Spring 2

This half term in Personal Development, pupils will be exploring what virtues are so that all of our pupils develop their character in preparation for school life and beyond. Pupils will also be exploring a range of key current affairs through the Votes for Schools platform that we subscribe to as a school. Topics change each week and are reflective of current affairs in the world and the mainstream media.

Here is an overview of each week:

Week 1: Students will learn what a virtue is, how those who have good virtues use them well and what is the philosophy behind good virtues.

Week 2: Students will explore how they relate to the key virtues, reflecting on their own thoughts and inclinations.

Week 3: Students will continue to explore how they relate to the key virtues, reflecting on their own thoughts and inclinations.

Week 4: Students will explore and reflect upon how they have demonstrated these virtues in real life experiences and will consider how they can implement this going forward.

Week 5: Pupils will learn about the virtue of courage and what this entails.

Week 6: Pupils will reflect on how they might already display the virtue of courage and consider how they can achieve it in the future.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child what a virtue is
  • Ask your child about the virtue of courage and how they can reflect this in their own lives
  • Ask your child how they would like to develop their character now and in the future

Spring 1

This half term in Personal Development, pupils will be exploring a range of key topics to prepare them for the year ahead so that all of our pupils reflect our core values: ambition, resilience and kindness.
Here is an overview of each week:

Week 1: Pupils will be learning about what the different political parties stand for.

Week 2: Students will learn the difference between left and right in politics, and why it matters to each individual and the country

Week 3: Students will learn about the role of their local MP.

Week 4: Pupils will think about any issues in their local community that they can address in their community project.

Week 5: Pupils will start to plan their role within their community project.

Week 6: Pupils will plan ways of raising awareness for their community project and they will deliver their project during this week.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child about what the role of their local MP is.
  • Ask your child about the issues they have identified within their local community.
  • Ask your child how they plan to support their local community.

Autumn 2

This half term in Personal Development, pupils will be exploring a range of key topics to prepare them for the year ahead so that all of our pupils reflect our core values: ambition, resilience and kindness.

Here is an overview of each week:

Week 1: Pupils will be considering what their aspirations are for the year and how they can achieve their goals at school.

Week 2: Students will learn about Remembrance day and why it is important.

Week 3: Students will be learning about Resilience and looking at an example of how this is demonstrated.

Week 4: Pupils will learn about road safety and how to travel on a bus safely around the city.

Week 5: Pupils will learn about how to deal with exam stress which will support them during their end of term assessments at school.

Week 6: Pupils will learn about why it is important to deal with exam stress which will support them during their end of term assessments at school.

Week 7: Pupils will have the opportunity to reflect on how the term has gone for them, what went well and what they could do to improve next half term

Autumn 1

This term in Personal Development, pupils will be exploring a range of key topics to prepare them for the year ahead so that all of our pupils reflect our core values: ambition, resilience and kindness.

Here is an overview of each week:

Week 1: Year 7 will begin the half term learning about internet safety in order to prepare them for their school devices. Students will learn about how to remain safe and protect their privacy online.

Week 2: Students will learn about how to be organised for secondary school life in order to prepare them for the transition into a new school setting. They will also have the opportunity to become a form representative by delivering a speech to their peers and demonstrating our British value of democracy.

Week 3: Pupils will be exploring what good behaviour looks like in year 7 and how they can behave in class to be the best possible version of themselves. They will plan and create their own student pledge for the year of what they would like their behaviour to look like.

Week 4: Year 7 will have the opportunity to learn about Black History month and consider the importance of educating ourselves in order to help change society. Students will also be learning about the positive contributions that black people have made to British history

Week 5: Celebrating the arts: National poetry day: All year 7 pupils will have the opportunity to watch a live poet performing in assembly as well as hearing about how they use poetry as an avenue to express their voice and ideas. Pupils will then be able to plan, create and deliver their own poetry in their personal development sessions.

Week 6: Mental Health: Pupils will explore what mental health means and how we can improve our mental health through a variety of different strategies.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child about how they feel more prepared for secondary school life.
  • Ask your child about what good behaviour looks like in year 7 and their what their student pledge for the year is.
  • Ask your child how they can educate others about Black History.