Empathy Day aims to help everyone understand and experience the power of empathy through stories. The school library team ran a series of fantastic lessons for our Year 7s to celebrate this unique day in June. They focussed on using books to step into someone else’s shoes – the more we can empathise with characters in a story, the more we can understand other people’s feelings.
The range of activities included examining illustrations depicting empathy, reading aloud to others and looking at a selection of book recommendations, all connected to empathy. Students were then able to choose from creating an empathy-boosting book recommendation poster, writing a poem or designing an empathy illustration of their own. Our Year 7s produced some brilliant pieces of work which are now on proud display on the library Empathy Wall. Here is a wonderful example of a poem written by a student which beautifully describes the empathetic power of books. Well done Year 7.