Learning for Life

LEARNING FOR LIFE

Curriculum Leaders: Miss C Cooper & Miss S Clarke

Introduction

The Learning for Life department is responsible for the delivery of Religious Education (RE), Citizenship, Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE). The aim is to provide exciting and challenging lessons which are accessible to all pupils regardless of ability, in a learning environment that is educational and stimulating.

This department has 4 specialist teachers and benefits from a number of well-equipped rooms situated together in subjects. We believe in pupil’s ability to learn independently and one of the ways we seek to encourage this is by regularly setting homework that is relevant and complementary to the work done in school, consolidating learning and completing examinations project.

At Penketh High School we aim to develop the whole person and great importance is placed upon extra-curricular activities. We provide variety of trips and activities e.g. Trip to London Parliament, meeting the local MP, visiting different faiths venues, visit to Magistrate and Crown Courts, invite guest speakers for ‘Faith Day’ and have musical workshops and performances. We also have a revision club after school for our Years 7 to 11 pupils to help and support them for their GCSE’s and homework. The department also work closely with Warrington Youth for Christ, there is a youth worker based in the school and a weekly youth group after school, which is open to everyone.

Year 7

 In year 7 your child will study Learning for Life as part of a modular programme of study.  Your child will have 4 lessons over a fortnightly basis with their teacher where they will be taught PHSE, RE and Citizenship through the study of topics ‘Active Citizenship’, ‘Respect’, ‘Religion in Europe’, ‘Faith & You’, ‘Global Issues’ and ‘Student World.

Modules/Units

 ‘Active Citizenship’ is a transition unit and an integral part of the subject ‘Citizenship’. Active Citizenship means people getting involved in their local communities and democracy at al l levels, from local, national to international. This activity can be carried out in small groups or as a class. The activities selected in the past have been Gender Equality, sustainable Development, bullying etc.  Student learn valuable skills and democratic values of participation and making a change in society.

Respect – In the “Respect” module students at Penketh High School learn about the fundamental values within all world religions, of tolerance, understanding and respect. The three religions studied are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, meeting the requirements of the Blackpool and Lancashire Agreed Syllabus, which is followed at Key Stage three. This enables the curriculum to support the development of key skills of enquiry, whilst enhancing the students spiritual, moral and cultural development in line with the governments statutory requirements for the delivery of RE.

Religion in Europe – In the “Religion in Europe” module students at Penketh High School learn about the development of Religion in Europe, including the start of the Roman Empire, Henry VIII break with Rome and the present day European religious view. Within this module students also study the development and role of Christianity as a world religion and consider what its future role might be. By studying Christianity, the theme of guidance is being covered to meet the requirements of the Blackpool and Lancashire agreed syllabus for RE which is followed at Key Stage three. This enables the curriculum to support the students spiritual, moral and cultural development in line with the governments statutory requirements for the delivery of RE.

Faith & You – In the “Faith and You” module students at Penketh High School learn about  a variety of different beliefs, religions and cultures around the world, in the past and presently through the eyes of and experiences of young people. The three religions studied are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, covering themes of Community, Guidance and Seeking the truth to find meaning in life, all of which meet the requirements of the Blackpool and Lancashire agreed syllabus for RE which is followed at Key Stage three. This enables the curriculum to support the students spiritual, moral and cultural development in line with the governments statutory requirements for the delivery of RE.

Our Global Issues – In the “Our Global Issues” module students study religious responses (Christianity and Buddhism), to a range of current issues e.g. Fair Trade, Environmental Damage, Animal Cruelty, War and Poverty. And how the religions work together to offer practical help to such issues. This module covers the themes of Community, Guidance and Seeking the truth to find meaning in life, all of which meet the requirements of the Blackpool and Lancashire agreed syllabus for RE which is followed at Key Stage three. This enables the curriculum to support the students spiritual, moral and cultural development in line with the governments statutory requirements for the delivery of RE.

Student World  –  Is part of our  PSHE education is an important part of the curriculum which aims to support students’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical’ development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life . In the ‘Student World’ module students at Penketh High school learn the importance of communication skills, identity, belonging, personal safety, healthy minds and bodies, recognising bullying, risks in obesity and dieting etc. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to establish and exercise in making important life decision.

How pupils are to be assessed

Student’s progress is closely monitored in the classroom and through rigorous and challenging assessments every half term ensuring that all the subject areas are assessed. We are committed to guiding and challenging your child to make progress.

We strive to create an environment that is clear, calm, attractive, secure, inviting, child orientated, stimulating and creative. All children irrespective of age, race, disability or gender have a right to feel happy, safe and valued at our school. We reflect a variety of cultures and do this by working in close partnership with parents and carers.

This enables pupils to gain knowledge and respect of their own culture and other cultures takes place in a secure foundation. This is examined from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. Pupils are encouraged to regard all faiths, races and cultures with respect. Our teaching also has a positive aspect, preparing pupils to interact easily with people of different cultures and faiths.

Year 8

In Learning for Life at year 8 the students study Religious Education, from the perspective of three world religions; Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, following the Blackpool and Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for studying RE at Key Stage Three, inline with the governments statutory requirements for the delivery of RE. The subject is taught via a thematic approach within three units; “Paths to Peace”, “Our Beliefs” and “Mysteries of the Universe”. The aim is to engage the students and enhance their religious knowledge and understanding, whilst studying a range of contemporary issues, recognising and respecting the role religion can play in the world today and in the future. Whilst also helping the students progression on to their GCSE studies in the subject. The students also take part in a faith day towards the end of year 8, where they attend workshops run by members of different faith communities, enabling the students to understand what faith means to these individuals on a personal level.

