Citizenship (Identity and Communities)
This unit looks at forms of racism, sexism, ageism and studies stereotypes. It also considers types of discrimination, such as physical disabilities, hearing impairment, and visual impairment. We consider the rights we have as individuals at different stages of our lives and how, as those rights increase, so do the responsibilities which accompany them. The children consider how they can make a positive contribution to society (within school and within the local and wider community.) The unit develops an awareness and understanding of the needs of others and what it means to be a truly democratic society which has a fundamental belief in equality. Pupils look at the true diversity of British culture and how the history of Britain has created today’s society. They look at our history and heritage and how international influences blend with our own to make our society what it is, using poems from Benjamin Zephania. Pupils research their own multicultural background i.e. relatives from overseas. The aim of this unit is to develop the children’s understanding and tolerance of other cultures and backgrounds and to celebrate differences between individuals and groups.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Lessons in this unit cover the 5 ways to wellbeing (Connect, be active, take notice, keep learning, give).
This unit begins with lessons focused on Understanding and Preventing Extremism. We look at language, the role the media play, and how groups of people can be negatively portrayed. We then look at influence, before finishing the unit by considering our role in our community.
We begin this unit by looking at jobs through the ages. Using the National Careers Service website, we explore employment, budgeting, and the effect unemployment can have on a person. We finish the unit with Career Speed Dating, sharing information about the careers researched.
Pupils learn about the effects of smoking and alcohol in particular on the mind and body and the impact can these can have on behaviour and emotional and physical wellbeing. They think about risk assessments and the skills of decision-making. This unit also includes transport safety, behavior in the community, e-safety and peer pressure. We also have an Theatre in Education workshop on Road Safety.
Relationship, Sex and Health Education
In this unit we learn about at Personal hygiene, self esteem, puberty, menstruation, sanitary products, safe relationships and sleep. As part of the relationships topic, we also consider what makes a good friend? And How does the school deal with bullying?
Here we look at the impact of poor diet and lack of exercise.
Students are shown and follow First Aid advice from the British Red Cross to gain a basic understanding of First Aid. We use resources from St Johns Ambulance to learn the recovery position, and also look at the Charity the British Heart Foundation.