Citizenship is a course which encourages students to look at the world around them. It equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision making and different forms of action. Students play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.
Key Stage 3
The department follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3.
Students have two rotation sessions of Citizenship/PHSE in Year 7. The first unit covers key skills required to successfully transition to secondary school in tandem with ideas of government and society. This will include skill development such as group work, negotiation, listening and sharing skills alongside decision making and organisation. The students will also learn about forms of government, how to participate in society and what laws and rules we have.
In the second session they will participate in a short PSHE course focused on the individual. This will include healthy relationships, healthy living and wellbeing as well as confidence building and how to be happy.
Students have two rotation sessions of Citizenship/PSHE in Year 8. The first unit covers key concepts across the world and how we relate to them and their impact on society. Students will learn about world history schematically and assess from a citizenship point of view. This will culminate in a project fair at the end where students can display their work which they have been creating as homework on the theme.
In the second session they will participate in a short PSHE course focused on the world around us. It will include the justice system, international events, conflict resolution and personal issues faced in our communities today, including substance misuse.
Key Stage 4
Students from Year 9 commence their AQA GCSE studies. Through studying power, politics and the media, rights and responsibilities and the Global Village, students develop and apply knowledge and understanding about being informed citizens, explore local, national and international issues, problems and events of current interest and learn to critically evaluate their participation within school and community activities.
Year 7: Project based homework across a term/rotation no longer than 45 minutes per week.
Year 8: Project based homework across a term/rotation no longer than 45 minutes per week.
Year 9: Rotating homework assignments: 20% time for active citizenship, SAM learning, Memrise, independent choice grid.
Year 10: Rotating homework assignments: SAM learning, Memrise, Independent choice grid.
Year 11: Rotating learning, SAM learning, Memrise, practice questions.
Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed
Students must have the required set of stationery items as listed in the Student Planner. All other materials are provided including text books and exercise books. Research using the Library and both BBC Bitesize and BBC News are strongly recommended.
Opportunities For Study Beyond Key Stage 4
A Level Politics or Law are perfect subjects that link with Citizenship.
The BTEC Public Services courses also accept students with good GCSE grades in Citizenship.
Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject
Citizenship is excellent for preparing for careers in Education, the Law, the Civil Service or local Government. It is also considered favourably by organisations such as the Police and finance organisations.