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Information for parents re: ilearn curriculum

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Dear Parents/ Guardians,

At the start of term we thought it timely just to remind you about one of the subjects your child studies at school: iLearn.

Ilearn is a mixture of subjects: Citizenship, PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), Careers and Work related Learning, Fair trade and Enterprise. At A/S level we also have Government and Politics.

The purpose of ilearn: We want young people to leave our school with an understanding of the political, legal and economic functions of adult society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in it. iLearn is about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and their communities. It is not about trying to fit everyone into the same mould, or about creating 'model' or 'good' citizens. We want our school not simply to teach ilearn but to demonstrate it through the way we all conduct ourselves.

Why teach ilearn? There are elements of ilearn education in many subjects as well as in our school's wider commitments and ethos. But ilearn is more than that, we need students who are:

aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens;
understand risk and manage decisions
maintain healthy lifestyles
enjoy and achieve
informed about the social and political world;
concerned about the welfare of others;
articulate in their opinions and arguments;
prepared to enter the world of work
able to be enterprising and entrepreneurial
capable of having an influence on the world;
active in their communities;
responsible in how they act as citizens.
These capacities do not develop unaided, they have to be learnt. While a certain amount of knowledge and understanding may be picked up through ordinary experience in the home or at school, it can never in itself be sufficient to equip students for the sort of active role required of them in today's complex and diverse society.

Why don’t we get a qualification in ilearn?

Quite simply there isn’t one! All the learning acquired in ilearn equips students in their lessons and gives them transferrable skills for use outside of school:

It helps them to develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges;
It gives them a voice: in the life of their schools, in their communities and in society at large;
It prepares them for their adult and working life.
It helps to produce motivated and responsible learners, who relate positively to each other, to staff and to the surrounding community.
Knowledge and understanding: About topics such as: laws and rules, the democratic process, the media, human rights, diversity, money and the economy, sustainable development and the world as a global community; and about concepts such as democracy, justice, equality, freedom, authority and the rule of law;
Skills and aptitudes: Critical thinking, analysing information, expressing opinions, taking part in discussions and debates, negotiating, conflict resolution and participating in community action;
Values and dispositions: Respect for justice, democracy and the rule of law, openness, tolerance, courage to defend a point of view and willingness to: listen to, work with and stand up for others.
As well as one lesson per fortnight, throughout the year we offer a range of opportunities for students to get involved with.

Enterprise: Christmas bazaar, Rice Challenge for Malawi, Finance talks

Fair trade: Fair trade fortnight, Bake Off, Primary visits, Open Mic, Christmas market

Careers and Work related learning: Careers week with employers, Careers ilead day and Work experience, Options advice, Careers Interviews

PSHE: Links with NHS, Health promotion project work with the Terrence Higgins Trust, Drugs talk from the Police

Citizenship: UN day,Visiting speakers e.g. Lord Geddes, James Gray MP, Trip to the House of Lords and House of Commons

The ilearn curriculum is varied and engaging it both stretches and challenges students whilst also being differentiated enough that all students can access the curriculum. All lessons are well planned with up-to-date resources. A summary of the lessons are listed below:

Year 7 Topics

What is iLearn?
Introduction to iLearn and each other
It’s all about you!
Baseline assessment

Skills for learning and the world of work
Thinking Hats
Team work skills
Organisation skills
The 4 R’s
Listening skills

Christmas Bazaar
Planning and prep of designing and running a stall
Self-evaluation of skills

Building Self-Esteem
Understanding Wants and Needs
What Rights do we have?
‘Chaga and the Chocolate Factory’ - ASSESSMENT (double lesson)

The Characteristics of a Good Friend
Peer Pressure
Resolving Conflicts
Anti- bullying group task- Peer assessed

90Kg Rice Challenge- Enterprise and Fair-trade
Self-evaluation of skills

Dealing with stress and Anxiety

Knowledge skills and Attitudes Questionnaire - Sept and July

Year 8 Topics

Why do People Commit Crimes?
Exploring the Consequences of Crime
What is an ASBO?
Punishment and the Courts
‘School Rules’ – ASSESSMENT

Christmas Bazaar
Planning and prep of designing and running a stall
Self-evaluation of skills

What is Money?
Understanding Budgeting
Designing and budgeting a new bedroom

Healthy Living
PSHE Assessment

Fake Profiles
Social Networking
Cyber bullying

Skills for the world of work
Career planning
Personal careers portfolios

Knowledge skills and Attitudes Questionnaire - Sept and July
Rice Challenge opt in lunchtime club and tutor

Year 9 Topics

Communication Skills
Skills and Perks
Researching Career Paths

GCSE Options
Advice and Guidance on Options Choices

Introduction to Politics and the law
The Role of my MP
Why is Voting Important?
Political Parties- Assessment

Healthy Relationships
Body Image
Contraception (+ condoms lesson)
PSHE assessment

Some People are Gay; Get Over It!
Get Over It!
Coming Out
Tackling Homophobia: Self-reflection

Knowledge skills and Attitudes Questionnaire - Sept and July

Year 10 Topics

Religion and Citizenship- Human Rights
Human Rights
Amnesty International case studies
Peace one day

Religion and Sex/Relationships
Love, Sex and Choices
First Time Sex and Teenage pregnancy
PSHE Assessment- Parenting
Relationship abuse

Financial Wellbeing
Wages and Tax
Management of credit
Setting up a business
Loans, mortgages and APR

Self Managing
Problem Solving
Skills for the world of work
Coping with stress
Revision techniques

Work experience
Self-Reflection booklet

Knowledge skills and Attitudes Questionnaire
- Sept and July

Year 11 Topics

Eating disorders

The Justice System
Democracy and Voting
The UK and the UN
ASSESSMENT- making a difference on a global scale

Careers and Work Related Learning
Destinations and opportunities
Aspirations/ NEET
Range of options
Skills-research, communication
PLC for Careers: self-evaluation tool

Religion and Community Cohesion
Multicultural Society and Diversity
Community Cohesion
Religion and the media

Organising and planning revision

Knowledge skills and Attitudes Questionnaire - Sept and May

For more information about anything ilearn related you can:
Check out the school website/ school moodle site for information on events and our curriculum, or write/ email or phone one of the ilearn team

Mrs Louise Stanton
Senior Curriculum Leader for ilearn

Miss Ros Macleod
Second in ilearn faculty and Curriculum leader for enterprise

Mrs Samantha Robertson
Curriculum Leader for ilearn- Fair trade

Malmesbury School
Corn Gastons
SN16 0DF
01666 829700