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At Scientia Academy we teach Character Education to prepare our pupils for life beyond school  and to give them the opportunity to flourish in modern society. We believe that there is a strong link between character and attainment.


From Reception through to Year 6 our pupils are taught through the CoJo Character Curriculum which takes the pupils on the life journeys of inspirational heroes, heroines, adventurers and explorers.




“All children getting the chance to achieve, be resilient, tolerate others and make great choices for life – in and outside school.”



  • Accessing coherent, sequential learning opportunities
  • Being inspired to do their best and to have the ambition to achieve
  • Engaging in deep thinking to support their decision making and actions
  • Experiencing a wide range of exciting learning opportunities
  • Integrating the teaching of Human Values


We teach Character Education as part of the whole school ethos. Each week the pupils take part in carefully designed missions which allow the Character behaviour traits of individuals’ and groups of pupils, to be put to the test in a safe environment. Each mission is carefully tailored to meet the needs of the pupils. At the end of each session, the pupils are given time to self-assess, and set personalised targets for themselves and peers.


The table below shows the core character behaviour traits taught throughout the school.


Core Characters


Character Behaviour traits


Determined; self-controlled; persistent; courageous; diligent; perseveres



Just (fair); compassionate (forgiveness); kind; courteous; unselfishness



Self-confident; self-disciplined; honest; humorous; humility; adaptability



Gratitude; motivated; positive attitude; inspires; will power



Creative; curious; inquires; pride; critical thinking



Listens: influences; feedback; reflective; evaluative; presence



Cooperates; responsible; cares; decision makes; helpful; unity


Character curriculum topics

Year 1 topic


Steve Backshall ‘Walk on the wildside’

Simba and Me

‘Circle of Life’

Traditional Tales

‘Once upon a time’

Year 2 topic


Samuel Pepys

‘London’s Burning’


Trouble in the Tribe’

The Queen

‘The longest Reign’

Year 3 topic


Ed Stafford

‘Walking the Amazon’

Ernest Shackleton


Nellie Bly

‘Around the World in 72 Days’


Year 4 topic Characters

Bear Grylls


Kira Salak

‘Gorilla in the Mist’

Leif Erikson

‘Voyage of Discovery’


Year 5 topic Characters

Tim Peak

‘Blast off!’

Ranulph Fiennes

‘Transglobe Adventure’



‘Romans Revolt’

Year 6 topic Characters

Nancy Wake

‘The White Mouse’

Amelia Earhart

‘Final Flight’

Ibn Battuta

‘Eastern Odyssey’