Character Education Statement
Why do we value Character Education?
At Orchard Primary School we acknowledge that the experiences provided for children in their primary years has a major impact on their future wellbeing and success. It is for this reason that from September 2018, we have made a whole school commitment to the teaching and development of character traits, attributes and behaviours which underpin achievement and success; endeavouring to ensure that developing ‘character’ goes hand in hand with high educational aspirations and achievement.
Character through the Curriculum
Through our rich and exciting creative curriculum, we focus on teaching pupils to be their best selves, to take pride in their work, and to be positive members of the school, and greater global communities.
We want to create children who thrive on challenge, love learning, respect each other and have attributes that will ensure that they will be valued members of our society.
We also create a culture where staff are empowered to take risks and be inventive with the curriculum and learning, where mistakes are seen as a valuable part of the learning process, where all staff and governors support each other and the ethos of the school and most importantly where the relationships in the school between all stakeholders provides a secure foundation for skill development.
At Orchard we take ‘PRIDE’ in our school.
Positive – we aim to develop positive attitudes and motivation. Children are encouraged to meet challenges with confidence, determination and enthusiasm and to believe they can succeed; they are encouraged to persevere with challenging tasks and to value ‘effort’; self-confidence and high self-esteem are nurtured.
Respectful – children are encouraged to speak politely and to show tolerance towards the beliefs and values of others; to value friendship and kindness; to show honesty; and to develop the capacity to be empathetic and caring.
Independent – children are encouraged to be confident, to think for themselves, take risks, show initiative, ask questions, make decisions, solve problems, make connections and communicate their ideas. Pupils are also encouraged to be responsible members of the learning community and are supported in their ability to make good choices and decisions.
Diverse – we value and celebrate ‘difference’ and show tolerance and understanding towards the beliefs and ideas of others.
Enthusiastic – we endeavour to develop children’s enthusiasm to do their best.
As well as these values, we have identified three additional key values that we aim to develop in our children.
Reflectivity – children are encouraged to: think about what they are being asked to do; what they already know; what they need to know; how they will achieve this; and to evaluate their ongoing progress.
Collaboration – children are encouraged to: communicate, listen, co-operate and work together as a team with equal responsibility and with clear roles. They are responsible for both their own learning and that of their team members.
reativity –children are encouraged to question and challenge. They will make connections and see relationships, envisaging what might be, exploring ideas and keeping options open, reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes.
Areas of Responsibility
Pupils throughout the school are offered opportunities to take responsibility, to show initiative and to extend their social and cultural experiences.
These roles include: Classroom Monitors; School Council Representatives; House Captains; Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (ABA); Librarians; Playground Pals/Play Coaches and Hall Monitors.
Values Assemblies teach pupils about the personal qualities valued in society e.g. honesty, consideration, independence and self-respect. Assemblies also enable pupils to explore issues relating directly to rules, behaviour and bullying.
Achievement Celebration Assembly
We hold a weekly Achievement Celebration Assembly where we celebrate children’s classroom achievements. Each week teachers choose pupils to receive certificates for a range of attributes, both personal and academic e.g. ‘Star of the Week’, ‘Writer of the Week’, general ‘Well Done’ certificates, best class attendance etc.
The ‘Values Certificate’ is awarded once a week in an achievement assembly to a child chosen by their class teacher who has demonstrated one of the school’s five values (Positive; Respectful; Independent; (appreciation of ) Diversity; Enthusiastic).
The Always Children
Each class teacher will keep a record of the ‘always children.’ These are children who never need verbal reminders, never lose Golden Time, consistently work hard and are outstanding role models in terms of both behaviour and their learning attitude. At the end of each half-term, any child who is on the list will be given a special award in Assembly.
SPACE Team launched!
To promote Character Education across the school, we have our ‘Fab Four’, who will be known as ‘SPACE’ (short for Super Positive Awesome Character Educators!)
They will lead assemblies and will discuss with pupils new ideas for making Orchard pupils awesome!
Hot Chocolate Fridays have arrived!
Mrs Shields has launched ‘Hot Chocolate Friday’!
The idea of Hot Chocolate Friday is for a member of staff to nominate a child from their class who has gone ‘over and above’ during the week to share a hot drink and a chat together, with Mrs Shields.
It’s an opportunity to say ‘Well Done’ to members of the school who get on quietly but might not always get the recognition they deserve. What better way to end the working week than with your hands around a mug of warm, comforting chocolate, especially on a cool Autumn day – Mrs Shields is certainly enjoying it!
Shooting Stars Reward System
The competition is on to see which class has the best values with the launch of our shooting stars reward scheme.
Putting the new piggy banks to good use, pupils are rewarded with a plastic silver star token for showing any of the following characteristics: kindness, determination, respect, grit, consideration etc.
Each week, the winners are announced in assembly; the class with the highest total at the end of each term will be rewarded with a Golden Afternoon.