Subject: Culture and Wellbeing
Subject Overview:

The department of Culture and Wellbeing – includes the subjects of Cultural Studies, PSHCE, RSE, Curriculum for Life, and Work Skills.

These subjects are challenging and important. We cover the Sunderland Agreed Syllabus for RE within Cultural Studies and Curriculum for Life. Lessons encourage students to consider a broad range of issues to do with morality, faith and ethical dilemmas. Learners will learn to consider a range of theoretical and philosophical viewpoints within the context of specific focus areas. Learners will be asked to investigate a range of viewpoints of any given subject and to consider the reasons why our society/culture is the way it is, and how it differs from other societies/cultures around the world. Learners will be supported to develop a range of skills within the subject which are essential for academic success across the board.

In PSHCE, Curriculum for Life and work skills we develop the skills and attributes to help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Learners will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society; from making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, across the subjects in the department they will help pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. They will achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. The department will help pupils to develop skills and aptitudes – like teamwork, communication, and resilience – that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and are increasingly valued by employers.

We promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of learners at the school and of society, and prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life while ensuring learners are safe. The department supports learners to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. Our RSE provision is in line with the statutory requirements required from 2020 for all learners to follow. RSE and Health Education are statutory from 2020, we will be implementing from 2019 as a DfE early adopter school. (Please see RSE section of website for further details)

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The subjects covered within the department of Culture and Wellbeing at times will require students to study some difficult issues, where at times, challenging images, ideas and questions may be posed. This is a part of our subject and staff will always be sensitive to student age and deal with difficult issues in an age-appropriate way, with age-appropriate resources. Where staff know that students may be personally affected by some of
the topics/issues discussed, they will seek advice from senior Leaders and ensure that support is always available and provided if necessary.

Football academy learners follow a scheme of learning specifically designed to meet the need of learners and remain in line with statutory guidelines of RSE and the agreed syllabus in Religious Education.

Cultural Studies:

Year 7 and 8
Across Year 7 & 8, learners will have 1 lesson per week of Cultural Studies. During Cultural Studies lessons learners will cover explicit content which relates to global faiths including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. They will learn about beliefs and values and cultural ceremonies within various faiths. Learners will also consider ethical and/or moral issues within lessons and will pose and consider philosophical questions as of their Culture and Wellbeing curriculum at Kepier.

We cover the following topics below throughout the year, although at times the order and length may vary.

Content: Year 7: Year 8:
Autumn Term 1: What is Cultural Studies?

What Is life like as a Hindu?

Does God exist?
Autumn Term 2: What are the beliefs of a British Muslim? How does Judaism work today?
Spring Term 1: What are the beliefs of a British Muslim? How does Judaism work today?
Spring Term 2: Who is Jesus? Does it matter where we worship?
Summer Term 1: Evil and suffering? Is there more than we know?
Summer Term 2: N/A N/A

Year 7 and 8

The subject will equip our earners with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, and responsible lives. PSHCE develops and encourages and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. Learners will have the opportunity to enhance their Character Education through tasks which focus on Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication. Throughout year 7 and 8 all learners will cover topics on Careers and aspirations, Citizenship, finances, the world and their local area, first aid, RSE and health including mental health.

Content: Year 7: Year 8:
Autumn Term 1: What is PSHCE?

What are the British Values?

Staying Safe

Looking after you
Autumn Term 2: You and your body Society Today
Spring Term 1: Making Choices What is a healthy relationship?
Spring Term 2: Respect What is a healthy relationship?
Summer Term 1: Where we live? How to save a life
Summer Term 2: Can I vote? Money makes the world go around
Curriculum for Life

Year 9, 10 and 11

At Kepier in year 9, 10 and 11 learners receive 1 lesson a week of Curriculum for Life; this covers RE, PSHCE, Citizenship and RSE and Health education.

In Curriculum for Life we aim for learners to develop a knowledge and understanding of appropriate citizenship, personal development and employability concepts. The skills they build on will promote the ability to make appropriate and effective use of Curriculum for Life knowledge to develop, interpret, modify and communicate civic, social and personal ideas and concepts. In Curriculum for Life we aim to develop our learner’s knowledge of current affairs, concept and appreciation of equality, diversity in our local, national and international community. We promote Human Rights, transferrable employability skills and emotional development.

Content: Year 9: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term 1: Humans are Special The big questions What next?
Autumn Term 2: What do we mean by Justice? The big questions The adult world
Spring Term 1: Options and Careers Being prepared People can hurt people
Spring Term 2: Safe relationships Getting ready for the big wide world People can hurt people
Summer Term 1: Safe relationships Getting ready for the big wide world When things get real
Summer Term 2: A dangerous world Keeping myself right N/A
Work Skills:

Year 9 learners

Some of our learners will have access to achieving The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Work skills.  This course will prepare you for employment and will ensure you have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace.

The BTEC Level 1 Award in Workskills provides learners with a qualification in employability skills. Learner will be able to use this as a starting point to
complete higher levels in BTEC Workskills on passing this qualification.

Learners will complete two units over 1 lesson per week during year 9.

Content: UNIT: Unit 48

NAME: Personal Presentation for the workplace

URN: Y/508/4371


GLH: 15

In this unit you will learn about:

  • The importance of personal presentation
  • How presentation can provide a positive first impression of self and the organisation
  • The requirements for different types of workplace – dress, hygiene, attitude, behaviour, body language, inappropriate
  • Develop practical skills required to present themselves in line with workplace requirements
UNIT: Unit 30

NAME: Career Progression

URN: J/508/3496


GLH: 15

In this unit you will learn about:

  • Create a 5-10 year plan
  • Identify your skills and interests
  • Understand and determine what is need to achieve your goals
  • Establish a plan of how to achieve these goals
  • Importance of preparing for the future
  • Ways to develop your existing and new skills
Autumn Term 1: Know the requirements for personal presentation for the workplace.
Autumn Term 2: Know how requirements for personal presentation vary across different types of workplace.
Spring Term 1: Be able to demonstrate personal presentation in line with workplace requirements
Spring Term 2: Know the importance of planning for career progression
Summer Term 1: Know how to carry out a self-assessment for a chosen career pathway
Summer Term 2: Be able to plan short term goals for career progression
How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Parents can show an interest in the issues and ideas that students will hopefully share at home. Many of the issues we study will be relevant to the modern world, to current affairs or recent events/developments. A wider knowledge of society, news and events is always useful for students and so encouraging students to have an awareness of weekly news events will support general knowledge and understanding