We needed committees for a number of subject areas and Ethical Education was prioritised as one of these.
We met each term and planned for that term and at the end of the year we had completed and implemented a full draft plan.
Got feedback from the staff throughout the year.
Term 1 September: Moral and Spiritual : Golden Rules (Infants-6th class) Equality and Justice : Golden Rules (Infants-6th class) Ethics and the Environment : Recycling (Infants-6th class) Belief Systems : Rosh Hashannah, Ramadan, Eid (Infants-6th class) October: Moral and Spiritual : Golden Rules (Infants-6th class) Equality and Justice : Promoting Equality, gender discrimination(Infants-6th class) Ethics and the Environment : Exploring a habitat (Infants-6th class) Belief Systems : Harvest, Halloween, Divali, Sukkot (Infants-6th class) November: Moral and Spiritual : Values (Infants-6th class) Equality and Justice : Children’s Rights Ethics and the Environment : Pollution/An Environmental Issue (Infants-6th) Belief Systems : Key Figures (Infants), Common links between religions (1st and 2nd), Values associated with religions (3rd and 4th), Codes of conduct and values associated with religions (5th and 6th) December: Moral and Spiritual: Self-reflection (Infants-2nd), My Family (Infants), Spirituality (3rd-6th) Equality and Justice : Human Rights (Infants-6th class) Ethics and the Environment : Winter(Infants-2nd class), Debate on an environmental issue (3rd-6th) Belief Systems : Hannukah, Advent, Christmas (Infants-6th)
Promoting Equality. Become aware and appreciate diversity within
the school. Begin to explore how people are interconnected and
depend upon each other e.g. the postal worker, the nurse, the
doctor, the garda.
Strand: Ethics and the Environment
Theme: Explore a habitat (log pile/bird table)
Knowledge and Awareness of environmental issues Activation of
Responsibility and Stewardship. Identify, become aware of and
explore different habitats such as wild gardens. Participate in
nature walks to develop an understanding of interdependence in
the natural world.
3rd and 4th Class –October Strand : Moral and Spiritual Theme: Golden Rules Exploring Moral Development. Deepen his/her understanding in relation to making personal choices through discussion of right and wrong and recognition of what is appropriate behaviour. Begin an exploration of the concept of conscience through scenarios, role play, drama and school based events. Strand: Equality and Justice Theme: Promoting Equality, gender discrimination (Equal Measures) Begin to explore the concept of discrimination and prejudice. Explore the concept of discrimination in relation to a specific area e.g. gender. Critically reflect on stories/poems about people who have encountered discrimination and confronted it positively. Strand : Ethics and the Environment Theme: Explore a habitat (hedgerows/trees) Activation of Responsibility and Stewardship. Create a wildlife garden or wild flower patch.