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Culture & Values

Culture & Values - Key Stage 4

Why study Culture & Values?

Cultures & Values makes a key and unique contribution to the development of our students and embeds the school ethos of ‘Recognising, nurturing and celebrating the uniqueness of individuals by helping the students with their understanding of British heritage, values and futures’. By providing consistent opportunities for the explicit teaching of subject specific vocabulary and engagement with the whole school oracy strategies we are enabling our students to become fluent in discussing the cultural, political and philosophical issues that they will encounter, using their acquired knowledge and understanding of evidence to inform their viewpoint. The students also learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others' rights and responsibilities. At a time when communities are becoming more diverse there is an even greater need for a more religiously literate and tolerant society.

In years 9 and 10 the students cover Christian Beliefs and Practices and compare and contrast them with Islamic Beliefs and Practices. There are also thematic studies in Relationship & Families, Social Justice and Human and Religion, Crime & Punishment. We are also proud of the way this curriculum is unique by complementing the delivery of the GCSE English Literature course & PSHE course for example themes such as Christian Beliefs of dealing with loss and grief support students in their Poetry Anthology component, Relationships & Families helps students understand the contextual background and relationships when studying An Inspector Calls. This systematic approach to developing cross curricular knowledge allows students to apply their understanding in different contexts.

Students will be provided with a systematic approach to retrieving and interleaving of knowledge through assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments. Extended writing questions to develop their AO2 & AO3 skills. Students sit mock examinations at the end of year 9, in November & March of their year 10 studies.

Residential opportunity to Holocaust museum and concentration camps. Visits from local Muslim and visit to mosque to discuss beliefs.

Revision guides available for purchase at subsidized rate for the GCSE examinations. The department also supports students with small group and one to one sessions after school to develop examination and coursework skills during the second year of the course.