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Year 8 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 8 include, personal well-being and economic well-being and financial capability; sex and relationships education including puberty; understanding the brain and developing skills to help improve learning; careers and what we may want from; being financially aware and developing the ability to manage personal finances.

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 develops previous learning including looking at self-esteem and making positive relations. This section also covers misconceptions in media, particularly around how media portrays bodies. This theme also considers different types of families and marriage. Puberty is also covered by focusing on emotional as well as physical changes.

  

Lesson titles:

  1. Building self-esteem
  2. Misconceptions in Media
  3. Physical and Emotion changes
  4. Marriage and Families

An understanding of self-esteem and why it is important.

Link self-esteem to positive relationships

Recognising that there are many misconceptions in media.

Understanding that male and female bodies can look very different to those seen in advertisements.

An understanding of puberty and how this can change bodies physically and mentally.

Ability to recognise different types of families and why marriage is important in some cultures.

2 Health

This section focuses on health and its importance in our lives. Students look at healthy eating, exercise including keeping our hearts healthy, as well as mental health.

Lesson titles:

  1. You are what you eat!
  2. Let’s get moving
  3. A healthy brain?

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

At this stage students look at:

  • Basic first aid recap
  • What is CPR?
  • Performing CPR
  • What is a defibrillator
  • Public access defibrillator

Understanding of a balanced meal and what that would look like.

Importance of having a healthy diet.

Understanding of our hearts and how to keep them healthy

Understanding of brain health and what helps to keep our minds healthy.

Students should understand what CPR is

Students should know how to perform CPR in an emergency

Students should know what a public access defibrillator is and how to access this if needed.  
Spring Term
1 Economic Education

This unit introduces personal economic education to Yr. 8 students. The unit begins with a task which looks at typical household bills and how income covers living costs. Students then look at advertising and scenarios of other young people’s spending habits. Students assess how this could be damaging.

Lesson titles:

  1. The game of life
  2. Staying in control
  3. Advertising

Understanding of typical household costs

Understanding of what a budget it and why it is important to spend within it.

Recognising that some types of advertisements or spending habits can be damaging
2 Careers

The career sessions introduce thinking around life after education. Students begin to think about what professions they may wish to start to consider. This section also includes a quiz which guides students to careers they may enjoy based on their answers.

Lesson titles:

  1. Dream job
  2. What type of job is suitable for me?
  3. My results!

Ability to identify skills and attributes needed for certain job roles.

Understanding of how to access job adverts.

Ability to set career aspirations.
Summer Term
1 Society

Society focuses on our local community along with the wider world. This section looks at the role of the UN and the importance of looking after the environment. Charities and their role in society are also considered.

Lesson titles:

  1. Why care?
  2. United under one flag
  3. Looking after our environment

An understanding of what a charity is and the role in which they play in society

An understanding of the UN and their role.

Ability to recognise the importance of looking after the environment.
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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