|Respect:||to treat someone or something well|
|Empathy:||to understand other people’s feelings|
|Achievement||to accomplish something|
|Pride||a feeling of satisfaction in the achievement of yourself or others|
At Rose Wood Academy, we help develop our children’s character through our behaviour curriculum. In order to build character, we define the behaviours and habits that we expect pupils to demonstrate. We want to support our pupils to grow into adults who are polite, respectful, responsible citizens, who contribute positively to society. We believe that, as pupils practise these behaviours over time, they become habits that positively shape how they feel about themselves and how other people perceive them. As philosopher Will Durant states, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” (1926)
At Rose Wood Academy our school values of ‘Be Kind and REAP the Rewards’ underpins everything we do.
- We actively promote kindness and tolerance to help instil a strong sense of moral purpose into our pupils. Pupils are then able to apply this understanding to their own lives and understand that they are responsible for their own actions. They are then able to articulate the consequences of their actions for themselves, others and wider society.
- Children are taught the importance of building empathy and understanding in both personal and wider relationships. They are often asked to imagine what it would be like to see something from someone else’s point of view to help them understand the impact of their actions.
- We teach children to celebrate the achievements of themselves and others and encourage them to support others to become the best that they can be, having pride in the achievements of others as well as themselves. Through this, we encourage resilience and determination.
We use our school values to drive our character development. We look at the values that ‘Be Kind and REAP the Rewards’ promotes and help children to see these values in themselves and others.