Citizenship

  

In Key Stage 3, pupils are given an introduction to the key Citizenship concepts of rights, democracy, money and the rule of law, as well as affording the pupils an opportunity to create and develop their own Citizenship campaign.The bespoke curriculum delivered by the department serves as a preparatory course for the Edexcel GCSE in Citizenship Studies (taken in Year 9-11) and serves as one the cornerstones of the school’s promotion of British values.

Year 7 PROGRAMME OF STUDY

AUTUMN 1- INTRODUCTION TO CITIZENSHIP
Wants and needs; Human Rights; The right to free speech; How human rights are defended; Losing your human rights

AUTUMN 2- INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS
The key principles of a democracy; Voting; Deciding who gets the vote;Fighting for the right to vote; North Korea: Life in a non-democratic country; Democracy and me

SPRING 1- INTRODUCTION TO MONEY

Money and value; The economy; The bank; Money in the modern age; My place in the economy

SPRING 2- LOCAL COUNCIL
Introduction to the local council;Southwark Council; The councillor; Improving our local parks; The changing face of Peckham

SUMMER 1- CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
The nature of justice; Criminal activity; The police; The courts; Prison

SUMMER 2- CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE
Campaigning for change; Ways to campaign;Starting a campaign; Making a campaign; Evaluating your campaign


Year 8 PROGRAMME OF STUDY

AUTUMN 1- DIVERSITY
Diversity in the UK; Immigration; Community cohesion; London: A diverse place; London divided: The London Riots

AUTUMN 2- POLITICS IN THE UK
Britain as a democracy; The general election; The government; Political parties; The modern attitude to democracy; Brexit

SPRING 1- MY MONEY AND THE ECONOMY
Budgeting; Debt; Tax; Saving and pensions; The 2008 financial crisis

SPRING 2- PROTECTING RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
The Magna Carta, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Martin Luther King; Amnesty International; The war in Syria

SUMMER 1- LAWS OF THE LAND
The rule of law; Making a law; The Judiciary; The law in action; Civil law

SUMMER 2- THE MEDIA
The media and me; Roles of the media; Privacy and celebrity; Social media; The power of the media

From Year 9, pupils begin the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Citizenship Studies course, with the examination being taken in Year 11. Citizenship Studies at GCSE focuses on how people take an active part in democratic politics and work together for a better society, locally, nationally and globally. In doing so, the course gives students the opportunity to learn about power, democracy, the operation of government and the legal system, and the role of the UK in the wider world. Students will also experience taking citizenship action and learn from trying to make a difference themselves.

The course content is divided into five themes, with each theme defined by key questions of enquiry:

Theme A:Living together in the UK

• How have communities developed in the UK?
• What is identity?
• What are democratic values and where do they come from?
• How does local democracy work?

Theme B:Democracy at work in the UK

• Who runs the country?
• How does Parliament work?
• How is power shared between Westminster and the devolved administrations?
• How does government manage public money?

Theme C:Law and justice

• What is the law for and how does it affect us?
• How does the justice system work?
• Is crime increasing in society?

Theme D:Power and influence

• What power and influence can citizens have?
• What role and influence should the media have?
• Does the UK have power and influence in the wider world?

Theme E:Taking citizenship action

Students must carry out an in-depth, critical investigation leading to citizenship action. The investigation and action can be based on any aspect or issue arising from the course content and should be designed to have an impact locally, nationally or globally. There are many types of investigation and action that students can take that use different methods and citizenship skills.

The GCSE is assessed through two externally examined papers (each worth 50%).

Paper 1
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
80 marks

Content overview:

Theme A: Living together in the UK
Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK
Theme C: Law and justice


Assessment overview:

Section A: questions are focused on Theme A: Living together in the UK
Section B: questions are focused on Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK
Section C: questions are focused on Theme C: Law and justice
Section D: extended-response questions related to two or more of specification Themes A–C.

Paper 2
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
80 marks
Content overview:

Theme D: Power and influence
Theme E: Taking citizenship action
Assessment overview:

Section A: questions are focused on the students’ own citizenship action.
Section B: questions are focused on others’ actions relating to Theme D: Power and influence.
Section C: questions are focused on Theme D: Power and influence. One question will also link to content in one of Themes A–C.

 

 
 
 

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