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Life Skills

How is life skills provided in our school? 


Ofsted has stated that life skills programmes are most effective when they include some specific lessons with separate curriculum time. However, in addition, we also include:

  • Learning opportunities across the curriculum
  • Explicit opportunities in other curriculum subjects
  • Whole school and extended timetable activities
  • Specific projects
  • Information, support and guidance on specific areas of learning and development
  • Learning through involvement in the life of the school and wider community

Northfield Manor Primary School believes that it has an important role in the personal and social development of its pupils, and a duty to support the development of good health and emotional well-being as well as economic well-being for our pupils. We provide children with an opportunity to reflect inwardly and share outwardly, leading to a greater awareness of and heightened sensitivity to themselves, their community and the world.


We aim to:

Give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active responsible citizens. 





At Northfield Manor we teach Life Skills by identifying appropriate objectives for each key stage and teaching these via other subjects e.g. Topic, Science, RE, as a discrete lesson or through Circle Time. (Objectives are attached at the bottom)

Some Life Skills issues are addressed via whole school events, special days, assemblies etc. e.g. Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Bullying, Hygiene, Caring for the Environment, Diversity.

Each Key Stage has a set of objectives to cover. They are not in any chronological order and can be covered in any order, at any time. 

Teachers record how they have met the objectives referencing a lesson in another plan (e.g. Topic/RE) or describing activities and resources used for a specific lesson on the Life Skills Objective Planner.

Teachers assess children according to how well they meet the objectives during the year: emerging/expected/exceeded and adopt a best fit approach by the end of the year.

Below are the objectives the children cover in each phase.



  • To know about feelings: anger, jealousy, excitement, fear, sadness
  • To know what makes a good friend and how to be one
  • To understand how people can to work together to improve the environment
  • To understand responsibility
  • To understand that you have to work hard to achieve success
  • To recognise their individuality and the individuality and uniqueness of others
  • To develop empathy, tolerance and respect for others appreciating their feelings and beliefs
  • To recognise they are part of a family and how families support each other
  • To have an awareness of hazards in the home and how to keep themselves safe
  • To understand life cycles and the different stages of life


  • To be aware of people’s responsibility towards animals, as pets, in zoos, in supporting their well-being
  • To be aware of what may harm the environment, people and animals e.g. natural and man-made damage, pollution
  • To understand the concept of sustainability
  • To feel positive about themselves and develop high self esteem
  • To know what jobs and careers are available and to begin to think about making choices when they are older
  • To be aware of their own fears and weaknesses as well as their interests and strengths
  • To recognise the needs of others
  • To be able to manage their own emotions e.g. anger, jealousy
  • To know how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations
  • To be aware of the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle
  • To understand the impact of legal drugs, medicines, illegal drugs and substances can have on our bodies including alcohol and smoking
  • To recognise and value the feelings of others especially when working as part of a team
  • To develop a greater understanding of their role and the role of others within their family and their own personal history
  • To know where individuals and families can get help and support
  • To understand the concept of Bullying, how to recognise it and address it
  • To be able to identify racism and the consequences of racism
  • To understand the role of charities and voluntary groups in society and recognise how they contribute to our society and how the children can support their work
  • To understand the needs of different communities, local, national and international
  • To understand the impact of war
  • To talk and write about their own opinions in relation to local and national topical issues 


  • To understand the importance of money for an individual and in society
  • To understand the importance of saving money and how a bank account works
  • To know what makes a Healthy diet e.g. breakfast, snacks etc.
  • To know how the body works: digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems
  • To understand the dangers of drugs, cigarettes and alcohol and associated risks
  • To be aware of the effect of peer influence and be able to make decisions and be assertive
  • To have an awareness of Autism, ADHD (and other conditions) and the difficulties children who have these may face
  • To learn about common conditions e.g. eczema, asthma, head lice, verrucas etc. how to recognise and treat them
  • To have some basic first aid awareness and know how to deal with a medical emergency
  • To have an understanding that the world was made over millions of years
  • To have an understanding of conservation and how we have a responsibility to all living things; to understand the need to manage the world’s resources effectively and fairly across the world; to understand the importance of re-cycling
  • To know what pollution is and learn about the different types and the effect it is having on the planet
  • To understand that cleanliness and hygiene in the home and is important
  • To have an understanding of and be able to talk about the changes that take place through puberty
  • To understand who takes responsibility for keeping our world peaceful and safe and the part we can play in this in our everyday lives
  • To understand the concepts of justice and injustice and the need for rules and laws
  • To have a knowledge of basic human rights
  • To know what democracy is and the part MPs and Parliament play in this
  • To understand how memories impact upon our present and future behaviour and be able to celebrate and share special memories
  • To understand how children’s actions can have a positive impact on their aspirations and be aware of choice they can make as they get older
  • To recognise that children’s actions can affect their friends feelings; to discuss feelings e.g. jealousy
  • To ensure children know how to find help if they are concerned about bullying
  • To appreciate the need for tact and diplomacy and security within the family situation