SMSC


Pupils will learn about a diverse range of current affairs and subjects that directly affect their day-to-day life including E-Safety: rights and responsibilities of being an online citizen, including personal security; Physical development, growth and hygiene; Young people and the law: British values, tolerance; Government and elections and democracy: global citizenship, European Union, the Commonwealth and United Nations. Learn about the curriculum and how homework is set below:

Year 7

Term 1

Settling In- Making a Successful Transition This unit is designed to help pupils make a successful transition to life at secondary school. Topics such as organisation, making friends, coping with stress are explored. Pupils focus on developing and enhancing their empathy skills and resilience, recognising the link between the way we are treated and how we feel, practise assertiveness skills and how to take criticism in a constructive manner. This work is supported throughout all curriculum areas, the pastoral system, assembly programme and wider school community e.g. Federated Leadership Days, Core Values Week, sporting and spiritual events.

What is Citizenship? Pupils will develop an understanding of what Citizenship is, and an overview of community and social issues, as well as an understanding of active citizenship and how they can get involved with the school community.They will be involved in democratic elections and policy consultation through support of the Pupil leadership Team.

Homework: Active, practical tasks which will aid their transition e.g. organisation and fact-finding.
How to help: Discuss who can help your child in school, their Form Tutor, Subject Teacher, Head of Year, Learning Support assistance and friends. Discuss instances from your own experience which have shaped you, taught you new skills and challenged you.This is an excellent opportunity to open up lines of communication between home and school.

Discuss why it is beneficial to contribute to society in order to sustain progress or bring about change. Discuss instances from your own experience whereby involvement with a local or global group has made a difference.This is an excellent opportunity to begin discussions relating to future goals- what sort of person do I want to become? How can I make a difference? What values are important to me? What are my economic goals?

Guardian
Boxofideas

Term 2

Introduction to E-Safety Pupils explore rights and responsibilities of being an online citizen including areas of personal safety e.g. personal security , how to report ( CEOP) and identifying appropriate and inappropriate online behaviours.

Introduction to SRE: Physical development, Growth and Hygiene Pupils will learn about the physical and emotional changes which occur during puberty. The topic will focus on identifying physical and emotional changes which occur during puberty for boys and girls, coping strategies, knowing who to ask and where to go with questions that may arise. The school nurse offer professional support during this topic and pupils will receive information, advice and guidance as t where they can seek additional information. A detailed letter is sent to parents to ensure understanding before the topic is introduced to pupils.

Homework: Active, practical tasks which will aid their learning and understanding e.g. anonymous questions that may be contributed to a class discussion box.
How to help: A detailed letter is sent to parents to ensure understanding before the SRE topic is introduced to pupils.
Gov.uk

Term 3

Our Local Environment here in Cyprus The purpose of this unit is to look at the unique qualities of our community here in Cyprus – local services, young people and the law, identity and diversity (SBA & the Republic).

Introduction to Goal Setting and Smart Targets: Pupils will begin to think about their short and long term goals as well as economic and career aspirations. A specialist Careers Advisor will be introduced to them and we start making connections between our Core Values and being successful in the world of work.

Homework: Encourage your child to use a few simple Greek phrases, when in the Republic. When planning family activities consider what is on offer both within the SBA and in the Republic. Discuss the different services that are on the SBA and compare them to those in the UK.

Your child’s report is a good place to begin discussion- are they happy with their progress? Is their an area that they can strengthen e.g. behaviour in a certain subject? Create a smart target together which will help them move forward towards their goal. Explain to them how small manageable changes can reap great rewards. It is an ideal time to start thinking about career pathways- what excites them? Do you have any friends or family with valuable insight to a particular industry. Let the research and enquiry begin.

Year 8

Term 1

Introduction to Media Influences Pupils look at bias and misconception in the media, media influence on body image and gender expectations as well as the importance of the media in terms of being an informed responsible consumers.

