The following topics have links to peace and justice.
As of November 2014, schools must now promote British values.
Advice from the DfE is to do so through SMSC, though Ofsted will assess it through the curriculum too.
Ofsted will inspect these ‘fundamental British values’:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty and mutual respect
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
All of which fall within the citizenship curriculum.
Design and Technology
Cardinal Newman School 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 they explore and value the diversity of foods and decoration methods from different cultures. Students are encouraged to respect differing opinions.
History teachers can channel students’ natural inquisitive nature to consider past historical conflicts and how peace and reconciliation can emerge through the endeavors of remarkable individuals. Students can consider such role models as Martin Luther King or Mother Theresa to explore how they used diplomatic skills and strategies. Students are thereby challenged to consider their own peacemaking skills.
Cardinal Newman School joined the city-wide Peace through Unity Project. They welcomed the opportunity for a group of students to meet the personnel from the Normandy landings in their research to understand World War II.
Cardinal Newman School discuss various issues looking at tolerance and other people’s opinions, animal testing in labs for example.
They 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 Cardinal Newman give children the opportunity to explore different cultures, express themselves and be accepted as part of a group. They use the choir not only during school celebrations, but for community benefit including fundraising 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.”
Cardinal Newman School focus a lot on peace, justice and equality in Psychology across our curriculum. Firstly they teach about the dangers of blinding following authority figures without questioning (such as in Nazi Germany) particularly if you feel it is morally wrong. They talk about situational and dispositional factors that lead people to do terrible things and how this can be resisted.
Pupils 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, they 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