VRP Teacher and Educator resources: Empathy

Resource posted
on 07 Dec 2017

Two sets of teaching and learning materials have been created, based around the three short films made for the VRP project. These materials make stimulating, thought-provoking contexts that can be used to generate purposeful student discussion from which to explore aspects of difference and ethical issues.

The first of these is titled ‘Empathy’, and is suitable for citizenship and PHSE lessons. It explores interesting questions around personal preferences.

The resources consider how different people who are missing their lower arm feel about their own situation. The activity can go on to form the basis for further exploring how students themselves like to be treated by others and would make the basis for a good start-of-year activity. They have been tested at Key stage 3, 4 and 5.

The three videos, Charlotte’s Story, Liz’s Story and Jon-Allan’s Story are available on the Living with Limb Loss page.

The accompanying activities are available to download below:

Teacher Notes Empathy and Understanding Limb Loss

VRP Empathy Activity 1

VRP Empathy Activity 2

VRP Empathy Activity 3

One armed activities sheet

wrapping paper

The materials have been developed with the support of the UTC2 Sheffield with thanks to the principal, Sarah Clarke; her teacher colleagues from across different curriculum areas, and most importantly input from over 100 students at UTC2 who have informed, tested and helped us to hone these activities.


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