Curriculum For Life

We are committed to providing a curriculum with breadth that allows all of our students to be able to achieve the following:

Believe

• in themselves growing in confidence and maturity
• in the importance of self reflection

Achieve

• emotional intelligence
• empowerment seeking support and advice when necessary

Succeed

• in being a responsible member of the academy and wider community
• in making positive decisions in their own and others’ lives

Student participation in Curriculum for Life is integral to the school’s vision and ethos; there are clear structures in place to capture students’ voice and students have a range of opportunities to influence curriculum decisions which affect them. Curriculum for Life lessons enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our students with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.

Our students are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. The intent of our Curriculum for Life curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more, and understand more. Students will understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Each theme in the curriculum incorporates activities to establish the starting point of learners and assess progress. The themes included are: Physical Health, Mental Wellbeing, Relationships and Sex Education, British Values and Citizenship, Living in the Wider World and Character. These lessons are divided into half term units. The curriculum has been developed in line with the Relationships, Sex and Health Education government statutory guidance (2020), the citizenship national curriculum and the PSHE Association. The curriculum supports the safeguarding of our students.

Our intent is to use Curriculum for Life to promote a forum for open dialogue in which students ask questions, sift arguments and explore alternatives and above all, they try to understand each other. It is an opportunity for philosophical thinking, which can be transferred into any subject in the curriculum. Through these sessions we intend our students to be challenged to think independently in collaborative classroom communities. Students will demonstrate they have improved reasoning ability. Students will demonstrate that they can support their views with reasons and there will be improvements in student’s communication skills, confidence and concentration.

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