Life Studies – Key Stage 3

Year 7

Course Information & Assessment Points

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnHealth - Life Stories – Dealing with the transition from Primary to Secondary school.

Citizenship - Who do we think we are? – Migration, Culture, What is means to be British (Citizenship)
Written assessment about British culture and identity. (50% of the final end of year grade.)
SpringHealth - Beating the Bullies – What is bullying? How do you deal with bullying? The importance of communication

Health - Sex and Relationships – Self-esteem, puberty, friendships, what is a family? Risk taking, the school nurse and where to get help.
SummerCitizenship - Local democracy in action – the school council, local government, political issues.


Health - Looking after me – Drugs, smoking, alcohol, basic first aid.

Health - Staying safe over the 6 weeks.
Speeches for change – students write a speech about an issue they feel is important. They are assessed on their written work and the speech they present. (50% of the final end of year grade.)

The two end of citizenship assessments are both worth 50% of the final end of year grade.

Assessment Statements

 EMERGING (1-2)DEVELOPING (3-4)PROGRESSING (5-6)MASTERY (7-9)
Skills, knowledge and understanding.Skills, knowledge and understanding.n, nI can:nu2022I can begin to select and communicate knowledge and understanding of issues.nnYear 7 example-nI have: some knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a some knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: some knowledge of the criminal justice system.nI can: nselect and communicate knowledge and understanding of issues.nnYear 7 example-nI have: a good knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a good knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: a good knowledge of the criminal and justice system.nI can:nselect and accurately communicate detailed knowledge of issues.nnnYear 7 example-nI have: a thorough knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a thorough knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system.n
Tackling issues, constructingnreasoned arguments and drawing conclusions.I can:ncomment about issues in relation to my own and other peopleu2019s lives.nI can:nBegin to attempt make reasoned arguments and attempt a conclusion but it is usually very brief.I can:ndescribe the impact of issues on communities.nnI can: nAttempt to make reasoned arguments and make a simple conclusion summing up one main citizenship idea.I can:nExplain the impact of issues on communitiesnnnI can: nMake reasoned arguments and draw conclusions covering the main citizenship ideas.I can:nexplore and analyse the impact of issues on communitiesnnI can:nMake fully justified reasoned arguments and make conclusions summing up key citizenship concepts.
Use of spelling, punctuation and grammar. nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar hinders the meaning of my work.My use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to be understood.nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to be read easily.nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to flow.

Year 8

Course Information & Assessment Points

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnCareers - World of work – what jobs exist? Personal qualities and skills, the labour market, stereotyping.

Citizenship - Media and society – The press, media and the growth of celebrity culture.
SpringCitizenship - Having My Say – What is politics? How does voting work? What are the political parties?

Health - Sex and relationships – Self-esteem, bodies, sex & language, managing attraction and feelings, contraception, staying safe.
Written assessment – should voting be made compulsory in the UK?
(50% of the final end of year grade.)
SummerCitizenship -Right to an education – why is education important? Girls and education in poorer parts of the world, taking action.

Health - Dealing with drugs, legal vs. illegal drugs, drugs and the law, smoking, alcohol, dealing with peer pressure.
Written assessment – writing a letter to your MEP. (50% of the final end of year grade.)

The two end of citizenship assessments are both worth 50% of the final end of year grade.

Assessment Statements

 EMERGING (1-2)DEVELOPING (3-4)PROGRESSING (5-6)MASTERY (7-9)
Skills, knowledge and understanding.Skills, knowledge and understanding.n, nI can:nu2022I can begin to select and communicate knowledge and understanding of issues.nnYear 7 example-nI have: some knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a some knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: some knowledge of the criminal justice system.nI can: nselect and communicate knowledge and understanding of issues.nnYear 7 example-nI have: a good knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a good knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: a good knowledge of the criminal and justice system.nI can:nselect and accurately communicate detailed knowledge of issues.nnnYear 7 example-nI have: a thorough knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a thorough knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system.n
Tackling issues, constructingnreasoned arguments and drawing conclusions.I can:ncomment about issues in relation to my own and other peopleu2019s lives.nI can:nBegin to attempt make reasoned arguments and attempt a conclusion but it is usually very brief.I can:ndescribe the impact of issues on communities.nnI can: nAttempt to make reasoned arguments and make a simple conclusion summing up one main citizenship idea.I can:nExplain the impact of issues on communitiesnnnI can: nMake reasoned arguments and draw conclusions covering the main citizenship ideas.I can:nexplore and analyse the impact of issues on communitiesnnI can:nMake fully justified reasoned arguments and make conclusions summing up key citizenship concepts.
Use of spelling, punctuation and grammar. nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar hinders the meaning of my work.My use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to be understood.nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to be read easily.nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to flow.

Year 9

Course Information & Assessment Points

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnCitizenship - Crime and justice – what causes crime, young people and the law, knife crime and sentencing.

Health - Sex and relationships – Pregnancy and STIs, contraception, why is communication important in relationships? Parenting.
Written assessment about the sentencing of two crimes which have taken place in the UK. (50% of the final end of year grade.)
SpringCareers - Career exploration – An introduction to U – explore, what are my options? Choosing a career, career paths, writing a CV and covering letter, what skills do employers look for?

Citizenship - Reporting on conflict – The United Nations, human rights, the UNCRC, child soldiers.
Written assessment – writing a report on the issue of child soldiers.
(50% of the final end of year grade.)
SummerHealth - Dealing with drugs – different types of drugs, alcohol awareness, staying safe, coping with pressure.

Careers – Applying for jobs.

Celebrating our achievements at KS3.
The two end of citizenship assessments are both worth 50% of the final end of year grade.

Assessment Statements

 EMERGING (1-2)DEVELOPING (3-4)PROGRESSING (5-6)MASTERY (7-9)
Skills, knowledge and understanding.Skills, knowledge and understanding.n, nI can:nu2022I can begin to select and communicate knowledge and understanding of issues.nnYear 7 example-nI have: some knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a some knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: some knowledge of the criminal justice system.nI can: nselect and communicate knowledge and understanding of issues.nnYear 7 example-nI have: a good knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a good knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: a good knowledge of the criminal and justice system.nI can:nselect and accurately communicate detailed knowledge of issues.nnnYear 7 example-nI have: a thorough knowledge of democracy in the UK.nYear 8 example u2013nI have: a thorough knowledge of parliament and UK politics.nYear 9 example u2013 nI have: a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system.n
Tackling issues, constructingnreasoned arguments and drawing conclusions.I can:ncomment about issues in relation to my own and other peopleu2019s lives.nI can:nBegin to attempt make reasoned arguments and attempt a conclusion but it is usually very brief.I can:ndescribe the impact of issues on communities.nnI can: nAttempt to make reasoned arguments and make a simple conclusion summing up one main citizenship idea.I can:nExplain the impact of issues on communitiesnnnI can: nMake reasoned arguments and draw conclusions covering the main citizenship ideas.I can:nexplore and analyse the impact of issues on communitiesnnI can:nMake fully justified reasoned arguments and make conclusions summing up key citizenship concepts.
Use of spelling, punctuation and grammar. nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar hinders the meaning of my work.My use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to be understood.nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to be read easily.nMy use of spelling punctuation and grammar allows my work to flow.
Course Information
Department
Life Studies