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Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE)

Head of Department: Mrs L Durrant

Pupils have a single period of PSHE each fortnight. We explore a wide range of topics across the five years which fall under three categories:

  1. Health and well-being
  2. Relationships
  3. Living in the wider world (economic wellbeing, careers, and the world of work)

British Values of respect, tolerance and democracy are reinforced throughout all of these areas of study.

Elements of Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) are delivered to pupils in all year groups through PSHE lessons. If you would like to see greater detail about the topics covered please do refer to the RSHE page  of our website and our RSHE policy for a detailed overview.

Overview of content covered in each year group:

Year 7

As pupils progress through Year 7 they will consider themes of community and identity, rights and responsibilities, healthy lifestyles and an introduction to RSHE, being safe online, bullying and cyber-bullying, personal safety, managing safety and future aspirations. The topics are delivered in ways that help the pupils develop their abilities to work effectively, both independently and in a group, using a range of attributes that will help them both during their time at Cambourne Village College and in the future. The PSHE course has been developed at the College with the aim of developing skills and embedding these so that the benefits are everlasting. Sometimes homework may be set in PSHE lessons to practise specific skills or extend knowledge from lessons.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils start the year by developing drug and alcohol awareness and learning about how to deal with situations of risk. In the spring term pupils will consider issues that arise in young peoples’ lives: body image and well-being; puberty; privacy and consent; sleep and other related topics. We will then be exploring cultures and prejudices with a focus on the documentary, He Named Me Malala. The year will finish with an investigation into life skills for the future. Topics are delivered in ways that help the pupils develop their abilities to work effectively, both independently and in a group, using a range of attributes that will help them both during their time at Cambourne Village College and in the future. Homework may be set in a few PSHE lessons across the course of the year to practise specific skills.

Year 9

At the start of Year 9 pupils will be given support and guidance to help them to reflect on their own qualities as a learner and to investigate their interests and strengths; this will feed into their GCSE options process and thinking towards their future options. We will move on to discussing RSHE topics including family structures, relationships, gender and sexuality, sexual health, fertility and pregnancy as well as FGM and domestic abuse. The difficult topics of change, loss and bereavement will be considered as well as a brief look at digital resilience. The year will end with a series of lessons looking at government and the law. The topics are delivered in ways that help the pupils develop their abilities to work effectively, both independently and in a group, using a range of attributes that will help them both during their time at Cambourne Village College and in the future. As part of this year, pupils will be taught to analyse information and consider how we can judge the reliability of this. Homework will not be set regularly although tasks may need completing independently.

Year 10

As pupils begin Year 10 they will consider their upcoming work experience placement and be given support to organise this and develop the skills needed to help them in this role and future work. All pupils will write a CV in their lessons. The lessons will move on to consider the lives of people in the 21st Century investigating issues that can face people, such as extremism, knife crime and exposure to drugs and vaping. We will consider study skills in preparation for assessments in Year 10 and then finish the year with further topics about challenges of life: assessing sources of information; mental health; stress and sleep. The topics are delivered in ways that help the pupils develop their abilities to work effectively, both independently and in a group, using a range of attributes that will help them both during their time at Cambourne Village College and in the future. Pupils will be taught to analyse information and consider how we can judge the reliability of this. Research Skills are also a key focus in PSHE and they are taught to pupils to enable them to carry out research effectively and to a high standard. Homework will not be set regularly although tasks may need completing independently, such as contacting work experience placements.

Year 11

In the first term of Year 11 pupils will start by looking at their post 16 options and receive support with writing their Personal Statement and applying to providers. Pupils will then reflect on their PSHE journey across the five years and cover content which pupil feedback has shown this wish to recover in greater depth or that relates to future challenges which may arise such as updated RSHE knowledge and gambling. They will be supported in learning techniques to deal with stress and anxiety and preparing for exams in their school life and in the future. Homework will not be set regularly although tasks will need completing independently, such as Personal Statements for post-16 choices.

 

Additional content

At times during the year additional PSHE content may be delivered to pupils through one-off sessions and drop-down days. Information about these will be shared with parents in advance.

Parental involvement

As with the delivery of RSHE education, we see PSHE as a partnership between home and school, providing the opportunity for all pupils to learn about important topics in safe environments and support their journey to becoming health, happy and secure adults. Please do ask your pupil/s about the topics that they have been learning about and continue discussions at home. We will offer support to parents and carers to extend their knowledge such as our annual online safety training.

Assembly and tutor time themes

Pupils will have a weekly assembly delivered by their Head of Year or other member of specialist staff which ties in closely with the PSHE curriculum and covers important content to all pupils. This is in addition to content delivered by form tutors during tutor time. Themes will link to current PSHE content, issues which arise throughout the academic year, and national and international events such as anti-bullying week and Remembrance Day.

