Make the most of Empathy Day, and work towards a whole school approach using books to integrate empathy education into existing school priorities
Come to a first-step training day with EmpathyLab, founders of Empathy Day; our aim is to build children’s empathy and social activism through a more systematic use of high quality literature. With 10 primary school partners we have spent the last three years testing new approaches. 100% of teachers report impact on six key empathy skills plus children’s reading frequency, range and enjoyment. 86% report impact on expressive writing, speaking and listening. Other impacts include improvements in wellbeing, family involvement, school culture and social action. See report www.empathylab.uk/schools. We are now opening up the EmpathyLab to new partner schools, offering training to help schools lay the foundations for schools’ empathy strategies and work towards a major celebration of Empathy Day, 11 June 2019.
Cambridgeshire’s annual literacy initiative for Year 5 children. As our last event in 2018, schools from across the county were invited to bring classes to the live event at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge OR join us via the live WEBCAST. The Big Read and Write welcomed Jo Cotterill, author of A Library of Lemons as the 2018 featured author. Jo explored the concept of Empathy (our theme for 2018), sharing her storytelling tips and also launched a county-wide story writing competition for all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children with a great prize for the winning author and their school!
This fantastic initiative encourages children’s love of the written word and is a collaborative project between The Kite TSA Cambridge, Cambridge Literary Festival and Cambridgeshire County Council. New to the collaboration for 2018 is EmpathyLab who’s work with schools is underpinned by research showing that relating imaginatively to book characters builds real-life empathy skills. To find out when the next Big Read and Write event will be email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2015 the first ever Big Read & Write enabled Key Stage 2 children from across Cambridgeshire to hear from and be inspired by Francesca Simon, author of the hugely popular “Horrid Henry” series of books. In 2016 our featured author Chris Priestley helped Year 5 children to see how they could use their imagination to develop creepy scenes, settings and characters for their very own stories of suspense.
As ever, we will continue to create a wonderful storytelling relay at the Big Read at The Big Weekend in July 2019.
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