MLHA Core Characteristics
Through our curriculum, we aim to educate the whole child, building character and knowledge together. In order to promote this, we have identified eight characteristics we aim to nurture within our children. Everything we do will promote the development of these core qualities which we feel are central to ensuring our children develop into well rounded, well-educated young people who are prepared for success in their next phase of education. Our core characteristics are:
Our children will build a strong knowledge of the areas studied and a wider general knowledge. They will form a bank of strong, retained knowledge which will stay with them on their life-long learning journey. In order to achieve this, we will:
- provide a range of visits to museums, galleries, performances and culturally significant locations.
- read a range of high-quality texts which will widen understanding of the world and the breadth of literature.
- provide a rich and varied, question led curriculum which built upon strong, core retained knowledge.
- provide excellent teaching and learning which con sistently delivers memorable experiences.
Our children will be resilient learners who do not give up. They will enjoy being challenged and know the range of resources they can draw on in order to overcome any difficulties they are faced with. They will know and understand that failure is part of the learning process and be able to talk about their failures in a positive way. Through this they will be able to tackle the challenges they will face in the later stages of their educational journey confidently. In order to achieve this, we will:
- provide challenge in a safe environment where it is acceptable to fail.
- enable children to deal with conflict and disputes in a supportive way.
- provide a wide range of experiences which enable children to stretch their preconceived limits and learn to keep on trying.
- ensure that children take part in a wide range of competitive sporting activities which stretch their abilities and limitations.
- Give every child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument during their school journey.
Our children will build confidence in their own ability and those of others. They will be exposed to situations which give them the chance to flourish and celebrate their achievements. They will be optimistic and positive about themselves and their abilities – they will have the self-esteem needed to take risks and test their limitations. In order enable this, we will:
- provide opportunities for children to celebrate their talents both within and beyond school.
- give every child regular opportunity to perform in front of an audience and build their self-esteem.
- ensure every child succeeds and builds on the areas of the curriculum where they have natural talent.
- provide a range of opportunities for children to learn in different ways and places; learning will regularly take place outdoors.
- ensure children learn how to speak with confidence and understand how to express their opinions.
- teach children to use a wide vocabulary and expose them to a depth of language.
Lilly Hall children will have a strong sense of what is right and wrong. They will discuss and debate, and know they need to question what they see, read and hear. They will be steeped in British Values and develop a strong moral compass. We will achieve this by:
- ensuring children are provided with a range of opportunities to discuss moral questions and form their opinions and arguments.
- providing children with the opportunity to learn about social and moral dilemmas faced by people in history and across the world.
- providing a strong moral and social education and equip children to recognise and challenge prejudice and inequality.
Our children will develop their independence and ability to both think and take risks by themselves. They will think for themselves, form their own opinions and try things out. In order to achieve this, we will:
- Give children the opportunity to learn away from the classroom and away from home, experiencing unfamiliar and different environments.
- Equip children to become self-sufficient, self-motivated learners and promote a love of learning.
- Enable children to take risks in controlled conditions, encouraging them to stretch themselves and build their ability to understand what are acceptable risks to take.
- Equip children with the knowledge of how to find things out so they can develop a breadth of study and education.
Maltby Lilly Hall children be confident and comfortable in social situations. They will have good speaking and listening skills and a strong vocabulary. They will have the general knowledge and empathy needed to hold conversation and be comfortable speaking to a range of different audiences in a range of different situations. In order to achieve this, we will:
- enable children to develop strong social skills and understand how to behave in different situations
- expose children to a range of situations where protocols and expectations must be followed and help them to recognise these
- give children opportunity to speak in public, increasing their confidence to ensure their voice is heard.
- Give children the opportunity to meet people out of their normal experience, for example, elderly members of the community, and gain confidence in speaking with them.
Our children will be given the opportunity and skills to ask questions of the world around them. They will ask questions and find the answers to them, building their understanding, knowledge and learning skills.
- We will provide a curriculum which highlights exciting, interesting facts, taught in imaginative, inventive ways.
- We will expose children to engaging, exciting experiences and contexts for learning which inspire children to want to know more about the areas covered.
- We will ensure that learning is relevant and give realistic contexts which enable learners to see a purpose behind what they are doing.
Ambition will be nurtured in our children. They will understand the opportunities which are available beyond their immediate community, building a sense of aspirations and setting goals. They will know how to achieve their dreams and understand the importance of hard work and motivation. To achieve this, we will:
- expand children’s horizons and help them to reach beyond the perceptions of their limitations through providing aspirational learning experiences and great adult role models.
- be unerringly ambitious for all children, no matter their abilities or talents, working ceaselessly to ensure all children fulfil their potential.
- work with parents, stakeholders and other agencies to ensure all children have the support they need to reach their true potential and overcome any difficulties they face.