The Civics Curriculum at Greatfields School aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become empowered in their life both inside and outside of school. Civics covers a broad and rich curriculum across different subjects, namely Personal Social Health Education, including Relationships and Sex Education, Citizenship and Religious Education. This curriculum has been planned in line with relevant Statutory Guidance, whilst following a bespoke plan which addresses the needs of the young people of Barking and Dagenham. Through providing students with a rich knowledge of these diverse topics, Civics will enable students to lead healthy and safe lives both now and in the future. Not only this, it will provide students with a strong basis to reflect on what is important to them so that they can plan for a successful and fulfilling future life in order to have a positive impact on their community and the people around them.
At Key Stage 3, students start with a focus on the topics in year 7 which will allow them to make a healthy, fulfilling and respectful start to secondary school. This includes talking about their mental health in the transition to secondary school, an introduction into the different main religions in the UK and how they can help manage their health through puberty. In year 8 and 9, students begin to consider more mature themes which help them as they enter their teenage years, including by discussing the signs of healthy relationships, promoting equality in their communities and staying safe online.
For Key Stage 4 students, the Civics curriculum has been planned to target the key challenges which may be present for students in year 10 and 11, both inside and outside of school. The plan for these years addresses some mature themes, such as the signs of abusive relationships and the use of contraception in sexual relationships, in an age-appropriate manner. Civics aims to create a space for students to learn about these topics in such a way where they can receive clear and accurate information so that they can make good decisions. Civics in Key Stage 4 also aims to provide students with the confidence and skills to make a positive contribution to their communities and careers in later life, for example by examining different routes into employment.
Please click on the link below to see our Programme of Study for Civics: