The intention of the Life Curriculum is for every pupil to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage and many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.
A range of teaching resources and expertise will enable every student to be safe, healthy and build the self-esteem, resilience and empathy to overcome and tackle barriers to learning and raise aspirations ensuring they can realise their potential in a modern and diverse society.
In each year the Life Curriculum -
- Identify and evaluate accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge
- Maximise opportunities to turn knowledge into personal understanding
- Explore opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- Develop and use skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
- Encourage opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students have a one hour lesson per week.
Topics in Year 7 include ‘Emotional Wellbeing’, ‘Digital Identity’, ‘Protecting myself from harm – smoking alcohol misuse’ , ‘Change’ and ‘Future Me- Careers’.
In Year 8 students are set on ability and also have a one hour lessons per week.
Topics in Year 8 include ‘Kindness and Caring’, ‘Families’, ‘Safe Relationships’ and ‘Families’ and ‘Diverse Communities’.
Key Stage 4
KS4 students will be in ability based sets for a one hour lesson per week. Students in Science top sets begin a full course GCSE in Religious Studies which focuses upon personal response, Christian and Islamic beliefs about philosophical and ethical issues.
Students in all of the other teaching groups will have a one hour lesson each week. Learning will be based around developing awareness of a range of moral issues and attitudes to risk and managing personal safety. Topics include human rights, crime and punishment, animal rights, substance misuse, prejudice and discrimination. Students will explore their personal responses and Christian and Islamic beliefs about social justice.
Students who have been studying towards the GCSE Religious Studies qualification will continue with the course, during a one hour lesson each week, and take two examinations in the summer term.
Students in all other teaching groups will continue with one hour lessons, per week,. Students will learn about topics including parenting, managing sexual health issues , safe relationships, sexual exploitation, gender identity and sexuality, substance misuse, emotional and mental health. Meditation and Buddhist beliefs about mindfulness and dealing with stress will be explored in the summer term.
All students will have a one hour lesson, each week. Year 11 students will be given an opportunity to learn about training, further education and apprenticeship opportunities. Students will learn how to prepare a CV, interview skills and progression routes into a range of career. We will learn about global citizenship, conflict and humanitarian issues, including extremism and radicalisation to help prepare students for the world beyond school.
Keys Stage 4 Courses Offered
GCSE Religious Studies