Introducing the 'My St. Josephs' umbrella.
This is comprised of My Challenge, My Way, My Voice, My Targets and My Virtues
These are known collectively as the ‘5 MYs’ and every child’s learning journey in Key Stage 2 is evidenced through these.
My Targets and My Virtues are completed by the children on Microsoft Teams. They are updated throughout the year.
The children are asked to focus on a different pair of virtues every half-term.
Children in Key Stage 2 answer questions related to each pair of virtues (by accessing 'My Virtues' on Microsoft Teams).They also evaluate the extent to which they are growing in virtue by picking and highlighting a number on a scale.
E.g. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
If the children score a 3, 4 or 5, they will achieve the bronze award. If they score a 6, 7 or 8, they will achieve the silver award. If they score a 9 or 10, they will be achieve the gold award.
Compassionate & Loving
Pupils in our school are growing to be compassionate toward others, especially the less fortunate; and loving in what they do and in what they say. To be compassionate is to listen to someone’s concerns and to try to understand how they feel. Jesus’ great commandment is ‘Love one another.”
Faith-Filled & Hopeful
Pupils in our school are growing to be faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future. We have faith in those who are closest to us – our family and friends. We need to have faith in ourselves. We should also have faith in the communities to which we belong – our parish and school. And finally, God invites us to have faith in him and his son, Jesus Christ. Faith cannot be taken for granted: it must be built up day by day.
Hope grows out of faith and love. Christianity teaches that God is a God of hope. We must not be frightened to take on new challenges. We must use our strengths and ask for help from those around us, to overcome these challenges.
Eloquent & Truthful
Eloquence was at the heart of the Jesuit educational mission – to make sure young people had the language to ask questions, express emotions, talk about matters of faith and hope and engage in conversation. Eloquence must be used in a truthful way. As Jesus tells us, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32).
Learned & Wise
Pupils in our school are growing to be learned. This means finding God in all things. They are also learning to become wise by developing an understanding of what is important and what is not. By doing this, pupils develop the ability to work with others for the good of all.
Curious & Active
Pupils in our school are growing to be curious about everything and try to change the world for the better. Curiosity is needed for children to want to learn. Our school challenges pupils to use what they learn to make small differences, so that they are ready for the day when they can make a big difference.
Intentional & Prophetic
Living intentionally is about the choices you make and knowing what is important for you and what you want to spend your time and energies doing.
It means living a good life, by a set of rules. Jesus Christ was a person who lived intentionally and is a good role model for us all to follow.
Our choices must have a positive impact on others. Being prophetic is about being seen to be doing good and about speaking out for what is right.
Grateful & Generous
Gratitude is always Saint Ignatius’ starting point. Before we reflect or pray, make a decision, or begin a new day, he calls on us to remember everything that we have to be grateful for. We must be generous in the things we do for others. More often than not, it is the small acts of daily kindness and generosity, putting others before ourselves, which have the greatest and deepest impact.
Attentive & Discerning
Being attentive takes practice. Ignatius tells us that we should take time to notice the big and small things of each day; we need to be aware of the feelings of other people. Once we become attentive, we begin to discern (recognise) what is good for us and what God expects of us.
As independent learners, our children pick their own targets from the target cards at the bottom of the ‘My Targets’ document assigned to them on Microsoft Teams. They need to pick literacy and reasoning targets to focus on for the year and track how they are progressing.
The children will also be asked to write down what they wish to achieve during the year and need to state how they are achieving the 'Four Core Purposes' of the new curriculum.