Footprints teaches KS2 children the skills to steer the road of early adolescence
Footprints is the sister curriculum to AS Tracking designed to teach the psychological constructs which AS Tracking measures. It is a two stage, 12 lesson character-based curriculum for KS2 pupils, designed for PSHCE lessons. Through Footprints, children can learn to manage their own feelings and their social friendships.
When is it used?
Footprints is taught by AS Tracking schools in KS2 within a PSHCE context. Footprints teaches the psychological constructs which AS Tracking measures in an age-appropriate way. It can be taught from Y3-6.
How does it work?
Footprints takes the four AS Tracking biases and teaches them to children through a visual, kinaesthetic language. For example, Trust of Self- a key AS Tracking construct- is taught as a component of one’s ‘SPACE’. Seeking Change, another key AS Tracking construct- is taught as a component of one’s ‘FOOTPRINT’.
Stage 1 Footprints teaches children about their social impact on others through four coloured Footprints- Blue Footprints, Yellow Footprints, Orange Footprints and Green Footprints.
Children learn about how they may currently impact on other pupils, as well as learning how they can have other, positive impacts, through using different footprints.
Stage 2 Footprints teaches children about self-awareness and emotional development. Through the language of four spaces, children learn how to develop and cultivate all aspects of themselves as a person- their Succeeding Space, their Pleasing Space, their Protecting Space and their Relaxing Space.
Together, Footprints and AS Tracking provide a school with tools to not just signpost and support their pupils, but to equip those pupils themselves to grow and develop as people.
Links to AS TrackingTeaches the concepts of AS Tracking in accessible language for KS2
Builds self-understandingBuilds self-understanding through powerful activities, characters and displays
Develops strong relationshipsTeaches a shared school language to foster healthy, kind, positive relationships
Develops emotional literacyEquips children with skills to manage their own emotions and cope with pressure
Who can use it?
The Footprints curriculum is available to all primary stage schools who use AS Tracking.
What do teachers say about Footprints?
“Footprints has given our class a language to talk about ourselves and others’ needs which all the children understand. It’s brilliant.”
"The materials, lesson plans and resources for Footprints are all imaginative, clear and easy to use. There is so much there, we often choose to take longer in our lessons to explore it."
What do pupils say about Footprints?
Y4 and Y5 pupils at Thomas’s London Day Schools have been following the Footprints curriculum for six years:
'I normally use Orange Footprints, but am learning to use Blue Footprints too now'
Year 4 pupil
'You can talk to Footprints when you want to say something'
Year 5 pupil
'Footprints helps me with my friendships and my feelings'
Year 4 pupil
'I love Footprints!'
Year 5 pupil