Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 there are 7 Units of study that our Students in Year 7 follow and 6 Units that our Year 8 students follow.

Year 7

Unit 1 A place to learn

ks3header This unit introduces our new Year 7 students to the importance of their new school and helps them make that sometimes difficult transition from Junior to senior school. The unit deals with building relationships and self esteem and enables pupils to get to grips with how best to cope in a new environment with new people and new expectations within lessons. Our students will be finding out about other students in the class, looking at what PSHCE Education is and agreeing ground rules  We are learning about other people so that we can better understand and support each other in a new school. We also need to know what makes up PSHCE Education and agree ground rules so that we can support each other to learn. We are to reflect on ways in which students are already citizens participating in their school and communities. Our students will be working together to look at the excitement and the worry of starting a new school   We are learning about this so that we can understand how others are feeling and think of how we can support each other in this new adventure. Our students will be putting together a vision statement for this class. We are doing this because it is important that we all share a common goal if we are to support each other at our new school.

Unit 2 Community values

y7unit2In this unit students complete a community litter projects as a means to foster respect and care for out pupils new environment, their school. Students will devise questionnaires and surveys in an attempt to tackle head on the issues of litter and lack of respect in the community.

Unit 3 Resolving Conflict

y7unit3In this unit our Year 7 students consider the problems of bullying and how to resolve conflict amongst people. The unit is designed to encourage students to be aware of issues of bullying and gain the confidence to help prevent bullying and stop bullying. Our students will learn that to understand other people we need to not only listen to their words, but also take note of their faces and body language and tone of voice. This will avoid conflict and bullying in particular. Our students will think about their responsibility as an individual who belongs to many different social groups (eg friendship, class, school, community and family) to make sure that everyone feels included. We are learning this because people live and learn together better (and are happier) if everyone in the group feels included. We are learning this because recognising how someone else is feeling is an important skill in making new friends, facing new situations and getting on with those around us. Students agree classroom rules for discussing bullying behaviour. We are learning this because we all need to understand the need to be safe, and feel safe, when discussing bullying behaviour. Our students will consider the role and responsibilities of the bystander in bullying incidents. We are learning this because being a bystander to a bullying incident means you are in a powerful position to influence what happens next. Pupils will understand what conflict is and practice ways of dealing with conflict. We are learning this because if we have the skills to deal with conflict we can face them more confidently. Students will also learn about the potential impact of cyber bullying. We are learning this because cyber bullying, like all bullying, is unacceptable and we need to all work to stop it happening.

Unit 4 Relationships and Sex education

y7unit4In this unit our Year 7 students consider the complexity of relationships. Students will begin to explore positive qualities in relationships, in particular friendships and increase their understanding of how to make and keep friends.  They will also consider that there are a variety of relationships and that it is important to respect both similarities and differences between individuals. will explore the characteristics of loving, caring relationships and the similarities/differences between different types of relationship.  They will learning all this because it is important to understand what makes a relationship either positive or negative as everyone has rights and responsibilities about the kind of relationships that they form. Our students will learn how the physical and emotional changes that take place during puberty may affect them, and that there is a range of physical development that is normal.  We will also increase our students’ understanding about sexual relationships by considering what having a sexual relationship means and understanding what the law says about sexual activity. They are learning all this because it is important as we grow up and develop that we can feel confident about what is likely to happen to our bodies during puberty, and that we can start to consider what having a sexual relationship means. There will also be a lesson on internet safety and dressing appropriately in order to keep our students safe from risk. There will be an assessment for our students to complete as part of this unit and our students will be levelled on the progress they have made.

Unit 5 Citizenship and Community Cohesion

y7unit5In this unit our students will be looking at how the British are shaped by the influences from the rest of the world. We are learning about this because it is important to understand how Britain is made up of many different people. Each individual and each group brings something special to making the UK British. Our students will be looking at fictional families and life in the UK. Some of these families are new to the UK and others have lived here for a number of generations. We are studying this because it is important for us to try and understand what it may be like live in a new county. Our unit is designed to foster communal respect for people of different backgrounds and engender respect for all.

Unit 6 Drugs education

y7unit6In this unit our students will consider the potential dangers of drug taking by concentrating on Alcohol, tobacco and solvent abuse. The effect of alcohol is considered on one family through the use of a resource entitled ‘alcoholics anonymous’ and this demonstrates the dangers caused and the impact it can have. Pupils will explore the risks associated with using solvents and volatile substances. We are learning this because (despite a recent fall) solvents kill up to 80 young people every year.  They are very dangerous if misused. Pupils will also consider the dangers of tobacco and how harmful the case of addiction can be. The unit explores the key concepts of healthy lifestyles and risks and develops the skills of decision making and managing risk.

Unit 7 Food and healthy eating

y7unit7aPupils will consider the importance of food and healthy diet and lifestyle. Students will identify the different food groups and discuss why it is important that we follow a healthy lifestyle.   Students will consider the importance of self-esteem and the dangers that can be associated with body image. Pupils will also consider the global issue of food and healthy lifestyle as they look at the problems of world hunger.

