Schools play a fundamental role in helping children grow to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
In educational circles, it’s known as PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) but at Falcons, we’ve integrated our five School Learning Habits into these lessons and renamed them, simply, as the Life Skills Curriculum.
Lessons are delivered by the form teacher, who explores a different theme each term of the school year:
- Autumn: Health and Well-being, which encompasses healthy lifestyles, growing and changing, and keeping safe.
- Spring: Relationships, which encompasses feelings and emotions, healthy relationships and valuing difference.
- Summer: Living in the Wider World, which encompasses rights and responsibilities, the environment and money.
As part of the Life Skills Curriculum, children get to listen to talks from a variety of specialist speakers as well as being given the chance to complete the bike-ability course in Year 6.
They also acknowledge important dates in the calendar, including Anti-bullying Week, Children’s Mental Health Week, Safer Internet Day, Road Safety Week, Jeans for Genes Day, and Junior Citizenship Day, when they take part in a school trip.
The Life Skills Curriculum has been designed for children to:
- Develop the confidence and responsibility to make the most of their abilities.
- Develop good relationships with peers, teachers and other members of staff.
- Recognise personal achievements in all areas of the curriculum.
- Develop independence and recognise their own worth.
- Learn to respect differences in others and to share in similarities.
- Play an active role as citizens.
- Develop a healthy and safe lifestyle.
- Actively promote fundamental British values.
- Actively develop and encourage the five Falcons Learning Habits in every child.
In tandem with the Life Skills Curriculum, children are also involved in assemblies and initiatives such as the eco-school committee, Children that Care Committee and School Council to develop a range of behaviours, skills and values that will help them in as they mature.