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.  

KS3
Year 7
In Year 7 pupils have four lessons a week, for a six week block, of Citizenship taught in mixed 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
  • The history of the EU, its members and rules
  • The role of a monarch
  • 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 have threes lessons a week, for a six week block, of Citizenship taught in mixed 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’

KS4
Pupils in Key Stage 4 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.

Year 9
In Year 9 Citizenship is currently delivered within the RE GCSE and the Careers carousal rotation as dedicated timetabled lessons.  

Year 10
In Year 10 Citizenship is currently delivered within the RE GCSE and the Careers carousal rotation as dedicated timetabled lessons.  

Year 11
In Year 11 Citizenship is currently delivered within the RE GCSE and the Careers carousal rotation as dedicated timetabled lessons.  

KS5
Pupils in Key Stage 5 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.

Year 12
In Year 12 pupils have a dedicated timetabled lesson, once a week – as part of the PSHE rotation.  Students may also undertake the Extended Project qualification.

Year 13
In Year 13 pupils have a dedicated timetabled lesson, once a week – as part of the PSHE rotation.  

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