Overview of KS3: Social Studies
Social Studies combine Citizenship, Religious Studies, Sociology and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). The aim of this broad programme of study is to ensure that all students are given opportunities to develop healthy and informed attitudes in terms of their own personal development, their relationships with other people and the world in which they live.
Students study Democratic Values, Environmental Ethics, Diversity (in which students learn about the importance of challenging racism and homophobia), Sex and Relationships Education, Religious Expression and Government and Politics.
Students study Human Rights, International Development, Sex and Relationships Education, Drugs Education and Law, Current Affairs and Politics.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)
There is a strong focus on ethnic diversity and understanding different cultures. The introductory unit explores and helps students to understand diversity and accept different perspectives on family, education, and society.
The students are able to reflect on their own beliefs in regards to societal norms and behavior while understanding that different cultures may value other factors while still respecting British values. Students also learn about the British education system, the British legal system, our system of government and democracy and how these institutions have shaped our values.