Our Learn Together Program

Ethical Education is taught in place of religious instruction in all Educate Together primary schools. We are particularly proud of our Learn Together program here at GETNS, as it has been developed through consultation and collaboration with the whole school. It is also a flexible program which enables us to add and remove learning content in order to cater for our ever-growing and changing school community and, indeed, our global community.

The Learn Together Program is taught under four strands:

–          Moral and Spiritual Development

–          Equality and Justice

–          Belief Systems

–          Ethics and the Environment

During each term, the children are taught across all four learning areas. We take a whole-school approach to this program, meaning that children are learning about the same topics, at a similar time, at appropriate levels. Our Learn Together program is taught in a Year A and Year B format, in line with the Primary School Curriculum, which is also taught over a two year period.

The objective of Ethical Education in our school is to instil in our pupils a sense of self, a sense of community, a sense of belonging and an understanding, respect and appreciation of our global community, environment and belief systems.

Helen McClelland, Deputy Principal, coordinates the Learn Together program in our school. Please contact the office to make an appointment with her if you would like to discuss any aspect of the program, or if you would like to make a suggestion.

Thank you.

Month Strand Topic
September Moral Sense of self
Equality and Justice Class Rules
Ethics and the Environment Caring for our Local Beach
Belief Systems Rosh Hashanah
October Moral Communication and Cooperation
Equality and Justice Jealousy and Disappointment
Ethics and the Environment If the world were a village of 100 People
Belief Systems Harvest
November Moral Social Responsibility
Equality and Justice Conflict Resolution/Right Start Infants
Ethics and the Environment Freedom vs Responsibility
Belief Systems Bible Stories
December Moral Giving/Receiving/Gratitude (link to Christmas)
Equality and Justice Homelessness
Ethics and the Environment TBA
Belief Systems Christmas around the world – choose one place linked to your class nationalities.
  TBA
January Moral Disability Awareness
Equality and Justice Disability Awareness
Ethics and the Environment Millennium Goals
Belief Systems TBA
February Moral Family Units
Equality and Justice Class Nationalities
Ethics and the Environment Natural Disasters
Belief Systems TBA
March Moral Reflection and Silence
Equality and Justice Challenging stereotypes
Ethics and the Environment Waste |Week
Belief Systems Irish Myths and Legends
April Moral GETNS Grandparents Day
Equality and Justice Ageism
Ethics and the Environment World Health Day
Belief Systems TBA
May Moral Elements of an apology
Equality and Justice Animal welfare – pet care
Ethics and the Environment Walking School Bus
Belief Systems Christianity
June Moral Forgiveness
Equality and Justice Feeding the world
Ethics and the Environment Travelling Culture
Belief Systems Ramadan