Monday, 14th August 2017
STUDENTS are given a fascinating insight into child development
STUDENTS have been given a fascinating insight into child development to help them share their own feelings about growing up.
The 27-week Roots of Empathy programme involved nine schools in Newcastle and culminated in a special event hosted by Trinity Academy, in the west end of the city.
Six months ago, each school partnered with a baby and their family in the innovative scheme established by Roots of Empathy,
The babies have visited the schools and as the weeks and months have gone by the children have witnessed them growing from just two to four-months-old to crawling and now walking.
Shirley Southern, acting assistant head at
The course covered nine themes and involved the children making predictions about how the babies would increase in weight and length and then testing their estimates.
They also considered how the babies communicated and showed their feelings when eating different foods and playing.
Pupil Laura, 11, said: "I learned that babies need help to grow and keep healthy."
Representatives from five of the schools took part in the celebration day to mark the end of the programme, together with their babies.
The school children sang songs and played with them and each pupil wrote down their hopes and wishes for their baby, which included: "I hope you get the best of things", "I hope you grow up to be big and strong" and "I have a good feeling that you will grow up to be rich and tall".
Mrs Southern added: "It was a privilege to host the Roots of Empathy celebration at