Caring and Sharing addresses the concerns of 9-10 year olds (Year 5). Charlie and Alice are uprooted when their fathers find new work in another town. Parted from their old school-friends and with both their families cramped into one rented house, the cousins discover what it means to belong, to own and to share. They discover the importance of families helping each other, and that sharing extends to time, space, talents and even life itself. Living in any community, at home, at school, or in the neighbourhood at large, demands generosity, respect for others and for their property, and also the give and take of saying sorry and thank you.
It Works!In just a year, the Alive to the World programme has become a fixture in our School life. The ease with which the themes encountered in the classroom can be taken up in form assemblies to the whole School has been especially useful. Besides this exchange of ideas across the whole School, we have also found that the programme communicates our ethos effectively to parents. We include the learning objectives in our weekly newsletter, so that parents can understand more clearly, and welcome, the values we try to communicate to our children. Robert O’Brien, Head of PSHE, Westminster Cathedral Choir School