I’ve decided that Friday will be my day for sharing. It may be an idea, a resource, a display or something completely unpreditcable but each Friday I will share something from school to this blog.
I’m starting today with a whole school approach relevant to PSHE, citizenship, or even just giving a structure to assemblies.
Called ‘Virtues’ this is a series of human virtues that we would like to develop in our children. Our method for using this is to use it as a basis for assembly and the class circle time. A new ‘Virtue’ is introduced in assembly and exists as the theme in school for two weeks. In the assembly introduction I will usually tell a story to highlight the theme or provide some visual reference to the theme. Teachers in class then display the poster on a large piece of card and pupils try to find that virtue happening in their classroom. When they see it taking place they point it out to their teacher and the person exhibiting the virtue writes onto the class poster what they did to demonstrate the virtue in action. These posters are then brought to the following week’s assembly so we can review the great attitudes evident in our school. With no religious or denominational tie, but the facility to easily make such a link, these ‘Virtues’ provide a resource that is applicable in any primary school setting. They may even provide a response to the call for British values to be taught in schools although I would argue that these virtues are more universal.
The posters are reproduced below and please feel free to use them as you wish. Happy Shareday Friday and have a great weekend.
Note: This series of posters was provided to me by a colleague and I have no reason to think they are not in the public domain.