Curriculum links

Truck being loaded with charcoal

Bonded labourer loading a truck at a charcoal making camp, Brazil. Courtesy of Free the Slaves/ Kay Chernush

The objectives that this resource particularly supports in the Citizenship curriculum are listed below:

Key Stage 2 Citizenship

Knowledge, skills and understanding

1. Pupils should be taught:

a) to talk and write about their opinions, and explain their views, on issues that affect themselves and society

b) to recognise their worth as individuals by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals

Preparing to play an active role as citizens

2. Pupils should be taught:

a) to research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events

b) why and how rules and laws are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and how to take part in making and changing rules

e) to reflect on spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues, using imagination to understand other people's experiences

h) to recognize the role of voluntary, community and pressure groups

Key Stage 3 Citizenship

Curriculum opportunities of Citizenship Key Stage 3

The curriculum for Citizenship at Key Stage 3 should provide opportunities for pupils to:

a) debate, in groups and whole-class discussions, topical and controversial issues, including those of concern to young people

e) participate in different forms of individual and collective action, including decision-making and campaigning

g) take into account legal, moral, economic, environmental, historical and social dimensions of different political problems and issues

Key concepts of Citizenship Key Stage 3

1.1 Democracy and justice

a) Participating actively in different kinds of decision-making and voting in order to influence public life

b) Weighing up what is fair and unfair in different situations, understanding that justice is fundamental to a democratic society and exploring the role of law in maintaining order and resolving conflict

c) Considering how democracy, justice, diversity, toleration, respect and freedom are valued by people with different beliefs, backgrounds and traditions within a changing democratic society

d) Understanding and exploring the roles of citizens and parliament in holding government and those in power to account

1.2 Rights and responsibilities

a) Exploring different kinds of rights and obligations and how these affect both individuals and communities

b) Understanding that individuals, organisations and governments have responsibilities to ensure that rights are balanced, supported and protected

c) Investigating ways in which rights can compete and conflict, and understanding that hard decisions have to be made to try to balance these

Key processes of Citizenship Key Stage 3

2.1 Critical thinking and enquiry

Pupils should be able to:

a) engage with and reflect on different ideas, opinions, beliefs and values when exploring topical and controversial issues and problems

b) research, plan and undertake enquiries into issues and problems using a range of information and sources

c) analyse and evaluate sources used, questioning different values, ideas and viewpoints and recognising bias

2.2 Advocacy and representation

Pupils should be able to:

a) express and explain their own opinions to others through discussions, formal debates and voting

b) communicate an argument, taking account of different viewpoints and drawing on what they have learnt through research, action and debate

c) justify their argument, giving reasons to try to persuade others to think again, change or support them

d) represent the views of others, with which they may or may not agree

2.3 Taking informed and responsible action

Pupils should be able to:

a) explore creative approaches to taking action on problems and issues to achieve intended purposes

b) work individually and with others to negotiate, plan and take action on citizenship issues to try to influence others, bring about change or resist unwanted change, using time and resources appropriately

c) analyse the impact of their actions on communities and the wider world, now and in the future

Range and content of Citizenship Key Stage 3

a) political, legal and human rights, and responsibilities of citizens

b) the roles of the law and the justice system and how they relate to young people

d) freedom of speech and diversity of views, and the role of the media in informing and influencing public opinion and holding those in power to account

e) actions that individuals, groups and organisations can take to influence decisions affecting communities and the environment

j) migration to, from and within the UK and the reasons for this

The material also lends itself to creative cross-curricular work. It can be used to support class work in English, Religious Education, History, Geography and Art.