Gilbert Inglefield Academy

Citizenship Curriculum Overview 2018-2019

Head of Department: Mrs. R. Read
Email address: rread@gilbertinglefield.org

 Citizenship helps children to develop as members of the school, local, regional, national and global communities. It is concerned with issues of right and wrong, rights and responsibilities, fairness, rules and laws, power and authority, equality and difference, communities and identities, democracy, conflict and cooperation. As children grow and develop, citizenship helps them to think and talk about issues relating to these concepts as they encounter them in their own lives and in the lives of others, and as depicted in the media and in literature.

Citizenship is taught as part of PSHEE in Year 5 & 6 and as part of Education for Life (E4L) in Year 7 and 8.

 Year 5 & 6

 Citizenship helps children to develop as members of the school, local, regional, national and global communities. It is concerned with issues of right and wrong, rights and responsibilities, fairness, rules and laws, power and authority, equality and difference, communities and identities, democracy, conflict and cooperation. As children grow and develop, citizenship helps them to think and talk about issues relating to these concepts as they encounter them in their own lives and in the lives of others, and as depicted in the media and in literature.

Citizenship in Key Stage 2 is a non-statutory subject that forms part of the broader framework for personal, social, health, economic education (PSHEE) which aims to ‘give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens’.

Developing a whole school approach:

Citizenship has implications for the whole school. This includes what is planned and taught in the classroom - as well as in other subjects – and what is learned through other school and community-based activities.

Activities include:

  • v Many whole school policies such as anti-bullying and equal opportunities
  • v Value of the Month
  • v Voluntary Work
  • v School Council voting and implementation
  • v Relations in the community including attending the Remembrance service

Planning for Citizenship:

Our two aims are to;

1 – Provide opportunities for all children to learn and achieve

2- Promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all children for the opportunity and experiences of life.

We provide opportunity to meet these aims by:

  1. a) Providing time for Citizenship
  2. b) During extra-curricular activities
  3. c) During circle-time sessions
  4. d) In combination with other subjects
  5. e) Through visits, the use of a visitor and special events in school.

Curriculum requirements:

Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities

 Pupils should be taught:

  1. a) To talk and write about their opinions, and explain their views, on issues that affect them and society.
  2. b) To face new challenges positively by collecting information, looking for help, making responsible choices and taking action.

Preparing to play an active role as citizens

Pupils should be taught:

  • To research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events.
  • To realise the consequences of anti-social behaviours, such as bullying and racism, on individuals and communitie
  • To reflect on spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues, using imagination to understand other peoples experience
  • To resolve differences by looking at alternatives, making decisions and explaining choice
  • To appreciate the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the U
  • To explore how the media present information

Developing a healthy lifestyle

Pupils should be taught:

  1. a) That pressure to behave in an unacceptable or risky way can come from a variety of sources, including people they know, and how to ask for help and use basic techniques for resisting pressure to do wrong

Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people

Pupils should be taught

  1. a) that their actions affect themselves and others, to care about others feelings and to try to see things from their point of view
  2. b) to think the lives of people living in other places and times, and people with different values and customs
  3. c) to realise the nature and consequences of racism, teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviours, and how to respond to them and ask for help
  4. d) to recognise and challenge stereotypes
  5. e) That differences and similarities between people arise from a number of factors, including cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity gender and disability.

The above guidelines have been chosen from the recommended PSHEE and Citizenship guidelines to support and prepare the children for KS3 Citizenship.

Year 7 & 8

A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.

 Developing a whole school approach:

Citizenship has implications for the whole school. This includes what is planned and taught in the classroom - as well as in other subjects – and what is learned through other school and community-based activities.

Activities include:

  • v Many whole school policies such as the anti-bullying and equal opportunities policy
  • v Value of the Month
  • v Voluntary work
  • v School Council voting and implementation
  • v Relations in the community

Planning for Citizenship:

The national curriculum for citizenship aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom isgoverned, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democraticsystems of government
  • develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justicesystem in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced
  • develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as otherforms of responsible activity that they will take with them into adulthood
  • are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enablethem to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs.We provide opportunity to meet these aims by:
  • 1- Providing time for Citizenship
  • 2- During extra-curricular activities
  • 3- During circle-time sessions
  • 4- In combination with other subjects
  • 5- Through visits, the use of a visitor and special events in school.

Curriculum requirements:

Teaching should develop pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rightsand responsibilities of citizens. Pupils should use and apply their knowledge andunderstanding whilst developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate andevaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.

 Pupils should be taught about:

  • the development of the political system of democratic government in the UnitedKingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch
  • the operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political

parties

  • the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom
  • the nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police andthe operation of courts and tribunals
  • the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways inwhich citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities toparticipate in school-based activities
  • the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, andmanaging risk. The above guidelines have been chosen from the recommended PSHEE and Citizenship guidelines to support and prepare the children for KS3 Citizenship.