As part of our learning dispositions teaching aimed at creating 'the citizens of tomorrow' we run a parallel strand of life skills which enables a focus on personal qualities and skills that are needed in every aspect of our daily lives.
The progression map below shows each week's Life Skill focus.
We also use and encourage critical thinking through structured use of questioning – this helps our children explore ideas and develop a respect for other opinions. Part of this work is completed through a focus on 'Democratic Circles'.
Democratic Circles are run by the School Council across the whole school, led by a group of Year Six children once every half- term. These circles give all children an opportunity to voice their ideas for improving our school, whilst incorporating our school’s core values and promoting British Values.
Every half term, our School council representatives will ask two questions during the Democratic Circle; one generated by the children and the other by the adults. This style will encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for each other and valuing their peer’s ideas and opinions. These debates culminate in annual debates across locality schools and then a final community linked debate at the local council offices.