At Pelham we want all pupils to:
- experience a high-quality, rigorous skills curriculum grounded in real-life experiences.
- understand that skills can be learnt and practised and these skills crossover all areas of the curriculum and life.
- be prepared for life beyond the realm of Pelham and have exposure to the world of work and a variety of careers.
- be involved in exciting projects and trips that inspire and promote skills education.
- articulate their strengths in the essential skills framework and be able to focus tightly on what they need to improve.
Pelham Primary School has been working with the company ‘Skills Builder' (formerly Enabling Enterprise) for several years. The ‘skills builder idea' is to foster a core transferable skills set that sits alongside the National Curriculum, as a key enabler for young people. We have seen, as a school, how the projects and challenge days have enabled children to shine in the eight essential skills, displayed in the image above. From Nursery to year 6, children take part in exciting, well-resourced projects.
For example, children in Year 3 have been involved in a project to design, make and sell their own toys. This is a motivating unit of work which has seen children work in teams to achieve their end goal. In order to further develop their skills of presentation, they are given the opportunity to present to parents and talk about their finished designs and the journey they had taken to realise them.
One of our year 3 teacher talks about what Skills Builder has brought to her class.
‘The effect of focusing on skills such as positive thinking, using their imagination and aiming high, has been very powerful. Children who are normally quiet or anxious about how well they do in school, have thrived through being able to express themselves in different ways with the support of their peers and striving for a mutual goal, grounded in being enterprising, whilst having fun'.
As well as the projects that children have do in school, an additional benefit to this work is the trips to large employers such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Cross Rail, Societe Generale and White Stuff to name but a few. Pupils are able to experience, first hand, these fabulous workplaces and take part in projects culminating in a presentation to senior figures in the organisation.
Our next aim for Skills Builder is to involve parents and carers more in our skills curriculum. Please contact Ms. Ruthven via the school office if you think you may be able to support us with any of our projects or challenge days.