The following topics with links to peace and justice are taught in Cardinal Newman Catholic School.
Design and Technology
We have made artefacts for the peace garden. E.g. Flower bed, entrance and sign.
In designing products we always research the needs, beliefs and lifestyles of others and we explore and value the diversity of foods and decoration methods from different cultures. Students are encouraged to respect differing opinions.
We discuss various issues looking at tolerance and other people’s opinions, animal testing in labs for example.
We teach cell biology and embryonic stems cells and the way we can use them for IVF treatment and how there are arguments for and against this that can cause conflict.
As quoted by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Regardless of background, culture, beliefs and religion music can be used to promote peace, bring people together and is a tool for promoting unity. Through studying music in school we give children the opportunity to explore different cultures, express themselves and be accepted as part of a group. We use our choir not only during school celebrations, but for community benefit including fund raising and hospital visits to raise morale. Music is one subject that has no boundaries, as said by Kahlil Gibran
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”
We focus a lot on peace, justice and equality in Psychology across our curriculum. Firstly we teach about the dangers of blinding following authority figures without questioning (such as in Nazi Germany) particularly if you feel it is morally wrong. We talk about situational and dispositional factors that lead people to do terrible things and how this can be resisted.
We also complete topics on mental health and the importance of not labelling people due to their illness and about being supportive the same way you would if they had a physical illness. Furthermore, we learn about gender and the importance of removing gender stereotypes so that people of both genders can express themselves freely and be allowed to achieve their full potential and that neither gender are repressed.
More information about Cardinal Newman Catholic School at www.cardinalnewman.coventry.sch.uk