VIDEO: Hundreds of Northamptonshire children learn life skills to become good citizens

Braunston Primary School pupils
Braunston Primary School pupils

Northamptonshire primary school pupils enjoyed a fun-packed day of activities which aimed to help them become good citizens.

The Young Citizen Scheme saw more than 300 Year Six pupils take part in a series of interactive workshops at Daventry’s University Technical College (UTC) earlier this month.

It was the first time the scheme - organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership - had been held in Daventry District following the success of two initial events held at Silverstone Circuit last year.

Michelle Doran, Teaching Assistant at Towcester C of E Primary School, said: “The event was extremely well organised. The children were able to gather life lessons and learn new facts from the various workshops they visited throughout the day.”

Jill Curran, Teacher at Braunston Primary School, said: “It was very well organised and all the children from Braunston Primary School had a very interesting and informative day. They especially enjoyed the more interactive activities which involved their participation. Should another of these events be held we would certainly be interested in attending.”

Northamptonshire Police hosted sessions aimed at helping children to decide how to deal with difficult situations, and how to call the police, while officers from the force’s Cyber Crime Unit offered some top tips for staying safe online.

County charity Solve It explored the consequences of solvent abuse, Daventry & District Housing ran a workshop exploring the importance of community and DHL brought a lorry for their interactive workshop on keeping safe around HGVs.

Nene Clinical Commissioning Group ran a session on managing anxiety while Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue quizzed young people on fire and water safety with their fun buzzer quiz.

Pete Glover, Community Safety Officer for the CSP said: “We’re conscious at this age children are embarking on an exciting new phase of their lives: a lot of them are getting new freedoms, they’re moving up to big schools. So this event was about reinforcing important messages about being a good citizen, being considerate to others, but also staying safe and being aware of your environment.

“The aim of the event is to build on the good work taking place across the county. The Young Citizen Scheme certainly proved popular when we ran it in Silverstone and I’m pleased to say it’s been well received once again.”

Cllr Alan Hills, Vice Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “Children are our future so it was fantastic to see the young people so engaged with the workshops and taking on board the skills and lessons that were being covered.

“We had a lot of members of the partnership giving up their time for the benefit of our young people at this event and I’m sure the children went away having learnt some valuable life lessons.”