Citizenship Years 7-11

CITIZENSHIP 

Welcome to the Citizenship department

Aim:

Our aim is to give pupils at Thamesmead School a knowledge of and respect for cultures and communities around them and to help develop their ideas and understanding of issues affecting them locally and internationally.

 

Overview:

Students should gain a broad knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens; they will develop skills of enquiry and communication and of participation and responsible action.

Studying citizenship will help to empower young people when making their own decisions and to help them take responsibility for their own lives and communities – allowing them the opportunity to explore a variety social and political views.

During citizenship lessons we will investigate, research, debate and get involved in a number of local and global issues that affect communities around the world. We explore what it means to be a ‘citizen’ and the many roles we have to play in our ever changing world.

Citizenship is taught in Years 7-11,  16 times across the school year.  There are also special assemblies, guest speakers and events to enhance delivery.

 

What topics will I study?

The knowledge learnt and the skills practiced in citizenship lessons provide a strong foundation for many subjects and beyond.

Year 7

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Identity and diversity
  • Personal well-being
  • Health Education

Year 8

  • Government and politics
  • Community responsibility
  • Personal safety
  • Economic awareness

Year 9  

  • Careers
  • Sex Education
  • Personal well-being
  • Community and diversity

Year 10

  • Careers
  • Enterprise
  • Health and well-being
  • Community and wider world

Year 11

  • Study Skills
  • Careers
  • Health and well-being

Are there any enrichment opportunities / visits or trips?

Students receive visits from outside charities such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Guide Dog Association, NHS, Samaritans, charity speakers and have many opportunities to get involved with charities through the school House system. 

 

What careers might this lead to?

Citizenship is a versatile subject and can be a useful subject for pupils considering a variety of jobs including careers in: Public Services, Health and Social Care, the Armed Forces, Government and Politics, Law or the Environment.

 

Helpful websites include:

Anti-Bullying Week                              http://www.antibullyingweek.co.uk/

Safer Internet                                      https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Murder Games (Breck Bednar) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cgtx5

CEOP / Thinkuknow                            www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Internet Matters                                    www.internetmatters.org

PSHE Association                                 www.pshe-association.org.uk

Extremism                                              www.educateagainsthate.com

Surrey County Council                         www.surreycc.gov.uk

Young Stonewall (LGBT)                     www.youngstonewall.org.uk

Forward (FGM)                                     http://forwarduk.org.uk/key-issues/fgm/  

Frank                                                       www.talktofrank.com

Healthy Working Lives (Alcohol & Drugs)

http://www.healthyworkinglives.com/advice/workplace-health-promotion/drugs-alcohol

NHS (Effects of Drugs)                       http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/drugs/Pages/Drugshome.aspx

Social Media & Radicalisation

www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-use-of-social-media-for-online-radicalisation