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Skills (curriculum)

Subject Leader: Jess Thomas –

As a part of the Skills curriculum, pupils are taught how to work well as a team and use teamwork regularly. They work with many different people, and are supported to discuss and resolve conflicts for themselves.

Pupils are encouraged to express their opinions and discuss right and wrong within the Philosophy for Children (P4C) element of Skills. The impact of the individual on others and the world forms a large part of these discussions through stimuli such as Fairtrade and war, supporting pupils to develop a sense of moral responsibility. Pupils offer their own views, but must also listen to and acknowledge the views of others which differ from theirs.

Skills lessons promote curiosity in pupils, aiming to increase their sense of enjoyment and fascination within their learning. Activities are designed to help pupils to ask questions and seek information about a range of topics, and to reflect positively about their learning and their experiences.

In P4C, pupils consider why they hold their opinions and the range of influences which have shaped them, many of which come from their cultural heritage. During the Greek Myths topic in year 8, pupils explore the reasons for people’s beliefs, and compare the beliefs of the Ancient Greeks to those within our culture today.

More able students experience stretch and challenge through supporting their peers in completing difficult tasks, and having the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a range of contexts. Reflective learning is a key aspect of Skills, and more able pupils are encouraged to assess their work and their personal attributes to become a more effective learner.

Year 7 Scheme of Work
The Skills curriculum aims to develop pupils’ skills in the following 5 areas:
Curiosity and communication
Creative thinking
Reflective learning

Each term, pupils are taught every skill and are given the opportunity to use and develop it through tasks such as creative writing, problem solving and giving presentations.

Year 8 Scheme of Work
In year 8, pupils have a different topic each term in which they are required to use and develop further each of the skills learnt in year 7.

Autumn Term
Dragon’s Den project
Pupils work in teams to create, produce and market a new educational product. The best team from each group present to a team of Dragons who choose the winning product. This project supports pupils in developing all skill areas, but teamwork, and creative thinking are particularly important in ensuring success.

Spring Term
Greek Myths
Studying myths such as Theseus and the Minotaur, King Midas, and the Labours of Hercules provide pupils with the opportunity to use curiosity and communication skills. Reflective learning is used throughout to ensure that pupils are aware of their learning and ways in which they can improve.

Summer Term
George’s Marvellous Medicine
Pupils use the story of George and his marvellous medicine as a starting point for skill development. Activities include designing new medicines, an orienteering challenge and creative writing. Philosophy for Children discussions include many moral and ethical issues, such as society’s attitude to the elderly and the ethics of testing on animals.

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