What is our vision in Life Learning? 

Life Learning (LL)  helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities. In LL we address issues such as teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity and emotional health. LL is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. LL aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world, including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education. The statutory RSHE topics are covered through Life Learning lessons, taught by History and Geography teachers in Year 7 and 8 and there are also supplementary assemblies, tutor time activities, workshops and visitors throughout the year. There are google classrooms for year 7, 8 and 9 with useful information about many of these topics that students can access in their own time. 

Life Learning curriculum learning journey

 

Life Learning at KS3

In Year 7, students begin their LL lessons looking at the topic of changes, covering puberty, feelings of attraction and fitting in. They then move on to look at strategies to improve mental and physical wellbeing, leading on to discuss the topic of families and respectful relationships. They complete their LL year by learning about how to stay safe online including issues such as fake news and how to spot it. These lessons are taught by Geography teachers. 

In Year 8, students begin with a unit on keeping safe, with regards to substances such as drugs and alcohol.  The theme of keeping safe continues with a look at gangs and knife crime and how to keep safe in society. Then they move onto units on online, media, and other relationships, finally ending the year with lessons about intimacy, consent and contraception.  Studies show that early information in many of these areas of Life Learning means young people are better equipped to make more sensible decisions in their own lives at present and in the future. These lessons are taught by History teachers. 

In Year 9, LL (RSHE) is delivered by a variety of extra curricular activities and there is a corresponding google classroom so students can follow up what they learn in their own time. 

Life Learning learning grid in Y7

Life Learning learning grid in Y8

 

Support for students 

Reading lists, library books, google classrooms, super curriculum, debating clubs. 

Brook website 

Votes for Schools 

https://www.talktofrank.com/

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

 

Life Learning at KS4

Students have one hour a week for LL (RSHE). During these lessons they look at many aspects which cover the statutory topics for RSE and Health education.  Some of these include family life, emotional wellbeing, sexual health, navigating relationships, finance, careers and future planning. The learning grids show these in more detail. 

Life Learning learning grid in Y10

Life Learning learning grid in Y11

 

Extended Learning Opportunities in Life Learning

In LL, students can get involved in a number of extended learning opportunities around school.  For example, working on the wellbeing student team, school council, debating club to name a few. They can also be wellbeing reps for their tutor group and be involved in wellbeing activities in support of good mental health  throughout the school. 

 

How can parents and carers support learning ? 

There are many websites that have sections for parents who may be dealing with the variety of life learning topics that we teach about and here are some tips to get started with when discussing relationships and intimacy. 

Top tips for talking to your teen about sex

Talking to your teenager about sex is important; building good channels of communication in the early teenage years can help your teen to communicate with you as issues of increasing importance arise and may help to reduce risk-taking behaviours as they approach adulthood.  If you feel uncomfortable talking about sex, it is OK to acknowledge this with your teen and explain that this is because it is something that you did not discuss much with your own parents but the more you do the more comfortable it will become.

Simple strategies to make talking about sex easier:

✔ Start off by talking about something that you both find more comfortable such as feelings and emotions.

✔ Ask them what they think their friends know/think about sex as this provides a way to talk about your teen’s views indirectly.

✔ Avoid ‘The Chat’. Talk about sex little and often over everyday events like washing up or watching TV. This can help to normalise talking about sex and ease uncomfortable feelings.

✔ Don’t leave it too late. Start before you feel your teen is approaching readiness for sexually intimate relationships so that you already have strong channels of communication.

✔ Be prepared to listen. Your teen will want to have their voice heard without feeling judged and feeling listened to will encourage them to come to you to talk about sex in the future.

✔ If they ask you a question that you are not sure how to answer, that is OK. Suggest that you find out the answer together and then you will both know!

✔ It can be tempting to tell your teen what you want them to think about issues to do with sex. This could alienate them. Instead try asking them their views first and share yours if they ask to know what you think.

✔ Try to listen calmly even if what they say surprises or concerns you. Try to remember that it is good that they are comfortable to discuss sex with you and that they need to trust that you will not respond negatively.

✔ If your teen is sexually active, however upsetting you may find this, it is important to make sure they have access to and know how to correctly use contraception. This includes being confident to speak to their partner about using contraception and what to do if their partner refuses to practise safe sex.

Make sure they know that they can talk to you anytime about anything

 

Keyword list in RE/PD

KS3 LL  vocab list