Learning Life Skills in Upper Primary

As part of Quintilian’s ongoing commitment to providing our year 5 and 6 students with important life skills, we are excited to partner with David Castelanelli, 2018 WA Youth Ambassador. David presented the Cubs Program over eight weeks. We have also engaged with David to present a parent seminar on Technology and Sleep.

The eight-week program covers the following topics:

Session 1: Managing Social Media Distractions

Did you know that it takes 23 minutes to reach a focus zone? The Year 5 and Year 6 students certainly do!

Some of the key points that were covered in this session were:

  • How to unlock the ‘focus zone’ (a state of flow where the brain becomes more productive and creative)
  • How to reduce your screen time on devices/phones
  • How to minimise other distractions whilst doing homework

Session 2: Goal Setting

This year, the average person will spend more time planning a birthday party or a trip down south, than they will planning their life and goals. In this session of the Cubs Program, students learnt the importance of developing a plan and setting clear goals for 2021. Students learned that ‘if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’ and also discovered the importance of writing their own goals down.

Some of the key points that were covered:

  • How to set and write out a list of clear goals
  • How to form and maintain positive habits that will help you achieve your goal
  • How to use the help of an ‘accountability partner’ to achieve your goals

Session 3:  Sleeping Smartly and Break Taking

What’s the best way to start your day? You might think it’s a cup of coffee and a dose of the daily news, but our Year 5 and 6 students would tell you that isn’t always the best option.

Some of the key points that were covered in this session were:

  • How to hack and take advantage of your natural sleep cycles (90 min cycles)
  • How to utilise the sleep calculator to improve your sleep quality
  • How to win the two most important times of the day (the morning and the night)

“Getting a strong start to the day is always important. No one wants to be that person that ‘woke up on the wrong side of the bed’ so to speak. In the book ‘The Miracle Morning’, author Hal Elrod mentions that ‘the very first thing that happens to you in the morning has more impact on your day than the next five things combined’. “

Session 4: Relationships and Communication

We all know the golden rule. That is to ‘treat others the way you would like to be treated’. However, in this session the students learnt a new rule, the platinum rule. The platinum rule says to ‘treat others the way THEY would like to be treated’. A small difference that goes a long way. This week’s cubs workshop placed incredible importance on the ability to listen and build emotional intelligence.

Some of the key points that were covered in this week’s session were:

  • How to become a better listener and improve the quality of your conversations/relationships
  • How to make other people feel important every day
  • The importance of developing strong connections and building a network of positive friends

Week 5: Productivity & Time Management

Do you ever feel like you’re just always too busy? In week five of the Cubs Program, students learnt the key difference between being busy and being productive.

“It’s not the number of hours you work, but rather, the amount of work you do in the hours that truly counts”

Week 6:  Resilience

What is the most important quality that people need to succeed? Could it be good looks? Intelligence? Motivation? Or even a bit of luck?

Whilst these all sound like appealing answers, none of them would be correct. According to the University of Pennsylvania, the most important skill that young people need to succeed is resilience

Week 7:  Leadership

As the Year 5 and Year 6 students enter their final years at the school, we need to develop their leadership skills.

In this final session, students examined the different styles and types of leadership through the DISC leadership test. This personality-based test categorizes students into four different groups (D, I, S, C) based on their leadership style.

Week 8: Finale

After seven weeks of learning, students have an opportunity to test their knowledge in a series of final challenges and quizzes.

Thanks to David Castelanelli for facilitating this amazing program, and to our Year 5 and 6 teachers. To read more about David and the great work he does, you can visit his website.