Personal Development

SMSC & Cultural Capital

Year 7

  • Using writing to explore thoughts and feelings.
  • Sharing experiences
  • Learning from the experiences of others 
  • Thematic exploration develops discussion of dealing with peer pressure, bullying, friendship issues and familial relationships
  • Exploration of personal relationships, their importance and the issues they present
  • Discussion of the changing nature of friendships as we grown in maturity.
  • Exploration of romantic relationships, friendships and family conflict
  • Theme of violence, its impact and long-term consequences links to current issues of gangs and knife crime.
  • Reading for information using skimming, scanning and close reading are important life skills and develop competent functional literacy
  • Texts studied include journalism on homelessness, encouraging the development of empathy and engagement with social issues
  • Considering the importance of place on the development of identity.
  • Exploring the impact of shared culture on a sense of identity and belonging.
  • Exploring different life experiences and the impact of culture on experience.
  • Exploration of the genres of fantasy and gothic horror develop knowledge of the English literary cannon
  • Poetry is considered the highest literary art form.  Familiarity with its conventions and language develops understanding of the arts.
  • Develops understanding of Shakespeare as a cultural icon and his impact on the English language and British culture.
  • Understanding rhetoric supports the development of an elaborate code and ability to articulate ideas clearly and effectively.
  • The Beatles are icons of popular culture.  An understanding of their place in British social history and the emergence of youth culture develops understanding of our cultural history.

Year 8

  • Using narrative to explore thoughts, feelings and ideas about the world.
  • Thematic exploration develops discussion of dealing with peer pressure, friendship issues, relationship issues and familial relationships
  • Examination of the experiences of the homeless develops empathy and awareness of societal issues.
  • The theme of domestic violence raises awareness and identifies the characteristics of coercive control.
  • Evaluating the impact of lifestyle choices on ourselves and others.
  • Making informed lifestyle choices based on synthesising information from a range of sources.
  • Exploration of romantic relationships, friendships and family conflict
  • Understanding how the media targets and influences us.
  • The texts studied are taken from the English literary cannon and so provide opportunities to experience our heritage.  The supernatural and gothic horror are genres that have influenced some of the greatest writers of English Literature.  The genre continues to have an influence on popular culture through film and television. In exploring its conventions students are able to begin to recognise the intertextuality of different creative medias.
  • Considered the highest literary form, the study of poetry develops an appreciation of the art form.  The ability to deconstruct the meaning of challenging texts develops confidence that is empowering and raises self-esteem.
  • The novel explores key issues in our society relating to PTSD, homelessness and domestic violence.  In exploring social problems we recognise where there are problems in our culture and explore how we address them.
  • Knowledge about what makes a healthy lifestyle is central to awareness of the importance of diet, exercise and lifestyle to our culture.
  • Understanding rhetoric supports the development of an elaborate code and ability to articulate ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Develops understanding of  contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s insight into human behaviour and motivation and his immense skill as a writer
  • Advertising is a central part of popular and consumer culture.  It has a great influence on what is popular in our society.  Awareness of how it works and its persuasive strategies helps to develop critical thinking skills to make for more discerning and informed consumers.

