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Catholic Primary School

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Skills Builder

Research shows the building a child's essential skills supports:

  • Social and emotional well being 
  • Learning and academic outcomes
  • Careers and oppourtunities


"88% of parents say that a good education goes beyond exam results." (Parent kind survey)




Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School has been working with The Skills Builder Partnership for 7 years.

We proudly hold a Silver Award for building skills.

We want every child at Our Lady's to have many chances to build their essential skills. Building these eight essential skills can support the emotional wellbeing of our children.  Developing these skills can help their learning. They are useful to them right now. They will also prepare them for the future and life after school. These are the skills employers are looking for.

We make links with workplaces too so our children can see how useful the skills are whatever age a person is at.

Skills Builder Homezone is for parents and carers to build their child’s essential skills at home:

Homezone is free to all parents and carers. You do not need to create an account. You can find it on a laptop or a mobile device.

There are Weekly Skill Challenges and suggested family activities to help your child build these all important essential skills.

It would be great if our families can visit Homezone and use it with their children.

Let us know which activities and challenges you enjoy.

Skills Challenge

This month our focus skill is Listening.


Make it your mission to listen carefully all day today. You could listen to a story, a podcast, the lyrics of a song, a news report on the TV or radio or a conversation. Choose one thing you have listened carefully to and tell someone else about it, making sure you include the important information.


Getting Started: How can you make sure you are listening carefully?

Intermediate: What does it mean to summarise what you have heard?

Advanced: How does the speaker use tone to persuade you as the listener?

Mastery: How can you identify the core points being made?



All of our children have many chances to build their skills everyday in school.  We use Skills Builder resources in all of our classrooms from the early years to Year 6. Children and teachers really enjoy the skills focussed projects and challenges throughout the year.  This is when everyone is able to use what they have learned in their lessons and show how they have improved their essential skills.