Each classroom has a Christian reflection area, which are changed and added to regularly in worship in the classroom and other odd times in the day. They are a place where the children can come and ponder, reflect and pray.
The areas have a key Bible verse and cross as its focal point and will include other artefacts, pictures and verses to engage the children in thought and prayer.
They usually follow the same theme as collective worship to enable the children to deepen their understanding and thoughts behind each Christian message.
Whole academy prayer area
As an academy we felt it was important to have a focal and central prayer point for the whole academy community to engage with. As it is positioned from the main entrance, most children can have access to it on a regular basis. Its theme either follows the class reflection areas or our worship topic.
Reflection and worship in the SRP
When we decided to have an SRP in the school for children with ASC, we knew that we wanted it to be at the very heart of the school. Because of the children’s individual needs, it is not always possible for them to join us in whole school or phase worship but the still worship and have the chance to reflect and develop their sense of spirituality.
“We looked at photographs of the poppy fields and silhouettes of soldiers. We listen to “poppy songs” (Remembrance music) and made our own poppies. together we watched the cebeebies remembrance cartoon footage to help with our thinking time and quiet reflections.
The children love the display and use the talking tins to play the music and dance everyday. He always puts his fingers on his lips and says “Shush, quiet thinking time”