Citizenship and PSHEE​

Personal, social and health education and citizenship is an important subject within the National Curriculum. It is concentrates on the knowledge, skills and understanding of the following: Developing self-confidence, responsibility and personal achievement. Preparing students to play an active role as citizens of Britain and the world. It helps students to understand and respect British Values.  Developing a healthy & safe lifestyle through good relationships and respecting the differences between people.

We aim to provide a range of opportunities for students to develop both in and out of the classroom. Working with local communities to provide both academic and experiential learning allowing students to move from childhood to adolescence.

 

Students are encouraged to have an awareness of others. Curriculum planning and provision for P.S.H.E. and Citizenship is provided through;

  • Discrete PSHE curriculum time

  • Relationship and Sex Education

  • Wider Curriculum- teaching P.S.H.E. and Citizenship through and in other curriculum areas such as E-safety in Computing or Health as part of the Science curriculum

Students study a range of Citizenship and PSHEE topics throughout the year;

 

Year 7:

  • Identities/British Values

  • Citizenship and Community

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Democracy and Politics (National and Local)

  • Introduction to Law

  • Careers/Finance education

Year 8:

  • Human Rights

  • Global links/British Values

  • Personal finance/Careers

  • Community awareness/engagement

  • Drugs and alcohol education

Year 9:

  • Young people and the law

  • Politics and voting

  • Careers and Financial Awareness

  • Rights and responsibilities

  • The media (including Social Media)

 

Through the curriculum design, students develop the confidence, talents and skills, to become effective individuals, motivated learners and active citizens. We want to prepare them for the future by encouraging the development of characteristics for life such as a love of learning, resilience, integrity, team work, critical thinking and independence. We want to prepare them for the world of work and support them in developing enterprise skills and financial awareness.

Relationship and Sex Education

Effective relationship and sex education (RSE) is essential if young people are to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives. We aim to help students develop the skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy and independent lives. The objective of RSE is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. A successful programme, firmly embedded in PSHEE, helps young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood through adolescence into adulthood by preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

It has three main elements:

Attitudes and values

  •  learning the importance of values and individual conscience and moral – considerations;

  • learning the value of family life, marriage, and stable and loving relationships for – the nurture of children – learning the value of respect, love and care;

 Personal and social skills

  • learning to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively;

  • developing self-respect and empathy for others;

  • learning to make choices based on an understanding of difference and with an – absence of prejudice;

  • developing an appreciation of the consequences of choices made;

  • managing conflict;

  • learning how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse.

Knowledge and understanding

  • learning and understanding physical development at appropriate stages;

  • understanding human sexuality, reproduction, emotions and relationships;

  • understanding the law and legal requirements for safe and healthy relationships;

In KS3 students will learn; – about changes in the body related to puberty, such as periods and voice breaking; – when these changes are likely to happen and what issues may cause young people anxiety and how they can deal with these; and – how a baby is conceived and born.

In KS4 the learning is built upon and will learn: healthy, stable and safe relationships; Matters relating to sexual health and contraception; conception and birth. Working in conjunction with the Computing Department students will learn about the laws surrounding sexting and accessing inappropriate material.

Throughout students will be signposted to people and organisation whom they could confided in or seek help and support.

 

Parent Rights and Responsibilities

  • Parents are the key people in teaching their children about sex, relationships and growing up.

  • Many parents find it difficult to talk to their children about sex and relationships.

  • Some parents need support in their role as sex educators and we can offer advice or point them in the right direction for further support.

  • We work in partnership with parents, consulting them regularly on the content of sex and relationship education programmes and providing details of the content.

  • Parents have the right to withdraw their children from part of the RSE provided at school except for those parts included in the statutory curriculum.

CAREERS Home Learning

Website:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

This website is aimed at all year groups and students can research information about jobs and subject links to careers.  There are also daily lesson updates available.

