Clever Paisley schoolkids use their loaf to earn certificates… by making toast

Youngsters at West Primary School are learning life skills and having fun at the same time.

Pupils took part in the Capable Kids award scheme for the first time last year.

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And it was such a success they’re doing it again this year.

The awards scheme is for pupils in P2 through to P7 and aims to teach them things like making a slice of toast, reading Scottish literature and polishing shoes, all the way through to first aid, helping with housework, eco-challenges and public speaking.

Last year’s P2 class took part in the Mini Duke award with their families, and inclusion support assistant at the school Gill Scott is pleased it had gone so well.

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She said: “I found out about it from a friend of mine and I thought it sounded like a really good idea.

“Our headteacher Lynn McGinn agreed and we decided to start with P2 and P4 last year.

“The P2 family learning project finished before lockdown, but the P4 pupils took part online.

Get ready: P5 pupils Miina and Alysa are about to start Junior Duke silver award having successfully completed the bronze
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“I would set them tasks and it was up to them to take part and do it.

“They had to do seven out of the ten tasks and most of them did all ten.

“They’re now going to move on to the next award level and we’re hoping to do another family learning project, depending on government restrictions.”

Now in P5 and P3, a total of 43 pupils received certificates ahead of moving on to the next level.

The school also received a coveted golden cup award for having the most engaged ambassador, who is Corinne Hutton, founder of the charity Finding Your Feet.

Gill said: “Corinne was really supportive and helped with our remote awards ceremony.”

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She added: “It’s similar to badges you get at Brownies and Scouts.

“It’s mostly about learning independent life skills, which some children are lacking. Things like sewing a button that maybe some parents were never shown how to do themselves or are busy working.

“It was all voluntary, so I’m really pleased we got so many children through it.

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“I’m so proud to see so many children taking part.

“It was my idea, so I’m really pleased it’s taken off and the children and parents supported it.”

Daily Record – Paisley