then invited to “Make it your own prayer” by saying “Amen” at the end only if they agree with the words. Grace the Beanie Baby rabbit is held during prayer times as a way to focus the children’s attention. Each class has a copy of the school’s prayer book with a variety of prayers and can add their own prayers to the book as well. We also have a school Prayer Space, an area for reflection where children can take a quiet moment or create their own prayers if they like.