Website:  https://www.scapegroup.co.uk/learning-in-lockdown

 

This is a link to a free virtual 5-day work experience programme for Year 10’s developed by Scape for students interested in a career in the construction industry starting on the 18th May.

 

Website: https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/challenges/

 

There are a variety of challenges for students to try aimed at all students.

 

Website: https://cyberschool.ac/

 

This is a free online resource for UK students examining computer science and cyber security information.  There are options for all levels of ability.

 

Website: https://www.sidequest.org.uk/

This is an initiative set up by the Youth Games Careers Service aimed at students who are interested in a career in the gaming industry.  It provides a platform for young people to learn how to design video games through practical weekly challenges.

Other learning activities you could do with your child

 

Discuss jobs/careers you (or a family relative) have had in the past with your child and how they have influenced where you are today.  You could map your journey from doing household chores/Saturday jobs to the job you do now. 

Encourage your child to map how their job/career path might look like and outline the challenges they may need to overcome to succeed.

 

Citizenship / PSHE Home Learning

The British Army:  perhaps you would not initially think of looking at this website but the British Army have released home learning resources that help to build confidence as well as develop learning and skills.  There are home learning lessons about character building, confidence, maths, science, employability and many other topics.  It is well worth a look. 

https://apply.army.mod.uk/base/lessons

ASDAN:  this is a very good website and our older students already be familiar with them.  They cover English, maths, PSHE, Citizenship and employability. They have adapted some of their resources to fit our current movement restrictions.  They have also made available a large number of resources for learners with special needs.  There are challenges for students and these can be completed within the household environment.  Again, it is well worth having a look to see if you can find something to suit your child. https://www.asdan.org.uk/courses/programmes/lifeskills-challenge

Website: https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/ (Careers Ed)

 

This is suitable for Year 11 students to get them to think about what careers or jobs may suit them.  It is a personality test that links a person’s traits to specific jobs.  On the site in general there are videos about what different jobs entail, also information about pay rates etc.

 

Website: http://www.mysusthouse.org/game.html (Environmental Learning)

 

This is an interactive game suitable for Year 7 – 8 where students learn elements about building an ecological town and there are videos explaining bits and bobs they need to include and then they get the chance to build according to what they have just learnt.  It needs to have flash player version 7 for it to work.

 

Website: https://planner5d.com/ (ASDAN Furnish a flat on a budget)

 

This is a good site for Year 10 students to use to think about what they would put into a flat. They can design the first floor for free, to go to another level you have to pay.  Students enjoy this activity and some very creative flats have been designed.

 

Website: http://www.morphases.com/editor/

 

This site is a fun activity for KS4 students they can make a photofit of a face.  I use it to think about what attracts a person to another, and it is a real challenge to make an attractive face!

 

Website: https://lifeintheuktestweb.co.uk/british-citizenship-test-4/ (Britishness and British Values)

 

This site is a British Citizenship Test that I use with my Year 7s because you can listen to the questions you can try it yourself and see how many you get out of 24.

Other learning activities you could do with your child

Go onto https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/pshe-ks2-dealing-with-problems-at-home/znv9mfr

There are lots of learning linked to short video dramas that are designed to promote discussion and debates.

http://www.kellybear.com/TeacherArticles/TeacherTip27.html

This is a US site and it has lots of activities to consider what is a good citizen ect there are 20 activities to consider.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1d2VH6Q1TlmJ6llfTJQ4-LsMyywNBnbOR

There are a series of activities and worksheets from ACT (Association for Citizenship Teaching) the link is to google drive (students should have access and there are resources that can be used at home)

https://bgcflorguk.sharepoint.com/learningzone/Foundation/SitePages/Home.aspx

https://bgcflorguk-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jspree_bgcfl_org_uk/_layouts/15/onedrive.aspx

Home Learning Skills Builder

Home Learning Hub. Everyone needs eight essential skills to succeed - whatever their path in life. We're providing a range of resources for building these skills in a home setting - all underpinned by the Skills Builder Framework. Resources are available for learners aged 4 to 20+

https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homelearning

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