The LIFE curriculum at Chaucer aims to be accessible to all and gives students the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them to be successful in life and work in the today’s society.
LIFE develops pupils in 4 main areas, Learning and thinking skills, Interpersonal skills, Financial Awareness and Emotional Intelligence. Most of the modules students will study meet more than one of these areas creating links and opportunities for critical evaluation. We try to be as responsive as possible so issues that occur within school or locally, nationally or globally are frequently covered in LIFE.
We aim to help students develop the ability to thrive as individuals, as members of a family and members of society and to provide them with a knowledge of their world, locally, nationally and globally and to give them the confidence to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We aim to help students learn about their rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be part of a diverse society. We teach students skills in a wide range of topics from making responsible decisions around smoking, alcohol and drugs to succeeding in college and employment. LIFE helps pupils to manage critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in an ever-changing world.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content
In year 7 students will learn about the following issues
Emotional Intelligence Module 1 – Students will learn about their new secondary school and their subjects, about making new friends and being an active part of the school community. They will look at how to be mentally and physically healthy. Students will also celebrate diversity with Black History Month lessons.
Financial Awareness Module 1 – Students will begin to look at their strengths and interests as part of a careers module. They will look at job families and prospective careers. Students will also complete an enterprise project, utilising team working skills to raise money for charity.
Interpersonal skills Module 1 – Students will look at building relationships and friendships and how to manage disagreements. They will also begin to look at gangs, online safety and general boundaries.
Emotional intelligence Module 2 – Students will develop their knowledge on staying healthy and complete a project on anti smoking.
Financial awareness Module 2 – Students will look at various aspects of finance including wants and needs, basic saving and borrowing, ethical finance and making good choices.
Interpersonal skills Module 2 – Students will learn about diversity and British values.
In year 8 students will learn about
Interpersonal skills Module 1 – Students will refocus on their relationships with themselves and others. They will begin to look at how to recognise and find help for mental health issues in others and look at how extremism affects life in Britain.
Financial awareness module 1 – Students will look at careers and how they can access them. They will firstly look at the personal side of careers, goal setting, behaviour for success and discrimination, before looking at future pathways, local market information and further and higher education.
Emotional intelligence module 1 – Students will cover the statutory RSE content for this year
Interpersonal skills module 2 – Students will complete a unit on preventing addiction ( drugs and alcohol), they will also look at first aid and the prevention of weapons in society. They will also look at exploitation and the signs that someone is at risk.
Financial Awareness Module 2 – Students will look at staying financially safe, including online behaviours. This will include the reliability of media, gambling and online gaming. They will then look at crime and punishment.
In year 9 students will learn about
Interpersonal skills 1 - Students will settle back into school and look at how people behave in different situations, including gangs, drugs and drug addiction and recognising at risk behaviours. Students will also look at peer pressure and keeping a growth mindset.
Financial awareness 1 – Students will look at careers and how they can access them. They will firstly look at the personal side of careers, goal setting, behaviour for success and discrimination, before looking at future pathways, local market information and further and higher education.
Emotional intelligence 1 – Students will look at families and parenting, including with how to deal with relationships ending
Interpersonal skills 2 – Students will learn about British values and identity
Financial awareness 2 – Students will learn more about managing money and personal information
Emotional intelligence 2 – Students will learn about keeping safe and healthy both now and in the future.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content
In Year 10 students will learn
Interpersonal skills 1 – Students will learn about how other people can affect their lives. This includes learning about study skills, learning about how screen time and the internet and mental health and stress.
Financial awareness 1 – Students will learn about how to manage money when they leave school. They will learn about how to read a wage slip, how to pay bills and their consumer rights.
Emotional Intelligence 1 – Students will look at how to manage relationships and how to recognise a healthy relationship and seek help for an unhealthy relationship
Interpersonal skills 2 – Students will look at influences others can have on their life. Students will also learn about peer pressure through a short film called collision.
Financial awareness 2 – Students will learn about what they need to do to access the next stage of their education and careers. They will also look at preparing for work experience and job interviews
Emotional intelligence 2 – Students will look at Communities and the challenges of modern society. Students will look at how to challenge extremism and extremist behaviour.
In year 11
Students focus on their future careers, looking at different pathways for the future, college applications and prospective interviews. This will be supported by a programme of assemblies.
The rest of the LIFE curriculum is passed over to careers and college applications. Once complete this give the students the opportunity to revise with key subject staff.