Life can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which our students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. Throughout the course, students are given opportunities to discuss their opinions and question their views and the views of others in a safe and controlled environment.
As part of a whole school approach, Life lessons develop the qualities and attributes students need to survive as individuals, family members and members of British society.
The benefits to students of this is that it prepares them to manage many of the most difficult opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in a rapidly changing and challenging time. As part of Life, students study the subject throughout Years 7- 10. They look at subjects such as Marriage and Divorce; Parenting; Crime and Punishment; Personal finance; Stress; Environmental issues; Animal Rights; Poverty; Values of being a good citizen in the UK; Relationships; substance abuse and many other topics relating to current and relevant issues in the World.
Some of the work is provided by external agencies to ensure information is delivered by specialists in that particular field. Some examples are:
• Local agencies discussing Road Safety
• Spectrum who deliver a 5 week programme on Sexual Health.
Lots of this work is carried out as either discussion or group work as this helps students to question society, and prepare them for the opportunities and experiences of later life.