St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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PSHE & Citizenship

KEY STAGE 3 

PSHE and Citizenship are 2 separate subjects although there is sometimes overlap in the content. You will have either one PSHE or one Citizenship lesson a week.

In PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), each year group will study several topics. For example:

  • Year 7 – Anti-bullying; Money and Budgeting; Personal Safety; Healthy Eating, Oral Health, Physical Activity and Puberty.
  • Year 8 – Smoking; The Real Game; Drugs; Emotional Wellbeing
  •  Year 9 – Sex and Relationships Education

 In CITIZENSHIP, you will use and develop a range of skills including :

  • Critical Thinking & Enquiry (Independent Thinking & Research)
  • Advocacy & Representation (Speaking & Listening)
  • Taking Informed & Responsible Action (Participation)

Topics will include politics, rights and responsibilities, the law and the UK and the rest of the world.

 As well as having one Citizenship lesson each week, Citizenship also has a whole-school focus and is a feature of a wide range of other subjects – including Geography, MFL, PE, Art, English, History, Media and RE – as well as being part of many aspects of school life. However, the assessment of Citizenship will take place mainly during your timetabled Citizenship lesson.

Guest speakers are sometimes invited to lead sessions as part of the PSHE and Citizenship programme. We expect very high standards of behaviour at all times but particularly when visitors are in lessons. Pupils whose behaviour falls below these expectations will be removed from the activity and supervised elsewhere.

For both subjects, PLANNING AND RESEARCH may sometimes be needed in your own time.