At Swanwick School and Sports College we aim to prepare our pupils to become as independent as possible. Life Skills is an essential part of our curriculum and has been specifically designed to cater for the ever changing needs of our young people. Life Skills is delivered as three standalone lessons every week but also threaded throughout our curriculum on a daily basis.

The Key Stage Four Life Skills curriculum has been designed to incorporate essential Life Skills that are crucial in promoting independence for later life.  Each objective has been carefully written to ensure age appropriate delivery is apparent irrelevant of their baseline. Objectives and strands will be delivered sensitively and through various methods and styles. Prior knowledge will be revisited and consolidated whilst stretching students understanding with an underpinning of independence and keeping safe.

Pupils are able to develop their skills and build their confidence in a supportive environment which will then lead to a Prince’s Trust qualification at Entry 3 to Level 2.

Time Management KS4:
I can tell the time – analogue clock face
I can tell the time – digital
I can tell you the days of the week & months of the year chronologically
I can tell you what a leap year is
I know how many seconds are in a minute
I know how many hours are in a day
I know how many weeks are in a year
I can use/set an alarm clock
I can estimate a set period of time (i.e. 5mins/ten mines etc.)
I can plan activities using appropriate timings
I can get to my lesson on time independently
I can solve problems using time in real life situations

Money KS4: 
I know what a bank account is for and how to apply for one.
I know what a payslip looks like
I know how to use a cash machine / whole in the wall safely
I know how much it would cost for running a home
I know the minimum wage
I know what a loan is
I know the difference between a credit card and debit card
I know the running costs of a car
I know how to budget
I can identify all the different coins / notes and understand the value
I know how to pay a bill
I know what a pay slip looks like and understand the different information on it.
I know what a pay day loan is
I understand what APR is
I know where to find my account number and sort code.

Interpersonal Skills KS4:
I can recognise when I need help and can ask for it appropriately
I know who the emergency services are and know what to do if a situation arose
I can recognise when I feel angry/upset/anxious and manage these feelings successfully
I can tell someone if I feel worried or upset
I can recognise different choices and am able to make the right one
I can give my opinions/ideas confidently in a group situation
I can listen to others and respond accordingly
I can speak appropriately to others in a variety of social settings
I can initiate a conversation
I can allow others to have different views and beliefs
I can move on from a situation and not hold grudges
I can tell how someone is feeling and change my behaviour accordingly
I can use and read body language in different social situations
I know what personal space is and respect this during social interactions

Friendships and Relationships KS4:
I can make and keep friends for a long period of time
I know what makes a good friend and how to be one
I know how to have a safe relationships and understand risks and dangers
I know what to do if I am ever worried or in danger
I can reflect on situations and conversations and know how to apoligise
I know what bullying is
I know the different types of bullying
I know what online bullying is and how to keep safe online
I am aware of CEOP
I know what to do if I am being bullied
I know the difference between friend and girlfriend/boyfriend
I know relationships are based on mutual consent and should ask if unsure
I understand what puberty is and the changes that happen
I know the law regarding sex (Consent)
I know what behaviour is appropriate with my girlfriend/boyfriend
I know about personal space
I understand what peer pressure is and know it’s alright to not follow others.
I understand what is meant by reproduction and safe sex

Home Management, Cooking & Laundry KS4: 
I can wash pots
I can dry pots
I can put pots away in the correct place
I can load a dishwasher
I can unload a dishwasher
I know what I need to use in a dishwasher
I can keep my bedroom tidy
I can make my bed
I can strip my bed
I can put fresh covers on my bed
I can hoover
I can dust
I can mop the floor
I can recognise kitchen appliances, know their function and use appropriately
I can use a toaster safely
I can use an oven safely
I can make simple cold drinks
I know how to fill out forms correctly
I know and understand use and sell by dates
I can use a kettle and make a hot drink safely
I know what a balanced diet is and can discuss nutrition and healthy living
I can prepare a simple snack / meal
I can recognise hazards in different rooms
I can use a knife and fork and behave appropriately at the dinner table
I can use a microwave safely
I can take my clothes out the washing machine
I can wash my clothes in a washing machine
I can hand my washed clothes on a line
I can dry my clothes using a dryer
I can iron my clothes
I can clean my shoes
I can repair clothes by sewing
I know how to change a lightbulb
I know how to test a fire alarm
I know what to do if I smell gas
I know how to read gas and electric meters
I can fold my clothes and put them away
I know about Food Hygiene

Travel KS4: 
Personal safety – I can keep myself safe in the community
I can use road crossings safely
I can use a local bus independently
I know how to book a taxi
I know how to use the internet to find information out regarding travel
I can read timetables
I know what type of ticket I should buy
I know how to act appropriatly on a bus/ train/tram. (Where to sit, social skills)
I know when to get off a bus and how to alert the driver
I can use a train
I can use a tram
I can ask for directions or help if lost
I can act safely around train tracks and crossings
I can read a map
I can read an underground map
I can plan a journey
I can follow directions

Shopping KS4: 
I can make a shopping list
I can estimate a sensible price for staple items i.e. bread/milk
I can pack food items
I understand best before dates
I understand use by dates
I can select the correct shop for what I need to buy
I can return items to shops
I can understand what VAT is
I can select the correct clothes / shoe size
I understand what a warranty is
I can identify different aisles
I can ask for help from a shop assistant
I can shop within a budget
I can pay for food items
I can select the right money/estimate cost
I can find shops online and work out location of nearest store
I can check my change/receipt
I can recognise good value for money e.g. BOGOF
I can interact appropriately with other members of the community in a shop

Hobbies KS4: 
I have interests out of school
I do regular exercise and can give examples of these
I can take part in a sport that I enjoy
I know my local area – things to do, shops and parks
I can discuss my hobbies and see if they are relevant for post 16
I know about local groups I can join
I can pursue hobbies with friends
I can research how much a hobby costs to pursue

Personal Skills KS4: 
I can take shower without needing a reminder
I can wash my hair independently
I can dry my hair with a hairdryer
I can brush my teeth twice a day without a reminder
I can brush my hair and style it
I can recognise changes to my body and how to deal with them
I can be aware when I need to change my clothes
I can check my appearance to make sure I look smart throughout the day
I can get dressed appropriately for the activity, weather or social occasion
I can treat a minor cut on myself
I can make an appointment (Doctor/Dentist/Hair dressers)
I can follow a personal care routine that is reqired once puberty has started (shaving /periods)