Citizenship Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Autumn - See Ethics Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

What is Citizenship?

Introduction to Rules, Fairness, Rights & Responsibilities

Students will learn about the way our communities and local government work. They will focus on our responsibility to the environment and consider how UK citizens can make a difference.  They will prepare & present successfully for an election campaign and election process, as part of a group.

Students are able to develop and articulate perceptive views on local issues with confidence and create an action plan/campaign for change; with confidence to their peers and teacher.

Teacher assessment via a formal group presentation of the students’ campaign for change.

Work will be submitted electronically before the final presentation.

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Year 8 Autumn - See Ethics Curriculum Plans

Year 8 Spring

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What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Introduction to The Law and Justice Systems.

Students will learn about the way our law and justice systems work.  They will focus on our criminal responsibility and consider how the UK law affects young people and the youth offending set-up. This is compared to the adult courts and penal system.

Students are able to develop and articulate perceptive views on youth crime issues and participate in a structured debate regarding youth crime and punishment; with confidence to their peers and teacher.

Teacher assessment via a formal group participation in a structured and prepared debate about youth crime.

Work will be submitted electronically before the final debating session.

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Year 9 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Life in Modern Britain: Principles and values in British society; Identity; The Media and free press; The UK’s role in key international organisations; making a difference in society.

Students will look at UK traditions & multiculturalism. Prepare a full class debate or group discussion using case studies. Practise in completing exam type questions and case studies.

Students will consider different representations of the views of others; they will reflect on their own choices. They can demonstrate the impact of civil actions on society. They actively engage in discussion and produce detailed written work of a high standard.

Students will be formally tested at the end of each of the four themes.

These tests are compiled from GCSE past papers.

 

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Year 9 Summer

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Theme 3:

How the law has developed over time and how it protects the citizen and deals with criminals

How do citizens play a part to bring about change in the legal system? 

Where does political power reside in the UK and how is it controlled?

What are the powers of local government and how can citizens participate?

Students will learn how the law has developed by looking at Magna Carta as the starting point of legal rights and then use the Human Rights Act 1998, to complete exam and essay type questions and case studies.

Students will learn about many of the ways a citizen can be involved in the legal system. Researching the roles and outlining their own importance within the legal system, through a personal project.

Students will gain an understanding of the links between the various elements of the UK political system and be able to map out both mentally and physically the relationships.

Students will gain an awareness of the British Constitution.  This will be compared with the American system. They will learn about the role of local government and complete a personal project on an aspect of this.

Students will understand how and why the British legal system has changed.

They will reflect on their work, identifying strengths and areas for development.

Complex issues will be considered with maturity, such as freedoms, democracy and rights and the application of UK values.

Students will be able to consider and communicate to others ideas about how the UK is controlled and governed. They will be able to argue persuasively and listen to others in a debate scenario.

Students will be tested using exam questions on this topic area with an end of term debate which will showcase citizenship skills of evaluating, analysing, identifying and defining.

 

Year 10 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Taking citizen action

How do others govern themselves?

Bringing about political change.  

This unit focuses on how to become an MP and get involved in politics.

 

Students will learn how to carry out research and plan an event, using information gathered from research to plan an event.

They will learn to compare political systems and practise completing exam and essay type questions and case studies.

Students will consider the consequences and impact of political actions.

They will reflect on their work, identifying strengths and areas for development.

Complex issues are considered with maturity, such as freedoms, democracy and rights and the application of UK values.

Students will be required to perform a group presentation from their research.

This will be teacher assessed in class.

Students will also be tested using exam questions on this topic area.

Year 10 Spring - See Ethics Curriculum Plans

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Year 11 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Taking citizen action; Coursework project.

This term, students will finalise the coursework project based around the themes: How do others govern themselves?

Bringing about political change.

Students select and retrieve appropriate information gathered from research to plan an event. They articulate ideas and share and compare ideas in order to review and refine their own work.  Independent research is extensive and shows understanding of the life of an MP and the ability to effectively compare political systems and analyse cases studies.

Students will be required to submit a formal evaluation of their project.

This will be teacher assessed and will feed directly into the examination preparation.

 

Year 11 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Students will be revising topics from each of the four key themes in Citizenship; Life in Modern Britain; Rights and Responsibilities; Politics and Participation; Active Citizenship. 

Students will gain the ability to form hypotheses, create sustained and reasoned arguments and reach substantiated conclusions about citizenship issues. They will understand the range of methods and approaches that can be used by governments, organisations, groups and individuals to address citizenship issues in society, including practical citizenship actions.  Throughout each of the key themes, students will be investigating how the citizen is enabled by society to play a full and active part and how citizens are empowered to effect change within society.

Students will show knowledge and understanding of the relationships between the different citizenship aspects studied, using the concepts to make connections, identify and compare similarities and differences in a range of situations from local to global.

Students will be assessed using practice exam style questions.