From September 2020 each student in Year 7 – 11 will receive one Virtues lesson a fortnight. This new subject will be very important to your child’s time at English Martyrs.
What are Virtues?
A virtue is described as a moral excellence. A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle by people within society. These virtues are summarised in our school mission statement.
The following virtues circle underpins studies and formulate the keywords associated with the subject.
Why do we need to study Virtues?
- The academic subjects that children study at English Martyrs are very important to their future for a variety of reasons. We all understand the importance of children achieving their academic potential.
- Achieving that academic potential is not always easy, other things in life contribute to how well children do at school. Virtues, although being an academic subject, will help all students across the curriculum to achieve that potential. For example, Virtues will explore how children need to be able to manage stress and anxiety in high-pressure situations like examinations in order to achieve their best.
- Alongside doing well at school academically, becoming a person who will contribute in a positive way to the world in which we live, not just in the job that we want, or the subjects we enjoy, is very important. For example, Virtues will explore how being able to build positive relationships now and in the future with the people around us is vital to making a positive contribution within society.
What will we study in Virtues?
Over the course of an academic year, students will study a range of elements from within the following topics:-
- Citizenship Education – E.g. Global issues, the need to protect the environment.
- Personal, Social and Health Education – (PSHE) E.g. Developing learning resilience.
- Relationships, Sex and Health Education. (RSHE). Lessons in this area will take place as following during the academic year 2020-21. Year 7 – Jan-May, Y8-10 – Sept-Jan, Y11 – Oct-Feb.
- Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).
These elements will be revisited in future years and will be age-appropriate to create a sequence of lessons.
There will be no formal assessment in Virtues, however, students will receive a folder from their teacher for completed work which will be kept as a record. Students will be expected to make positive efforts and take pride in their work as is our school expectation. This will be recognised in line with our rewards policy. Although there will be no formal homework, students are encouraged to read around the topics studied and hold further discussions with parents/carers about the learning that has gone on in lessons.
Part of the Virtues programme will include Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) lessons which become statutory for all schools during this forthcoming academic year. As a school, we will be delivering these lessons via the Tenten theatre company’s provision which meets the statutory requirements and is recommended by the Catholic Education Service (CES).
Tenten have kindly created a parental portal which will enable parents/carers to access the lesson materials in advance, and to further assist the learning of children in the home environment. The information can be found at:- https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/
Parents/Carers are reminded that some of the material, although age-appropriate by key stage, is sensitive and further discussions around any concerns can take place with Mr Morrison (AMorrison@ems.bhcet.org.uk). Regular updates will be provided via the Virtues page on the school website so that Parents/Carers can take a keen interest in the programme of study and support the learning at home.