At Pinewood within our Life Skills programme we aim to encourage core values of decency, good manners, honesty and a consideration for others linked closely with trust and mutual respect. As with all we do at school, education here is viewed as holistic. Linked closely to many others subjects in the curriculum, topics connected to the National Curriculum overlap, thus promoting the subject into all areas of Pinewood’s life and learning.
The subject reflects this with these aims:
1. Develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues, by promoting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
2. Know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
3. Have respect for others, encouraging respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities, enabling them to be informed, thoughtful and responsible individuals who are aware of their duties and rights.
We seek to engage pupils in three related ways:
1. Gain knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens.
2. Develop skills of enquiry and communication.
3. Develop skills of participation for responsible action.
In the Prep school each class and year group has a Life Skills lesson regularly with form tutors. Everyday issues, from bullying to health issues to safety are covered in role play, circle time and class debate.
In the Pre-Prep, circle time is a major avenue for exploring the issues highlighted above. It is much more part of the cross curricular agenda and is not specifically taught.