Character Education

Everything that we do at Wales has one focus in mind: our children. We want our children to become the best versions of themselves so that they not only achieve academic excellence but that they also develop and excel as individuals who have the ability and adaptability to thrive in an ever changing world.

From the moment a child enters Wales, they will start on a journey to learn about, develop, refine and apply the right attributes, attitudes and academic skills so that they have the best possible chance of being successful in life. Instilling positive character traits and academic excellence are 2 sides of the same coin – children that develop both are far more likely to succeed, not only in school but in later life, too.

In order to do this, we have five Wales Values (Individual) which sit alongside our already established and successful Wales Learning Code (Academic).

Our Wales Values focus on the character development of our children, where the whole school provides varied opportunities to promote, teach, develop, practice, apply and refine them whilst also rewarding children for using the Wales Values positively in and outside of school.

 

The Wales Values Explained

Communication is about clearly expressing ideas and exchanging information

  • I think about what I am going to share before I express my ideas and opinions
  • I speak clearly and confidently in a range of situations
  • I can listen carefully to other people without interrupting
  • I positively acknowledge people who are communicating with me

Cooperation is about working with others to achieve a goal

  • I can work well as part of a team
  • I can learn from the people around me
  • I see things from the viewpoints of others
  • I can share items and wait patiently for my turn

Independence is making the right decision without being helped by someone else

  • I can complete tasks on my own
  • I know when to work on my own or collaboratively
  • I can organise myself when I engage in learning
  • I can think of a way to solve a problem before asking for help

Resilience is about not giving up when things get difficult

  • I learn from my mistakes
  • I shut out distractions when I am learning
  • I stay on task and never give up when learning gets tough
  • I can think in creative ways to further my learning

Respect is about thinking and acting in a positive way to people, belongings and the environment

  • I make positive relationships with other people
  • I listen and respond positively to other people‚Äôs views, opinions and feelings
  • I look after items and the environment around me
  • I can talk about what is right and wrong

At Wales Primary School, we want to encourage everyone to develop and apply the Wales Values in everything that we do. We believe that through hard work, listening to advice, practice and not giving up when faced with a challenge, our children will develop into well rounded individuals who have the ability and adaptability to thrive in an ever changing world.