Citizenship Course Info KS3

Outline
Teaching will develop pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Students will use and apply their knowledge and understanding whilst developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.

Content

Year 7Government
The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch.
 
Politics
The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties.
Year 8Rights and Liberties
The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom.
 
The Law
The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals.
Year 9Community
The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities.
 
Finance
The functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.

Assessment (including homework)

Year 7Autumn 1 – Students complete a baseline assessment to assess their knowledge and understanding in citizenship.
Autumn 2 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship during the debate “Should the voting age in the UK be lowered?”
Spring 1 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question on “Should Scotland be independent of the UK?”
Spring 2 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question on “Should Britain leave the European Union?”
Summer 1 – End of Year Exam
Summer 2 – Students plan and deliver a citizenship in action project in which they are required to demonstrate an understanding of citizenship in the local community.
Year 8Autumn 1 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question on civil liberties in the UK.
Autumn 2 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question on human rights.
Spring 1 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question debating the age of criminal responsibility.
Spring 2 – Students plan and deliver a citizenship in action project in which they are required to demonstrate an understanding of citizenship in the local community.
Summer 1 – End of Year Exam
Summer 2 – Teacher uses formative assessment of skills during Mock Trial using scoring system sheet and judges’ guidance notes. Students all receive a copy of team feedback sheet.
Year 9Autumn 1 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question on “How should the UK react to terrorism?
Autumn 2 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question on immigration in the UK.
Spring 1 – Year 9 examination
Spring 2 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question on Britain’s relationship with the European Union.
Summer 1 – Teacher uses formative assessment grid to assess key skills in citizenship in an exam question on Britain’s role in dealing with global poverty.
Summer 2 – Students start GCSE programme.

How to support your daughter

Asking questions about homework, proofreading and supporting students in the application of the marking criteria.
Encouraging students to access current religious and moral issues via a range of media.
Supporting the revision of key words and their meaning.