Educating future generations
Equipping future adults on the skills needed to participate in a democracy is vital for all of our futures. Due to this Citizenship is the most important subject on the National Curriculum, whilst other subjects may merely show you how to pass an exam Citizenship will equip you with the skills needed to participate in society.
From examining taxation and government spending to exploring why we have Human Rights students will use Citizenship in every aspect of their lives.
Pericles pointed out that, “Politics is interested in you, even if you are not interested in Politics”. This is the key to Citizenship at Addey and Stanhope as we encourage students to think of the subject as a political course and in order to engage them we will relate each topic to their everyday life. From studying about how legal rights affect their ability to drive to why the age of criminal responsibility is 10 students will be encouraged to become politically literate.
By concentrating on the political side of Citizenship Education students see how the subject can have an impact on their everyday life. Students are encouraged to challenge their own personal perceptions in class whilst taking in the ideas of others on baord. We hope that by the time pupils have left Addey and Stanhope they will have had a glimpse of why studying the world around them can be interesting and exciting.
Key Stage 3
• Introduction Unit to Citizenship
Students cover key words and concepts that they will encounter over the KS3 Citizenship curriculum.
• Human Rights
Students examine the UNDHR & the children’s human rights act. Students then use the UNDHR to examine slavery in the modern day. Students also investigate what happens when you do not live up to your responsibilities
Students will examine global inequality, what fair-trade and examine if this is the best way forward for LEDCs.
Building on from the unit on Fairtrade students design a chocolate bar and need to balance their finances when producing a marketing campaign
• Survey into the local community- Crime
Students conduct a survey in to their local community to discover the problems that happen with crime. Students then write a proposal that is posted to the Lewisham police station
Students investigate why we need charities in life and the tactics hat charities, they also look at the welfare system in Britain. Students choose a charity and raise money for it.
• Pressure Groups
Students look at the work of pressure groups and examine why they are needed. As an analysis of their learning students create their own pressure group
Students look what actions that they could take part in so that they can live a sustainable life
• Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Students examine what life is like for Asylum Seekers & Refugees. Students look at media coverage of AS & R
• The Police
Students look at what the police do in their community and study some of the laws that directly affect them such as stop and search
Students look at why a country would want to be democracy by examining the difference between a democracy and dictatorship. Students also look at different types of voting systems
• Parliament & Politics
Students look the role of an MP and examine what goes on in Parliament. Students will also examine the different roles of people in the cabinet
Students look specifically at how the country raises its money and what it spends it on. Students write their own mock budget
• Conflict resolution
Students examine how conflict is resolved; students will examine personal, local and international conflicts and discuss the different ways in which they should be resolved. Students will also do a case study on the Israel/Palestine conflict
• The European Union
Students examine why the EU was created and what use it for Britain in 2011. Students will examine the symbolism of the Euro and EU flag
• The Media
Students cover the basics of the media examining why we need it and who controls it. Students also explore why there are many different forms of media and who they appeal to. Some students build upon this unit by creating a film at the CLC in conjunction with the ICT
• Multicultural Britain
Students look at how Britain has changed over the past 70 years and analyse what positive and negative impacts it has had on Britain. Students look at the different forms of disability in Britain and explore how people who are disabled are treated differently. Students complete an essay analysing societal views on disabilities. Students look at the reasons behind gender differences in Britain. Students look at the differences in pay and also do a case study on the different expectations of men and women (Case study- Caster Semenya)
• Making ethical decisions
Students look at what is meant by the term ethical. Students then apply this to various situations examining how they could be considered to be ethical situations, ranging from the death penalty to animal rights
• World organisations
Students look at the organisations in the world who try to make the world a fairer place. Students look at the origins and functions of these bodies, from the UN to the Commonwealth.
• Criminal Justice System
Key Stage 4
Through studying Power, politics and the media, Rights and responsibilities, and The Global Village, students develop and apply knowledge and understanding about being informed citizens, explore local, national and international issues, problems and events of current interest and learn to critically evaluate their participation within school and community activities.