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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

Raising aspirations - releasing potential

Politics, Philosophy and Enterprise (PPE)

“Welcome to the PPE Department”

In the Politics, Philosophy and Enterprise faculty your daughter will learn PPE at KS3, GCSE Citizenship at KS4 and Government & Politics at KS5.  The department has also created links with an international school, Hari Shree Vidyalayam (http://www.harishree.org/), which we do a teacher exchange with every year.  This year pupils in year 11 are visiting India as part of our cultural exchange.  The project is supported by the British Council. Please see this web links for an example of our work together, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=367yFmtBEZY.

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 to 9

PPE follows the Citizenship national curriculum, which is a legal requirement for all schools to teach. There are 4 key skills areas which we develop so that your daughter uses them not just in school but also the working world; technical skills (different media formats), presentation skills (written and verbal communication), research skills (ICT and library) and team work (leadership and group work).

With politics students learn about voting, the House of Commons and Lords and the role of the MP. They also look at current issues that exist in our local, national and global community. We want students to be politically active people who know different methods of campaigning.

In philosophy we want students to open up their minds and be able to think for themselves. We  look at a variety of issues and use “Philosophy 4 Children” to help guide our young people to understand why they think the way they do and what influences our way of thinking. We want your daughter to be able to think for herself and broaden her mind to the wider questions in our world today.

Lastly, enterprise is about students no longer relying on the bank of mum and dad and instead take responsibility for personal budgeting, difference between interest rates and APR, how to open up an account and how the business world works.

Year 7

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

Black History Month – Carnival

http://vimeo.com/69824155

Young people can learn a lot from each other and this project gives our pupils a great chance to experience this.  In this learning project pupils look at the history behind carnival. Students will research in teams around topics linked to different cultures and create a carnival costume about their issue. Pupils will take part at the “Blackfen Carnival” which takes place in October/November every year.

Autumn Term 2

United Nations - Syria

Sadly there is always an international crisis taking place somewhere around the world.  Previously pupils have looked at Libya, Afghanistan and most recently Syria.  Pupils hold an actual United Nations Security Council debate and get a chance to look at the latest global issues and come up with resolutions on how to resolve them. At the end students will contact the UK Foreign Office. We also learn the importance of Computing.

Spring Term 1

Who Wants To Be A Politician

Elections to Bexley Youth Council and the school Student Leadership Team

http://www.bexley.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4744

What does a local council do? How do people get elected?  Who is the Mayor of London? These are just some of the questions pupils will be investigating as part of this project.  This introduction to the British political process culminates in our pupils standing for election to the Bexley Youth Parliament.

Spring Term 2

Fairtrade

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

How is chocolate produced? What do we mean by Fair Trade? What is globalisation? These are just some of the questions pupils will be investigating as part of their fair trade project.  Using cameras and great acting skills pupils work in teams to create a Fair Trade advert that will be shown across the school.

Summer Term 1

Ethical Fashion

Building on what pupils learnt about Fairtrade; pupils will now look at the fashion industry. They will investigate workers’ rights and conditions, trade unions and the role they play and whether our high street fashion brands are ethical. By the end pupils will create their own t-shirt design with slogan about the issue.

Summer Term 2

TEDx Blackfen

What are the biggest problems in our world today? (UN Millennium Goals)

http://www.ted.com/pages/tedx_kids_youth_events

TEDx events for children/youth are sprouting up everywhere -- bringing together local educators, organizations and kids for activities, live talks and storytelling that engage young minds to learn and experience in new and different ways.

Year 8

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

Black History Month – Protest Music

http://prezi.com/b6tkcx_czg0x/black-history-month-protest-music/

In this learning project pupils look at the history behind protest music. Students will have P4C discussions about issues in the UK today to do with race, religion and identity. They will then research topics linked to different issues and create a protest song and music video of their own. Pupils will take part at the “Blackfen Carnival” which takes place in October every year.

Autumn Term 2

Refugees

http://mylifeasarefugee.org/game.html

http://www.playagainstallodds.ca/

Refugees are increasing globally but why is this? What is life as a refugee like? Do we do enough as an international community to support refugees? Pupils will look to answer all of these questions and look at what the differences between migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are. By the end they will create a piece of artistic work to represent what they have learnt and educate their peers within the school.

Spring Term 1

Eco Schools/Waste Week

http://www.eco-schools.org.uk/

http://jointhepod.org/campaigns/campaign/30

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/donate-goods/mands-and-oxfam-shwopping

In this project pupils will look at why the government continue to promote recycling and being responsible consumers. They will explore what more we can do to reduce our carbon foot print and send these ideas off to the government. Students will also take part in a shwopping event in school and analyse the effectiveness of it.

Spring Term 2

 Human Rights

http://kidblog.org/home/

Pupils will explore the human and legal rights we have in the UK today. Pupils will debate about the strengths and weaknesses of having human rights and analyse how effective they are. They will then use this knowledge to create a blog piece about a particular human rights violation that is taking place in the UK today.

Summer Term 1

Endangered Species Day UK

Pupils came to us and asked for help in launching the UK’s first ever Endangered Species Day.  This resulted in pupils investigating the issue and meeting with our local Member of Parliament to lobby for their support.  This year we will be continuing this campaign and work with animal charities to raise awareness about the idea.

Summer Term 2

Bank of Blackfen

Does your daughter know how to open up a bank account? Can they explain what APR, interest rates and credit cards are? In this project pupils will learn about personal finance and look at how to take responsibility for themselves. By the end we want students to explore different types of accounts and for them to figure out what is the best deal for them. Pupils will also learn about budgeting, based on different salary earnings, to understand how to be responsible people. 

