What is the Life Skills Zone?
The Life Skills Zone is Europe’s first super classroom. Part movie set, part learning experience; our Life Skills Zone teaches your pupils about citizenship, personal safety and the environment using the latest cinematic technology. Giant projection screens, powerful surround sound, evocative lighting and interactive elements all combine to create an immersive learning environment like no other.
The Life Skills Zone – A Virtual Flythrough
Below is a sneak preview of the entire experience – I’ll pass you over to our virtual host, Dina…
Our Life Skills Zone is currently aimed at Year 6 and Year 8 pupils:
The Year 6 experience helps pupils make the transition to secondary school and take on the new challenges and opportunities they will face.
The Year 8 experience helps pupils develop the skills they need to face an increasing range of risks and tricky social situations as they continue development into their teenage years.
The centre is divided into four zones, each of which delivers a unique learning experience. They are:
The Street Experience
An urban setting with real shop facades. This is where students will be faced with some of the dilemmas and difficult choices that growing up may throw at them, including peer pressure, alcohol, smoking, drugs, street crime, gangs, knives and bullying.
The Transport Experience
This area is designed to look like a train station. Stand well away from the edge of the platform, and you’ll learn about keeping safe on buses and trains, personal safety, robbery and the impact of anti-social behaviour such as littering and graffiti.
The Home Experience
A fully fitted apartment with a kitchen, dining room, living room and bedroom. This area covers healthy eating, fire safety, and how to manage issues such as domestic violence, cyber-bullying and online friendship.
The Virtual Experience
A 360° white room which uses video, graphics, sound and lighting to recreate a range of virtual worlds from derelict buildings to the tropical rainforests. In here, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a digital immersive environment like no other, with a series of short documentaries covering topics on urban safety, as well as climate change and the environment.
What Else You Should Know…
We can accommodate up to 100 students, and have onsite parking for coaches. We also have direct access to the M25 at Junction 8 (Reigate).
If you’d like to hear what other schools have to say about their visit to the Sutton Life Centre, why not take a look at some of the School Feedback that we have received already. We have been visited by a number of schools from across London, Surrey, Kent and Berkshire.
We also provide teaching resources to facilitate learning back in the classroom, with lesson plans tailored around each of the scenarios encountered on the tour.
For more information about our tours, and the contents of both the Year 6 and Year 8 experiences, feel free to download a copy of our Life Skills Tour Brochure.
Free Travel for London Schools
Did you know that all schools that fall within a Greater London authority are eligible for free travel to educational venues with Transport for London through their School Party Travel Scheme?
Registered schools will need to apply for tickets at least 14 days in advance of their trip and a maximum of 3 months in advance, and will also need to travel during off peak hours. Free travel applies to Buses, Trams, London Underground (Tube), London Overground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and National Rail (within Greater London).
Sutton Common National Rail station is a five minute walk from the centre.
For more information, or to register your school, visit the TfL Website.
We run a number of free Showcase Tours across the year, which allow small groups of up to 5 teachers and students to experience the tour and find out what we have to offer.
Our next Showcase Tours will be running on Thursday 27th February 2014. Tours will run from 10.00am-12.00pm or from 1.00pm-3.00pm. If you are interested in attending, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 8296 1287. Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
For more information about our Life Skills Tours, or to book a place for your school, please contact us – we’ll be happy to help with any enquiries you may have.
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