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  • 1. Castaheany Educate Together National School An Overview of our School Plan for Ethical Education
  • 2. Why we did the plan?
    • Originally we did monthly themes throughout the year.
    • We decided we needed something more detailed and related to the objectives of the curriculum so that all objectives were covered by the time the children leave 6 th class.
  • 3. How we got started
    • 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.
  • 4. 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)
  • 5. Term 2
    • January:
    • Moral and Spiritual : Golden/Yard Rules
    • Equality and Justice : Golden/Yard Rules (Infants-2nd), Fair Trade (3rd-6th)
    • Ethics and the Environment : Reduce, re-use, recycle (Infants-6th class)
    • Belief Systems: New Years, Chinese New Year, Celebrations (Infants)
    • February:
    • Moral and Spiritual: Kindness, caring, friendship, anti-bullying (Infants-6th class)
    • Equality and Justice : Kindness, caring, friendship, anti-bullying (Infants-2nd class),
    • Democracy (3rd-6th)
    • Ethics and the Environment: Tidy, clean school
    • Belief Systems : Religious Buildings (Junior Infants), Religious Dress (Senior Infants), Art
    • (1st) and music (2nd) associated with festivals, Religious Rites-marriage (3rd), funeral
    • (4th), Art (5th) and music (6th) associated with religion Religious Leaders (5th), Rites of
    • passage (6th)
    • March:
    • Moral and Spiritual: Feelings (Infants-2nd), Decision making (3rd-6th)
    • Equality and Justice : Racism (Infants-6th)
    • Ethics and the Environment : Trees and plants (Infants-6th)
    • Belief Systems : Food (Junior Infants), Sacred texts (Senior Infants), Naming
    • ceremonies (1st), Sacred texts (2nd), links with older traditions (3rd), Sacred texts
    • (4th), Religious Leaders (5th), Rites of passage (6th)
  • 6. Term 3
    • April:
    • Moral and Spiritual: Co-operation, negotiation and decision making
    • Equality and Justice: Co-operation and negotiation
    • Ethics and the Environment: Natural and manmade materials (Infants), Exploring a
    • habitat (1st-6th)
    • Belief Systems: Easter, Passover
    • May:
    • Moral and Spiritual: Peaceful, meditation
    • Equality and Justice: Peace (Infants-2nd), Democracy (3rd and 4th), Local/Children’s
    • Issues (5th and 6th)
    • Ethics and the Environment : Peace in nature(Infants-2nd), Environmentally Friendly
    • Lifestyle/conservation(3rd-6th)
    • Belief Systems: Wesak, Bealtaine, (Infants-6th), Places of Worship (1st), Religious
    • leaders (2nd), Pilgrimage (6th)
    • June:
    • Moral and Spiritual: Poems/stories about nature(Infants), Taking care of others (Infants
    • 6th)
    • Equality and Justice: Committees in the school (Infants-2nd), Discrimination (3rd and
    • 4th), Equal Status Act (5th and 6th)
    • Ethics and the Environment: Summer/Nature (Infants-2nd), Conservation (3rd and 4th)
    • Natural disasters (5th and 6th)
    • Belief Systems: Summer Solstice (Infants-6th), Pilgrimage (4th), Places of Worship (5 th
    • and 6th)
  • 7. Our Objectives
    • Spiral Curriculum.
    • Same themes but more detail in each class level.
    • Knowledge in each theme develop with the child each year.
  • 8.
    • Junior and Senior Infants-October
    • Strand: Moral and Spiritual
    • Theme: Golden Rules
    • Strand Unit: Exploring Moral Development
    • Strand Unit: Cultivating Spiritual Growth
    • Explore the many day-to-day incidents which occur in the classroom
    • and school yard to heighten his/her moral awareness and empathy.
    • Begin the process of self-reflection on his/her own feelings and
    • experiences.
    • Strand: Equality and Justice
    • Theme: Promoting Equality, gender discrimination (Equal Measures)
    • Promoting Equality. Begin to understand that in order to ensure
    • everyone is treated equally, sometimes we have to treat people
    • differently. Explore stories about people who have made a difference
    • and brought about a fairer world.
    • Strand: Ethics and the Environment
    • Theme: Exploring a habitat (School garden/mini beasts)
    • Knowledge and Awareness of environmental issues .
    • Develop a sense of awe and wonder in nature through stories, poetry,
    • nature walks, nature table and exploring the natural cycles of
    • life. Grow an awareness of the cycle of life through seasons
    • using examples from the school garden.
  • 9.
    • First and Second Class-October
    • Strand: Moral and Spiritual
    • Theme: Golden Rules
    • Exploring Moral Development. Explore values and codes of
    • behaviour in a school community.
    • Strand: Equality and Justice
    • Theme: Promoting Equality, Gender discrimination (Equal
    • Measures)
    • 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.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11.
    • 5 th and 6 th Class- October
    • Strand: Moral and Spiritual
    • Theme: Golden Rules
    • Exploring Moral Development. Cultivating Spiritual Growth. Explore
    • interpretations and shades of right and wrong through an
    • exploration of controversial issues. Identify and examine his/her
    • personal views and insights. Apply these insights in a personal
    • capacity to his/her own life.
    • Strand: Equality and Justice
    • Theme: Promoting Equality, gender discrimination (Equal Measures)
    • Promoting Equality. Critically evaluate media coverage of equality and
    • justice issues. Examine an equality issue in relation to Ireland.
    • Strand: Ethics and the Environment
    • Theme: Explore a habitat (Woodland-Phoenix Park)
    • Activation of Responsibility and Stewardship. Create a wildlife
    • garden or wild flower patch.
  • 12. Whole School Events & Activities
    • Assemblies
    • Rotating Ethical Ed. Board
    • Parent talks & classroom visits
    • Parents/adult food night
    • Children’s food day
    • Staffroom: central resource box & shelf
    • Staff meeting discussions and theme
    • reminders.
    • Our Golden Rules
    • Yellow Flag-promotion of diversity and interculturalism
  • 13.
    • Celebrating The Festival of Light
  • 14.
    • Food Night 2009
  • 15.
    • Children’s Food Day
  • 16.
    • Dance Classes!
  • 17.
    • School Ethical Education Board
    • Celebrating Wesak
  • 18. Interactive and Fun