St. John’s College currently delivers PSHE (personal, social, health & economic) education through a weekly tutorial session. The PSHE curriculum is structured so topics are taught to all learners over the programme.
Tutors and specialist staff deliver key topics such as: Friends and Relationships; Respecting others; Get Healthy; Culture; Our History; Is Life Fair?; Rights and Responsibilities; Money and Work; and quite complex concepts using a variety of differentiated teaching strategies and resources.
Sex and relationship concepts are taught in small groups, such as male and female separate sessions, and bespoke personalised 1:1 sessions.
All young people are encouraged take part in a level of physical exercise to maintain good health and socialise with staff and peers. A range of sports can be undertaken such as: football, basketball, cricket, table tennis, fitness circuits, cycling, swimming, yoga, dance and movement.
Lewes FC has provided football coaching and learners have undertaken work experience placements at local sports and leisure clubs.
One of our young people in College View Residential House has a part time job as a ball boy for Southwick FC, organised by his keyworker. He has since done some fantastic work there and made good contacts. This is a good example of our commitment to micro-enterprises.
Based in the fully equipped Wolfson Theatre, young adults develop individual and group performing skills in a range of activities, such as mime, acting, improvisation, role play, stage craft, sensory movement and dance via the access of immersive theatre technology.
Our students also develop technical skills, such as directing, lighting, operating sound equipment, of live performances and work across curriculum areas, such as music and the creative arts. Numeracy and literacy skill learning is embedded within the teaching and learning sessions. There are opportunities to contribute to the creation, planning, rehearsal and performance of college productions. We also undertake workshops led by external theatre groups and take part in various local performing arts events such as the Fringe Festival and The Great Escape held locally.
Based in a dedicated area of individual music rooms, including a recording studio, learners access a range of musical instruments and technological equipment to experience a range of musical activities and learn a range of music skills including.
- Song writing
- Composition to a brief
- Playing an instrument
- Repairing and maintaining musical equipment
- Producing content for the college music zine
- Developing independent instrumental skills
- Improvising musically with others
- Leading a musical group
- Being a member of a band
- Singing solo and with others
- Exploring new genres
- Critical listening
- Understanding of the science of sound and sound recording
- Setting up for a recording session
- Music theory and reading notation
- Developing numeracy and literacy skills
- Planning for an event
- Creating their own musical instruments
- Choreographing dance sequences
- Performing as part of theatrical shows and musical gigs in College and in the local community.