An introduction from our Skills Builder Lead - Miss Laughland
Skills Builder is a programme with many resources that help children develop skills that will support them as individuals and as a team, throughout their education and when they begin their career path. It enables them to think for themselves, work as part of a team, have high aspirations and always strive to do better.
Longlands have been part of this initiative for several years now (previously it was known as Enabling Enterprise) and have been working with children to enhance and develop their overall knowledge and skills. Skills Builder focuses on helping children develop eight specific skills in particular: listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.
This term Longlands are focusing on speaking and listening and have been doing weekly activities to support them, as well as transferring what they have learnt to other areas in the curriculum. Some of the key areas within speaking and listening that we are working to develop are:
- To know what it is to listen and understand the importance.
- To develop skills that will help them to listen in a variety of situations.
- To know why people interrupt and the effect it has.
- To know when it is acceptable to interrupt.
- To speak clearly and in full sentences.
- To ask questions politely and clearly.
- To be able to articulate thoughts effectively.
Please look at the home learning skills builder hub, where the skills are broken down for interpretation:
At home, you could support your child or children by playing a number of games and activities. You might play the shopping game - where children have to listen and remember what items are on the shopping list. Alternatively, you may pretend to interview a celebrity at home or just engage in a conversation with your child about their day and asking them to recall events will help further develop these skills. Tell them about your day and encourage them to ask questions.
We believe that by focusing on the Skills Builder programme will support your child to be the best that they can be and will help them aim for a great future.