Welcome to the Citizenship department
Our aim is to give pupils at Thamesmead School a knowledge of and respect for cultures and communities around them and to help develop their ideas and understanding of issues affecting them locally and internationally.
Students should gain a broad knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens; they will develop skills of enquiry and communication and of participation and responsible action.
Studying citizenship will help to empower young people when making their own decisions and to help them take responsibility for their own lives and communities – allowing them the opportunity to explore a variety social and political views.
During citizenship lessons we will investigate, research, debate and get involved in a number of local and global issues that affect communities around the world. We explore what it means to be a ‘citizen’ and the many roles we have to play in our ever changing world.
Citizenship lessons are taught once a fortnight in years 7, 8 and 9.
What topics will I study in KS3? (Years 7 – 9)
The knowledge learnt and the skills practised in citizenship lessons provide a strong foundation for many KS4 subjects and beyond.
In Year 7 students investigate the rights and responsibilities of children across the globe. They debate community issues and research ways in which they can get involved. Pupils look at the changes occurring to their communities and ways in which citizens’ can work together to improve society. The final term’s work focuses on wellbeing, confidence, physical and mental health. Students will also investigate the functions and use of money, its importance and practice budgeting and managing risks.
During Year 8 Students learn about the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch. They research the role of MPs locally and nationally, as well as the main political parties of the UK. They investigate the work of charities across the globe and the impact they have on society, including both the positive and negative aspects. The last term’s work focuses on personal safety and provides students with a clear understanding of how to keep safe in their local environment and on the internet.
Finally, in Year 9 before students decide their GCSE option choices for KS4 they take a close look at careers and focus on their own goals. Pupils are also taught about healthy relationships and education for parenthood which will cover everything from family and friend relationships to family planning, sex education and childcare. Pupils also research the impact of differing crimes on societies, the effects and impacts of drugs and alcohol and the purposes and effectiveness of punishments.
Are there any enrichment opportunities / visits or trips?
Students receive visits from outside charities such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Guide Dog Association and have many opportunities to get involved with charities through the school House system.
What careers might this lead to?
Citizenship is a versatile subject at KS3 and can be a useful subject for pupils considering a variety of jobs including careers in: Public Services, Health and Social Care, the Armed Forces, Government and Politics, Law or the Environment.
Helpful websites include:
Murder Games (Breck Bednar)
CEOP / Thinkuknow
Surrey County Council
Young Stonewall (LGBT)
Healthy Working Lives (Alcohol & Drugs)
NHS (Effects of Drugs)
Social Media & Radicalisation