What Does SKULL Mean?

The term SKULL is an acronym for:

Knowledge &
Understanding for

Below are the ‘bare bones’ outlines for the various topics covered in SKULL lessons throughout the year.

Financial Skills – All age groups

Pupils are taught awareness of income and expenditure, various financial terms and generally how to balance the books!

Study Skills – All age groups

Pupils look at a range of Study Skills, from how to get the most out of their lessons in the Junior School to preparing for exams in the Senior School. The scheme encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own learning, preparing them for senior school and further education.

Green Issues – All age groups

Promoting environmental awareness in all its forms at an appropriate level for each age group.

Historical Geography of the British Isles – Years 7 and 8

Pupils are presented with examples of natural and man-made landscapes. They will research some eminent people involved and types of landscape, considering the reasons for change and finishing with a little work in the field – wellies and waterproofs essential!

First Aid – Years 5 and 6

A general course on basic first aid with specific focus on some emergency procedures.

Philosophy for Children – Years 7 and 8

Pupils are encouraged to think clearly and independently about a whole range of challenging problems to which there are no clear answers. Ideas are presented as challenges and games. Pupils present their reasoning and are encouraged to listen to and to respect the views of others. However, respect does not necessarily extend to opinions that are poorly thought out or badly expressed!

Politics and British Constitution – Years 5 – 8

Senior and middle school pupils are introduced to the key ideas behind the legal system and the governance of Britain. Some impartial instruction is also given on party politics.

Sex and Relationships – Years 7 and 8

During their SKULL sessions the children will learn that there are different types of relationships and some of the features of positive, healthy relationships. They will also understand the importance of a responsible attitude to sexual behaviour.

Sign Language – Years 5 and 6

This is aimed at complete beginners. Pupils will cover a range of everyday topics such as the exchange of names, addresses, hobbies, work and family. They will follow a programme which involves seeing the new vocabulary, watching it in use and then trying it for themselves.

History of Drama – Years 7 and 8

A look at the birth of Western drama in Ancient Greece right through to the present day. Theatre in every aspect has changed considerably over that period and these differences will be explored to see if things have indeed changed for the better.

In the News – Years 3 – 6

Key items in the news are brought to the attention of pupils. In addition, children are encouraged to read the young newspapers available in the library. Year 5 also have a dedicated Current Affairs prep based around Newsround.

World Cultures – Years 7 and 8

The senior pupils are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of the lives and traditions of people from around the world. This is linked with work covered in Geography and History lessons.

Animals and Plants in the garden – Years 3 and 4

Younger pupils are given the opportunity to develop an interest in natural history by learning to recognise some common plants and animals.

Greek Myths and Legends – Years 3 and 4

Before they start the study of Latin, junior pupils are told some of the best known and most exciting stories from the Classics.

Career Skills – Years 7 and 8

Advice about careers and preparing CVs, to include financial literacy.

Reading – Years 3 and 4

In addition to regular adult supervised sessions, Year 7 and 8 volunteers listen to the Junior pupils read.

Cookery– Years 3 and 4

We can’t promise that the children will be ready to enter the next Junior Masterchef, but they will hopefully master some basic cookery skills including chopping, peeling, grating, scrambling, boiling and baking!

Community– Years 3 and 4

The children will learn about their local community and the people and services we all rely upon. They will also look at how they can make their own positive contributions.

Astronomy– Years 3 and 4

Pupils are given a basic introduction to the planets, stars and the universe.

Wonders of the World – Years 5 and 6

Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the wonders of the Ancient and Natural World.


Tatler Schools Review 2010

Three cheers for the new addition to the Sandroyd curriculum: SKULL stands for Skills, Knowledge and Understanding for Lifelong Learning…… encompassing ‘all the things that you ought to know about the world but we don’t usually have time for’. Things like world cultures, history of art and finance – fabulous, broad-horizons stuff.