St Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School

School Prayers

Development of Prayer Life & Spirituality

Throughout the different stages, Foundation, KS1 and KS2, children are encouraged to develop their individual prayer life through the practice of participation in morning prayers, grace before and after meals and evening prayer. Each class experiences prayerful acts of collective worship that are based on themes covered in The Strategy. This takes place daily when no other forms of worship happen in the school day. This worship is more than morning prayers or a reading from the Bible. It is an act of worship that allows time for reflection and encourages moral and spiritual development that will help prepare students for adult life. Formal prayers, appropriate to the age and maturity of the year group, are taught throughout the programme. This includes the responses and prayers of the Mass. Each child is given the opportunity for open prayer within the class so that family situations, illness, thanksgiving and individual concerns can be expressed and supported. Throughout the academic year, the children have the opportunity to participate in religious celebrations such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

Our School Prayer

Loving God,

Bless everyone in our school,

May your Holy Spirit guide us

As we fill our hearts with joy,

Our minds with learning,

Our classrooms with peace,

Our lessons with fun,

Our friendship with kindness

And our school with love.


St Martin de Porres Pray for us.

Daily Prayers

Morning Prayer

Father in heaven, you love me,
you are with me night and day.
I want to love you always
in all I do and say.
I'll try to please you, Father
bless me through the day.


Evening Prayer

God our Father, I come to say
thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family
and all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night
and in the morning send your light.



Grace before Meals

Bless us, O God, as we sit together.
Bless the food we eat today.
Bless the hands that made the food.
Bless us, O God.


Grace after Meals

Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten.
Thank you, God, for all our friends.
Thank you, God, for everything.
Thank you God.



Prayers to know off by heart

As children progress through the school, each year group has specific prayers to learn, so that by the end of their time at St Martin's, the children will know a wide range of prayers and be able to say them off by heart. 

You can download or view the prayers below, or request a copy to be printed for you by talking with your child's class teacher. 

Prayers for Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Children

rec and ks1 prayers by heart.pdf

 Prayers for Key Stage 2 Children (Year 3, 4, 5, and 6)

ks2 prayers by heart.pdf