Subjects

Citizenship

All students study the National Curriculum for Citizenship. The majority of delivery is in PSHE lessons, please see the PSHE curriculum page for more information. 

Y9 

In year 9, citizenship studies sits in both the Global Citizens and Social Science & Ethics options suites. Students start by studying an introduction to democracy, with local, national and international focus. They then complete an introduction to the criminal justice system and explore how society has changed over the past 50 years. 

Y10 

Autumn term – Theme  A; Living together in the UK 

Students will begin the course by looking at how communities have developed in the UK. They will consider different forms of discrimination, the impact of this and how can we reduce it. We will consider human rights, and why these are still needed in society and finish off this unit by looking at the role of local councils. 

Spring term – Theme B; Democracy at work in the UK 

Students begin by exploring who runs the country, including the key philosophical differences between the main political parties. They will learn how elections run and how the government is formed. This leads to students gaining an understanding of how parliament works.We explore how devolution impacts on law-making and identity. Students also consider the arguments for reforming parliament. Students will look at Government in constituent parts of the UK. We will then finish of this theme by focusing on how the government manages public money.

Summer term – Theme C; Law and Justice 

Students explore what the law is for and how this affects us. They will also learn about the different roles within the criminal justice system.Students learn the structure and purpose of criminal and civil courts. Youth Justice and the debates that surround it are investigated. Students learn about crime trends and the different opinions about punishment.

Y11 

Autumn term 1 – Theme E; Taking Citizenship Action 

To prepare for carrying out their own action, students undertake their own research and plan an event or campaign. Students are required to take action to demonstrate key citizenship attributes, they then reflect on the impact of this.

Autumn term 2 and Spring term – Theme D; Power and Influence 

Students will explore what power and influence citizens can have. This includes the roles of groups and organisations in a democratic society.What role and influence should the media have? Students will investigate the role of media in a democracy and how it can be used to influence public opinion. Students learn about the UK’s role in influencing the wider world, the UN, Commonwealth, NATO, WTO, EU and how we respond to challenging global situations.

Students study the links between the 5 themes, take part in debate week and apply their skills to practice essays in preparation for their exams.

Long Term Plans

YEAR 9
Half Term 1Half Term 2Half Term 3Half Term 4Half Term 5Half Term 6
Introduction to Citizenship: UKIntroduction to Citizenship: Wider WorldLiving together in the UK

 

Students will begin the course by looking at how communities have developed in the UK.

Living together in the UK

 

Different forms of discrimination, the impact of this and how can we reduce it

Living together in the UK

 

How has the Human Rights Act developed and do we still need it?

Living together in the UK

 

Our rights in society, the work of local councils

YEAR 10
Half Term 1Half Term 2Half Term 3Half Term 4Half Term 5Half Term 6
Theme B

 

Democracy at work in the UK

Students begin by exploring who runs the country, including the key philosophical differences between the main political parties. They will learn how elections run and how the government is formed. This leads to students gaining an understanding of how parliament works.

Theme B

 

Democracy at work in the UK

We explore how devolution impacts on law-making and identity. Students also consider the arguments for reforming parliament.

Theme B

 

Democracy at work in the UK

Students will look at Government in constituent parts of the UK. We will then finish of this theme by focusing on how the government manages public money.

Theme E

 

Taking Citizenship Action

To prepare for carrying out their own action, students undertaking their own research and plan an event or campaign.

Theme E

 

Taking Citizenship Action

Students are required to take action to demonstrate key citizenship attributes, they then reflect on the impact of this.

Theme C

 

Law and Justice

Students explore what the law is for and how this effects us. They will also learn about the different roles within the criminal justice system.

YEAR 11
Half Term 1Half Term 2Half Term 3Half Term 4Half Term 5Half Term 6
Theme C

 

Law and Justice

Students learn the strucre and purpose of criminal and civil courts. Youth Justice and the debates that surround it are investigated. Students learn about crime trends and the different opinions about punishment.

Theme D

 

Power and Influence

Students will explore what power and influence citizens can have. This includes the roles of groups and organisations in a democratic society.What role and influence should the media have? Students will investigate the role of media in a democracy and how it can be used to influence public opinion.

Theme D

 

Power and Influence

Students learn about the UK’s role in influencing the wider world, the UN, Commonwealth, NATO, WTO, EU and how we respond to challenging global situations.

Bringing it all together 

 

Concept mapping

Students study the links between the 5 themes, take part in debate week and apply their skills to practice essays in preparation for their exams.

Paper 1

 

Themes A, B and C

Paper 2

Themes D and E