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Pear Tree Mead Academy

Pear Tree Mead Academy

School Branches

To become a fully grown citizen, children need to reach the branches of the Pear Tree.

Each life skill is introduced to the children with a forest animal which sits on a branch of the tree.  In EYFS 3 skills are focused on, KS1 and KS2 all 6 will be focused on but with clear progression of what this looks like within each key stage – see below.




Early Years







Respectful Mouse





Respectful Mouse


Beliefs/opinions/difference, trustworthy and honest, health and self-care



Open minded, tolerance, self-respect (healthy relationships, online behaviour), empathy, morality

Self-belief Squirrel



Try our best

Health and self-care


Self belief Squirrel


Independent, confidence, challenge



Self belief


Emotions (mental health), okay not to be confident all the time, support (others and yourself), optimistic

Inquisitive Fox


Grow our brain

New things


Inquisitive Fox


Involved, enthusiastic (optimistic), imaginative




Curiosity, enquiring mind, greater depth, creativity

  Aspirational Owl


Pride, aiming high (short and long term), goal setting, outside clubs/skills, job experiences




Volunteering/hobbies, jobs, pride, goals

  Togetherness Rabbit


Team work, supporting others





Self-togetherness, self-awareness (impact on others and others on you), community, team work (choosing the right role)

  Resilience Hedgehog


Take risks (practical), managing failure, try again, new ideas, responsible





Academic risk, emotional resilience, determination, learning (managing failure/emotions), perseverance, responsible (taking responsibility)


 The animals can be seen around the school to remind children of the branches (skills) they are working towards.  PSHE lessons, assemblies and class times are planned around the branches so that children are taught and reminded of these on a regular basis.  There is a focus on reaching one of the branches each half term.