Personal Development

Personal Development





In order to develop personally, we believe that children throughout our school must achieve the following learning objectives:

Learning Objective Bronze Silver Gold
To try new things • Try new things with the help of others.

• Talk about some things of personal interest.

• Join in with familiar activities.

• Concentrate on things of interest.

• Try new things when encouraged.

• Enjoy new experiences.

• Join clubs or groups.

• Talk about new experiences with others.

• Enjoy new things and take opportunities wherever possible.

• Find things to do that give energy.

• Become fully involved in clubs or groups.

• Meet up with others who share interests in a safe environment.

To work hard • Work hard with the help of others.

• Enjoy the results of effort in areas of interest.

• Take encouragement from others in areas of interest.

• Enjoy working hard in a range of activities.

• Reflect on how effort leads to success.

• Begin to encourage others to work hard.

• Have fun working hard.

• Understand the benefits of effort and commitment.

• Continue to practise even when accomplished.

• Encourage others by pointing out how their efforts gain results.

To concentrate • Give attention to areas of interest.

• Begin to ‘tune out’ distractions.

• Begin to show signs of concentration.

• Begin to seek help when needed.

• Focus on activities.

• ‘Tune out’ some distractions.

• Search for methods to help with concentration.

• Develop areas of deep interest.

• Give full concentration.

• ‘Tune out’ most distractions.

• Understand techniques and methods that aid concentration.

• Develop expertise and deep interest in some things.

To push themselves • Express doubts and fears.

• Explain feelings in uncomfortable situations.

• Begin to push past fears (with encouragement).

• Listen to people who try to help.

• Begin to try to do something more than once.

• Begin to understand why some activities feel uncomfortable.

• Show a willingness to overcome fears.

• Push past fears and reflect upon the emotions felt afterwards.

• Begin to take encouragement and advice from others.

• Keep trying after a first attempt.

• Find ways to push past doubts, fears, or a drop in motivation even in challenging circumstances.

• Push oneself in areas that are not so enjoyable.

• Listen to others who encourage and help, thanking them for their advice.

• Reflect upon how pushing past doubts, fears or a drop in motivation leads to a different outlook.

To imagine • With help, develop ideas.

• Respond to the ideas of others’.

• Respond to questions about ideas.

• Act on some ideas.

• Begin to enjoy having new ideas.

• Show some enthusiasm for the ideas of others.

• Ask some questions in order to develop ideas.

• Show enjoyment in trying out some ideas.

• Generate lots of ideas.

• Show a willingness to be wrong.

• Know which ideas are useful and have value.

• Act on ideas.

• Ask lots of questions.

To improve • Share with others likes about own efforts.

• Choose one thing to improve (with help).

• Make a small improvement (with help).

• Share with others a number of positive features of own efforts.

• Identify a few areas for improvement.

• Attempt to make improvements.

• Clearly identify own strengths.

• Identify areas for improvement.

• Seek the opinion of others to help identify improvements.

• Show effort and commitment in refining and adjusting work.

To understand others • Show an awareness of someone who is talking.

• Show an understanding that ones own behaviour affects other people.

• Listen to other people’s point of view.

• Listen to others, showing attention.

• Think of the effect of behaviour on others before acting.

• Describe the points of view of others.

• Listen first to others before trying to be understood.

• Change behaviours to suit different situations.

• Describe and understand others’ points of view.

To not give up • Try again with the help of others.

• Try to carry on even if a failure causes upset.

• Keep going in activities of interest.

• Try to think of oneself as lucky

• Find alternative ways if the first attempt does not work.

• Bounce back after a disappointment or failure.

• Show the ability to stick at an activity (or a club or interest).

• See oneself as lucky.

• Show a determination to keep going, despite failures or set backs.

• Reflect upon the reasons for failures and find ways to bounce back.

• Stick at an activity even in the most challenging of circumstances.

• See possibilities and opportunities even after a disappointment.

• Consider oneself to be lucky and understand the need to look for luck.


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