PSHCE/Citizenship

The PSHE/ Citizenship curriculum aims to ensure that all students’ personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) well-being is improved alongside ensuring the students become responsible citizens.

PSHCE is a non-statutory subject which encompass’ many areas of study. At Cockburn John Charles Academy we personalise our curriculum to fit the needs of students we teach.

The PSHE education programme aims to equip students with a sound understanding of risk and give students the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

Students are encouraged to share their opinions and ask questions to ensure that they have all the facts that will later help them make informed decisions.

In Years 9, 10 and 11 the lesson is called Citizenship. This lesson brings together elements of RE, PSHCE and Citizenship, to develop our students morally, socially and spiritually both now and in the future.

Key Stage 3

What will my child learn about in PSHCE/CITIZENSHIP ?

Who am I?
In this unit students will examine what makes them unique. They will look at why it is a good thing to be different as well as evaluating their strengths and areas for improvement. This will then link to what they want to achieve in the future.

How will Puberty affect me?
Students learn about the physical and emotional effects of puberty as well as exploring any issues they mind embarrassing during puberty. They also learn about the sensitive issue of FGM in this unit.

What does a healthy relationship look like?
Students will explore the different types of relationship they have and focus on their rights and responsibilities in different relationships. They touch on issues such as peer and domestic abuse.

What are the effects of bullying?
Students will explore what bullying is, the different types and the effects that this can have on all involved. They will be able to explain why bullying is wrong and where they can go for help at Cockburn School and in society.

What harm does smoking cause?
Students will investigate the law on smoking, why people smoke, where to go for help and the impact that it will have on their body.

What harm can alcohol cause?
Students will examine the law on alcohol and the effects that alcohol can have on the body and social implication of binge drinking.

What careers are available to me in Leeds?
Students look at the job market in Leeds and break down stereotypes associated with certain types of work and move on to explore the benefits of having a job for them in the future.

What type of homework will be set?
Students will be given a variety of different homework tasks from researching the answer to a question, to finding the solution to a problem. They may be given a bigger homework project over several weeks or asked to watch a clip or programme in preparation for the next lesson. Sometimes students will be given consolidation of learning tasks at home e.g. spellings or learning the meaning of key vocabulary that will be needed in future lessons.

How will my child be assessed in PSHCE/CITIZENSHIP?
Students will complete a formal assessment at the end of each unit based on knowledge and skills. The assessment will ask students to give balanced arguments from both sides of an issue.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Check your child’s planner for homework that has been set. Ask them what they have been studying in PSHCE and how it links to their life. Encourage your child to read and research further the topics that they have been studying in class. Practise spellings and definition of key terminology at home. You could look for examples of PSHCE in the media or watch the news together.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 9

What will my child learn in PSHCE/CITIZENSHIP?

Where is God?
Students will investigate evidence for and against the existence of God. They will be encouraged to ask ultimate questions and offer possible answers to these questions. Students will produce a piece of work in response to the question- Where is God?

How can we prevent extreme behaviour?
Students will look at what Britishness is and how this has changed and is still changing. They will explore how the media stereotypes different groups in society. They will examine what an extremist looks like and modern examples of extremism before they watch a DVD produced by the police- the aim of this unit is to prevent all forms of extremism.

How do I stay safe from STI’s?
Students will learn about different forms of contraceptives- the advantages and disadvantages. They will look at the short and long term effects of different sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.

How can I stay fit and healthy?
Students will examine the components needed for a healthy diet and how they can stay healthy. They will explore how the media portrays body image and the effects of eating disorders.

Where may I encounter prejudice and discrimination in my life?
Students will explore how men and women may still be discriminated against in society. They will do this through investigating issues such as sexism, racism and homophobia.

Should animals have the same rights as humans?
Students will examine key questions such as is fox hunting wrong? What are differences between humans and animals? What is factory farming?


Year 10

What will my child learn about in PSHCE/Citizenship this year?

How valuable is life?
This unit focusses on students examining whether all life should be valued in the same way and who has the right to take away this life. The students will examine two controversial modern day issues – abortion and euthanasia. They will be encouraged to look at how these key words can be defined, arguments for and against each situation and what the law states. Students will then be encouraged to decide for themselves what their opinion is and justify it with evidence. Students will also be asked to give religious attitudes towards the matter and discuss if their opinion supports or opposes this view.

What human rights are we entitled to?
Within this topic students will be learning what human rights we are entitled to in the UK and how they compare with the conditions of others across the world. They will look at the group Amnesty International and use case studies to explore how others live. Students will also discuss what happens when people do not have human rights both here in the UK and further afield. They will look carefully at exploitation, abuse and grooming identifying potential signs that someone’s human rights have been removed and who to turn to if they are concerned about someone’s welfare.

