Quick Links

Useful Links

Knights Templar

Contact Us

Personal, Social and Health Education - Year 8

Mathematics - Year 7

Click here to return to our Personal, Social and Health Education home page

Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Personal, Social and Health Education for Year 8 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

Subject Key Concepts

                 #1 Health and Well-being          #2 Relationships           #3 Living in the wider world      

Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Curriculum Overview for the year

Year/

age

Being Me in My

World

Celebrating

Difference

Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me

Relationships

Changing Me

 

Year 8 (12-13)

Self-identity, family and identity, stereotypes, personal beliefs and judgements, managing expectations,

first impressions, respect for the beliefs of others.

Active listening

Positive change made by others, how positive behaviour affects feelings of wellbeing, social injustice, inequality, community cohesion and support, multi-

culturalism, race and religion, prejudice, LGBT+ bullying

Long-term goals, skills, qualifications, careers, money and happiness, ethics and mental wellbeing, budgeting, variation in income, positive and negative impact of money, online legal responsibilities, gambling issues

Long-term physical health, responsibility for own health, dental health, stress triggers, substances and

mood, legislation associated with substances, exploitation and substances, medicine, vaccinations, immunisation

Blood donation

Positive relationship with self, social media and relationship with self,

negative self-talk, managing a range of relationships, personal space, online etiquette, online privacy

and personal safety, coercion, unhealthy balance of power in relationships, sources of support

Types of close intimate relationships, physical attraction, legal status of relationships, behaviours in healthy and unhealthy romantic relationships, pornography, sexuality,

alcohol and risky behaviour

Useful documents:

Please click here for a PDF of a curriculum overview.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Harper if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

 We organise our classes by mixed ability. The students have one lesson per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

 The most successful students in this subject will enjoy taking part in group discussions and will be keen to share their opinions on a range of topics. Successful students will also be able to present information in a range of interesting ways such as through presentations, role playing and posters.  

How will students learn at this level?

  • Group discussions
  • Role play and scripting
  • Watching demonstrations
  • ‘Hot seating’ activities
  • Group presentations and watching others’
  • Whole class discussions
  • Use of photos and video clips

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

 All learning in PSHCEE is assessed continually through quizzes, discussions and other formative assessment techniques. There are no formal tests of assessed projects. 

When do key assessments take place?

 

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage you to discuss what you have been learning about in lessons. Encourage you to seek further information about any topics you may have an interest in via the internet or other sources they have been directed towards.
  • Discuss your opinions on the topics you have been covering during lessons. 

What equipment do students need for this subject?

 Essential school equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Geography- understanding of different communities around the world.
  • Philosophy- consideration of different religions’ opinions on relationships and sex.
  • Chemistry/Biology- understanding of how addictions and substances affect the body.
  • Drama- role-playing activities, use of ‘characters’ to consider the emotions behind different situations.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

General Support:

www.childline.org.uk

www.nspcc.org.uk

Relationships and Sexual Education:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.brook.org.uk

www.disrespectnobody.co.uk

Money Smart:

www.young-enterprise.org.uk 

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • LGBTQ+ Alliance
  • School Council
  • Green Knights

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

 As PSHCEE covers so many crucial life skills, it is essential for every career path! If you are particularly interested in the topics we discuss in these lessons, you may want to consider a future as a Social Worker or Counselling..?

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

Broad and Balanced:

Students receive the broadest possible curriculum with PSHCEE, and the subject is designed to cover ‘everything which is not taught in other subjects’. Students are taught the skills and knowledge to make them a more well-rounded and successful person in the wider community, not just within school. 

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

Creativity:

Students are encouraged at all times to present information or opinions in the most innovative and interesting way possible, whether this is as a poster, visual presentation or role-play. Students are encouraged to play to their strengths and choose the best option for them. 

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

Substance/Deep Learning

Students complete a ‘spiral curriculum’ whereby each key topic (from the PSHE Association’s Scheme of Learning) is covered within each year group, but built on in an age-appropriate way to ensure learning is revisited and enhanced to create greater depth and breadth of understanding.