Life skills at Churchill is a fundamental part of the curriculum. Holistically, the programme underpins the aims and values of the school. It aims to equip students with a foundation of knowledge to support their transition into college and life beyond KS4.
Life skills tasks are reviewed via observation of skills and completion of written work. This is supplemented for some students who choose a Life Skills Enrichment, where they are able to revisit and practise skills, or pre-learn them before they are taught.
All classes within the Life Skills curriculum cover the same 6 areas of learning:
Health and Wellbeing
Key Stage 2
Students in KS2 follow the ASDAN Key Steps Qualification
In the early stages of the journey through the school the flexibility is there to allow the curriculum to meet the needs of the students and can be adapted to address any significant concerns that arise. The programme is bespoke and designed to challenge students and expose them to skills that will be embedded into the wider curriculum, for example creativity, problem-solving, decision making and communication/collaboration with others. The programme is designed to cover a rolling programme to facilitate students who stay in class 1 for longer than a year.
Students in Class 1 also complete a unit on ‘My Identity’ – supporting them to better understand themselves and providing the foundations for the Zones of Regulation work completed in Class 2.
Key Stage 3
Students in KS3 follow the ASDAN Personal Development Programme
Activities at this stage encourage students to further develop their personal skills including teamwork, learning, coping with problems, use of IT, use of English, and use of maths. These important skills are an everyday part of life, encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning and preparing them for the future.
ASDAN courses motivate and enhance learners’ confidence, self-esteem, and resilience. In addition, learners develop core skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving, research and self-management.
Students in Class 2 also complete a unit on Zones of Regulation – this is supported by the OT. This is to equip students to better understand their bodies signals and emotions and recognise strategies they can use