Purpose of study
Life skills provides learning opportunities and experiences that help young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. It supports them to extend/expand their knowledge and practical skills to live healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives. It also enables young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and will do in the future.
Life skills helps to support and encourage the continued growth of community values such as respect, mutual care, consideration and acceptance.
The national curriculum for life skills aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Respecting their own body and those of others
- Learning to live a healthy lifestyle reinforced by a whole school approach to physical activity, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles
- Exploring responsible attitudes towards sexual relationships that promote the well being of all concerned
- Exploring responsible attitudes towards – legal and illegal drugs and alcohol that promote the well being of all concerned
- Encouraging a healthy mind and emotional well being
- Encouraging a positive self image
- Developing good/meaningful/positive relationships and to be able to respect and value similarities and differences between people
- Learning about abusive behaviour such as bullying and ways of dealing with it
- Meeting and working with people from outside agencies who can give them reliable information about health and safety issues e.g. police officers
- Reflecting on what is and isn’t safe or secure
- Increasingly being able to take responsibility for who and what they are
- Gaining knowledge of first aid and considering how to cope in an emergency
- Having a safe climate for learning within the classroom
- By understanding how to go about using the internet safely
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.