Primary school pupils left in tears after being asked to draw picture of a dead loved one

The Mirror is reporting that primary school children were left in floods of tears after being told to draw a picture of a dead loved one in a lesson about grief.

Angry parents of the class of nine and 10-year-olds have hit out at the way the subject was taught after a number of the youngsters were left with tears streaming down their faces.

The children, pupils at Camdean Primary School in Rosyth, Fife, were also shown a video of other children talking about deaths in their family – but parents were not told the class was even happening.

Adrian Marshall, 43, dad to ten-year-old Ryan, said this method of teaching could lead to many pupils being left with “dark memories”…

“When I complained and met with the teachers, I was told it was all part of Curriculum for Excellence…”

A number of parents wrote to Fife Council to complain, but the local authority defended the lesson on grief as part of the Curriculum for Excellence while admitting parents should be informed in the future if the children discuss further sensitive subjects.

But they also said that, as part of Curriculum for Excellence, children were to be taught emotional skills in addition to more traditional subjects…

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Do the parents who are complaining have a valid point here or would you welcome the approach being taken at the school?

Is it, ultimately, an issue of better communications between the school and parents being needed?


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