Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Our compassionate and connected classroom – second level

What is this?

Ideas to support you to design a learning activity to help children to develop their understanding of the concepts of compassion and connection. The task emphasises the importance of helping each other to build strong relationships and care for one another, which you can use or adapt for learners in your class. This learning activity is based on second level experiences and outcomes.

CfE Experiences and Outcomes: Second level

  • Learning in this area sits within Responsibility for All.

Purpose of the activity

  • This activity is designed to support children to develop their understanding of the concepts of compassion and connection and emphasises the importance of helping each other to build strong relationships and care for one another.
  • This activity can be adapted for use at home, if children are learning remotely.

Learning activity

  • When designing learning activities, think about the range of learners in your class and their individual circumstances. Use your own professional judgement and be particularly aware of sensitivities around this topic.
  • It will be helpful to consider, revisiting prior learning, chunking up new knowledge, teacher explanations/modelling, scaffolding, pupil practice and learning checks as and when possible.
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  • The Compassionate and Connected Classroom’ is part of a wider set of resources entitled ‘The Compassionate and Connected Classroom and Community’ which consists of a curricular and professional learning resource. This suite of resources aims to raise awareness of the potential impact of adversity and trauma in shaping outcomes for children and young people and provide support that can help mitigate the impact of these experiences.
  • This link provides the lesson plans for all tasks within the Compassionate and Connected Classroom. You should read through this, particularly the introductory sections, before delivering these sessions to children. It is likely that you will wish to commit more time to complete all the themes and sessions within The Compassionate and Connected Classroom.
  • Theme 1, session 1 on Page 26 introduces children to the concepts of compassion and connection and emphasises the importance of helping each other to build strong relationships and care for one another. The resources for theme 1, session 1, are available here.

Related to National Benchmarks

  • Depending on a young person’s individual stage of development and their prior learning, young people will be working towards these benchmarks, by the end of second level.
  • Learning in this area sits within Responsibility for All.

Possible approach to assessing learning

  • You know your learners well and can alter the expectations of outcomes for individuals in line with the benchmarks.
  • When planning approaches to assessment, you may wish to consider the latest guidance published by Education Scotland.
  • If children are working remotely, encourage them to share photographs, drawings or video clips describing their progress in learning. Receiving examples of learning at home from children will help you understand how they are managing the tasks you have set and enable you to provide feedback.
Resource subject Health and wellbeing
Resource type Learning activity
Resource format Webpage