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Life Skills

Curriculum Intent

Life Skills is a specialist SMSC and RHSE curriculum delivered in a one hundred-minute lesson per fortnight to all students from Year 7 to 10 at Maltby Academy.

The curriculum is a dynamic one, responding to cultural and social changes that affect our daily routines and lives. The themes are continually developed in terms of relevance, complexity, currency and depth depending on the age related requirements of our young people and in response to student voice.

Specialist speakers, external agencies and resource libraries are used to provide an excellent learning experience for all our students. Life Skills delivers the latest PSHE Association Framework guidance and makes reference back to the DfE’s intent on SMSC wrap around provision for all students.

Throughout the Life Skills curriculum, the development of students’ knowledge and application of understanding is ‘tested’ through a series of questionnaires, summative class discussions and student voice feedback. Students reflect on and capture their learning through end of unit assessments used to inform future discussion. Softer measures of the success of Life Skills include student disposition, relationships, behaviour and engagement. Authentic links are made between learning in Life Skills and other subject areas, for example the understanding of addiction contributing to the effects of smoking studied in Science.

Life Skills underpins the majority of RHSE (Relationships, Health and Sex Education Policy) Students at every year will experience some form of statutory content around this area at Maltby Academy.

Careers Education (CEIAG) is delivered discretely within The Life Skills framework and more explicitly through ‘drop down’ sessions.

Our Life Skills curriculum is built on three core themes; Relationships, Health & Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World.

Our Life Skills curriculum is supported by the Character Education programme and the Votes for Schools programme that runs for all students in Year 7-11. Key links are made between the three areas and together this provides a solid base for the delivery of all things SMSC at Maltby Academy.

These themes are embedded to ensure the unique character of every child is developed in order to deal with the societal issues that can impact on anyone and everyone.

Within each theme, students will develop the knowledge and understanding of key concepts to enable them to flourish in the real world. Students will be equipped with the language needed to question and debate in order to positively challenge inequality and present an informed viewpoint. Students will be guided to reflect on their position and status in society whilst appreciating others. Misconceptions and stigmas will be challenged through thoughtful discussion.  Students will also increase their participation in bringing about positive change within the school and wider community. To see an example of our curriculum, offer please check the below topics covered within each year group, there are also some link to our yearly 39 week plans that are reviewed each year for currency and relevance. For any queries regarding this provision, please contact Mr Clark, Assistant Vice-Principal for Behaviour and Standards through the staff communication channels.

Life Skills – Maltby Academy

Y7

Unit Title

Lessons and Content

HT1

Managing change, mental health and self esteem

  • Getting to know each other
  • Self-esteem
  • Friendship
  • Bullying
  • Physical and mental health

HT2

Health and wellbeing

  • Managing growing up, puberty and reproduction
  • Personal hygiene
  • Healthy eating
  • Access to health services

HT3

British Values and our wider world

  • Stereotypes and equality

HT4

Relationships

  • Relationships
  • Divorce
  • LGBTQ

HT5

Safety

  • Personal, road and rail safety
  • E-safety
  • Smoking and solvents
  • Energy drinks
  • PREVENT

HT6

Us and others

  • Bereavement and older people
  • Cancer truths and myths

 

Y8

Unit Title

Lessons and Content

HT1

Managing change, mental health and self esteem

  • Teamwork
  • Body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Mental and emotional health
  • First aid
  • Restorative justice

HT2

Health and wellbeing

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Immunisation
  • Health and fitness
  • Period management

HT3

British Values and our wider world

  • Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination

HT4

Relationships

  • Positive and long-term relationships

HT5

Safety

  • Peer pressure, gangs and knife crime
  • Home and street safety
  • E-safety

HT6

Us and others

  • RSHE N/A

 

Y9

Unit Title

Lessons and Content

HT1

Managing change, mental health and self esteem

  • Self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Body image
  • Relationships
  • Reactions
  • Managing stress and coping strategies
  • Eating disorders

HT2

Health and wellbeing

  • Drugs education
  • Cancer awareness

HT3

Careers

  • RSHE N/A

HT4

Relationships

  • Respect yourself
  • Contraception
  • STI’s

HT5

Safety

  • Gambling
  • E-safety
  • Abuse in relationships
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • FGM
  • Sex and the media
  • Images

HT6

Us and others

  • Positive relationships
  • LGBTQ
  • Commitment and marriage
  • Parenting

 

Y10

Unit Title

Lessons and Content

HT1

Managing change and relationships

  • GCSE Transition
  • Unhealthy coping strategies
  • Positive role models
  • Equality Act
  • Men and women in religion

HT2

Relationships

  • Healthy, unhealthy and changing relationships
  • Religion and relationships

HT3

Sex and relationships

  • Contraception recap and religious views
  • STI’s
  • Fertility, pregnancy and miscarriage

HT4

Abortion

  • Abortion

HT5

Family life and safety

  • Parenting
  • Religion and family life
  • County Lines and extremism
  • Harassment and stalking

HT6

Relationships and the internet

  • Consent
  • Online relationships

 

Y11

Unit Title

Lessons and Content

HT1

Hopes, aspirations an dealing with life events

  • Hopes and aspirations
  • Mental Health and well-being
  • Cancer
  • Physical and mental support
  • Organ donation
  • Sleep, diet and exercise
  • Exam based stress/anxiety

HT2

Origin and Sanctity of Human Life

  • Importance of animal and human life
  • Euthanasia and religious views
  • Dying with dignity

HT3

Religion and Life after death

  • Religion and Life after death
  • Religious funerals
  • Humanist funerals

HT4

Sex and Relationship Education

  • Sex and Relationships
  • Religion and the nature of sex
  • Religion and same sex relationships
  • Honour based violence

HT5

Abuse in Relationships

  • Abusive Relationships – sign/symptoms
  • Cosmetic and body procedures
  • Odd one out
  • Illegal substances
  • Harassment and stalking

HT6

External Exams/Support including Financial Support

  • Financial Planning Post 16 and Financial decisions
  • Study and Revision support/advice