This year P2a and P2b are experiencing a programme called Roots of Empathy.
The sessions are delivered by our, in school, trained, instructor; Mrs Harris-Toner, who is supported by Mrs McDermot and Miss Percival.
The programme aims to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.
The focus of ‘Roots of Empathy’, long term is to build the capacity of the next generation for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting, while in the short term raising levels of empathy resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reducing levels of bullying and aggression.
Roots of Empathy Baby as “Teacher”
At the heart of the programme are an infant and parent who visit the classroom nine times over the school year.
Our ‘Roots of Empathy’ family is Ms Younger and her son Arthur. Our Instructor Mrs Harris-Toner coaches the children to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings and intentions.
In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a lever that the Instructor uses to help children to identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.
The emotional literacy taught in the programme lays the foundation for more safe and caring classrooms, where children are the “Changers.” They are more competent in understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others (empathy), and are therefore less likely to physically, psychologically and emotionally hurt each other through bullying and other emotional cruelties. The cognitive aspect of empathy is perspective-taking and the affective aspect is emotion.
For more information…
please ask Mrs Harris-Toner, Mrs McDermot and Miss Percival. Also check out our Roots of Empathy notice board in Mrs McDermot’s classroom, click this video, or visit www.rootsofempathy.org.