My Activity Passport
When we are young, how do we know what we will like, what interests we will have and what challenges we might want to take on? It is important that children have the chance to try things out, to get a taste of the world around them, to see and do things that they wouldn't normally do, or go to places they wouldn't normally go and to meet people they wouldn't normally meet. These things are important because a world-class education is about much more than qualifications, it is also about your character and well-being.
We develop our character from taking on challenges and pursuing our interests, by doing things that are worth doing even when they are difficult and may not give us an immediate reward. The new 'passport' of activities has been launched by the Education Secretary to encourage more family time and help build children's character and resilience.
We have many enrichment activities across the curriculum that children have access to, but we would also like to share this 'Activity Passport' for your child to work on each year at home. You can download from the image below, or alternatively ask at the school office for a printed copy.
Character Education - The Cromwell Challenge
Developing Character Education at Cromwell Primary Phase, so all our pupils develop into Successful, Respectful and Confident Learners.
Character Education can be defined as the active development of character strengths or virtues in young people. The practice of character education is based on the view that these strengths are not merely given but can be developed through instruction and practice. Our work in this area is premised upon two ideas. First, that character is both ‘taught’ and ‘caught’. Taught because pupils need to learn directly about character strengths and virtues, and to be given opportunities to practise them. Caught because pupils need to be exposed to the concepts and language of character throughout their experience of school. This is best delivered through the ethos of the school, by teachers and other adults in school acting as role models, by empowering children to be role models and recognising them publicly as such, and by engineering enrichment activities so that it emphasises character development.
The second idea is that there are four core dimensions to character:
A complete character education seeks to develop pupils along all four dimensions, and in this broad conception character encompasses academic achievement as a route to the development of intellectual character strength.
Intellectual virtues – character traits necessary for discernment, right action and the pursuit of knowledge, truth and understanding. Examples - autonomy, critical thinking, curiosity, judgement, reasoning, reflection and resourcefulness.
Moral virtues – character traits that enable us to act well in situations that require an ethical response. Examples - compassion, courage, gratitude, honesty, humility, integrity, justice and respect.
Civic virtues - characters traits that are necessary for engaged responsible citizenship, contributing to the common good. Examples - citizenship, civility, community awareness, neighbourliness, service, volunteering
Performance virtues - characters traits that have an instrumental value in enabling the intellectual, moral and civic virtues. Examples - confidence, determination, motivation, perseverance, resilience and teamwork
Through our rich and exciting creative curriculum, we focus on teaching pupils to be their best selves, to take pride in their work, and to be positive members of the school, and greater global communities. We want to create children who thrive on challenge, love learning, respect each other and have attributes that will ensure that they will be valued members of our society.
We have designed a set of challenges based on 5 pillars of learning at Cromwell Primary. Pupils are invited to work towards these to gain awards. At each milestone (Year 2, 4 and 6), pupils can earn each of the badges by bringing in evidence within their Character Education Journal. This could be a photograph, written piece, examples of finished products, witness statements. Pupils can work towards awards and collect evidence at any point during the two year milestones. If they complete all challenges by the end of Year 2, 4 and 6, they will earn their bronze, silver or gold award badge. Children are invited to wear any of the award badges proudly on their school jumpers. Children receiving all pillar badges and their associated pin badges over their time at Cromwell Primary, will be presented with a special Character Education Trophy. Children can work toward the badge for the milestone, but not work out of the milestone. If they are in Year 3, they should be working toward the Year 4 milestone and not the year 6 milestone until they are in Year 5. Evidence will only be taken into account for the two year milestone. Tasks have been carefully designed in these years so that children apply their class learning as well as their age and stage of development.
Wherever you see this image, children are free to be as creative as possible to add their own activity that links with one of our 5 Pillars.
- SMSC the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum
- Ecology - opportunities for pupils to connect with complex environmental issues, developing positive attitudes, knowledge, and motivation to take action on the environment
- Outdoor a broad term that includes discovery, experimentation, learning about and connecting to the natural world, and engaging in adventure activities and outdoor sports.
- Enterprise a combination of competencies including creative, innovative thinking, problem solving, communication and team work
- Global Learning helping pupils make sense of the world in which they live and to understand their role within a global society
Tasks highlighted in green will be worked on in school, so all children will be participating – regardless of whether they are working towards their Character Education Awards.
Download your Character Education Journals here:
Please find below useful links for further Enrichment
This has specific subject and year group ideas
View a wide range of topics and resources
Experiments to try at home
Experiments to try at home
Videos with a special focus on STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths
English & Maths
Letters (lower case and capitals)
Segmenting and Blending
Fun dances to try
Yoga for kids
PSHE / RE
Meditation for kids
Staff at Cromwell have been busy creating Bedtime Stories. Click on the links below to listen to the stories. We hope you enjoy them!
'The Koala Who Could' - read by Mrs Searle who teaches Technology
'The Queen's Hat' - read by Mrs Searle
'You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus' - read by Mrs Searle
'Goodnight Duggee' - read by Mrs Harding who works in the Cromwell Library
'Colin the Chameleon' - read by Miss Garlick who teaches English
'The Grunt and the Grouch' - read by Mr Stevenson, a member of our Senior Leadership Team
'The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily' - read by Mr Stevenson
'The Lion Inside' - read by Mrs Macdonald and her 2 lions (cats) Sebastian and Pickle
'How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon' - read by Mrs Macdonald and Pickle the cat
'The Cow that Laid an Egg' - read by Mrs Macdonald with the help of Alan (the very naughty rabbit who like eating books) and enjoyed by Sebastian
'Little Bear's Trousers' - read by Mrs Macdonald and Pickle the cat
'Smiley Shark' - read by Mrs Richards and the shark from the story!
'The Very Greedy Bee' - read by Mrs Riches in her beautiful garden. Watch out for her special bees!
'The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes' - read by Mrs Macdonald and Alan the rabbit, who promised not to eat this book!
'Hairy McClary and the Scarface Claw Scattercat' - read by Mrs Macdonald and Alan the rabbit
'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' - Read by Mrs Riches and Teddy
'How to Catch a Star' - read by Mrs Riches and Teddy