Students in Year 8 also study statutory PSHE and promote personal well-being. This helps students to develop skills of empathy and evaluation and in developing personal viewpoints on a range of real life issues e.g. Drugs education, Smoking, sexual exploitation, pornography and Body Image etc.

Students are also taught the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Modules/Units

Paths to Peace – In the “Paths to Peace” module students study how religions (Christianity and Islam), work to promote peace around the world, using real life examples to illustrate their work. This module covers the themes of Community, Guidance and Seeking the truth to find meaning in life, all of which meet the requirements of the Blackpool and Lancashire agreed syllabus for RE which is followed at Key Stage three. This enables the curriculum to support the students spiritual, moral and cultural development in line with the governments statutory requirements for the delivery of RE.

Mysteries of the Universe – In the “Mysteries of the Universe” module students study how religions (Christianity and Buddhism), offer explanations for some of big questions in life, including how the world was created, paranormal activity and what is life. This module covers the themes of Community, Guidance and Seeking the truth to find meaning in life, all of which meet the requirements of the Blackpool and Lancashire agreed syllabus for RE which is followed at Key Stage three. This enables the curriculum to support the students spiritual, moral and cultural development in line with the governments statutory requirements for the delivery of RE.

Our Beliefs – In the “Our Beliefs” module students study two religions (Christianity and Islam), key beliefs, making comparisons and contrasts e.g. What does it mean to be religious, Why is there evil and suffering and what is authority. This module covers the themes of Community, Guidance and Seeking the truth to find meaning in life, all of which meet the requirements of the Blackpool and Lancashire agreed syllabus for RE which is followed at Key Stage three. This enables the curriculum to support the students spiritual, moral and cultural development in line with the governments statutory requirements for the delivery of RE.

Our British Values – Will enable students at Penketh High School to develop their self-knowledge and self-confidence. Students will be able to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law in England. Students will understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely. Also create tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by encouraging respect for other people, democracy and the support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

How pupils are to be assessed

Student’s progress is closely monitored in the classroom and through rigorous and challenging written assessments during and at the end of each module of study. We are committed to guiding and challenging your child to make progress.

We strive to continue in year 8 to create an environment that is clear, calm, attractive, secure, inviting, child orientated, stimulating and creative. All children irrespective of age, race, disability or gender have a right to feel happy, safe and valued at our school. We reflect a variety of cultures, faiths and beliefs and do this by working in close partnership with parents and carers.
This enables pupils to gain knowledge and respect of their own culture and other cultures, faiths and beliefs, which takes place in a safe and secure environment. These are examined from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. Pupils are encouraged to regard and show all faiths, beliefs, races and cultures respect, tolerance and understanding. Our teaching also has a positive aspect, preparing pupils to interact easily with people of different cultures, beliefs and faiths, including taking part in “Faith Day” at the end of year 8.

Key Stage Four – Year 9, 10 and 11

In LFL, from year 9 onwards all students study two courses for linear GCSE in AQA Citizenship and Edexcel Religious Education.

The GCSE Citizenship studies specification will motivate and educate your students to become thoughtful and active citizens who engage intelligently and enthusiastically with public life. Students will gain knowledge of democracy, government and law, and develop the ability to create sustained, well balanced arguments. Communication skills are increasingly sought after by employers: Our specification will enhance students writing and speaking styles.

The GCSE for Religious Education specification encourages student to develop a depth of understanding about the core beliefs of two world religions (Christianity and Islam), from a set of four core themes. It is about understanding and respecting the religious beliefs of others, the impact they have on the individuals daily lives and the role religion still has in the UK society and in the global society.

Students in Year 9 also study statutory PSHE and promote personal well-being. This helps students to develop skills of empathy and evaluation and in developing personal viewpoints on a range of real life issues e.g. Sex Education, contraception and STI’s.

Modules/Units In Citizenship:

  1. Citizenship skills, processes and methods
  2. Life in modern Britain
  3. Rights and responsibilities
  4. Politics and participation
  5. Active citizenship

 

Modules/Units In Religious Education:

  1. Religion and Ethics – Topics include Muslim Beliefs and Marriage and Family Life.
  2. Peace and Conflict – Topics include Christian Beliefs and Crime and Punishment.

 

How pupils are to be assessed

In Citizenship, students will be assessed by taking 2 examinations and active citizenship activity.

Paper 1 – 1 hour and 45 mins (80 marks – 50% of GCSE Questions. Section A: Active Citizenship (40 marks), Section B: Politics and Participation (40 marks) Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, source-based questions, extended answer.

Paper 2 – 1 hour and 45 mins (80 marks – 50% of GCSE Questions. Section A: Life in modern Britain (40 marks), Section B: Rights and responsibilities (40 marks) Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, source-based questions, extended answer.

In Religious Education students will be assessed by taking two examinations (100% written exams), at the end of year 11.

Paper 1 – Religion and Ethics, 50 mins (50% of GCSE), questions include short and extended answers based on the study of one world religion (Islam).

Paper 2 – Peace and Conflict, 50 mins (50% of GCSE), questions include short and extended answers based on the study of one world religion (Christianity).

At Penketh High School we develop pupils to act responsibly, and become more independent as they grow older while knowing the value and importance of making a positive impact on the lives of other people. We do this in many different ways, including group activities that teach co-operation and initiative, giving pupil’s responsibility within school, and enabling pupils to serve other people in the wider community. Whilst encouraging tolerance, understanding and respect for all cultures, beliefs and faiths.