With eight lessons dedicated to democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for differences; students are able to articulate, debate, explain and empathise with the key components of life in modern and democratic Britain. The additional two lessons combine all of the values together to enable students to undertake a presentation of significant Britons and how they have all contributed to our way of life.
Not only do these lessons develop the knowledge of the four values; they develop student confidence, ability to argue and analyse and extend respect and tolerance for each other.
Designed by outstanding teachers under the leadership of a primary specialist, each of the lessons in this scheme of work are fun, interactive, fully resourced and differentiated. This means that teaching this sometimes complicated and controversial topic can be consistently applied. You can also rest assured that lessons will be appropriate given that they have been created by current and former teachers of PSHE and Citizenship.
The structure of the scheme of work is:
Lessons 1 & 2: What is the “democracy”?
These two lessons looks at the roles and functions of elections, who our political leaders are as well as the different types of government that usually run countries. Students also develop an understanding and appreciation of the benefits of living in a democracy.
Lessons 3 & 4: What is meant by “individual liberty”?
These two lessons looks at the concept of rights and responsibilities of a citizen in modern Britain. The topics covered include the concepts of free speech, free media and freedom of religion as well as the civic duty of citizens. The topic finishes with an evaluation of our rights and responsibilities.
Lessons 5 & 6: How is the “rule of law” maintained?
This lesson looks at the concept of rules and why they are important before moving to look at the law and why laws exist, as well as the criminal justice system to outline what happens if these are broken.
Lessons 7 & 8: Who makes up modern Britain?
This lesson looks at the contribution of different people and differing cultures and traditions to modern, democratic Britain and the long history of immigration in to this country. This combination of recent history, culture and geography will allow students to see the positive contributions made to our thriving country and the reasons why people decide to come and live here. The topic finishes with a celebration of diversity and the positive contribution that everybody can make to Britain.
Lessons 9 & 10: Summarising British Values.
For the final two lessons, students will put together everything that they have learned to assess how key Britons have helped to develop and extend our British values and to create a positive representation of how these changes have benefited everybody who lives in Britain. This is a great activity, devised as an Oscars style competition, for the class to finish off the topic.
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Why would this politics based Citizenship scheme of work be good for your students?
It has a range of fun, engaging activities in all of the lessons.
The lessons support the SMSC, SEAL, Citizenship, PSHE and British Values provision of your school.
All of the lessons are differentiated to cater for a range of abilities.
Lesson plans are detailed and have supporting resources.
The lessons and resources are easy to share with a number of colleagues in your school.