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The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

Inspiring People;
Breaking Boundaries

Citizenship

 

Directorate Staff
Mr M. Bennett
Mr L. Mythen

Curriculum Intent

The Lasallian Family is a global family comprising of citizens of almost every country on our planet. The students of The De La Salle Academy deserve every opportunity to develop as global thinkers in a rapidly changing global community. Citizenship asks a fundamental question of the learners: what does it mean to be a citizen in the 21st century?  It is the intention of the Citizenship Curriculum to give our young men the knowledge to answer the question above so that they can find their place within the global community and live their life to the full as St. John Baptiste desired when he set up the congregation over 200 years ago.

Citizenship offers the youngsters of this community the opportunity to develop skills, attitudes and behaviours to be ‘good’ and ‘honest’ citizens.  It is the intention of this curriculum to broaden the horizons of our pupils making them respectful, open-minded, generous, charitable, articulate, tolerant and thoughtful young men able to take their place in twenty first century Britain and beyond. The curriculum emphasises intellectual honesty where everyone’s thoughts are listened to and challenged. The field of enquiry demands that the content is taught with academic rigour and that the key skills of explanation, analysis and evaluation are at the core of the curriculum.

Our boys live in rapidly changing times which demand a curriculum that offers them the skills to navigate the moral maze of life, which will help them to become mature and responsible adults in a their local, national and global community. The boys of this community deserve the very best academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural formation. The GCSE Citizenship curriculum is designed to give those who study it every opportunity to grow as people who can confidently stake their place as citizens of the world.

Curriculum Implementation

Citizenship is delivered in Years four and five of the boys five year learning journey. Over the two years of learning the boys are exposed to five units of study:

Unit A: Living Together in the UK

Unit B: Democracy at work in the UK

Unit C: How the Law Works

Unit D: Power & Influence

Unit E: Taking Citizenship Action

Each unit equips the students to acquire a deep level of knowledge so that they can confidently progress to the next. The final unit allows the boys an experiential learning opportunity to put their knowledge into action through project based learning.

The curriculum enables students to:

  • Know and understand what democracy is, how parliamentary democracy operates within the constituent parts of the UK, how government works and how democratic and non-democratic systems of government are different beyond the UK.
  • Know and understand the relationship between the state and citizens, the rights, responsibilities and duties of citizens living and working in the UK and how people participate in democracy.
  • Know and understand the role of the law in society, how laws are shaped and enforced and how the justice system works in England and Wales.
  • Know and understand how taxes are raised and spent by governments, and how national economic and financial policies and decisions relate to individuals.
  • Use and apply knowledge and understanding of key citizenship ideas and concepts, including democracy, government, justice, equality, rights, responsibilities, participation, community, identity and diversity, to think deeply and critically about a wide range of political, social, economic and ethical issues and questions facing society in local to global contexts.
  • Use and apply knowledge and understanding as they formulate citizenship enquiries, explore and research citizenship issues and actions, analyse and evaluate information and interpret sources of evidence.

This field of enquiry demands that the content is taught with academic rigour and that the key skills of explanation, analysis and evaluation at the core of the curriculum. Cultural capital is at the heart of the curriculum, and is enriched by visits to places such as Manchester Crown Court, and by guest speakers such as the Head Probation Officer of Sefton.

Curriculum Impact

Students will be able to demonstrate the impact of their learning through a variety of assessments, such as:

  1. Low stakes quizzes form our Prepare to Learn section at the start of each lesson, these are based on the knowledge that is captured in our student knowledge organisers.
  2. Formative assessment, which takes place as various stages of the learning journey.
  3. Summative assessments which are identified on the academy cycle.
  4. End of unit testing and the final external examinations.

Through mastery of the knowledge and application of the key skills students in GCSE citizenship can demonstrate that they can achieve between grades 1 – 9 at GCSE.