`Everything we do every day is therefore a Life skill. Most of these skills, once acquired, become automatic and we no longer acknowledge them as skills. ` Monica Macnamara
By teaching life skills in Queensbury school we try to increase our students` understanding of the world around us and equip them with the tools they need to live a more productive and fulfilling life, finding ways to cope with everyday life`s challenges. Personal Skills are the essential life skills we need to help maintain a healthy body and mind. Based on individual interests, skills, strengths and preferences, we support our pupils to make suitable, realistic and informed choices, set manageable goals and plan for their further transitions. Through taking part in a variety of events and activities, our pupils learn to recognise their own skills and abilities as well as those of others. Students develop an understanding of the importance of own health and wellbeing and being able to form and sustain good personal, social and working relationships in their local community. We want our students to be able to make informed decisions and to develop their own set of positive values and ideas. Life Skills is not a standalone teaching subject, in Queensbury we integrate Life Skills in the teaching process irrespective of which subject you teach. Through Life skills lessons we promote lifelong learning as an essential quality to develop skills needed for independent living. We adapted the timetable to help to do that through a sustained programme, designed to impact on our pupils’ personal and social development.
Life skills programme covers health, economic and employment education. Key concepts covered are: healthy lifestyles, independent living skills, child care (including sex education), economic wellbeing and preparation for working life. Our aim is to help to progress student’s skills from year 7 to 11 and to move to year 12, 13 and 14, enabling them to transfer their practical skills into real life situations. Independent travel training is very important part of Life skills curriculum. Students have opportunity to be assessed and trained individually to travel to school independently. We promote this also through Community Access lessons. Professionals are invited into school to talk about issues and increase pupils’ practical knowledge, e.g. – police, fire brigade. Variety of activities are organised through the lessons to support student`s learning.
- Life skills and food subjects cover KS1 and KS2 expectations
- OCR Food studies Entry Levels certificates
- WJEC Entry Level Independent Living Pathways
- AQA Preparation for working Life Unit Award Scheme
- OCN Entry Level Award, Certificate, Diploma in Living Independently
- OCN Skills for Living and work