The PSHCE/ Citizenship curriculum intent: To ensure that all students’ personal, social, health and economic (PSHCE) 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 we personalise our curriculum to fit the needs of students we teach.

The PSHCE 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 Year 7 and 8 this lesson is called PSHCE on students’ timetable. In Year’s 9 and 10 students are taught PSCHE and Citizenship through the core RS curriculum. For more information please consult the RS curriculum page.

In Year 11 the lesson is called Citizenship on student’s timetables.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

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

All about me.
In this unit students will supported with the transition from primary to secondary school. They will look at what it means to be a students at Cockburn and link our Values and Expectations to careers. They will also 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 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 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 harm does smoking/alcohol cause to my body cause?
Students will investigate the law on smoking/alcohol, why people smoke/drink, where to go for help and the impact that it will have on their body.

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.

Year 8

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

How do I stay safe in a modern world?
In this unit students will learn how to stay safe in the modern world. They will learn about the dangers of carrying knives. Sensitive issues such as grooming will also be explored.

What is a healthy body?
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.

What is a healthy mind?
Students will learn how to cope with stress, grief and anxiety. They will know where they can go for support and advice.

Careers
This unit begins to prepare students for life after Cockburn, looking at which subject could support them best in which career.

What is sexuality?

In this unit students will become familiar with key terminology linked to sexuality. They will explore different types of relationships that exist in a modern world.

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 and 10

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

Please consult the RS webpage. www.cockburnschool.org/rs-curriculum

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 Cockburn School. All Year 11’s will study this unit, based on preparation for college. Citizenship lessons are used to complete the students college 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 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 as well as looking at revision skills and how to cope with exam stress.

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.

 

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