Social Science Y9

Overall Curriculum Goals

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

1.    The reasons for conflict and how religions and governments respond to conflict

2.    Factors which contribute to human happiness such as religious beliefs, laws, charities, mental health and personal finance

3.    Contemporary issues affecting teenagers I the UK

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: 

How do religions and governments respond to conflict? 

Topic Title: 

How can citizens be happy?

Topic Title: 

What are contemporary issues affecting teenagers?

Topic Title: 

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

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 because it explores the ideas and institutions that contribute to the happiness of citizens everywhere.  This topic will help students to understand religious, political, legal and personal aspects of life which contribute to human happiness.  Students’ studies will help them to speak intelligently in a range of contexts about the existence of God and the role of government, the law and charities.  Finally, students will consider how mental health, healthy relationships and personal finance contribute to our happiness.

Topic Intent:

This topic matters because it will help students to understand and be able to talk intelligently about contemporary issues affecting their lives. Students will research drivers for change in the modern world – climate change and technological change.  In addition, they will consider how young people are treated by the criminal justice system and the extent to which they might become more involved in the political process.  Finally, this topic helps students to stay safe from extremism and develop their appreciation of diversity, respect and tolerance for others in modern society.  

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 reproductive health (contraception and STIs; pregnancy and options around pregnancy).

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Conflict
  • Protest and terrorism
  • Weapons of mass destruction

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Just war
  • Pacifism
  • Preventing conflict
  • International justice
  • Refugees

Key Content / Skills:  

  • The existence of God
  • Law and happiness
  • Democracy and happiness
  • Charities and happiness
  • Personal finance and happiness

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Mental health
  • Resilience
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Sleep
  • Diet and exercise

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Climate change
  • Technological advances
  • Young offenders
  • Votes at 16
  • Prejudice and extremism

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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