Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School

The All Saints' Trust

Prayer Life

At Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School, prayer and liturgy play a fundamental part of daily school life and enables us to all join together as one in prayer and worship.  Sometimes, this will be in class prayer, at other times it may involve children in the year group joining together in prayer, or it may be in a year group assembly or as a whole school.

Children are encouraged to learn a selection of traditional prayers in each year group, but are also encouraged to devise their own personal prayers.  Please follow the link below to see the progression of prayer learned in each year.  Every classroom has a focal point for prayer which is appropriate to the liturgical season.

Classroom Prayers - please click here.

Children are introduced to a variety of different ways of praying.

  • quiet reflection / meditation
  • spontaneous prayer
  • praying together
  • writing our own prayers
  • prayers through music
  • learning traditional Catholic prayers

School Prayer

We thank you for our school, Our Lady Of Grace,
For the staff, children and friends,
Help us to grow, love and learn,
Like our Lord Jesus Christ,
Amen. 

 Growing Closer to God

In its simplest form, prayer is defined as “talking to God.” It is a personal time where we open our hearts to our Heavenly Father; bringing everything in our hearts to Him.

Prayer can be a powerful force for change in our lives, and the importance of doing it on a daily basis should be instilled in our children.

Communication is the foundation for success in any relationship. When we communicate openly and freely with each other, we learn to know each other as individuals. This principle also applies to our relationship with God. By talking to God, we can learn more about who He is and what plan He has for us.

Classroom Worship

This takes places each Wednesday and Thursday. Each week, different children in each class prepare and lead their class in worship. The children are guided by adults to prepare for this. 

Hymn Practice

Each Tuesday morning, the children from Reception to Year 2 gather together to sing songs of praise to God and practise hymns and songs that we use for our assemblies and Masses.

Gospel Assemblies

Each Monday morning, the children from Reception to Year 2 gather together for our Gospel assembly that is led by the Headteacher. The theme of this assembly is determined by the Liturgical calendar and the Gospel.

Celebration Assemblies

Each Friday the whole school community comes together for a time of celebration and collective worship. We celebrate the achievements of the school with our Star of the Week certificates being distributed alongside house points and attendance awards. We end each week together by thanking God for all He has done to help us achieve and learn.

Mass

Throughout the year we have the joy of celebrating the Sacrament of the Eucharist in St Mary & St Andrew Church in Dollis Hill.   Children help to prepare and lead the Mass through reading and bringing up the gifts. On different occasions families are invited to join us for Mass.  Children attend the parish mass on the Feast Day of their class Saint. 

Liturgies

Throughout the year, to mark important events in the Church’s liturgical year, we hold special Liturgies.

Year Group Prayers

Please see the progression of prayers learned in each year group:

Nursery Prayers - Make the Sign of the Cross
                                   Morning Prayer
                                   Lunch Prayer
                                   End of the Day Prayer
Additional Reception Prayers -  Hail Mary
                                                           Our Father
                                                           Advent Prayer
                                                           Lenten Prayer
                                                           Spontaneous prayers
Additional Year 1 Prayers -                          
Prayer to our Guardian Angel   
                                                                            Glory Be

Additional Year 2 Prayers -                                           Eternal Rest

St Rose's Chapel and Prayer Garden

Throughout the year, the children will visit St Rose's Chapel and Prayer Garden within our local community to enhance their prayer life.

Please click here to view our Prayer & Liturgy Policy.