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 about the virtue of resilience and what this means.

Week 2: Students will consider when they have faced adversity and will consider how they can learn to overcome this.

Week 3: Students will learn about how they can be more resilient through exploring the notion of a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset.

Week 4: Students will continue to explore the notion of a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset.

Week 5: Pupils will learn the concept of self-mastery, the ability to take control of thoughts, feelings and subsequent actions.

Week 6: Pupils will reflect upon how they can implement self-mastery within their own lives.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child about the virtue of resilience
  • Ask your child about the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset
  • Ask your child how they can implement the notion of self-mastery.

Spring 1

This half term in Personal Development, pupils will be learning about politics and the community. They will be learning about wider political issues, how their local MP supports the community and then they will be planning and delivering a community project in order to address an area of need that they have identified.

Here is an overview of each week:

Week 1: Pupils will be considering if there is such a thing as ‘human rights’ and what this might mean.

Week 2: Students will consider why there is poverty in some countries and not others.

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 road safety and what it means to stay safe when crossing the road.

Week 4: Pupils will learn a range of revision techniques and they will consider how they can use their time wisely in order to prepare for exams.

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.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child about what their goal is for this academic year.
  • Ask your child about how they can demonstrate resilience in year 8.
  • Ask your child how they will revise for their assessments and deal with exam stress.

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: Pupils will be reflecting on the behaviour expectations from the previous academic year and considering how they should behave now that they are in year 8. They will plan and create their own student pledge for the year of what they would like their behaviour to look like.

Week 2: Students will learn about what makes a good role model and how they can be a good role model to the year 7 students. They will also have the opportunity to be become a form representative by delivering a speech to their peers and demonstrating our British value of democracy.

Week 3: Students will be considering how they can demonstrate resilience in year 8. They will explore some examples of resilient people and exploring how they can apply this to school this academic year.

Week 4: Year 8 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 8 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, the stigma attached to it and how we can improve our mental health through a variety of different strategies.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child about how the standard of behaviour has changed now they are in year 8 and what their student pledge for the year is.
  • Ask your child about how they can demonstrate resilience in year 8.
  • Ask your child how they can educate others about Black History.