John Lewis launches practical skills programme
Nearly three- quarters of parents (73%) of children aged 16 and under can sew on a button without help and advice, but just 15% have taught their children how to do the same
4 in 5 parents can lay a table, yet less than half (48%) of respondents have passed this skill on to their offspring
82% of parents are able to follow a recipe but only a third (35%) shared this skill with their children
John Lewis has recently launched Bringing Skills to Life, a new practical skills programme for primary school-aged children, to support the development of skills gaps identified in their research.
The majority of parents surveyed felt it important for children to learn creative and practical skills. Topping the poll was cooking, 80% of parents of children 16 and under cited it as the most important developmental area for children, with almost 1 in 4 parents (22%) regretting not being better at it themselves. The research was uncovered in a survey of 1,045 parents of children aged 16 or younger conducted on behalf of John Lewis by YouGov.
Seeking to support children’s development of practical, creative and literacy skills through its Bringing Skills to Life programme, John Lewis developed the curriculum-linked programme with educational experts. The programme has also received backing from the National Literacy Trust, the Design Museum and Wayne Hemingway MBE.
The programme has been successfully trialled with eight schools nationwide, including Prospect Vale Primary School in Cheadle. Commenting, Jan Novacki, Y3 teacher at Prospect Vale Primary, said: “The lesson immediately engaged the pupils; they were really enthusiastic about learning new practical skills. They gained confidence and felt that they had really achieved something.
“The programme is a lovely means of helping children to embrace their imagination and develop new skills that they can use in their everyday lives now and in the future. It’s a useful curriculum-linked tool for teachers too.”
Julie Noble, Director at Hopscotch, remarked:“We’re very excited to have worked with John Lewis to prepare these resources for schools. With John Lewis, we hope to help foster teachers and parents’ enthusiasm for design, cooking and literacy, and to ensure children are inspired and engaged with these subjects.”
Teachers who register at johnlewis.com/skillsforlife can access lesson plans and activity cards covering Design & Make, Cook & Share and Storytelling.
Posted by Lauren Oliver