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Brit kids want to learn how to be brave and make people laugh at school, survey finds

How to be brave, how to make people laugh and even how to take care of pets are among the top skills British children wish they could learn at school.

A study of 1,000 children aged 6-11 found how to be a YouTuber, how to eat healthily and how to recycle are further things kids wish they could be taught in the classroom.

The research also revealed more children would like to learn how to cook their favourite meal than be good at video games.

Other fun activities they’d like to be taught include trampolining, go-karting, and rock climbing.

The research was commissioned by Kingsmill to celebrate its new partnership with Save the Children, championing the charity’s UK Early Learning Communities programme and the importance of giving children the best possible start in life.

Youngsters would also like to learn how to get in touch with their emotions, how to cheer someone up, understand their own feelings and how to be proud of themselves.

Practical skills they’d like to learn include how to tie laces, style hair, and fix a lightbulb.

Four in five children say they enjoy learning new skills and trying new things.

Three quarters agreed that the more they learnt, the better their imagination was. 

Chris Craig, joint managing director at Kingsmill, said: “It’s great to see what children would like to learn at school and even more heart-warming to hear how they want to learn about being kind, polite and brave as well picking up useful skills.

“Supporting our local communities has always been at the heart of everything Kingsmill does as a business, and that’s why we’ve partnered with Save the Children as part of our Slice of Kindness community work.

“Every child has hopes and dreams that, given the right opportunities, could become reality.

“Unfortunately, when inequality comes into play, those opportunities are harder for kids to come by.

“From providing supermarket e-vouchers so families don’t go hungry to donating educational toys and books so kids under six in the UK can keep learning at home, our initiative with Save the Children is about giving tangible and grassroots support where it’s needed most.”

The study also found when it comes to activities, the likes of bike riding, scootering and dancing also feature in the list of things kids would love to learn in the classroom.

The skills children believe they have already learned, including how to wash their hands, how to make friends and how to be polite.

How to be kind, to respect others and how to call emergency services are what they think are the most important skills they have already mastered.

Top 30 things kids wish were school subjects:

1.           How to be a YouTube star

2.           How to look after pets  

3.           How to cook my favourite meal

4.           How to be good at video games

5.           How to eat healthily      

6.           How to recycle

7.           How to be brave            

8.           How to cheer someone up         

9.           How to make people laugh        

10.         How to be proud of myself         

11.         How to be kind

12.         How to call emergency services

13.         How to understand my feelings

14.         How to look after plants             

15.         How to tell a good joke

16.         How to make friends     

17.         How to style my hair     

18.         How to cross a road safely         

19.         How to support my community

20.         How to respect other people     

21.         How to be well behaved             

22.         How to tie my laces       

23.         How to get on with my siblings 

24.         How to be polite

25.         How to be a better listener        

26.         How to paint my nails

27.         How to forgive people

28.         How to make toast        

29.         How to wash my hands

30.         How to brush my hair   

Top 10 activities kids would like to do at school:

1.           Trampolining    

2.           Lego     

3.           Bike riding         

4.           Dancing             

5.           Scootering

6.           Nature walks    

7.           Go-karting         

8.           Gymnastics       

9.           Roller skating

10.         Rock climbing   

Children praise their parents for teaching them the most in life, including politeness, braveness and kindness, according to the OnePoll data.

But when it comes to being good at video games, 15 per cent said their friends are more likely to teach them.

When they finish school, a doctor was found to be the dream job for kids – just beating footballer, gamer and vet, according to the figures.

Kingsmill is donating a minimum of £150,000 to the charity to help the nation’s most disadvantaged children secure access to early learning packs, supermarket vouchers and household essentials.

Gemma Sherrington, executive director of fundraising and marketing at Save the Children, said: “It’s never been more important to make sure children in the UK are well-fed, healthy and learning. 

“With Kingsmill, we are working with UK families to ensure every child has the best start in life.

“Our Early Learning Communities programme provides disadvantaged children with the support they need to flourish and have a brighter future.

“We want to power children’s imaginations and ensure all children can grow up to be whoever they want to be. It’s the possibility in every child that drives us and, together, we can build a better world for us all.”

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