Social Science Y8

Overall Curriculum Goals

By the end of this year, students from this year group should understand:

1.    Religious and philosophical ideas about key life events

2.    Forms of injustice in the world and approaches to tackling them

3.    How religions and governments respond to conflict

4.    Aspects of relationships, sex and health education

Term 1

Half Term 1 & 2

Term 2

Half Term 3 & 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Topic Title: 

If life is a journey, what happens on the way?

Topic Title: 

Does injustice take place around the world and how should we respond as global citizens?

Topic Title: 

How do religions and governments respond to conflict? 

Topic Title: 

What do teenagers need to understand to be safe and healthy?

Topic Intent:

This topic gives students the opportunity to learn about the different religious and non-religious views on death and the afterlife.  They will also be considering the meaning of life – what is the point of our existence? These are very big questions which can affect us deeply during our lives. This topic will help students think about religion and their place in the world.  It will help them to understand how they could lead a happy life and be kind and useful to others.  It may help them to think about very challenging times like bereavement.

Topic Intent: 

This topic matters because students need to understand how living in the UK usually enables people to live without unfair treatment or restrictions. It explores injustice around the world and how people respond. This learning will help students in life because it will help them to: think about the laws in place for the safety of society; understand the value of democracy in protecting rights; understand why laws are in place and how they differ around the world; decide what they think is the right way to treat people. 

Topic Intent:

This topic matters because conflict between people and nations will always exist and is responsible for a vast amount of human suffering.  This topic will help students understand why conflict exists and how we should respond to conflict in the world today.  Students’ studies will help them to speak intelligently in a range of contexts about the causes of war, the different types of conflict (including terrorism and nuclear war) and the philosophical and religious arguments around the concepts of just war, holy war, pacifism and peacekeeping.  Finally, students will consider how democracy plays a vital role in resolving conflict peacefully within society and between countries.

Topic Intent:

This topic matters as it helps teenagers to understand various personal risks they face as they are growing up.  Students will gain an awareness of how to look after their mental health.  Students will become more familiar with the risks and dangers of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and various illegal drugs.  A range of issues associated with relationships (healthy and unhealthy) will be considered and students will gain a better understanding of physical and emotional changes affecting teenagers.

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Birth
  • Coming of age
  • Funerals

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Impact of tragedy
  • Life after death
  • Humanism

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Modern slavery
  • Stereotypes
  • Poverty

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Racial bias
  • Child labour
  • Religious discrimination

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Conflict
  • Protest and terrorism
  • Weapons of mass destruction

Key Content / Skills:  

  • The role of the family
  • Mental health
  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Drugs
  • Respectful relationships
  • Staying safe
  • Reproductive health
  • Physical and emotional changes

Assessment:

written, 20 marks, completed in October

Assessment:

written, 20 marks, completed in December

Assessment:

written, 20 marks, completed in February

Assessment:

written, 20 marks, completed in April

Assessment:

written, 20 marks, completed in May

Assessment: 

written, 20 marks, completed in July

Home Learning:

as required

Home Learning:

as required

Home Learning:

as required

Home Learning:

as required

Home Learning:

as required

Home Learning:

as required

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Developing the skills of a social scientist – analysing evidence, making comparisons, constructing reasoned arguments and reaching justified conclusions

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Developing the skills of a social scientist – analysing evidence, making comparisons, constructing reasoned arguments and reaching justified conclusions

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Developing the skills of a social scientist – analysing evidence, making comparisons, constructing reasoned arguments and reaching justified conclusions

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Developing the skills of a social scientist – analysing evidence, making comparisons, constructing reasoned arguments and reaching justified conclusions

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Developing the skills of a social scientist – analysing evidence, making comparisons, constructing reasoned arguments and reaching justified conclusions

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Developing the skills of a social scientist – analysing evidence, making comparisons, constructing reasoned arguments and reaching justified conclusions

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