THE LEARN TOGETHER ETHICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
In an Educate Together school a daily period of time is set aside for the ethical education curriculum. This programme is called the “Learn Together” curriculum and is published by Educate Together. It defines the core values of all teaching and learning in the school. It is subject to continuous review and development in our schools and decisions made at Annual General Meetings of the sponsor. A copy of the curriculum is available from the trust and is downloadable from the Educate Together website.
The programme is divided into four strands:
Moral and Spiritual Development
Equality and justice
Ethics and the Environment
More information on our curriculum can be found in our booklet, What is an Educate Together School?
Eid Mubarak 2018
- BELIEF systems - Celebrations -
Article 14 and article 30 - You have the right to practice and choose your own religion
We had a wonderful time celebrating Eid this year and we had lots of parents and carers helping to set up and organise the event. We had a room for food and a room set up to get a henna design on our hands, to dance and try on some traditional Eid clothing. We also watched a video that showed how many of us celebrated Eid this year with our families.
- Equality and Justice - exploring the democratic process -
article 12 - you have the right to give your opinion and be listened to and taken seriously
Following a trip to the library we were told by staff there that the library may be closed in the near future. We wanted to find out more about this. We were fortunate enough to have a visit from one of our local MPs, Kerry McCarthy, in which we asked her questions. However, we wanted a little bit ore information, so wrote to her as well. These are some of our letters and the response she kindly replied with.
- equality and justice - exploring human rights -
Article 42 - You have the right to know your rights!
Amnesty International Visit- Donnie Houser Thursday 17thMay 2018
On Thursday the children were visited by Donnie Houser, a volunteer from Amnesty International UK https://www.amnesty.org.uk
She informed the children who Amnesty International UK are and the work that they do. She also spoke to them about human rights. This links brilliantly to our Learn Together curriculum and our strand on Equality and Justice where the children explore the rights and understand activating equality through positive action.
On the day Donnie shared a video with the children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9_IvXFEyJofollowed by some activities that the children participated in to show their understanding of wants and needs. The year three’s then had a more focused look at Amnesty’s
‘I welcome refugees’ campaign that related to their work on the UNICEF Outright campaign.
Equality and justice - activating through positive action
To kick-off Fairtrade Fortnight, we hosted a Fairtrade Family Breakfast. Our chef used Fairtrade products where he could and Hannah and Jenny set up some activities. We got to taste some Fairtrade chocolates and we had a go at guessing where some Fairtrade items came from and placed our guesses on the map.
UNICEF's day of social justice - 20/02/18
Equality and justice - exploring human rights
In assembly today, we learnt that February 20th is Unicef's Day of Social Justice, when people around the world reflect on and take action to support people to achieve to their fullest potential. This year's focus is on helping migrants, including refugees. We learnt that there are currently 65.6 million refugees in the world- that's equivalent to the entire UK population!
Through the story 'This is Our House' by Michael Rosen, we reflected on how important it is to make people feel welcome in our country. Follow the link to the story: https://vimeo.com/58214461
As Molly B said, 'It doesn't matter what your skin colour is, where you come from, whether you're a girl or a boy- We're all human!'
Needs and Wants
equality and justice - exploring human rights
During a Year 2 Learn Together lesson we discussed our 'needs' and 'wants'. In groups we arranged a selection of picture cards (e.g. an education, fast food, clean water etc) into three groups: Really important, quite important, least important. Then, we selected just nine of the picture cards and arranged them into a Diamond Nine Diagram. We compared our Diamonds with the other groups in our class. Many of us placed education, clean water and family towards the top of the diamond. What we placed toward the bottom varied quite considerably. This was not an easy task and we had to work hard on listening to other's views and opinions, whilst also trying to articulate our own.
Christmas Jumper day 2017
- Moral and spiritual -
The children came to school in winter jumpers to raise money for 'Save the children'. We raised £108 in total!
THE LANDLORDS' CATS
- Belief systems -
Reception and year 1 performed the landlords' cats. They were amazing! Well done to all of the children involved and thank you to the parents who showed their support.
- Refugees -
To help us develop a greater understanding of the the terms migrant and refugee and to help us empathise with the situations refugees may experience, we have been looking at the story of Paddington. We have looked at why Paddington may have to leave his home country; how this could have made Paddington feel; how he would feel arriving into a new, unfamiliar country; the reactions of Paddington's arrival; and how we would feel if we were in Paddington's shoes.
As well, we have been discussing the Rights of refugees and comparing them to those of our own. To do this we have used the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (see picture below).
Below are pictures of Paddington's suitcase. For one of our Outright sessions, we discussed what we would take with us and why.
- belief systems -
This week we learned about Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, also known as the day of atonement, is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar. This year Yom Kippur is on 29th September. For Yom Kippur many Jewish people with fast for 25 hours, pray at the synagogue and ask God for forgiveness for any sins of the past year. It is also time to think about how you would like the next year to be different and how to move on from any bad choices made in the year just past.
In year 2 we set some time aside to think about a bad choice we may have made over this last year. By admitting that we ma have made some mistakes, we were able to then move forward from them. Some of us wrote these memories down, others quietly reflected. It is tradition for many Jewish people to throw bread into water to symbolise the letting go of their sins and cleansing of the soul. We each threw a small piece of bread into water as we thought about how we could try and make more positive choices in our day-to-day lives.
We also thought about the reasons for fasting and made links to other regions that fast. Some Jewish people will end their fast with a drink of mint tea and honey. We brewed this drink up to try for ourselves. Many of us found it refreshing, whilst others were a little insure.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING OCTOBER 2017
We held a coffee morning for Macmillan with parents and carers. All left over cakes were sold in a cake sale. In total we raised £255.87 - thank you to all of our families for joining us in supporting Macmillan Cancer Support!
Pen Licence Discussion September 2017
- Equality and justice -
Redfield have been thinking about children earning pen licences for their handwriting. The children's ideas and views were discussed in class before we had an assembly to share their ideas and arguments. The children came up with some great arguments for and against pen licences with Tilly from Year 1 saying "It wouldn't be fair as some children may not get a pen licence even though they try really hard. They would get frustrated". From the discussions, children and staff came up with the idea of children choosing what to write with, whether it be pen, pencil, gel pens, pencil crayons or felt tips; Trey from Year 2 expressed that felt tips would go through the paper so we would waste pages in our books. Children, staff and parents then voted as to whether to have pen licences or the choice of writing tools. 67% of children voted to have the choice of writing materials and 33% voted to earn pen licences.
COMIC RELIEF 2017
On Friday 24th March, we wore red and raised money for Comic Relief. We donated money, had a cake sale and played 'guess the number of sweets in the jar'. In total we raised £474.88!! Well done and THANK YOU to all of the children, staff and parents for their contributions.