The Character Curriculum
Our character curriculum was commissioned by Birmingham University who recognised the unique nature of our virtues work. The curriculum is a sequence of lessons, written by experts, which address particular virtues.
The whole school studies the same character quality or virtue at any given time and this provides a heightened focus and provides opportunities for year group interaction, whole-school assemblies, and making efficient use of visiting speakers. As children progress up through the school, their knowledge and understanding of each virtue will become more and more sophisticated.
We look for character strengths and celebrate the steps each child takes to develop each virtue. Parents are updated on our character focus by the weekly newsletter, where individuals making progress are also noted.
Our newsletters set family challenges that support our focus virtue.
The Virtues Project
The 'Virtues Project' at Kehelland helps us all to develop good character qualities such as kindness, honesty and creativity in our children. Each fortnight we focus on a virtue which is introduced at the start of the week on Monday's assembly; this is followed by a lesson in the week which allows children to further develop their understanding of good character through role-play, story or activities.
During the week, school staff aim to spot pupils who are demonstrating this virtue and provide praise or further guidance. " I can see the courage you showed", " Thank you for your helpfulness", "Which virtue would help in this situation?" Instead of focusing on what a child is doing wrong it's really good to let them know when they are doing something right.
The Virtues Project links to our behaviour code - when a child needs to change their behaviour we refer them to the virtue they need to develop.
As teachers we are trying to highlight the positive and reward and acknowledge children as they strengthen their characters.