Our value of compassion
‘Compassion’ and ‘sympathy’ have much in common and both are stronger in meaning than simply ‘feeling sorry for’ someone.
The words have their roots in the idea of ‘suffering with’ someone, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and experiencing what they experience. This leads to a desire to act, to do something. It is not patronizing. It is not about ‘doing good’ from a position of strength or ‘remembering those less fortunate than ourselves’. Compassion requires an act of imagination and humility to share in the lives of others. Notice the qualities that Paul links together. He says ‘clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’ (Colossians 3:12)
Bible stories we may teach this through include: Feeding the 5000
In our English we are learning about life in Victorian London through the book 'Street Child' and relating it to homelessness in society today.
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We visited the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue to learn about their amazing work and understand how they serve the people of our area
We put ourselves into'other people's shoes' to deepen our understanding.