The CHARACTER CURRICULUM
In September 2017 the schools in Bury College Education Trust launched the Character Curriculum based on an acronym of the word RESPECT.
Both schools in the Academy Trust work in partnership with Commando Joe’s to deliver their curriculum which aims to prepare our children for life beyond school. The Character Curriculum is the first of its kind, focusing on the character traits and life skills that a young person will need to draw upon as they go through life.
Lessons have been transformed into Missions, and now no Mission is impossible across the Trust! Resilience is key and is taught to our children across all year groups. Strategies to self-regulate are taught in the face of adversity and mistakes are taught to be lessons rather than disappointments.
Pens and pencils have been made redundant as the children venture through their missions using cargo nets, barrels and a host of other equipment. The children embark upon inspirational journeys of explorers such as Ed Stafford, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and many more. Working in teams, the children must use their creativity and problem-solving skills to complete a series of missions, putting their character to the ultimate test. Will teams work well together? What behaviour traits have been tested:
The basic skills of Maths and English are taught as usual then practically applied throughout the Commando Joe Missions. Fractions, ratio and proportion are no longer boring and mind-puzzling. Not when you need to apply your knowledge of ratio and proportion to calculate the amount of antidote required to save one of your team mates after being stung by a deadly spider in the Amazon Rain Forest. Learning your spellings is fun and definitely necessary to battle through some of the challenges in order to send signals to others part of your team guiding them to safety! Missions even spill over into homework, with family members helping children to make Roman shields, mountain ranges, model rain forests, model aeroplanes and much more!
Key Stage One have an exciting programme of topics written to introduce the Character curriculum to children as young as five!
Key Stage Two experience the journeys of explorers like Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ed Stafford, Nancy Wake and Amelia Earhart. Lessons transport the children to a snowy mountain or dangerous ravine. Each mission is carefully designed to apply the character traits of the curriculum.
The ethos of the curriculum is not limited to the classroom; instead it permeates throughout all Academies within the Bury College Education Trust. Participation in missions is a must for all staff and team building sessions are on the calendar each year!