At Long Toft, we take a cross curricular approach to learning. Within our whole school learning, we aim to make meaningful links to all areas and subjects across the curriculum through a topic approach and this includes life skills. Through this approach, our aim is to ensure that delivery of life skills is linked to curriculum subjects, where possible. In both key stages, children’s learning in life skills centres around the key areas: building relationships, money management, health and safety, careers and adult life and personal hygiene.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, this is mainly achieved through introducing these concepts as part of role play in provisional areas and focuses mainly on an awareness of these situations. Practical skills are also developed such as hand washing and the correct use of cutlery.
In Key Stage 2, these concepts are placed into a more real-life scenario as children realise that this learning will impact their adult life and therefore how they can manage their future choices and decisions. Also in Key Stage Two, there is an emphasis on effective communication, as part of this practical skills such as listening and British Sign Language will be introduced throughout school.
Our life skills curriculum has been developed by all staff members at Long Toft Primary School coming together to discuss what skills they feel are important for the children in their year group beyond the National Curriculum. This has been written into a life skills curriculum. This learning is achieved through stand-alone lessons, cross curricular approaches and themed weeks.