Aims of the Department

PSHE education aims to encourage students at Trinity develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.


Year 7

Unit 1 Healthy Lifestyles:

During this unit students will be introduced to what a healthy lifestyle is and what contributes to being healthy. They will also consider their personal safety to and from school, in addition to learning basic first aid and CPR training.

Unit 2 Financial Awareness:

In this unit we look at an introduction to personal finance and managing money. This ranges from learning to buy items at appropriate prices to key ideas such as monthly expenditure and interest. Students will also learn about the role of banks within our society.  

Unit 3 Bullying:

In Year 7 Bullying has a specific focus on Cyberbullying as students may be involved in more interaction with others online and through social media. 

Unit 4 Drugs and Alcohol:

An introduction to what alcohol is, including why people may or may not want to drink alcohol. Students will also look at the difference between, and examples of, legal and illegal drugs. Finally, students will consider the effects of smoking and the risks that passive smoking can bring. 

Unit 5 Relationships and Sex Education:

In this unit students will learn the importance of building friendships. We will also discuss the appropriate age to fall in love and also how we show others that we love them in a respectful and suitable way. There is also a focus in the Year 7 curriculum on puberty and how the body changes during this time, including particular reference to personal hygiene. 

 

Year 8

Unit 1 Healthy Lifestyles:

This unit focuses on self esteem and what factors can influence the self esteem of young people. We also consider how body image and self esteem are connected and the impact that social media can have on these two concepts. 

Unit 2 Financial Awareness:

Students take part in an activity called ‘The Real Game’,  where students find out more about the reality of working and earning money in the UK. Students are assigned a job and learn about the realities of monthly salaries and working hours that different roles bring. They also use their assigned salary to plan out suggested monthly expenditures. 

Unit 3 Bullying:

During this unit students will look at what bullying is and the different types that exist. We will also analyse why people may become a bully or why people may be targeted as a victim. 

Unit 4 Drugs and Alcohol:

Building on from learning in Year 7 students will consider the life threatening effects of smoking, with discussions centering around the laws surrounding smoking. There will also be a focus on cannabis where students will study the dangers linked to the psychological and physical effects cannabis can have. 

Unit 5 Relationship and Sex Education:

In Year 8 we build upon some of the same themes that were introduced in Year 7 such as the appropriateness of romantic relationships; including considering what qualities would be desired from a future partner. We will also consider some serious and topical issues such as an introduction to teenage pregnancy and the different types of contraception available, as well as discussing the topic of female genital mutilation.

 

Year 9

Unit 1 Healthy Lifestyles:

Students will build on their learning from Year 8 on body image by specifically focusing on pressures young people can face. We then focus on eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia and the effects that these can have on the mental and physical health of those affected. Finally, students will consider the risks associated with obesity and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Unit 2 Financial Awareness:

Financial awareness in Year 9 has a specific focus on budgeting. Students are required to make realistic budgets based on a variety of incomes. There is also a topic on consumer rights and how these can be utilised within society. 

Unit 3 Bullying:

Students will also be advised on how to respond if they are in a situation involving bullying- especially if they are a bystander.

Unit 4 Drugs and Alcohol:

This unit begins with an introduction to drugs and the laws surrounding them. We also focus on the transportation of drugs from cities to smaller areas and the people that are involved in this. In relation to drugs and alcohol we also consider the short and long term effects and the role that peer pressure has on the lifestyle choices that people can make. 

Unit 5 Relationships and Sex Education:

There are a large range of topics within this unit in Year 9 covering a variety of issues. Students are to develop an awareness of the risks surrounding certain behaviours within relationships. These discussions include an introduction to sexually transmitted infections, with a particular focus on HIV awareness.

In addition, the importance of consent and how alcohol and drugs can affect this will be considered.

Building on from Year 8 further topical issues are discussed such as child sexual exploitation, challenging LGBT stereotypes and gender and sexuality.

 

KS4 Citizenship Curriculum

Across Key Stage 4 we highlight a few topics that are looked at in more depth, building on the work completed in Key Stage 3. Topics that we study include mental wellbeing awareness, binge drinking, relationship abuse and sexual consent and the law. 

 

Relationship and Sex Education is delivered at Trinity in a professional and respectful manner. Students are educated and informed on the topics provided by the National Curriculum. The Classroom tone is purposeful and appropriate for the sensitive nature of the lessons. 

You have now done a term of your GCSE subjects. Most of you have or will be sitting modular exams this year that actually count towards your real GSCE grades.

It is crucial that you spend some time thinking about your progress and learning so far in Year 10 to make sure you give yourself the best possible chance of achieving your ‘grades to beat’.

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