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Knightly Virtues

This page is no longer in use.  The Knightly Virtues resources can be found here. Results from the research project can be found here.

The Knightly Virtues Programme, designed to enhance virtue literacy through stories, has been incredibly popular with both teachers and students.  So far, over 7,000 primary school pupils have taken part in the programme, making it one of the largest projects of its kind. The research project has now concluded, and the full report is available here.  The resources are available for you to start using below. 

Knightly Virtues eResources

The Knightly Virtues programme has been run in more than 100 primary schools across Britain, involving over 25,000 students. The programme has proved to be immensely popular and schools continue to sign up to take part.

This educational programme seeks to provide 9-11 year olds with the opportunity to creatively explore great stories of knights and heroes and the virtues to which they aspired. Drawing from timeless historical and literary narratives this program of five lessons is tailored towards encouraging pupils to enjoy reading about inspiring people, whilst helping them to consider their own virtues of character. The teaching programme is organised around the following classic stories; the King Arthur legends, Don Quixote, El Cid and the Merchant of Venice. The hypothesis is that the traditional chivalric ideals of knighthood provided a particularly noble and exalted distillation of moral ideals that are no less educationally and otherwise relevant to today than they were at the time of their conception.

The narratives were selected to represent both male and female heroes and heroines, and those that represented different traditions and faiths. Each of the narratives have been rewritten to fit with the programme and to be suitable for the young audience.

Download the Knightly Virtues Materials by clicking on the shields or links below. To request free hard copy materials, please contact the Jubilee Centre.



 Additional Resource: Rosa Parks 1534kb
 Short Form Stories 342kb
Full Student Journal 2831kb
Teachers' Notes 9612kb
Trial Materials

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 Reading Booklet A 664kb
 Reading Booklet B 1432kb
Answer Booklet A 423kb
Answer Booklet B 431kb
Marking Guide 270kb
 Marking Sheet  200kb

 Knightly Virtues Pilot Documentary.