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Citizenship Curriculum 2019-2020

Head of Department: Mrs. M. Timberlake
Email address: mtimberlake@gilbertinglefield.com

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. In promoting positive Citizenship skills, we are preparing our pupils for life after school.

Citizenship is taught as part of PSHEE in Year 5 & 6 and as part of CPRE in Year 7 and 8. Pupils also have discussion based Citizenship session during Form Time on a Thursday.

 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.

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:

  • Many whole school policies such as anti-bullying and equal opportunities
  • Voluntary work
  • School Council voting and implementation
  • Relations in the community (including attending the Remembrance service)
  • Visitors to the school:

Year 5 & 6

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.

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.

 Pupils will be taught about:

  • the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, 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.

Citizenship sessions will – sometimes – be led by current affairs. For example, in the Autumn term (2019) our Citizenship sessions have been focused on Brexit.