Understanding and responding to extremism, cults and the existence of discrimination both in the UK and globally. Taking part in the UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark Campaign and the World’s Largest lesson on hunger. The challenges of social media, trafficking, pollution, climate change, poverty and the work of charities.

 

PSHE and Citizenship Year 7 - 11

 

Students are taught a wide variety of important issues throughout their PSHE and Citizenship lessons at South Wilts. They learn about how to maintain healthy, happy, financially secure and independent personal lives as well as how to contribute to wider issues facing society.

 

What is PSHE?

PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education.  Throughout this area students focus on themselves and how achieve their potential.  Every year they will study specific topics under the following key areas: Health and Well-being, both physical and emotional, Relationships, Careers and Economic Well-being. There is a strong emphasis on topics which help to keep the students safe and handle risks confidently.

What is Citizenship?

The Citizenship content of the course teaches students about issues that affect society locally, nationally and globally.  Students will learn the details of current, topical issues and how to get involved in making a change with regards to problems they feel strongly about. There is an underlying theme which helps students understand and respond to the current issues facing the world, confident in their understanding of British values. 

How often is it taught?

 

Year 7: One double lesson per week

Year 8: One single lesson per week

Year 9: One single lesson per week

Year 10: One single lesson and one double lesson on a roundabout basis with RE

Year 11: One single lesson and one double lesson

 

PHSE and Citizenship Curriculum

Year 7

Topic Content

Citizenship

How local government works; how to campaign about an issue locally; rights and
responsibilities; child soldiers and refugees

Relationships

Transition to senior school;  Friendship and bullying

Health and wellbeing: physical

Healthy eating; Puberty

Health and wellbeing: emotional

Emotional Well-being

Economic Well-being/career

The Real Game; study skills and presentation skills

Year 8

Topic Content

Citzenship

How national government works;  how to campaign about an issue nationally; Charity campaigns

Relationship

Covered in body image lessons

Health and wellbeing: physical

Smoking

Health and wellbeing: emotional

Body Image; Relationships; Managing conflicts

Economic Well-being/career

Take your daughters to work day; NHS careers competition

Year 9

Topic Content

Citzenship

Global issues and how to make a difference; British justice system and young offenders

Relationship

Sex and relationships

Health and wellbeing: physical

Alcohol

Health and wellbeing: emotional

Role models and Self-esteem

Economic Well-being/career

Choosing GCSEs

Year 10

Topic Content

Citzenship

Understanding and responding to extremism, cults and the existence of discrimination both in the UK and globally. Taking part in the UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark Campaign and the World’s Largest lesson on hunger. The challenges of social media, trafficking, pollution, climate change, poverty and the work of charities.

Relationships

Consent, and resisting pressure, teen parenting, and the consequences of unintended pregnancy. How to talk about sex and relationships.

Health and wellbeing: physical

Drugs and alchohol, the risks of abuse and addiction. A healthy lifestyle, fertility, STIs, first aid and self-health checks

Health and wellbeing: emotional

Looking at different types of stress, and how to find and give help, anger and self-confidence, recognising good mental health and how to achieve it.

Economic Well-being/career

Researching the job market and career paths, interests and skills for CVs building and interviews. Different types of qualifications including Degree Apprenticeships. Developing enterprise skills, such as presentation and teamwork. Understanding finance, including house buying, tax and benefit.

Year 11

 

Topic Content

Citzenship

Understanding and responding to extremism, cults and the existence of discrimination both in the UK and globally. Taking part in the UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark Campaign and the World’s Largest lesson on hunger. Politics including registering to vote, elections and the role of the monarchy.

Relationships

Resisting pressures, what makes a good relationship?

Health and wellbeing: physical health

Healthy Living, including eating, sleeping, and relaxation. The impact of substance use and abuse and emergency first aid. STIs.

Health and wellbeing: emotional health

Managing mental health including coping mechanisms, self-esteem and personal safety. Decisions about pregnancy, parenting and family. Abusive relationships, harassment and consent.

Economic Well-being/career

Choosing A levels and other post 16 options; Writing a CV,and interview technique and employability including future career options; study skills; budgeting; student finance, housing, emigration, credit scores and the impact these have on the cost of borrowing. Life skills. 

 

Other Information

 

Year 7 take part in the Real Game which allows them to experience, living the life of a person with a particular job (given at random) to understand how much things really cost and what the world of work is like.

Year 8 take a day out of school to attend a parent to work for the day to again get an idea of different jobs and what working is like.

Year 8 and 9 students have the opportunity to take part in the national Mock Trial competition.

All students have the opportunity to be candidates for the UK Youth Parliament and the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth.

Year 10s have the opportunity to take part in the Young Enterprise £10 challenge, raising money for charity and then organise and take part in a volunteering day in June. They also have the opportunity to attend the PeaceJam conference at Winchester University.

Year 11s all have the opportunity to have a one to one interview with a real business person and receive feedback.

Year 10 and year 11 have a session on study skills, focusing on memory and revision techniques led by an external training agency.

Year 11s also very often have talks in lessons from a wide range of contributors such as married couples, an ex offender and a speaker from the Teenage Cancer Trust entrepreneurs, the school nurse on contraception and more..

All students are encouraged to engage in discussion about current affairs and stories in the news or media about topics being studied.

 


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