Year 9

  • Using narrative to explore thoughts, feelings and ideas about the world and the self.  Of Mice and Men deals with issues of loneliness, friendship, isolation, discrimination, prejudice and racism, all of which are relevant to the experiences of young people.  Through discussing these issues we support our students in negotiating their presence in our lives and developing empathy for others who have different experiences and/or come from different cultures from our own.
  • Using poetry to explore the human cost of war develops political awareness, engagement with history and world issues and empathetic consideration.
  • Creative and expressive writing is important for developing an outlet for ideas and emotions.
  • The ability to articulate ideas clearly through reasoned argument is an essential life skill that empowers students and supports them in having their voices heard in a range of contexts.
  • Exploration of romantic relationships, friendships and family conflict.
  • Understanding the role of the media in keeping us informed of national and world events.
  • Of Mice and Men is a seminal text in American literature and wider western culture.  It develops knowledge of the American depression of the 1930s and the effects and impact of racism and prejudice in American society.  An awareness of this is essential to understanding C.20th history, it’s wider impact and continued repercussions.
  • The poetry of the First World War is an important part of British history and culture.  A knowledge and experience of it is important to understanding the history of our nation and the role the war played in creating the values that underpin our country.
  • Considered the highest literary form, the study of poetry develops an appreciation of the art form.  The ability to deconstruct the meaning of challenging texts develops confidence that is empowering and raises self-esteem.
  • The range of texts studied in the unit are from British and American literature and reflect cultural experiences and issues which enrich students’ knowledge and awareness of wider experiences than their own.
  • Topic covered in the unit to stimulate writing include recent new items and issues of cultural significance.  This raises awareness of current affairs.
  • Understanding rhetoric supports the development of an elaborate code and ability to articulate ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Develops understanding of the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s insight into human behaviour and motivation and his immense skill as a writer.
  • Considering representations, demonstrates how cultural short-hands, archetypes and stereotyping develop.
  • Television news is an important source of information to stay informed about local, national and world events.  Understanding how it works enables students to stay informed and question sources of information.

Year 10

  • The range of short stories used cover relatable issues of bullying, sibling rivalry, first love and family tensions.  By developing empathetic responses we support our students in reaching emotional maturity.
  • Shakespeare’s enduring relevance relates to his pre-eminent understanding of human behaviour and motivation.  The personal issues covered in Macbeth relate to ambition, jealousy, power and control.  
  • Shakespeare’s enduring relevance relates to his pre-eminent understanding of human behaviour and motivation.  The personal issues covered in Macbeth relate to ambition, jealousy, power and control.  
  • Develops understanding of the media and its function.  
  • Explores making moral choices and personal and social responsibility.  Focus on the importance of society and our place in it.
  • Exploring a topic of personal interest to engage others develops confidence and self-esteem.
  • Narratives are important vehicles in our culture for creating dialogues and raising awareness of social issues.  
  • Shakespeare is a cultural icon who has a huge influence on both literary and popular culture.  Knowledge of his work and influence is central to understanding British culture.
  • Understanding rhetoric supports the development of an elaborate code and ability to articulate ideas clearly and effectively, whilst also developing healthy awareness of the influence viewpoint and the need to be well informed.
  • An Inspector Calls is a key post-war text of significance influence.  Its context helps students understand the background to the welfare state and the establishment of the NHS crucial aspects of British values.
  • Strong presentation skills are self-esteem building and make links between personal interests and their place in our wider culture.

Year 11

  • The novel engenders discussion of what it is to be a moral person, our place in society and the internal battles individuals face.
  • Discussion of poetry involves exploration of a wide range of human experience, encouraging empathy and understanding.  Themes covered include: different types of relationships, growing up, conflict, loss and guilt.
  • Preparation for external examinations develops a work ethic and resilience.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is part of our literary heritage and its characters cultural icons of the battle between good and evil in society.  This supports understanding of morality and related issues
  • Poetry is considered the highest literary art form.  Familiarity with its conventions and language develops understanding of the arts.
  • GCSE English Language and English Literature give students internationally renowned  qualifications that have obvious currency in the academic world and wider labour market.

Linking Curriculum to Careers

Year 7

  • Literacy
  • Effective communication in writing
  • Higher order thinking skills

Year 8

  • Effective communication in writing
  • Higher order thinking skills
  • Journalism
  • Literacy

Year 9

  • Literacy
  • Effective communication in writing
  • Higher order thinking skills
  • Spoken presentation skills
  • Advertising

Year 10

  • Functional Literacy
  • Effective communication in writing
  • Higher order thinking skills
  • Journalism
  • Report writing
  • Journalism/copy writing
  • Formal letter writing 
  • Presentation skills

Year 11

  • Functional Literacy
  • Effective communication in writing
  • Higher order thinking skills
  • Journalism
  • Report writing
  • Presentation skills