Life skills supports children in their development and underpins learning in the classroom, school and in the wider world. Values are fundamental expressions of what we think and believe. As a school we encourage children to think about personal and social values, to become aware of, and involved in, the life and concerns of their community and society, and so develop their capacity to active and effective future citizens.
We aim to equip children with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. At Asquith we aim to encourage our children to be enterprising and support them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing.
A critical component of life skills is providing opportunities for children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
Life skills contributes to personal development by helping children to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help children to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.