Citizenship & Religious Studies

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Citizenship & Religious Studies

autumn term

Topic
Overview
Government and Democracy
(Politics)
  • Exploration of different political systems and voting systems
  • Manifestos
  • The UK government,  including the process of law making
  • Origins and evaluation of the Welfare State
  • Evaluation of government expenditure
Judaism
  • The 10 commandments – basis of Jewish law
  • Passover and the Seder meal
  • What it’s like to be Jewish? – Exploration of daily Jewish life including: Jewish symbols, Kosher food and Shabbat
  • The Synagogue: a place of worship and a place of community. 

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Spiritual - Exploring Jewish beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; Learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world.
    • Cultural - Appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity
    • Moral - Investigating moral and ethical issues.
    • Social - engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

    • BV - Democracy. The rule of law. Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Individual liberty

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Links to careers in politics, marketing, finance catering, design and architecture

 

Home Learning this Term

To support the learning within the subject, pupils will be expected to undertake independent research outside of the lesson preparing for class activities.  They will also be expected to complete a range of other tasks including:  extended and directed pieces of writing as well as more creative aspects of learning.

 

spring term

Topic
Overview
Financial Literacy
  • Exploration of key issues to do with money – including minimum and living wage
  • Links with educational attainment and wages
  • Budgeting –linked with the cost of running a household
  • Bank accounts/Saving and borrowing
Drugs and alcohol education
  • Rationale behind the teaching of drugs education in school
  • Recognition of different drugs and their effects
  • Exploration of the dangers and risks associated with drug use and impact upon individuals and families
  • Consequences, including legal ones, of drug use
  • Evaluation of needle exchange programmes
  • Religious attitudes surrounding alcohol use

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Moral Recognising right and wrong; respecting the law; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues

    • BV - The rule of law. Individual liberty

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Links to careers in the financial sector, healthcare and the criminal justice system.  Raising aspirations - Links with educational attainment and wages

 

Home Learning this Term

To support the learning within the subject, pupils will be expected to undertake independent research outside of the lesson preparing for class activities.  They will also be expected to complete a range of other tasks including:  extended and directed pieces of writing as well as more creative aspects of learning.

 

summer term

Topic
Overview

Rites of Passage

Exploration of rites of passage in Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths.  These include:

Baptism, Brit Millah, Aqiqah, Confirmation, Bar Mitzvah, Marriage, Death.  

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Spiritual - Exploring Christian, Jewish and Islamic beliefs and experience; respecting faiths, feelings and values; Learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world.
    • Cultural – understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity.
    • B/V - Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Individual liberty

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Links to careers with journalism,  wedding planner, funeral director

 

Home Learning this Term

To support the learning within the subject, pupils will be expected to undertake independent research outside of the lesson preparing for class activities. They will also be expected to complete a range of other tasks including extended and directed pieces of writing as well as more creative aspects of learning.

 

Year 8 Citizenship & Religious Studies Summary

During year 8, pupils will explore the three subjects of Citizenship, Religious Studies and PSHE.  Within Citizenship they will discover issues connected with personal finance and responsibility. In politics, they will probe the workings of parliament and consider wider political issues. In Religious Studies, pupils are taught in line with the locally agreed syllabus focusing primarily on: Knowing about/understanding religions and worldviews, expressing/communicating ideas and gaining/deploying skills.  In Judaism, they will investigate key Jewish beliefs and practices; pupils will examine and reflect upon rites of passage such as death and marriage, from the three Abrahamic faiths.  In PSHE they will learn valuable life skills examining the dangers and consequences of drug use.