Example lesson plans and presentations

Year 7 Welcome Lesson [PLAN] [PRESENTATION]

Year 8 Alcohol Lesson [PLAN] [PRESENTATION]

Year 9 Skills and Attributes Lesson [PLAN] [PRESENTATION] 

Year 10 Misinformation Lesson [PLAN] [PRESENTATION]

Year 11 Domestic Abuse [PRESENTATION]

Lesson structure

Year 7

 

 

Term

Unit

Lesson

Autumn

Autumn term- Welcome to Cambourne Village College, our community and your rights

Pupils will be welcomed to our College and consider the following topics: expectations and our RESPECT policy; how to get the most from school; communities and positive relationships; prejudice and inclusion and creating a tutor group charter. 5 lessons

Spring

Autumn and Spring term- Health and RSHE

As we reach the end of the Autumn term and move into the Spring term, an introduction to RSHE content will be incorporated into our health unit of work: PANTS and consent; understanding well-being; self-worth; mental health and emotional wellbeing; healthy lifestyles, hygiene, and menstrual cycles. 6 lessons

 

Spring and Summer term- Bullying & internet safety

Pupils will consider negative relationships and online safety: Bullying and protected characteristics; online safety and relationships; cyberbullying; tackling bullying and peer influence. 4 lessons

Summer

Summer term- Myself as a global citizen

Pupils will reflect on unwritten rules and managing conflict in their lives; their future and choices; self-reflections on their own skills; personal safety and an introduction to first aid. 5 lessons

Year 8

 

 

Term

Unit

Lesson

Autumn

Autumn term- Drugs and alcohol and their impacts

Pupils will start the year by investigating drugs and alcohol and the impact these have on people's lives: drug classifications and the impacts of drugs more common in society such as caffeine; investigation of the impacts of drugs and how we can educate about drug use; alcohol and its effects; psychoactive substances; tobacco, cannabis, drugs and young people and myths, norms and values about drugs and drug use. 6 lessons

Spring

Autumn and Spring term- The needs of young people

This unit investigates a range of issues that arise in young peoples' lives: Respect in our community and for ourselves; the developing needs of young people; puberty and change; Dove body image and addressing the issues with social media; privacy and consent; sleep; learning to carry out CPR. 7 lessons

 

Spring term- Cultural differences and discrimination

Pupils will watch the documentary He named me Malala and use this as a basis to analyse topics about cultural differences, equality and diversity and discrimination and how this should be tackled. 3 lessons

Summer

Summer term- Life skills for the future

Pupils will complete the year by considering their own personal brand and how they can improve this as well as keeping themselves safe online and considering the challenges of gambling and money use. 3 lessons.

Year 9

 

 

Term

Unit

Lesson

Autumn

Autumn term - GCSE Options

Pupils will be begin to consider choices that they have coming up in their near future: Who am I?; My skills and attributes and how I can develop these; Thinking towards the future; Careers pathways and business; Networking. 5 lessons

Spring

Autumn and spring terms- RSHE

In this unit we will cover age appropriate RSHE content that has been developed alongside our pupils, parents, staff body and RSHE experts: Family, parenting, and long-term relationships; Gender, identity, and sexuality; Forming relationships; Sexual health, contraception and STIs; RSHE and the 21st Century teenagers; Fertility, pregnancy and sanitary items; FGM, CSE and breast ironing; Domestic abuse myths and realities. 8 lessons

Summer

Summer term- 21st Century Citizens

In this short unit pupils will consider loss and the effects of change and bereavements as well as having a recap about media literacy and digital resilience. 3 lessons

 

Summer term- Government and the law

Pupils will learn about the government and the law in the UK: how parliament works in Britain- Commons and laws; Political Parties; Your party and why it matters. 3 lessons

Year 10

 

 

Term

Unit

Lesson

Autumn

Autumn term- Work experience and the World of Work

Pupils will be welcomed back and asked to refresh their knowledge on our code of conduct, treatment of others and protected characteristics. They will then begin to think ahead to life beyond Cambourne Village College and potential careers looking at finding work experience placements, skills development, writing a CV, preparing for interviews and future planning. 7 lessons

Spring

Autumn and Spring term- Young people in the 21st Century Part 1

This module includes topics which consider challenging events which may arise in pupils lives and in the wider world and builds on knowledge from the KS3 curriculum: Knife crime; Radicalisation, extremism, and terrorism; Drugs and vaping; Sexual violence, harassment and physical abuse. 4 lessons

 

Spring term- Study skills

This topic coincides with many pupils first formal GCSE practice exams and will equip them with suitable skills by looking at revision introduction and skills and creating revision timetables. 2 lessons

Summer

Summer term- Young people in the 21st Century- Part 2

Year 10 pupils finish the year with another collection of lessons relating to their life in and outside the College: Social influence; Misinformation and how to assess sources of information; Positive relationships; Self-concept and mental health; Stress and Sleep factors. 6 lessons

Year 11

 

 

Term

Unit

Lesson

Autumn

Autumn term-Options post 16

Pupils will begin year 11 by having structured support to help them consider their post 16 option choices: an introduction to post 16 options; An introduction to MyChoice@16 platforms; personal statement writing; Completing Mychoices@16 profiles; Final application checks; Post 16 interview practice. 7 lessons

Spring

Spring and Summer terms- Life and the future

At this point in year 11 pupils reflect on their PSHE journey across the five years and we deliver content which pupil feedback has shown this wish to recover in greater depth or that relates to future challenges which may arise: Personal finances; Gambling and financial exploitation; RSHE updated knowledge; Domestic abuse; Managing stress; Family structures; CPR and first aid. 9 lessons

Summer

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