Year 8

Unit 1 Citizenship and Human Rights

y8unit1In this unit we will help our students the concepts of universal human rights with everyday experience, focusing on what human rights mean for young people in the UK. It is intended to bring human rights to life, enabling our students to understand concrete issues such as poverty and discrimination. Our students will be involved in stimulating and challenging debates about identities, diversity and rights and responsibilities. This unit gives our students the chance to learn about their human rights and the rights of those around them as a vital part of building a wider culture of human rights in the UK. Ensuring everyone within a school understands their rights and how to protect them brings home to the individual the importance of respecting the rights of everyone in a school environment: students, teachers and other staff, families and carers.

Unit 2 Personal Safety

y8unit2In this unit our students will be introduced to the various dangers that can appear in their daily lives. Our unit is designed to help students understand the dangers and prepare effectively for any scenario so that by making the right choices they can remain safe. Our students will be taught to know and understand about how we could get into vulnerable situations and how to avoid them. Linking in with work done on drugs education in Year 7 our students will know how and why alcohol can compromise our personal safety.

Unit 3 Careers and Economic matters

y8unit3In this unit our students learn about the choices they will face in the future. Our lessons focus on future career choices and the decline of traditional industries. We look at how to link our GCSE options to appropriate careers and take a look at how to choose GCSE options. Students have to consider the advantages and disadvantages of certain combinations of subjects such as the amount of coursework and how those subjects are suited to their learning style. Our careers service also provide information and advice through the ‘Directions’ resources which provides students with extended tasks and homework activities. Finally the unit also features lessons about basic money management and how to stay out of debt in the future.

Unit 4 Resolving Conflict

y8unit4This interesting unit takes a look at conflict in all its stages. The unit progresses from personal conflict and confrontation to conflict at a local, national and even international level which demonstrates to students the importance of positive personal relationships and how skills in managing small scale conflicts feed into the wider world. Lessons focus on passivity, aggression and assertiveness, young people in conflict with local authorities and adults, negotiation at the European Union and the role of the United Nations in conflict resolution. By the end of the unit students will have an appreciation of adopting an assertive but non aggressive attitude to life and learning and to see how progress is only made by ensuring peace and cooperation reign in society.

Unit 5 Relationships and Sex Education

y7unit4In this unit our students will further develop their understanding of the ability to work in a safe, supportive environment when learning about RSHE. They will explore media images of how men/women may have expectations of how men/women look, and consider if there are also different standards of behaviour expected of the genders. We are learning all this because as we grow up it is important to be aware of external influences on how we dress, behave or feel about ourselves so that we can resist pressure. Students will consider the qualities needed in a partner to help make positive relationships, and explore sources of pressure on teenagers to be dating. We will also develop our understanding of our own rights within a relationship, alongside our responsibilities towards a partner. We are learning all this because as we mature and begin to make choices about dating it is important that we are able to recognize the qualities we value in a partner and be able to resist unwanted pressure. Students will learn about human reproduction and develop our knowledge of different types of contraception. We will also consider what a young woman may do if she finds out she is pregnant, and begin to develop our knowledge of support services available to young people. We are learning all this because it is important to understand the physical consequences of choosing to start a sexual relationship, and know where we can access advice and support. Students will develop their awareness and understanding of the range of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's), how they are contracted and how they can be prevented. Students will also build on their knowledge of HIV & Aids, and consider what 'Safe Sex' means. We are learning all this because as we grow up and mature and may decide to start a sexual relationship it is important to fully understand how we can keep ourselves and our partner's safe. Students will develop their knowledge of the sexual health services that are available to young people, and develop their skills for accessing these services. Students will also increase their understanding of confidentiality and awareness of how services are 'Quality Kite Marked' to show that they are young people friendly. We are learning all this because as we grow up and mature it is important to know what services are available to support us, and how we can access these sources of help.

Unit 6 Drugs Education

y8unit6In this unit our students will consider the potential dangers of drug taking by concentrating on alcohol and tobacco. The effect of alcohol is considered on one family through the use of a resource entitled ‘alcoholics anonymous’ and this demonstrates the dangers caused and the impact it can have. They are very dangerous if misused. Pupils will also consider the dangers of tobacco and how harmful the case of addiction can be. The unit explores the key concepts of healthy lifestyles and risks and develops the skills of decision making and managing risk. Students will construct a history of tobacco use in the United Kingdom. They will use this to help us ask questions about the future of smoking. We are learning this because smoking tobacco is one of the biggest causes of premature death in the UK. Students will consider the smoking ban (in public places) introduced in England last year. They will consider how different groups of people feel about the ban and consider whether it should be further extended. We are learning this because whilst many people have strong feelings about the ban all agree that smoking damages health. The unit explores aspects of the Citizenship programme of study: in particular elements of democracy and rights and responsibilities. It builds skills of critical thinking and enquiry, advocacy and representation and taking informed and responsible action.
y8unit6bOur students also follow various learn to learn activities designed to help our students manage their learning more efficiently. These comprise of the following topics: Team workers, Creative thinkers, Self managers and Effective participators. All these activities are designed to help our students learn in a more effective way by gaining skills that will enable them to make progress across their school subjects. They also stress the importance of our students working together with a unified goal of supporting one another in their learning.

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