A pilot RSPCA scheme that helps children to learn about animal welfare is now being rolled out nationally – and your school could get involved.
For the first time, the learning resources are now available in Welsh and the RSPCA is calling on primary schools in Wales to sign up to the scheme.
Earlier this year, the RSPCA launched a pilot teaching resource, Compassionate Class, for schools in Manchester to encourage children to learn about animal welfare. The aim is to inspire the next generation of compassionate individuals and prevent cruelty to animals in the future.
Following the huge success of the pilot project, the animal welfare charity is rolling the scheme out in England and Wales and Key Stage 2 classes (7-11-years old) are being asked to sign up.
The resources are designed to fit into the national curriculum covering PSE in Wales plus they support Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC) and other core subjects. The programme uses enquiry led learning to create debate about animal welfare which is promoted by the interactive resources available for schools who sign up.
So far 12 schools in Wales have signed up to become a Compassionate Class.
David Allen, Head of Education at the RSPCA said: “We are delighted to be rolling this scheme out nationally and hope that as many schools as possible sign up to become compassionate classes.
“The pilot in Manchester has been a brilliant success and I’ve been very impressed with the quality of engagement we’ve had.
“Compassionate Class teaches children about the five animal welfare needs, the resources gets them talking and debating about the importance of animals and creates an awareness of how we should respect them and each other. In turn, we hope this will help to create a kinder society in the future.”
One of the schools who took part in the pilot was St Alphonsus RC Primary School in Old Trafford. Year Four won the Compassionate Class of 2018 competition after entering their video ‘Take Me Home’, a fun and informative take on the dating TV programme Take Me Out which tried to find the best owner for Patricia the Pug based on the five animal welfare needs.
The children learnt about the animal heroes who work for the police, sniff out bombs or help their owners with disabilities. They learnt how litter can harm wild animals and the everyday things they can do to make life that little bit better for the animals around them.
There will be more resources for schools to try this year and the opportunity to showcase what they have learnt by entering a competition to win the title of ‘The Most Compassionate Class of 2019’. Plus there are a number of visits to RSPCA animal centres to be won so the children can see the RSPCA in action and the animals they care for.
For more information, or to sign-up your school, visit www.rspca.org.uk/compassionateclass
For a video on Compassionate Class, please click here: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/M8nMw2F6gk