The Citizenship department is gearing up for a varied term with social issues, philanthropy and government being just a few of the topics studied.
The Year 7 students will look at international conflicts and will compose letters to the Prime Minister giving their viewpoint on our involvement in military operations overseas. They will also have a creative task of constructing their own worlds as part of the ‘War of the Worlds’ project.
For Year 8 and 10 students, the focus will be on keeping safe, particularly with regards to alcohol, and they will atttend presentations by PCSO Alex Franklin. For the Year 8s this will lead onto taking part in the Northamptonshire County Challenge.
Head of Citizenship Mrs Martin said: ‘All schools in the county are invited to create something artistic that can be used to educate people within the classroom about a local issue. This year it is all about tackling alcohol misuse by young people. Entries should be artistic and could be a drama, a website or sculpture and it will lead on from our discussion in the classroom this term and will be a really positive experience for our students.’
Charity and philanthropy will be another strand of the curriculum as the Year 9 students will stage a charity market raising awareness of local good causes before students vote online for their favourite, which will receive a donation.
There are also plans for an Easter market with profits from the stalls being donated to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Other issues that older students will consider this term include teen pregnancy, welfare and work and the treatment of dementia patients.
Mrs Martin said: ‘Citizenship is such a wide ranging subject that there is always something relevant and topical that we can tackle and students love to engage in debate about these hard-hitting issues that make up our society today.’