All of the students have started the academic year in Life Skills with a reflection on their experiences and thoughts about lockdown. KS3 students are now looking at some of the content that they would have covered in the spring and summer term last year before moving on. KS4 are having weekly form time sessions.
Here are the reflections from some of the Life Skills staff, as well as snippets of the work that KS3 students have been doing since our return in September:
‘In Life Skills, the girls have been learning numerous aspects that can help them deal with important day to day situations, both in and outside school, as well as guiding them to understand how to approach potentially challenging aspects in the future.
Students engage with thought provoking tasks and classroom debates so all opinions and views can be expressed. Current topics include ‘Friendships’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Feelings’, ‘Thoughts’ and ‘Behaviours’, as well as Sex Education elements.
These are all essential factors that students learn to a deeper and more confident level, hopefully leading to a better understanding and safer choices.’
Miss H Owen.
‘7J are enjoying their Life Skills lessons and are contributing to all the new skills and values effectively. They have explored the ‘Friendships’ and ‘Relationships’ topics and are now working on ‘Healthy Lifestyle and Balanced Diet’. They are very dedicated to all class tasks and paired work. Year 8 and 9 are currently exploring ideas on different relationships and friendships including intimate relationships. All students have developed effective communication skills including assertiveness, active listening and the valuing of others’ feelings. They have also explored a range of positive and negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours which can impact their life. ‘
Ms M Shahi.
‘In Year 7 Life Skills, we initially thought about how we have overcome difficulties and obstacles.
We have had some great discussions about all the fantastic achievements that we have accomplished.
We have also thought about the things that we hope to achieve in the future and how we will achieve these ambitions.
Each student has created their own trophy which tells us some of the things that we are most proud of achieving. ‘
Mr J Bretherton.