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Year 10 Personal Development Curriculum

The Personal Development Curriculum (PDC) forms the schools PHSE programme which is delivered to boys in Year 7- 11. Form Tutors lead PDC sessions once a week. PDC ensures that every boy has the knowledge on, how to be safe, how to make a positive contribution, how to achieve economic well-being and how to live healthy lives. PDC is split into six different themes which include: Sex and Relationships, Health, Economic Education, Careers, Society and Future aspirations. Some of the learning experiences for Year 10 include; challenging misconceptions in media when looking at sex and relationships; contraception; mental and physical health; economic education for the real world including, research interest rates and living costs; applying for jobs and writing CV’s.

What will I study?
There are six themes studied throughout PDC. These include:

  • Term 1- Sex and relationships
  • Term 2- Health Education
  • Term 3- Economic Education
  • Term 4 - Careers
  • Term 5 - Society
  • Term 6 - The Future

What skills/qualities are required?

  • Working with others.
  • Communications skills – both verbal and written. 
  • Respect and understanding of differing viewpoints.
  • Ability to work independently.

How will I learn?

Whilst PDC is mainly taught by tutors in form time using booklets to record learning, a variety of supporting materials are also used. These include outside speakers, video clips, discussion questions and other more interactive activities.

  Topic Further details about the topic
Autumn Term
1 Sex and Relationships

This unit focuses learning around different areas of SRE. Students study sexting and how this can be dangerous. Yr. 10 also investigate misconceptions in media and how these images can be damaging. The resources look at sexism and how women can be portrayed as objects in certain media. Students also look at peer pressure, the law and consent along with how to use condoms.

Lesson titles:

  1. Sexting
  2. Misconceptions in media
  3. Contraception and consent

Understanding of damaging advertising

Acknowledge that media can be sexist and how women can be portrayed as objects.

Understanding of how to use condoms

Importance of protection when having sex.

Importance and deeper understanding of what consent looks like.

Understanding intimacy without sex.

2 Health

During this unit students look more deeply at drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Students investigate the damaging effects including vaping on the body. This unit looks at emotions and how to balance feeling we may have. Finally, this topic look at getting the right nutrients for our bodies.

Lesson titles:

  1. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
  2. Recognising and balancing emotions
  3. Getting the right fuel

 

During this term students are also given lessons on basic first aid.

 

At this stage students look at:

  • Basic first aid at home
  • Videos on basic first aid including: severe bleeding, hearts attack, stroke, CPR, burns, asthma attacks, chocking and eye injuries.

An understanding of damaging impacts on the mind and body of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco

Understanding of emotions and how these can be balanced

Importance of ensuring our bodies are fed well and with healthy nutritious foods.

Students should understand basic first aid skills

Students should know how to perform basic first aid for different types of injuries.

Spring Term
1 Economic Education

Economic education investigates personal finance in further detail. Students look at the impact of interest rates and different bank accounts. Students also take a detailed look at living costs.

Lesson titles:

  1. Interest rates
  2. Bank Accounts
  3. Living costs

Understanding of interest rates and how these can impact both spenders and savers in the economy.

Different types of bank accounts and the details of each type

Understanding of different costs associated with living in the 21st century.

2 Careers

In this unit students begin to write their own personal CV. The lessons before this look at their ambitions and looking at job adverts for the specific roles students are interested in. Students then have the opportunity to learn how to write a personal CV.

Lesson titles:

  1. Ambitions
  2. Applying for jobs
  3. Writing my CV

Understanding of what a CV is.

Ability to write personal CV.

Understanding of how to apply for job roles.

Summer Term
1 Society

Throughout this unit students are encouraged to celebrate diversity and culture of Britain today. Students look at Human rights and how these are important to us as a society. Finally, students look at environmental challenges faced in society today.

Lesson titles:

  1. Britain
  2. Human Rights
  3. Environment- littering

Understanding of the demographics of Britain

Ability to celebrate different cultures and diversity in the UK.

Understanding of UN human rights and why these are important.

Acknowledge environmental issues and understand what can be done to overcome these problems in society. 

2 Future

This unit provides students an opportunity to reflect on the previous academic year. Students are encouraged to acknowledge accomplishments they are proud of and areas they would like to focus on improving next year. Students also take this unit to think about the next three years and set themselves targets to aim for.

Lesson titles:

  1. Reflection on this year
  2. Next year?
  3. Three years’ time….

Recognising accomplishments and how these should be celebrated.

Ability to identify areas of improvement.

Ability to set meaningful targets.

 

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