The teachers’ guide, Harmony: A new way of looking at and learning about our world was written by Richard Dunne, Headteacher of Ashley C of E Primary School. Inspired by the Prince of Wales’s book Harmony: A new way of looking at the world, the school has spent several years developing a curriculum informed by Nature’s principles of Harmony.
These principles speak of a world of well-being, balance and a way of living that works – and has worked – for millions of years.
Putting principles into practice
The school uses Nature’s principles of Harmony to guide the education of its students. It has developed a curriculum with well-being and sustainability at its heart and aims to educate its young people in a way that encourages them to develop sustainable practices and outlooks.
The school also seeks to create an experience of education that is purposeful, contextualised and coherent.
There are three important aspects that shape the approach to learning at Ashley School. Firstly, the school aims to develop in children a better understanding of how Nature’s principles can inform and inspire the way we live and work. Secondly, by integrating principles of Harmony into the curriculum, the school hopes to create a learning journey that is purposeful and leads to meaningful outcomes. Thirdly, students are given opportunities to design and plan projects that work towards achieving a healthier, more sustainable future.
Developing Harmony learning
The Teachers’ Guide is a helpful companion to teachers and education practitioners who wish to apply principles of Harmony to their own educational settings.
It offers an overview of how to build learning around principles of Harmony, with detailed, practical guidance on shaping medium and long-term planning, as well as putting active enquiry at the heart of the curriculum.
You will find the following extracts from the teachers’ guide on this website: Why we need a Harmony curriculum; Developing Harmony learning, Planning for Harmony learning, Reflections on the work at Ashley School.
Photograph: Richard Dunne