Arbourthorne Community Primary School

Arbourthorne Community Primary School

'... a place of joy, inclusivity and learning' OfSTED 2022

Life Skills

Every pupil at Arbourthorne engages with Life Skills sessions each year, from Foundation Stage 1 up to Year 6. This whole-school approach follows a progressive and researched 'Life Skills' curriculum which  develops and builds upon pupils life experiences. These sessions are hugely popular with our pupils and families! 

'Life Skills' sessions aim to develop:

  • pupils’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy 
  • pupils’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle
  • social and interpersonal skills that enable them to cope with the demands of everyday life
  • independent and responsible members of society
  • pupils' understanding of how they can contribute to the life of the school and the wider community


In Y3 one of the 'Life Skills' taught is how to be road safe. This is supported by the Sheffield Council Road Safety Team. The aim is to improve pupils' knowledge of road safety behaviours through practical and fun activities.

Pupils in all year groups learn a range of skills in the kitchen from being able to make their own drink in nursery to preparing and cooking a healthy meal in year 6. 

In Y5, pupils learn the skill of sewing. All pupils learn how to sew a button on to an item of clothing.  Children learn to feel empowered to 'mend' items rather than replace, and design and create their own useful items encouraging a reduction of waste. Children have an increased awareness of sustainable living. 

Through Red Robin House 'Life Skills' sessions, pupils engage in mastering a range of household responsibilities appropriate to their age, so that they can become confident in helping at home, and be able to maintain their own home as adults.