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Citizenship

 

Citizenship Education at Spring Hill High School helps to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become informed and active citizens of the UK and promotes positive engagement in the political process. The scheme of learning is centred around investigation of current and topical affairs and fosters students’ natural curiosity and awareness of the key British values, the operation of democracy and how individuals may have their voice heard and make a difference locally and nationally.

The curriculum aims to assist learners to develop a commitment to participation in volunteering and other forms of responsible action that they may take into adulthood. It also aims to ensure that all learners become politically astute and able to consider political, social, economic and environmental issues, debate and make informed arguments clearly and coherently in a range of contexts.

They will also gain the ability to recognise bias, critically evaluate arguments, weigh evidence and look for alternative interpretations and sources of evidence, all of which are essential skills in the ‘age of information’ and are valued by higher education providers and employers.

Citizenship studies investigates how the citizen is enabled by society to play a full and active part and how citizens are empowered to effect change within society. Citizenship understanding develops through the knowledge of how a society operates and functions and its underlying values. The overarching theme of this specification is ‘How citizens can try to make a difference’. This aim is supported by three content themes, and a campaign or investigation component:

  • Theme 1- Life in Modern Britain
    This theme looks at the make-up and dynamics of contemporary society, what it means to be British, as well as the role of the media and the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) role on the world stage
  • Theme 2- Rights and Responsibilities
    This theme looks at the nature of laws, rights and responsibilities within the UK and has a global aspect due to the nature of international laws, treaties and agreements by which the UK abides
  • Theme 3- Politics and Participation
    This theme aims to give the student, through an understanding of the political process, the knowledge and skills necessary to understand how to resolve issues, bring about change, and how the empowered citizen is at the heart of our society
  • Theme 4- Active Citizenship Investigation
  • Opportunities are provided for learners to engage in enrichment activities and experiences outside the classroom. After completing case study investigations of voluntary organisations and pressure groups and reflecting critically on what constitutes successful active citizenship in a modern context, learners can embark on a campaign of their own to raise funds or awareness to effect change in their local, national or global community on an issue close to their hearts. Previously this has constituted engagement with charities and other organisations and advocating for change to people in positions of power. In 2016, GCSE students presented a case for mounting a campaign to their local MP in school, arguing on issues such as welfare state and promoting tolerance and the benefits of multicultural society in the wake of the Paris attacks. The department works with Oxfam Education, who assist students in planning and orchestrating their campaigns and provide the potential for careers stemming from volunteering activities.

     

     

    Useful Websites

    Citizenship GCSE (AQA 8100)
    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/citizenship/gcse/citizenship-studies-8100

    Teach It Citizenship
    https://citizenshipresources.aqa.org.uk/

 

 

Citizenship and RE KS3 Curriculum Overview

Year 7

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1   Introduction to Religious Studies
  Autumn 2   Rules, fairness, rights and responsibilities.
  Spring 1  

What is authority?

  • Introduction - What is authority?
  • What makes a good leader?
  • Is God the leader?
  • God on earth.
  • Why are sacred writings special?
  Spring 2   How Sustainable is my Community?
  Summer 1   Parliament and Democracy
  Summer 2   Parliament and Democracy

 

Year 8

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1   Christianity & Worship
  Autumn 2   Crime and Punishment
  Spring 1   Peace and Conflict
  Spring 2   Advocacy and Representation
  Summer 1   Forgiveness & Reconciliation
  Summer 2   British Values

 

Year 9

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1   The Role of Families
  Autumn 2   Rights & Responsibilities
  Spring 1   The Nature of God
  Spring 2   Government and Democracy
  Summer 1   Islam
  Summer 2   Community and Volunteering

 

Citizenship GCSE Curriculum Overview (AQA 8100)

Year 10

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  

Life in Modern Britain (Section A)

  • What are the principles and values that underpin British society?
  • What do we mean by identity?
  • What is the role of the media and free press?
  Autumn 2  

Life in Modern Britain (Section A)

  • What is the UK’s role in key international organisations?
  • How can Citizens make their voice heard and make a difference in society?
  • Summative assessment of citizenship skills, processes and methods relating to section A
  Spring 1  

Rights and Responsibilities (Section B)

  • What laws does a society require and why?
  • What are a citizen’s rights and responsibilities within the legal system?
  • How has the law developed over time, and does the law protect the citizen and deal with criminals?
  Spring 2  

Rights and Responsibilities (Section B)

  • What are the universal human rights and how do we protect them?
  • How do citizens play a part to bring about change in the legal system?
  • Summative assessment of citizenship skills, processes and methods
  Summer 1  

Politics and Participation (Section C)

  • Where does political power reside in the UK and how is it controlled?
  • What are the powers of local and devolved government and how can citizens participate?
  • Where does political power reside: with the citizen, parliament or government?
  Summer 2  

Politics and Participation (Section C)

  • How do others govern themselves?
  • How can citizens try to bring about political change?
  • Summative assessment of citizenship skills, processes and methods

 

Year 11

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1 & 2  

Active Citizenship (Section D)

  • Students will form groups and select a citizenship issue close to their hearts, and carry out a campaign or planned course of informed action to address a citizenship issue or question of concern and aimed at delivering a benefit or change for a particular community or wider society (for example, raise awareness or funds)
  Spring 1  

Paper 2 REVISION (Themes 1 and 2)

During Spring term 1 students will revisit the topics of:

  • Life in modern Britain
  • Rights and responsibilities

They will undertake open-ended independent and group tasks centred around research, investigation, analysis and evaluation of key themes and contemporary real world issues/scenarios

  Spring 2  

Paper 1 REVISION (Themes 3 and 4)

During Spring term 2 students will revisit the topics of:

  • Active Citizenship
  • Politics and Participation

They will undertake open-ended independent and group tasks centred around research, investigation, analysis and evaluation of key themes and contemporary real world issues/scenarios

  Summer 1   Exam preparation and revision