Primary 2/3 pupils at Andover School are getting a new ‘teacher’ to help with their ‘Roots of Empathy’ programme.
The programme is from Canada and aims to foster the quality of empathy, develop emotional literacy and reduce levels of aggression and bullying, resulting in responsible, caring citizens who will be responsive parents. At the heart of the programme are an infant and parent who will visit the class nine times this session. Baby Thea who lives in Brechin will become the ‘teacher’ for one class helping children identify and reflect on their own feelings and those of others. To start the programme off the class have been learning some songs for Thea’s first visit and predicting what she will be able to do at two and a half months.