Learning for Life

LEARNING FOR LIFE

Curriculum Leaders: Mrs W Zaeem & Miss C Cooper

Introduction

The Learning for Life department is responsible for the delivery of Religious Education (RE), Citizenship, Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE) and Social Science Subjects (Sociology, Psychology and Law). 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 America and London Parliament, meeting the local MP, visiting different faiths venues, visit to Magistrate and Crown Courts, invite guest speakers for ‘Faith Day’. We also have a revision club after school for our Years 7 to 13 pupils to help and support them for their GCSE’s, A-Levels and homework.

For the Social Science students we also provide extracurricular opportunities including; Visits to Crown Courts, Parliament in London, Guest Speakers which have included Prison Guards and Magistrates. Students can also attend a range of student conferences for all three subjects held at a variety of universities, including a Law Conference at the University of Salford, a Criminology Conference in Manchester by the Birmingham University and a psychology student revision conference at Liverpool Hope University.

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 4 levels of 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 levelled assessments during and at the end of each module of study. We are committed to guiding and challenging your child to make 4 levels of 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.

Year 9

In LFL, all students study a full course linear GCSE in AQA Citizenship and Edexcel Religious Education.
The new 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 new 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 six 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, Marriage and Family Life, Living the Religious Life and Matters of Life and Death.
  2. Peace and Conflict – Topics include Christian Beliefs, Crime and Punishment, Living the Religious Life and Peace and Conflict.

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, 1 hour and 45 mins (50% of GCSE), questions include short and extended answers based on the study of one world religion (Islam).

Paper 2 – Peace and Conflict, 1 hour and 45 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.

KS4 Year 10

GCSE in Citizenship Studies encourages students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.

This will enable students to gain the confidence and conviction to participate in decision making and play an active role as effective citizens in public life.

Students in Year 10 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 wider implication of Drugs and alcohol use, Positive emotional health, contraception and media pressures on young people.

After completing their Citizenship GCSE exam students commence the study of their GCSE in Religious Education.

Modules/Units

Students study three themes:-
Theme 1: Rights and responsibilities
Theme 2: Power, politics and the media
Theme 3: The global community.

How pupils are to be assessed

The remaining 40% is 2 written exam papers which students undertake at the end of Year 10. Paper 1 is Unit 1 examination time is 1 hour. Unit 4 examination time is 1 hour and 15 minutes Option C: Influencing and changing decisions in society and government. At Penketh High School, we also follow the Edexcel Specification.

We help our pupils to develop into self-assured, confident, happy, positive young people. Pupils learn to articulate their feelings and justify them in both informal and formal settings and be given responsibility and trust to develop their confidence. We celebrate achievement and encourage pupils to have the confidence to undertake difficult tasks and have a wide range of experiences. We encourage pupils to question things which prevent them developing into confident adults – particularly lack of aspiration and unfair discrimination by adults acting as role models.

Exam Board:

Edexcel Exam Board
40% Written GCSE Examination, 60% Controlled Assessment

KS4 Year 11

In year 11 students study Religious Education for their GCSE exam, following the Edexcel Exam board specification (Unit 1 Christianity and Islam). The GCSE is 100% written external examination, sat at the end of year 11.
The course involves the students studying the two religions perspectives on four topics; “Believing in God”, Religion and Community Cohesion”, “Matters of Life and Death” and “Marriage and Family Life”. The course is designed to engage the students, encouraging discussion and reflection, as well as developing examination skills, including extended writing which will be of benefit in their future studies.

Modules/Units

Students study four topics, from the perspective of Christianity and Islam:
Believing in God
Religion and Community Cohesion
Matters of Life and Death
Marriage and Family Life

How pupils are to be assessed

Students sit one external written GCSE exam, covering all four topics studied in year 11. The Exam is sat at the end of Year 11, in controlled, timed (lasting one and a half hours), conditions and is externally marked and assessed by the Edexcel Exam Board.

Please provide a summary of how within your dept. you promote pupils to communicate and engage with each other, promote tolerance and respect of other pupils and their beliefs or points-of-view and how pupils can develop ideas independently:

We continue from year 10 to help our students to develop into self-assured, confident, happy, positive young people. Students learn to articulate their knowledge and understanding of Christian and Muslim beliefs and to be able to express their own opinion and justify it, verbally in discussions and in written exam answers.

We celebrate achievement and encourage pupils to be resilient and have the self confidence to undertake difficult tasks and have a wide range of experiences, in preparation for their GCSE exam and future studies. We also encourage students to apply their learning to the society and wider world within which they live, enabling them to show tolerance, understanding and respect to all people, beliefs, faiths and cultures, so they become a valuable part of a peaceful, multi faith and multi cultural society.

Exam Board

Edexcel Exam Board
100% Written GCSE Examination

KS5 Year 13

At Key Stage 5 the learning for life department becomes the social science department, where students have the opportunity to study three subjects at A-level; Psychology, Sociology and Law. All three subjects are taught by subject specialists, who aim to enthuse and engage pupils in their studies, building on previous learning and skills acquired at key stage 4 in a variety of subjects, including learning for life and to develop the students enabling them to continue their studies into Higher Education or to transfer their learning into the work place.

All three subjects are assessed via written examinations:
For Psychology and Sociology students either take three exams are taken at the end of year 13 to gain the A-Level qualification.
For Law students take two exams at the end of year 12 to gain the AS qualification, then take two further exams at the end of year 13 to gain the A2 qualification.

Psychology follows the AQA exam board specification, which encourages the application of psychological theory to real life scenarios, bring the subject to life. The topics studied include; Attachment, Memory, Research Methods, Abnormality, Social Influence, Psychopathology, Biopsychology, Approaches in Psychology, Psychological Issues and Debates, Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.

Sociology follows the AQA exam board specification, which focuses the student on using sociological research and theory to discuss changes and developments within society, past, present and future. The topics studied include; Families and Households, Education, Research Methods, Sociological Theory, Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance.

Law follows the OCR exam board specification, which looks at the role of English legal system and the creation and application of criminal law. The topics studied include; The English Legal System, Sources of Law, Criminal Law and a Special Study, which involves the students studying an area of criminal law in depth and detail.

All three social science subjects want and encourage the students to be confident, active and independent learners, who enjoy what they study, taking the subjects with them beyond the classroom.

How pupils are to be assessed

All social science subjects are 100% assessed by external AS Level and A-Level written examinations. Which are completed in controlled, timed conditions, in line with the external examination summer timetable.

Within all the social science subjects we encourage the students to build on their success at GCSE level and embrace the challenges of studying at A-level, using their study skills and existing knowledge, helping them to be confident and successful social scientists.
We encourage the students to look beyond their lessons and see the application of the social science subjects in society and what impact they have on everyday lives of everyone, not just those who undertake the study of them.
The aims are that the students are successful in their academic studies but also enjoy their studies and get enriched experiences, confidence and knowledge from them. As well as transferable skills which they can take with them to university or the work place and that they always have a thirst for knowledge and a desire to learn.

Exam Board:

Psychology and Sociology – AQA Exam Board, 100% written exams.
Law – OCR Exam Board, 100% written exams