Year 8

Life Studies in Year 8 focuses a lot on money and the dangers of debt. Now students are firmly embedded in school life, topics of a more mature nature are discussed. In Year 8, The Life Studies programme is taught over four enrichment days covering the following topics:

  • PLTS Behaviour 2
  • Drugs
  • Media
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Immigration & Diversity Budgets (wants vs needs)
  • Alcohol
  • Government & Politics Debate 1
  • Risk Taking 1
  • Addiction
  • Year 8 Listening
  • Where money goes and what we spend it on
  • Bullying
  • PLTS Group work
  • Food advertising
  • Drugs 2 (attitude to)
  • Bank accounts and handling money
  • Magistrates
  • What is Debt?

These sessions throughout the year are supported by weekly ‘food for thought’ reflection in tutor time. Students get the opportunity to discuss various current news items, as well as thinking ‘outside the box’.

Here is an example of the type of things discussed:

  1. It is impossible for a person to learn what they think they already know. – Epictetus
  2. You have the chance to meet Willie Wonka. What new sweet would you design? What would it taste like? Do? etc..

In the final half-term, students have the opportunity to take part in ‘Enterprise’. This involves eight hourly sessions giving students the chance to plan and organise an entrepreneurial event, culminating in the Enterprise Fayre held in July. All monies raised go to charity.