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Subject Leader: Miss J Wisdom
 

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1 - Who are you and how do you fit in at Westlands and the wider society?

  • Pupils will discuss the transition from primary school to secondary school and consider the expectations and emotions they have for their next steps in life.
  • Pupils will reflect on the person they are and the person they wish to become.

Term 2 - What makes a good friendship and how can you manage rivalries?

  • This topic will consider what makes a good friend and explores the differences between a supportive and a “toxic” friendship.
  • Pupils will discuss ways to manage disagreements with friends.

Term 3 - Who was Jesus and how did he deal with prejudice?

  • This topic will explore who Jesus was and the prejudice he faced. Looking at how values and lifestyles are shaped by beliefs.
  • Pupils will compare their views with the views of others.

Term 4 - What is the Islamic faith really about? What is radicalisation and how does it occur?

  • Pupils will focus on the basic teachings and beliefs of Islam.
  • This topic will allow exploration of how diverse views shape our society and how radicalisation can occur (considering ISIS and the far right).

Term 5 – What changes are happening to prepare me for adulthood?

  • In this topic pupils will consider a variety of different opinions in relation to sexual identity and the rules of attraction and how to manage strong emotions.
  • Pupils will be encouraged to share opinions and be able to express their own viewpoint.

Term 6 - How can you healthily manage your leisure time?

  • Pupils will explore how they can healthily manage their leisure time, including their hobbies, sporting activities and the amount of screen time they take part in. 
  • Pupils will also discuss the impact of a healthier lifestyle. 

 

Year 8

Term 1 - What is community and what benefits can you bring to it? 

  • Pupils will explore what is meant by the terms local and global community.
  • They will reflect on who they are and what role they play as a good citizen of both communities.

Term 2 - How do different religions celebrate their faith?

  • Pupils will investigate what religious festivals are and their importance to the people who follow the different faiths.
  • Pupils will explore in more detail specific festivals from a variety of faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam.

Term 3 - How do you make the correct option choices?

  • Pupils will explore the decisions they may have to make in the future and how they can affect their physical and mental health.
  • Pupils will reflect on the ambitions they have and will consider career options including choosing the subjects they will study at GCSE. 

Term 4 - What affects your well-being and how you can maintain positive mental health?

  • Pupils will explore a range of healthy living strategies by taking a holistic look at physical health, emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Pupils to explore risks associated with using legal and illegal substances and how these risks can be managed.
  • Pupils will discuss support options available for those who are using substances to cope with problems.
  • Pupils will investigate STIs and their effects.

Term 5 - It’s just “Banter” it never hurt anyone.

  • Pupils will consider the types of bullying and the effects it has.
  • Pupils will explore how grooming and exploitation can occur (online safety focus) and examine proactive strategies to protect self and others from online risks.

Term 6 - What are the different types of healthy intimate relationships and what is sexual identity? 

  • Pupils will have opportunity to learn about different types of relationships, including those of a sexual nature - consent to be covered.
  • Pupils will consider the life events that may affect their emotions and explore ways to manage and express those emotions in a healthy way.

 

Year 9

Term 1 - How can you respectfully express your opinion and deal with those who have extreme opinions?

  • Pupils will reflect on their personalities and ambitions and consider how to express their viewpoints covering debates linked to freedom of speech.
  • They will consider how to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • They will reflect on their current stage of life and how their relationships with others are changing as they transition into adulthood.

Term 2 - What is democracy and how do pressure groups influence political decisions? 

  • Pupils to study the structure of the UK Government and explore the political spectrum.
  • Pupils will begin to investigate their own views and how they line up with different political parties.
  • They will investigate influences on political decisions including pressure groups.
  • Pupils will reflect on reasons people choose to hold extremist views, why some choose to use violence and terrorism, consider how a person can become radicalised and what to do if you are concerned.

Term 3 - How can you effectively manage your money and what are your consumer rights?

  • Pupils learn about the different types of banks and savings accounts and will explore the issues associated with various institutions that lend money.
  • Pupils will discuss consumer rights and power and investigate the way that power can bring about social change.

Term 4 –How can you manage stress and anxiety?

  • Pupils will explore feelings such as anger, jealousy, fear and grief and will learn about healthy ways to deal with those emotions.
  • Pupils will learn about and practice strategies to support the self-management of stress and anxiety.

Term 5 –How can medical ethics impact lives?

  • Pupils are to investigate current medical ethical debates such as abortion, gender selection and genetic engineering by looking at different viewpoints on the topic.

Term 6 – How and why do young people get involved in crime?

  • Pupils will consider how and why young people become involved in gangs and crime.
  • They will learn how to stay safe from abuse and grooming in both the physical and digital world.
  • They will understand the laws and rights relating to children (including FGM).

 

Year 10

Term 1 – How does social media impact your self esteem and how can you manage your well being?

  • Pupils will explore ways to improve their problem solving skills, self-esteem and self-confidence whilst they deal with challenges and change.
  • They will consider how gender stereotypes, sexuality and body image portrayed on social media can influence their well-being.

Term 2 – What rights are you entitled to?

  • Pupils will investigate examples and the impact of discrimination and prejudice.
  • Pupils will debate their power to overcome areas of discrimination.

Term 3 – How did you do in the mocks and how can you improve?  How do you stay safe socialising and who to trust when online?

  • Pupils will begin the term by reflecting on their mock results and their revision strategies.
  • Pupils will explore smoking, vaping and current research regarding the impacts of both. They will consider the medical use of cannabis and the current research surrounding these, discussing if the research is fact or fiction.
  • Pupils will also explore safety when socialising and when on social media.

Term 4 – When it comes to health, to what extent am I in control?

  • Pupils will explore what is meant by good mental health and discuss the taboo that surrounds talking about feelings.
  • Pupils will explore ways to administer first aid in an emergency.
  • Pupils will discuss a variety of illnesses and the importance of vaccinations.

Term 5 – What is it like to be an adult?

  • Pupils to look at sensible money management and the cost of living, including analysing the choice between renting and buying a house.
  • Pupils will explore the dangers of and becoming addicted to gambling.

Term 6 – What is a positive intimate relationship?

  • Pupils will explore the changing significance of marriage and to consider what makes a healthy relationship/partnership.

 

Year 11

Term 1 – Is this justice? What are your opinions on some of the current affairs that affect your rights?

  • Pupils will investigate current affairs and consider if the laws are fair.
  • Some debates that may be considered include “Sarah’s Law” – joint enterprise – capital punishment - Brock Turner and Cliff Richard’s right to anonymity before charges were made.

Term 2 – What is it like to be an adult?

  • Pupils look at sensible money management and the cost of living, including analysing the choice between renting and buying a house.
  • Pupils consider the personal skills and qualities and how to apply these to interviews, application forms and a Curriculum Vitaes.

Term 3 – How did you do in the mocks and how can you improve?  How do you stay safe socialising and when online?

  • Pupils will begin the term by reflecting on their mock results and their revision strategies.
  • Pupils will explore smoking, vaping and current research regarding the impacts of both. They will consider the medical use of cannabis and the current research surrounding these, discussing if the research is fact or fiction.
  • Pupils will also explore safety when socialising and when on social media.

Term 4 – When it comes to health to what extent am I in control?

  • Pupils will explore what is meant by good mental health and discuss the taboo that surrounds talking about feelings.
  • Pupils will explore ways to administer first aid in an emergency.
  • Pupils will discuss a variety of illnesses and the importance of vaccinations

Term 5 – How can I manage stress and anxiety leading up to the exams?

  • Pupils are to discuss the current pressures they are facing and are to explore ways to boost their self-esteem and control stress through mindfulness.