Character Education

The Bag for Life

What is ‘Bag for Life’?

Education at Wheeler is about much more than the academic subjects children work so hard at every day. We want our children to develop their whole self to help them have the best future possible as they grown up and be ‘BRILL’ (Being Respectful, Responsible and Resilient in Learning and Life)! ​

This means we will provide opportunities within school for children to develop new skills and challenge themselves by trying new things. These skills and opportunities will mean the children will develop a wide range of skills outside of the curriculum, leaving Wheeler ready to make a difference to the world and the people around them.

Each child will be given a yellow Bag for Life bag containing a book which will be kept at school so children and teachers can use it whenever needed. Your child’s book is your way to record and reflect upon all the wonderful experiences and opportunities they will have at Wheeler as they progress through the school. By the time children leave Wheeler, this book will be a showcase of their time with us, and the skills they have gained in preparation for secondary school.

There will be opportunities for you and your child to include things they do outside of school too, as we always love to hear about the amazing things our Wheeler family do out of school and would love to know what your child has learned from these experiences.​ You can print a copy of the Home Experiences sheet below or ask your child’s teacher for a copy and send this into school with any pictures to be included in your child’s book.

How is it delivered?

Bag for Life has been designed so that children at Wheeler are supported to develop a wide range of skills through both through the curriculum and as part of additional activities. It will be integrated into whole school life, with children able to make links and reflect on what they are learning and the skills they are gaining as they progress through the year. At the start of the year, children will learn about the skills and experiences they will be covering that year as part of Bag for Life. They will be given the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon significant experiences they have undertaken, for example, swimming lessons or learning a musical instrument and include this in their book.


What are the skills?


There are five areas that we will focus on each year, making sure children get the widest range of opportunities possible to help best prepare them for the future. We call these ‘The Fab Five’ and each skill area is represented by a character:

Each skill area and character has skills mapped out to progress during your child’s time during Wheeler, matched to their age and stage. You can see the full progression from FS2 to Year 6 in the document below.. As they move through the school, the skills will increase in complexity, building upon the skills from previous years. Children’s work in and out of lessons, will contribute to the development of these skills and we hope the children will become confident in recognising the skills and characteristics in themselves and others.

Recognising and rewarding the skills

All staff will be looking out for children showing the qualities and skills represented by our Fab Five and will be awarding badges on Marvellous Me, in addition to giving stickers to the children. Each half term, there will be five awards given in each class, to the child who has best demonstrated the skills in each of the five areas. These certificates will be presented during our Friday celebration assembly at the end of each term.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about Bag for Life and how it will benefit your child, please contact our Community and Character Development Lead, Mrs Wadley (

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