Introduction to SRE: Physical development, Growth and Hygiene Pupils will build upon previous knowledge about the physical and emotional changes which occur during the teenage years.The topic will continue to focus on identifying physical and emotional changes which occur during puberty for boys and girls, coping strategies, knowing who to ask and where to go with questions that may arise. The school nurse offers professional support during this topic and pupils will receive information, advice and guidance as to where they can seek additional information. A detailed letter is sent to parents to ensure understanding before the topic is introduced to pupils.

Homework: Active,practical tasks which will aid their learning and understanding e.g. professional, age-appropriate websites and information leaflets may be recommended for further reading.
How to help: A detailed letter is sent to parents to ensure understanding before the SRE topic is introduced to pupils.
Gov.uk

Term 2

Personal Finance & Economic Well being Pupils will learn basic budgeting skills, how to open a bank account and read a bank statement as well as explore their attitudes toward money and saving.Pupils will develop their thinking think regarding short and long term goals as well as economic and career aspirations. A specialist Careers Advisor will be available to offer specialist information, advice and guidance to them as we develop connections between our Core Values, achieving economic independence and the world of work.

Introduction to SRE: Physical development, Growth and Hygiene Pupils will learn about the physical and emotional changes which occur during puberty. The topic will focus on identifying physical and emotional changes which occur during puberty for boys and girls, coping strategies, knowing who to ask and where to go with questions that may arise. The school nurse offer professional support during this topic and pupils will receive information, advice and guidance as t where they can seek additional information. A detailed letter is sent to parents to ensure understanding before the topic is introduced to pupils.

How to Help: Your child’s pocket money allowance or small savings (from a birthday or a gift) is a good place to begin discussion around money. How much do they have? Do they want to spend or save? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each? Set a small challenge e.g. shop and cook dinner for the family for less than 5 euro or search and find the cheapest way for us all to go on holiday at half-term. Careers & Money: How much does their dream job pay? Will this be enough to support he lifestyle they want?
Personal Finance
STEM Careers
Labour market info
Who Says? We Say! The purpose of this unit is for students to understand the reasons why governments exist, the different forms government can take and be able to evaluate each. Also, to consider how laws are made and if this is fair. Students will explore how they can become Active Citizens, at a local and national level enabling their understanding of the importance of being a good citizen to grow.

Making it happen Students will look at why active citizenship is important to the community and how they can initiate change appropriately, where they feel it is necessary.

Talk about how government and elections work. Try to encourage an interest in the democratic process. Put into practise ways in which your child could help in the community
BBC CitizenX

Term 3

Young People & The Law Pupils will study the significance and centrality of British Values focusing on rule of law, tolerance and the process of law making. Pupils will explore the relevance of the law in their own lives, dealing with young criminality in the UK and abroad. Pupils will consider ways in which to reduce crime amongst young people as well as reflect upon punitive and rehabilitation approaches across the world.
How to help: The most beneficial support for pupils is to discuss the topics they have studied and the issues raised in class outside of school with family and friends. We encourage debate so that pupils can learn to articulate their views clearly, evaluate and respond respectfully views to the views of others, as well as learning to justify their own arguments with relevant and accurate evidence.
British Values
What is the Law?
Citizens Advice

Year 9

Term 1

Sex and Relationships Education This unit builds upon prior learning regarding healthy relationships, self-esteem and confidence and deferring sexual activity. We discuss the influence of online influences on sexual behaviour and sexual risk-taking. We consider issues surrounding sexual orientation and consent. The pupils also begin to learn about the services provided by sexual health clinics.
Homework: Pupils are encouraged to read the recommended literature available in class.The Sex and Relationships
unit may include an ongoing collaborative homework Project which will involve research and presentation of knowledge gained through secondary research as well as conducting interviews and written analytical work.
How to help: Take part in a discussion with your child encouraging them to put forward their own point of view.
SRE
Child Protection
Growing up online
Childnet Hot topics
Parents’ guide to technology
Get safe online
Channel 4

Term 2

Personal Finance & Economic Well being Pupils explore their attitudes to drug and alcohol use, smoking, road safety and other risk-taking behaviours. We examine the potential health and social consequences of drug and alcohol misuse as well as practising their assertiveness skills and methods of dealing with peer pressure.Pupils will also build upon previous knowledge regarding digital citizenship and risk -taking behaviours online. We invite a host of guest speakers and specialists to support our work offering professional insights in to positive behaviours and habits e.g. leadership skills, local police presentations, youth worker support, Bike-ability facilitators.

