At Holy Trinity, 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, 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. Of course, character education is learned through a child's total lived experience: home, the wider communinity and school, in partnership.
At Holy Trinity, we teach Character Education through the acronym: R.A.M.C.A.R:
Resiliance, Aspiration, Morality, Co-operation, Adaptability and Respect, (which underpin our Christian Values of Love, Honesty and Respect).
Through our rich and broad 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 who flourish.
We also create a culture 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.
We hold a weekly Celebration Worship where we celebrate children’s classroom achievements. Each week teachers choose pupils to receive certificates for a range of attributes, both personal and academic ‘Star of the Week’; we celebrate good attendance, where the top three attending classes are announced and the winning class, proudly holds the school attendance club until the following week. Children who have attended 100% are also celebrated each term (Christmas, Easter, Summer i.e. Terms 2, 4 and 6) and are entered into a draw to win a bicycle.
Our pupils have the opportunities to build resilience through appropriately set task and question challenges; to participate in inter / intra school sports events, festivals and socials e.g. Christmas disco and the Summer Ball. Year 6 have the opportunity to attend a residential trip, and all KS2 classes attend swimming lessons with the aim of them achieving their 25m certificate before they leave Holy Trinity.
We include Kagan principles of teaching across the school which builds children's notions of responsibity and accountability and helps all to have a voice in their own education. Through our leadership groups e.g. librarians, prefects, school council, game changes and peer mediators, children have structured opportunities to develop leadership skills, empathy and kinship.