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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 Economics faculty your daughter will learn PPE at KS3, GCSE Citizenship at KS4 and 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). In addition to this PPE makes many cross-curricular links with subjects such as History, Geography, Religious Education, Economics and Business Studies; which reinforces your daughter’s learning from elsewhere in the school and makes the subject a good foundation for GCSE.

With Politics students learn about voting, what constitutes Parliament i.e. the House of Commons, The House of Lords, the Monarch 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, Economics 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 Culture Carnival” which takes place in October/November every year.

Autumn Term 2

Democracy and the 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 and Iran.  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 the school Student Leadership Team

 

What does a local council do? How do people get elected?  Who is the Mayor of London? Is First Past the Post a fair system of voting? 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 become a student leader.

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 / Community and Identity

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 Culture Carnival” which takes place in October every year.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 Culture 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? What does the media say about refugees and how does this influence public opinion? 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 

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 Culture Carnival” which takes place in October every year.

Autumn Term 2

Criminal Justice System

Pupils explore the English justice system through an analytical and evaluative lens. Pupils will use real criminal cases to analyse the flaws in our justice system and will systematically present their ideas and suggestion on how we can improve our system. An example of some of the issues to be explored are sentencing, support for offenders with mental health issues, issues around policing, youth crime and the possible causes and solutions of miscarriage of justice. Pupils are not limited to these issues and we encourage to form their own ideas, backed with evidence.

Spring Term 1

Western Democracy

In this scheme of learning pupils will build on the knowledge and skills they have acquired in years 7 and 8. Pupils will discover what it means to be a nation state and the importance of state sovereignty. In exploring these concepts pupils will also explore alternative systems of government such as a theocracy. This will culminate in a project during which the pupils will create their own ‘country’ with their own government, rules, laws – both criminal and civil, elections and referendums. This will require critical thinking and analysis to make complex decisions about who should hold the power and the powers of recall i.e. how do we get rid of these people in power if we are no longer happy.

Spring 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.

Summer Term 

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:

Since 2015 we have achieved an average of 75%  A* to C

Year 10 and Year 11

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.

Our Results:

Since introducing the exam in 2012 our results have been amongst the best in the country averaging 60-90% grades 9 – 5 (A*-C) at GCSE. We have also been credited as one of the leading Citizenship departments in the country.  

As a result of our grades we have been regularly approached by the University College London, Middlesex University and the National Portrait Gallery to collaborate on national teaching projects.  These opportunities enable our pupils to access high quality learning resources and act as Citizenship Pioneers.

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

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

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

Revise Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Citizenship Studies Revision Guide & Workbook – Paperback – 30 May 2019 by Davies, G., Fletcher, R. and Roffe, G.

 

Content and assessment overview

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

Theme A: Living together in the UK

Key questions explored:

●How have communities developed in the UK?

●What is identity?

●What are democratic values and where do they come from?

●How does local democracy work?

Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK

Key questions explored:

● Who runs the country?

● How does Parliament work?

● How is power shared between Westminster and the devolved administrations?

● How does government manage public money?

Theme C: Law and justice

 

Key questions explored:

● What is the law for and how does it affect us?

● How does the justice system work?

● Is crime increasing in society?

Theme D: Power and influence

 

Key questions explored:

● What power and influence can citizens have?

● What role and influence should the media have?

● Does the UK have power and influence in the wider world?

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

Theme E: Taking citizenship action (Coursework)

Extended-response questions related to two or more of specification Themes A–C.

 

Assessment overview
Section A

Students must carry out an in-depth, critical investigation leading to citizenship action

 

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.

This GCSE may be of interest to those studying History (birth of modern day, the monarchy and international conflict) Economics & Business (the economy, the EU and local government) and Geography (climate change, international relations).  In year 12 many Citizenship pupils go on to study Politics, Economics, Sociology, Law and History.

The exam board we use is Edexcel.

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

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

Since 2015 we have taken groups of children to India for 10/11 days.
Pupils stay in 3 and 4 star all-inclusive hotels and travel by private
air conditioned coach. We visit Agra in the North of India and Karauli
District (Rajasthan state) in western India.  This is often known as
the Golden Triangle.  We also visit schools in Jaipur where our
students will be interacting with children and volunteering in
an Indian charity school. 

 

Year 11 Trip to India 2019