Careers Education, Information and Guidance: Choosing GCSE Options Goal Setting and Smart Targets:
Pupils will begin to think about their short and long term goals in terms of choosing GCSE pathway options. A specialist Careers Advisor will ensure that group and individual appointments are available. Pupils will review their success at KS3, compile a Core Values Portfolio and share ideas for the their KS3 graduation celebration.

Homework: Pupils will be given active assignments to promote self-reflection and advice on how to make positive changes to enhance their future options, wellbeing and safety.
How to Help: Drugs and other dangers
Legal Highs
BBC Bitsize
Talk to Frank
E-Safety: CEOP
Growing up online
Gov.uk Educaiton
Mental Health

Term 3

Government and Elections- Decision Making processes Pupils learn about the structure of government and parliament. They will develop an understanding of and evaluate the benefits of a democracy as well as other systems of government. They will explore the role of an MP and consider how the public can influence the work of government. Global Citizenship – Students will study a variety of global issues before deciding on an issue they wish to help. They will then, as a small group, organise and take part in a fundraising activity that will be held in their local community. Students will study the European Union, the Commonwealth and the United Nations.
How to help: The most beneficial support for pupils is to discuss the topics they have studied and the issues raised in class outside of school with family and friends. We encourage debate so that pupils can learn to articulate their views clearly, evaluate and respond respectfully views to the views of others, as well as learning to justify their own arguments with relevant and accurate evidence.
Encouragement and support for the fundraising activity:
Europa Kids Corner
Young Commonwealth
Wonderrotunda
Parliment.uk

Year 10

Term 1

Pupils study Community Cohesion in Great Britain today. We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which aims to develop understanding and demonstration of British Values and Citizenship alongside a spirit of tolerance and civic duty.

The following topics are explored:
Overview: UK as a Multi- Ethnic Society & Issues this can bring
UK as a Multi- Faith Society & Issues this can bring
Equality & Tolerance : Islamophobia, Homophobia, Equality laws and practices
What actions are taken by Governmental & religious groups to promote Community Cohesion?
Why should anyone promote racial harmony?
Active Citizenship: Core Values Project ‘ How can I contribute to my school community?’

Homework: Pupils are encouraged to read the recommended literature available in class.The Sex and Relationships unit may include an ongoing collaborative homework Project which will involve research and presentation of knowledge gained through secondary research as well as conducting interviews and written analytical work.
How to help: The most beneficial support for pupils is to discuss the topics they have studied and the issues raised in class outside of school with family and friends. We encourage debate so that pupils can learn to articulate their views clearly, evaluate and respond respectfully views to the views of others, as well as learning to justify their own arguments with relevant and accurate evidence.
www.4thought.tv
www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/
www.parliament.uk/education/

Term 2

Marriage & The Family to include SRE, parenthood and personal safety
Changing Attitudes to Marriage & Family
Equality & Tolerance : Homophobia & Civil partnership Laws
Religious Teachings on Family life & Divorce
Religious Teachings on sex outside marriage & contraception
SRE Teaching on Contraception
SRE Teaching on Consent
SRE Teaching on STIs
Secular & Religious teaching on Abortion
Secular & Religious teaching on Fertility Treatments
Secular & Religious teaching on Transplant Surgery
Secular & Religious teaching on Euthanasia
Homework: The most beneficial support for pupils is to discuss the topics they have studied and the issues raised in class outside of school with family and friends. We encourage debate so that pupils can learn to articulate their views clearly, evaluate and respond respectfully views to the views of others, as well as learning to justify their own arguments with relevant and accurate evidence.
How to help:
www.sexeducationforum.org.uk
www.bishtraining.com
www.sexeducationforum.org.uk
www.radiotimes.com

