Empathy – I am learning to put myself in someone else’s shoes.

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This term, our focus Animal Attitude is the Mindful Magpie, so across the school we are thinking about what empathy means and how we can show empathy towards other people. In Ock Class, we have been talking about empathy as understanding what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes… literally!

In pairs we were each given a pair of shoes and had to think about the person who might own those shoes; you can read our character descriptions below. (Can you guess what piece of punctuation we have been working on this term that lots of us remembered to use in our character descriptions?) We tried on all the different shoes, thinking about what it might be like to be that person – literally walking in their shoes! You can see some funny pictures of this below too.

We then talked about some different situations – swallowing a bug, missing a train, tripping over – and thought about how the different ‘shoes’ would react to those different situations, based on their different personalities and experiences. We realised that different people could respond to the same event in very different ways and that we should try not to judge people for that but to show empathy by putting ourselves in their shoes: trying to understand why they would feel that way and how we can impact on them with our own actions.