Citizenship

xa0e1040Citizenship is an all-encompassing subject and is considered equally important in terms of subject lessons, cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities.  Lawrence Sheriff School celebrates the integration and achievements of its pupil’s both inside and outside of the classroom and considers Citizenship to be a core factor in these achievements as students are encouraged to take part in their communities. 

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils are taught Citizenship in House groups.  Their lessons are delivered to encourage reflection using a mixture of discussion, role play and research of current British topics.  

Such topics include:

·Their transition to secondary school and their new community
·The rights of a UK Citizen
· Using their rights & responsibilities
·Being global Citizens – forming an island colony; the banana pricing game; Fair trade policies; tourism
·UK politics & the history of Parliament

Comments from pupils in year 7 include:
·     ‘I was interested in the Law topic as it is something I would like to do as a future career plan’
·     ‘It is good to understand how others feel and not to judge them’

Year 8
In Year 8 pupils are taught Citizenship in House groups.  Their lessons are delivered to encourage reflection with empathy through discursive, active engagement by all pupils covering a variety of British topics. 

Such topics include:


·                                What is the Law? (Both Civil Law & Criminal Law)
·                                The work of a Police Officer – past & present
·                                The work of the UK courts
·                                Using a role play ‘Sentencing Circle’
·                                The role of the media – press freedom & spinning the news
·                                Programme scheduling
·                                Positive images – challenging stereotypes
·                                Refugees & Asylum seekers
·                                Human trafficking
·                                Using student voice
·                                The Emergency Health Services of the NHS

Comments from pupils in year 8 include:

·    ‘Learning about asylum seekers caught my attention’
·    ‘We study valid points for later in life – such as belonging to communities and the effects of the media’

Years 9-11

Pupils in Years 9-11 undertake an audit each year to identify where Citizenship threads occur in their individual lessons.  These are compared to the annual teaching Citizenship audit undertaken by Subject Leaders – to ensure parity and the occurrence of key themes across the curriculum.  Citizenship themes are used as a basis for assemblies as well as part of the tutor programme.  Citizenship is currently delivered within the RE GCSE as dedicated timetabled lessons.  

Years 12-13

Pupils in Years 12-13 undertake an audit each year to identify where Citizenship threads occur in their individual lessons.  These are compared to the annual teaching Citizenship audit undertaken by Subject Leaders – to ensure parity and the occurrence of key themes across the curriculum.  Citizenship themes are used as a basis for assemblies as well as part of the tutor programme.  Pupils have a dedicated timetabled lesson, once a week – as part of the PSHE rotation.  Students may also undertake the Extended Project qualification.

 

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