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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 PSHCE
Term 1Drugs   
Students will consider what drugs are and the roles they play in society (including alcohol, the safe use of prescription drugs and over the counter medicines). They will consider illegal substances and the social effects of drugs; the risks and consequences of 'experimental' and 'occasional' substance misuse and the terms 'dependence and 'addiction'. Students will look at the laws governing drug use and misuse and consequences for the use and supply of illegal drugs. Sub topics include; alcohol, smoking and vaping, cannabis, solvent abuse and New Psychoactive Substances.
Assessment: N/aKey Words and Terms
 
Term 2RSE: Healthy Relationships   
Students will consider the qualities and behaviours that they should expect and exhibit in a wide variety of positive relationships (including teams, class, friendships). They will explore what makes an unhealthy relationship and will think about the importance of trust, mutual respect and honesty. Students will consider domestic violence and abuse, including forced marriage. This unit also requires discussion of the media portrayal of relationships (including romantic relationships and friendships) which might include music videos, advertising and sexual images shared between young people and learn to recognise the unrealistic portrayal of relationships and sex in pornography.
Assessment: N/aKey Words and Terms
 
Term 3Risks and Staying Safe   
In this unit students will learn to recognise peer pressure and strategies to manage it. They will learn to understand the feelings and pressure that the need for approval can generate including in relation to the purchase and use of tobacco and alcohol, drugs and other risky behaviours Then students will learn about the difference between friendship groups and gangs and strategies for managing pressure to join a particular group or gang. They will also learn about the law relating to the carrying of offensive weapons and about knife crime. Finally, students will consider the risks associated with gambling, why people might choose to gamble, and how the gambling industry influences their choices .
Assessment: N/aKey Words and Terms
 
Term 4Physical Health and Wellbeing   
Students will learn about making healthy lifestyle decisions. They will learn about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, as well as how to read food labels. They will also learn about the consequences of their decisions and about the dangers of energy drinks. They will also focus on body positivity, and in particular, male body image.
Assessment: N/aKey Words and Terms
 
Term 5Government and Politics  
Students will learn about the core British value of democracy, and how the UK democratic system operates. This will include voting, elections, law making, parliament, the role of the monarchy, and how our democratic system works at both local and national levels.
Assessment: N/aKey Words and Terms
 
Term 6Changing Me   
Students will consider when change is a good thing, and learn how to manage change as well as stepping out of their comfort zone. This unit will also focus on their upcoming transition to Year 9.
Assessment: N/aKey Words and Terms
 

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