 Term 3

Peace & Conflict Studies, Global Citizenship & Values

Why do wars occur?
Just War Theory, Religious attitudes to war
United Nations & Peace Organisations
Secular & Religious attitudes to bullying
Secular & Religious attitudes to Capital Punishment
Drugs & Alcohol Laws- Why do we need them? Do they need review?
Social & Health Problems caused by Drugs & Alcohol
Authoritative attitudes to Drugs & Alcohol
Positive strategies to help evaluate risk, resist peer pressure and safeguard personal safety (to incl. First Aid and Emergency Responses)

Homework: The most beneficial support for pupils is to discuss the topics they have studied and the issues raised in class outside of school with family and friends. We encourage debate so that pupils can learn to articulate their views clearly, evaluate and respond respectfully views to the views of others, as well as learning to justify their own arguments with relevant and accurate evidence.
How to help:
BBC News
BBC History
www.damekellyholmestrust.org
www.redcross.org.uk

Year 11

Term 1

Pupils study Community Cohesion in Great Britain today. We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which aims to develop understanding and demonstration of British Values and Citizenship alongside a spirit of tolerance and civic duty.

The following topics are explored:
Overview: UK as a Multi- Ethnic Society & Issues this can bring
UK as a Multi- Faith Society & Issues this can bring
Equality & Tolerance : Islamophobia, Homophobia, Equality laws and practices
What actions are taken by Governmental & religious groups to promote Community Cohesion?
Why should anyone promote racial harmony?
Active Citizenship: Core Values Project ‘ How can I contribute to my school community?’

Homework: Pupils are encouraged to read the recommended literature available in class.The Sex and Relationships unit may include an ongoing collaborative homework Project which will involve research and presentation of knowledge gained through secondary research as well as conducting interviews and written analyticalwork.
How to help: The most beneficial support for pupils is to discuss the topics they have studied and the issues raised in class outside of school with family and friends. We encourage debate so that pupils can learn to articulate their views clearly, evaluate and respond respectfully views to the views of others, as well as learning to justify their own arguments with relevant and accurate evidence.
www.4thought.tv
www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/
www.parliament.uk/education/

Term 2

Responsible Citizenship, Personal Safety & Wellbeing Pupils explore rights and responsibilities in the real world as well as those involved in being an online citizen including areas of personal safety.
Rights & Responsibilities as a UK citizen
Why do we need for Law & Justice systems?
Authoritative views on justice
Theories of punishment
Secular & Religious attitudes to Capital Punishment
Drugs & Alcohol Laws
Social & Health Problems caused by Drugs & Alcohol
Authoritative attitudes towards Drugs & Alcohol
How to make informed decisions and evaluate risk e.g. personal security , how to report ( CEOP) and identifying inappropriate online behaviours.
Homework: Revision for Mock Exam
Reading of text books.
Research.
Practice questions.
How to help:
Child Protection
Growing up online
Childnet Hot topics
Parents’ guide to technology

Term 3

Responsible Citizenship, Personal Safety & Wellbeing This unit focuses on healthy relationships, building self-esteem,resilience and nurturing positive mental health and physical health. Pupils will explore the media portrayal of mental health illness, their own attitudes toward mental health illness as well as learn the key symptoms of common mental health illness such as depression and anxiety disorders. We invite a host of guest speakers and specialists to support our work offering professional insights in to positive behaviours and habits e.g. exercise, relaxation, nutrition, sleep and organisational skills.
How to help: Pupils will be given active assignments to promote self-reflection and advice on how to make positive changes to enhance their wellbeing.
www.telegraph.co.uk