St. Clare's Catholic Primary School A Voluntary Academy

"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."  John 10:10


Our Virtues

“Virtues to Live By” enables us all to explore each virtue over a three week period (two per half term) to improve the school community’s virtue literacy and to deepen understanding and appreciation of the essential role that virtues play in the education of the whole person towards human flourishing. The virtues chosen are common across cultures and faiths, but are sourced from the Christian tradition. They are linked directly to work in the Diocese of Leeds on virtues and character education (see companion documents here

“Virtues to Live By” is a resource created by the Diocese of Leeds with the creative and financial support of the Leeds Diocesan Association of Primary Headteachers.

The school focuses on one virtue every three weeks. The children think about what the virtue means, how we can see it in others and how we can manifest it in ourselves. Each week, we look at a particular aspect of the virtue and an award is given to a member of each class in Friday's Award Assembly to a child who has 'lived' the virtue across the week. Acts of worship and Virtue lessons in class also link to the virtue and we have 'Signs of living the virtue' - things to 'notice' or look for that demonstrate the virtue. 

Our virtues have been chosen to reflect the time of year for our children. So for example, we have 'respect and courtesy' at the beginning of the year when we are setting out our expectations, charity and forgiveness during the season of Lent, and resilience and perseverance during SATs preparation!

Click on each 'virtue' to find out a little more about each! The signs of living the virtue will explain what kind of things we are all trying to see in each other. 

There are some small short Acts of Worship that you might like to use at home to reflect on the meaning of the virtues. There are some suggestions of short Bible readings, hymns and songs and some things you might want to use as a focus. 



Respect/Courtesy    signs of living the virtue

Thankfulness     signs of living the virtue

Hope     signs of living the virtue

Patience     signs of living the virtue



Faith     signs of living the virtue

Simplicity     signs of living the virtue

Charity     signs of living the virtue

Forgiveness     signs of living the virtue



Resilience/Perseverance     signs of living the virtue     Small Act of Worship

Kindness     signs of living the virtue    Small Acts of Worship

Honesty    signs of living the virtue    Small Acts of Worship

Service   signs of living the virtue    Small Acts of Worship


Class Virtues and Saints

At St Clare's, each class also has its own associated virtue, with each one chosen to have relevance for the children at each particular age group. For example. Reception class have Friednship as their virtue, as this is very prevalent for our youngest children when they are meeting other children for the first time. Year 6's class virtue is Service, chosen because we have high expectations that our oldest children are excellent ambassadors for our school and seek to lead and show service in their conduct in and around school. 

Full details of our Class Virtues can be found below: 


Year Group Virtues




Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6



Each class also has a Class Saint, someone who the children can relate towards and from whom they can learn important messages for how to live their lives.


St Peter

Year 1

St Patrick

Year 2

Our Lady, Mary

Year 3

St George

Year 4

St Joseph

Year 5

St Bernadette

Year 6

St Francis of Assisi