Curriculum Overview


Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Sixth Form

Term 1: Community and Diversity

Students will consider their attitude and behaviour towards community and diversity. Students will learn what community is and how to recognise and help the needs of others. They will also work to understand that diversity includes groups with different abilities, and understand what it is like living with a disability. They will develop some empathy towards difference and accept their responsibility to challenge all forms of prejudice.

A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

Understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political belie

Manner, disposition, feeling, approach, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.

A condition (such as an illness or an injury) that damages or limits a person's physical or mental abilities. : the condition of being unable to do things in the average way.

The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Respect is a way of treating or thinking about something or someone. If you respect your teacher, you admire her and treat her well. People respect others who are impressive for any reason, such as being in authority — like a teacher or cop — or being old

The state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management. 2. an instance of being responsible : The responsibility for this mess is yours!

The quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause. 2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.

The fact of having a right to something. The amount to which you are entitled.

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Term 2: Safety

In this unit pupils will learn how to keep themselves and their personal belongings safe. They will cover safety on the streets, how to stay safe online, how to recognise safe strangers and buildings where they can get help.Pupils will also learn basic first aid.

The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury.

Cyber bullying
Cyberbullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten or intimidate someone. Cyberbullying is often done by children, who have increasingly early access t

Safe stranger
Someone you have not met that you know you can trust such as a police officer.

Safe building
A building where you can find safe strangers such as a police station.

First aid
Help given to a sick or injured person until full medical treatment is available

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Term 3: RSE: Identity and Puberty

Students will develop an understanding of how puberty can change personal hygiene needs, and learn about the different products and methods that can help maintain good personal hygiene. They will develop an appreciation that feelings and emotions can change during puberty, and how to deal with this change. They will also learn about the changes that take place to the body during puberty.

Who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others.

Puberty is the process of physical changes through which a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction. It is initiated by hormonal signals from the brain to the gonads: the ovaries in a girl, the testes in a boy.

Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.

A strong feeling deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.

A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activity of certain cells or organs. Many hormones are secreted by special glands, such as thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland.

The process in which someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advanced:

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Term 4: Introduction to UK Government and Politics

In this term, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the government in the UK, both at a local and national level. They will consider the role of the prime minister and the cabinet. They will explore the structure of the houses of parliament and the process of law making. Following this, students will look at political parties.

The political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration: Government is necessary to the e

From, existing in, serving, or responsible for a small area, especially of a country

Relating to or coming from a particular part of a country, wider than 'local'

Relating to or coming from a particular country.

Prime Minister
The leader of the government in some countries.

The committee of senior ministers responsible for controlling government policy.

The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It works with the House of Commons to: make laws check and challenge the actions of the government, and provide a forum of independent expertise

An assembly of the representatives of a political nation or people, often the supreme legislative authority.

A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

Political Party
A political party is defined as an organised group of people with at least roughly similar political aims and opinions, that seeks to influence public policy by getting its candidates elected to public office.

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Term 5: Healthy eating

This term students will learn about the elements that constitute healthy eating. Students will learn about what makes up a balanced diet, how vegetarian and vegan diets are different, how eating can become disordered, how to match their nutrition to the lifestyle they lead, how some drinks can have a negative effect on them and what it means if our food is sustainable.

In a good physical or mental condition; in good health.

The way in which a person lives.

A marked effect or influence.

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Term 6: Peer Pressure and Social Media

Students will explore the concept of peer pressure and the impact it can have on young people’s lives. Students will look specifically at social media issues and how harm can be caused by individuals and groups online.

Peer pressure
Influence from members of one's peer group.

Social media
Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

Hurting or frightening someone who is smaller or less powerful, often forcing them to do something that they do not want to do.

Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

Independent thought
Independent thinking means making sense of the world based on your own observations and experiences rather than just depending on the word of others. It means trusting your own ability to make judgments, even if they contradict what others say.

Have a strong effect on someone or something.

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