Live updates from the Big Mission Weekend: Randwick C of E Primary School

Published: Friday May 24, 2024

Archbishop Justin stands with his hands clasped in front of him, in front of a screen where a scene with water is showingWe’re sharing live updates from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to the Diocese of Gloucester during our Big Mission Weekend.

Friday 24 May, Philosophy for Children lesson at Randwick Church of England Primary School

Archbishop Justin was invited to join children as they learned about the Good Samaritan and reflect on what the story tells us about God. This term, the children have been focusing on the value of courage.

In the year 4’s Philosophy for Children lesson, with Ms Newbold, the children studied the story of the Good Samaritan, considering whether it was the Samaritan’s responsibility to stop and help an injured man that he came across along the road.

Although they decided that there were lots of people who were in a position to help the man, the Archbishop encouraged the children to approach the story with an attitude of compassion. He suggested that you should always consider whether you yourself might be able to help and if you can’t, to think about someone who can.

Philosophy for Children is a philosophical approach to learning and teaching that enables children to think with others and for themselves, exploring the big ideas that arise in all aspects of education and life experience. It is an inclusive approach which helps students to make connections between learning and life experience and helps us to think more deeply about our ideas.

A view from the back of a classroom. The Archbishop and headteacher Kathryn Wilson stand at the front of the room addressing children who are wearing blue t shirts and jumpers. Archbishop Justin stands with his hands clasped in front of him, in front of a screen where a scene with water is showing Archbishop Justin stands with one hand lifted and clenched and a bemused expression, in front of a screen where a scene with water is showing. Archbishop Justin looks towards the cross reflectively The Archbishop leans forward to listen to a child Lucy Newbold, year 3 and 4 teacher and Philosophy for Children lead smiles at a child with a cheeky expression!

 

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