Will we ever live in a peaceful world?
This unit allows students to explore cross curricular links with History as they will understand what causes a war, how they can be prevented and use real life examples to decide if wars can ever be justifiable. Students will also tackle hard-hitting issues such as terrorism looking at the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks linking back to the extremism unit studied previously. They will also look at how religions view war and the pacifist perspective.

Should all drugs be made illegal?
This scheme of learning will allow students to ask questions they may have around drugs, both legal and illegal. They will explore how the negatives of legal and illegal drugs far outweigh the positives. They will be able to classify drugs whilst identifying their dangers. Students should also be able explain where people addicted to drugs can receive help here in Leeds and how religions have different opinions on drugs.

How will work experience help me?
This essential unit allows students at Cockburn to prepare for their two week work experience at the end of Year 10. Throughout the year students have been arranging work placements in a variety of environments. Following an assembly based around what the key messages, risks and opportunities that work experience can provide this unit encourages students to be ‘work ready’ so they can get the most out of their time in the workplace. Students will be clear on the expectations of their placement and how they can make a good first impression. They will also become skilled around answering the phone and making contact with their chosen workplace. Students will also have to self-assess their personal qualities and areas for improvement.

What type of homework will be set?
Students will be set various research homework tasks throughout the year to inform their understanding in the next lesson. For example they may be asked to find out facts about a particular group, event or issue. They will also be asked to express their own opinion often in written speeches or ask others for their opinion in order to stimulate a debate within the classroom.

How will my child be assessed in PSHCE/CITIZENSHIP?
Each student will be judged as making more than, expected or below the levels of progress required during their Citizenship lesson. In each year this is based on their ability to explain various knowledge based information and justify their own point of view. If a student can recall key words, explain them, give their own opinion and support it with evidence they will be judged as making expected progress. If students cannot justify opinions and listen to the views of others they will be judged at below expected progress. Students making more than expected progress are those who displayed an ability to look at an issue from more than one point of view and confidently use examples in their answers. Students will have many opportunities during the academic year to peer/self-assess their knowledge.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Parents and carers can support their child’s progress in Citizenship by checking their planner for homework tasks and ensuring they are completed. At home encourage your child to watch the news and read newspapers so they can keep up to date with developments in today’s society, this will also help students use examples in their answers. Students could also be encouraged to debate current media topics using evidence to support their views whilst listening to the opposing opinion to their own.

 

Year 11

What will my child learn about in PSHCE/CITIZENSHIP this year?

How do I prepare for college?
Citizenship in Year 11 is focussed around preparing our students for the next step after leaving Cockburn John Charles Academy. All Year 11’s will study this unit based on preparation for college. Citizenship lessons are used to complete the students UCAS applications before the national deadline in January of each year. Students will write an outstanding personal statement with the help of their Citizenship teacher, assertive mentor and form tutor. They will also complete other areas of the application in lessons such as personal information, relevant work experience and selecting referees. Students will also spend time researching different colleges and sixth forms in the local areas, they will find out when open days take place and decide what advantages and disadvantages each establishment have.

Students will also look at what careers are available in Leeds and the UK at that present time including pay scales and average salaries so they can make an informed choice about their future. Students will also design a personalised CV which will be tailored to their needs of an apprenticeship, part or full time employment.

Prior to the interview cycle for colleges all students will have a lesson on answering interview questions effectively and will have the opportunity to role play their answers.

Once some students have completed this unit they will use this Citizenship time to complete additional study for their GCSE courses.

What type of homework will be set?
Students will be set regular homework when researching their Post 16 choices, usually based around finding out what each institution offers. They will also be asked to redraft their personal statement and CV at home after it is marked by a member of staff. They could also be asked to practice interview techniques at home.

How will my child be assessed in PSHCE/CITIZENSHIP?
Each student will be judged as to be making more than, expected or below the levels of progress required during their Citizenship lesson. In year 11 this is solely based on their UCAS application and CV creation. If a student meets these expectations by the national deadline they will be judged as making expected progress. If students are unlikely to meet this deadline they will be judged at below expected progress. Students making more than expected progress are those who have completed personalised CV’s and personal statements for each business/college and regularly attend open days and post 16 sessions in their own time.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Parents and carers can support their child’s progress in Citizenship by checking their planner for homework tasks and ensuring they are completed. At home encourage your child to watch the news and read newspapers so they can keep up to date with developments in today’s society, this will also help students use examples in their answers. Students could also be encouraged to debate current media topics using evidence to support their views whilst listening to the opposite opinion to their own.

What can my child move onto with PSHCE/CITIZENSHIP?
PSHCE/ Citizenship develops the soft skills students need to make them more employable e.g. respect, independence etc. It also enables them to complete practical items such as a college applications and CV’s.

PSCHE/ Citizenship develops students not academically, but spiritually and morally so they are a well-rounded person and make a positive contribution to society.