Year 9

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

Black History Month – Documentary Challenge

In this learning project pupils look at the idea of “Britishness”. Pupils will have P4C discussions about the topic and use these to then come up with a topic to create a documentary film about. They will then research in teams about their issue and create their film. Pupils will take part at the “Blackfen Carnival” which takes place in October every year.

Autumn Term 2

BBC School News Report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/

BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

With support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.

Spring Term 1

Chance to be a Chancellor

http://www.payingforit.org.uk/chance-to-be-chancellor/

Chance to be Chancellor challenges young people to consider a range of Budget policies and choose those they feel are best for the country’s economy.

Spring Term 2

Stand Up, Speak Up – Jack Petchey

http://www.speakoutchallenge.com/

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! is a programme run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

We believe everybody should have the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public, and are dedicated to helping people of all ages and levels achieve this.

Summer Term 1

Criminal Justice System

Pupils explore the Br justice system and compare this to international courts of justice.  Pupils will examine real cases including the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Shakilus Townsend and the MP’s expense scandal.

Summer Term 2

Social Enterprise

Tenner Tycoon Challenge

http://www.tenner.org.uk/#/

The Tenner Challenge is for young who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. It gives them a chance to think of a new business idea and make it happen, using real money to take risks in the business field, make a profit – and make a difference.

Please note these projects may not necessarily be taught in the order listed above.

Key stage 4:

2016 GCSE Citizenship Results:

 56% achieved A* - A

81% achieved A* - C

Year 10

The new Edexcel GCSE Citizenship (grades 9 – 1) is a full qualification and is part of the English Baccalaureate. Pupils develop and apply their understanding of key citizenship concepts (justice, democracy, rights and responsibilities, identities and diversity) use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts, opinion and bias, build arguments and make informed judgements. The new syllabus reflects current issues, questions and debates: students develop knowledge and understanding of the role of citizenship in relation to current issues that impact on modern society, engaging them with what it means to be an active citizen and preparing them for their next steps in today’s global world.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/citizenship-studies-2016.html

We always recommend to parents that pupils purchase the following textbook for the course:

Collins Citizenship Today - Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Student's Book 4th edition Paperback – 18 May 2016 by Jenny Wales

Content and assessment overview

Year 10:

Paper 1 (*Paper code: 1CS0/01)
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
80 marks

Assessment overview
Section A
Questions are focused on specification Theme A: Living together in the UK.
Section B
Questions are focused on specification Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK.
Section C
Questions are focused on specification Theme C: Law and justice.
Section D
Extended-response questions related to two or more of specification Themes A–C.

Paper 2 (*Paper code: 1CS0/02)
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
80 marks

Assessment overview
Section A
Questions relate to the students’ own citizenship action, as specified in specification Theme E: Taking citizenship action.

Your daughter will devise, plan and carry out a Citizenship campaign aimed at delivering a benefit or change for a particular community or wider society. Taking citizenship action in a real out-of-classroom context allows students to apply citizenship knowledge, understanding and skills, and to
gain different citizenship insights and appreciate different perspectives on how we live
together and make decisions in society.

Section B
Questions require students to comment on others’ actions and relate to specification Theme D: Power and influence.
Section C
Questions are focused on specification Theme D: Power and influence. One question will also link to content in one of Themes A–C.

Blackfen School for Girls Citizenship Fair film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS5s6RlEKm8

Year 11

Year 11 pupils will finish the old GCSE Citizenship qualification (grades A* to G).  Pupils develop and apply their understanding of key citizenship concepts (justice, democracy, rights and responsibilities, identities and diversity) use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts, opinion and bias, build arguments and make informed judgements. 60% of the course is a controlled assessment (coursework) and the other 40% is from two exams say at the end of Year 11. The exam board we use is Edexcel.

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/citizenship-studies/Pages/default.aspx

We always recommend to parents that pupils purchase the following textbook for the course:

Wales, Jenny. Citizenship Today. Collins. 2009. (ISBN:  13 978 0 00 731264 1)

2016 GCSE Citizenship Results:

 56% achieved A* - A

81% achieved A* - C

 

Year 11:

Term

Unit of Work & Summary

Autumn Term

Unit 1 – 20% of final mark

Your daughter will now move onto studying “Theme 2: Power, Politics and the Media” and “Theme 3: Global Community”. Pupils will focus on the following things:

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Democracy – elections, the Houses of Parliament, local Council and what it does for us, role of an MP, pressure groups and how laws are made
  • Media – tabloid vs broadsheet, media influence on the public, free and honest press and Leveson Inquiry.
  • Economy
  • European Union
  • United Nations and UN Security Council
  • The Commonwealth
  • Sustainable Environment
  • Poverty & Development
  • Globalisation: the challenges

At the end of this term pupils will sit a Unit 1 mock exam to see how students are achieving.

Spring Term

Unit 3C – 20% of final mark

This is a smaller unit compared to Unit 1 and focuses on a much more specific area. Pupils will go over this and also see how to be successful in the exam, which has more source based. Pupils will cover:

  • Making ethical decisions
  • Political Change – referendums, alternate voting systems
  • Economy
  • Criminal Justice System and Media – e.g. Sarah Payne case
  • National Security

Summer Term

Revision

Pupils will go over both units they are due to sit. Classes will be quizzed and exam technique will be gone over. After school booster sessions will be arranged by your daughter’s teacher to provide extra learning time.

Lastly all coursework is correctly submitted to be sent off to the exam board.