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Learning with truth and love

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Learning with truth and love

Curriculum Lessons

There are three principal areas that our pupils will develop whilst they progress through Key stage 3 to 5 and these are:

 

Physical health and mental wellbeing:

Health and wellbeing education should focus on enabling pupils to make well-informed, positive choices for themselves. This should enable pupils to understand how their bodies are changing, how they are feeling and why, to further develop the language that they use to talk about their bodies, health and emotions and to understand why terms associated with mental and physical health difficulties should not be used pejoratively.

 

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE):

The aim of RSE is to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It should enable them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful marriage or other type of committed relationship. It should also cover contraception, developing intimate relationships and resisting pressure to have sex (and not applying pressure). It should teach what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships.

 

Living in the Wider World:

Even though much of ‘Living in the Wider World’ is not included in statutory requirements, this core theme is equally important. We have intertwined this element with Careers, so that our pupils cover economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education, as well as education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk.

 

To supplement and enhance the learning within this subject area we have 4 RSHE drop down days, one per half term that focus on developing each of the three themes as well as a dedicated to Careers which complements our Living in the wider world theme.

Year 7 Curriculum lessons (30 minutes per week)

Autumn 1

Health & wellbeing

Autumn 2

Living in the wider world

Spring 1

Relationships

Spring 2

Health & wellbeing

Summer 1

Relationships

Summer 2

Living in the wider world

Transition and safety

Transition to secondary school and personal safety in and outside school, including first aid

Developing skills  and aspirations

Careers, teamwork and enterprise skills, and raising aspirations

Diversity

Diversity, prejudice, and bullying

Health and puberty

Healthy routines, influences on health, puberty, unwanted contact, and FGM

Building relationships

Self-worth, romance and friendships (including online) and relationship boundaries

Financial decision making

Saving, borrowing, budgeting and making financial choices

 

Year 8 Curriculum lessons (30 minutes per week)

Autumn 1

Health & wellbeing

Autumn 2

Living in the wider world

Spring 1

Relationships

Spring 2

Health & wellbeing

Summer 1

Relationships

Summer 2

Living in the wider world

Drugs and alcohol

Alcohol and drug misuse and pressures relating to drug use

Community and careers

Equality of opportunity in careers and life choices, and different types and patterns of work

Discrimination

Discrimination in all its forms, including: racism, religious discrimination, disability, discrimination, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Emotional wellbeing

Mental health and emotional wellbeing, including body image and coping strategies

Identity and relationships

Gender identity, sexual orientation, consent, ‘sexting’, and an introduction to contraception

Digital literacy

Online safety, digital literacy, media reliability, and gambling hooks

 

Year 9 Curriculum lessons (30 minutes per week)

Autumn 1

Health & wellbeing

Autumn 2

Living in the wider world

Spring 1

Relationships

Spring 2

Health & wellbeing

Summer 1

Relationships

Summer 2

Living in the wider world

Peer influence, substance

use and gangs

Healthy and unhealthy friendships, assertiveness, substance misuse, and gang exploitation

Setting goals

Learning strengths, career options and goal setting as part of the GCSE options process

Respectful relationships

Families and parenting, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and relationship changes

Healthy lifestyle

Diet, exercise, lifestyle balance and healthy choices, and first aid

Intimate relationships

Relationships and sex education including consent, contraception, the risks of STIs, and attitudes to pornography

Employability skills

Employability and online presence

 

Year 10 Curriculum lessons (30 minutes per week)

Autumn 1

Health & wellbeing

Autumn 2

Living in the wider world

Spring 1

Relationships

Spring 2

Health & wellbeing

Summer 1

Relationships

Summer 2

Living in the wider world

Mental health

Mental health and ill health, stigma, safeguarding health, including during periods of transition or change

Financial decision making

The impact of financial decisions, debt, gambling and the impact of advertising on financial choices

Healthy relationships

Relationships and sex expectations, myths, pleasure and challenges, including the impact of the media and pornography

Exploring influence

The influence and impact of drugs, gangs, role models and the media

Addressing extremism and radicalization

Communities, belonging and challenging extremism

Work experience

Preparation for and evaluation of work experience and readiness for work

 

Year 11 Curriculum lessons (30 minutes per week)

Autumn 1

Health & wellbeing

Autumn 2

Living in the wider world

Spring 1

Relationships

Spring 2

Health & wellbeing

Summer 1

Relationships

Summer 2

Living in the wider world

Building for the future

Self-efficacy, stress management, and future opportunities

Next steps

Application processes, and skills for further education, employment and career progression

Communication in relationships

Personal values, assertive communication (including in relation to contraception and sexual health), relationship challenges and abuse

Independence

Responsible health choices, and safety in independent contexts

Families

Different families and parental responsibilities, pregnancy, marriage and forced marriage and changing relationships

End of Academic School year

RSE delivered through other areas of the curriculum 

 

Science

At key stage 3 and 4, it includes teaching about reproduction in humans; for example, the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, menstrual cycle, gametes, fertilisation, gestation, birth and HIV/AIDS.

 

Computing

E-safety, with progression in the content to reflect the different and escalating risks that young people face as they get older. This includes how to use technology safely, responsibly, respectfully, and securely, how to keep personal information private, and where to go for help and support.

 

Physical Education

For example, health education can complement what is taught through PE by developing core knowledge and broader understanding that enables people to lead healthy, active lives. Currently, in Key stage 4 we have a core PE & Wellbeing group and a Btec Sport class that cover many aspects of the Health Education curriculum

 

Wider curriculum and Academy opportunities~
The curriculum on health education should similarly complement, and be supported by, the Academy’s wider education on healthy lifestyles through physical education, food technology, science, sport, extra-curricular activity, and school food.

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