Children wish school taught them how to be brave and how to make people laugh

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.

The study, which included 1,000 children aged 6-11, revealed that the top skills they wish to learn in school are how to make YouTube videos, how to eat well, and how to recycle.

It was also found that children prefer to learn how cook their favorite meals to playing 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.

How to look after a pet is something children wish was taught at school
How to look after a pet is something children wish was taught at school

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.

A majority of children enjoy learning new skills, and they love trying new things. Three quarters of them agree that their imaginations are better when they have more knowledge.

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 as 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.

Children want to be taught how to be funny and tell a good joke
Children want to be taught how to be funny and tell a good joke

“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.

Children believe they know how to clean their hands, make friends, and be polite.

These are the most important skills children have learned, including how to be kind to others, respect others, and how to contact emergency services.

Children praise their parents for the things they have taught them, such as politeness, kindness, bravery, and generosity.

15% of children said that their friends are more likely than their parents to teach them how to play video games.

Trampolining tops the list of activities kids wish they could do in primary schools
Trampolining tops the list of activities kids wish they could do in primary schools

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.”


  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


  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

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