Citizenship and Preparing for the Future
"Before anything else preparation is the key to success"
Alexander Graham Bell
At Blacko, we believe in preparing our children to be well-rounded citizens of the future. Children who are well-prepared in their understanding of both their role and core values of being a good citizen within wider society.
Throughout their educational journey at Blacko, children learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. They have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They begin to learn about their own and other people's feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people.
As members of a class and school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its neighbourhood.
These key aspects of learning how to be a good citizen are inter-woven in to different aspects of our school systems, including:
The Pennine Champions Award
School behaviour expectations and learning habits
Careers Week and visitors to school.
Family events and celebrations.
At each stage of education, we are preparing learners for future success in their next steps.
The transition from nursery to primary is a huge milestone in a child's life. This big step can be made easier if children know what to expect and have done some preparation. At Blacko this preparation starts with the Early Years teacher completing nursery visits to meet Key Workers as well as a number of transition days in our setting.
Our five top tips to help manage your little one's transition from nursery to school.
- Teach them independence. When children attend school they'll need to do a lot more for themselves. ...
- Role play. ...
- Focus on the excitement of a new start. ...
- Attend an open day. ...
- Do a walkthrough of the first day.
The transition from primary to secondary school is exciting for children and marks the next phase in their lives. Children recognise it as part of growing up and are aware that their lives are about to change in an important way. Like any change, it can also bring uncertainty.
Transition from year group to year group is also given high priority. Children are given time in their new class in order meet the staff who will be supporting them in the next stage of their school journey. Activities ensure that children are prepared and confident for the next stage.
Career-related learning helps primary pupils to learn about the world around them, broaden their aspirations and challenge stereotypes. The children receive quality career-related learning at Blacko from Reception through to Year 6. They meet and learn about the careers of a variety of professionals from Dentists, Barristers, Pilots and Radiographers. They find out how, and why they followed a particular career path. We endeavour to provide them with exposure to ideas that they may not get elsewhere and embed our school value of Ambition.