Our PSHE curriculum forms an integral part of our commitment to achieving our vision and great care has been taken to ensure that each year group covers a range of age appropriate topics, which build throughout their time at Magnus, to develop students of good character who are prepared to excel in life beyond the classroom.
At Magnus Academy, we cover the PSHE curriculum through a series of six half-termly drop down days. On these days, students do not follow their usual timetables; instead they attend various workshops that cover three core themes: ‘Health and Wellbeing’; ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the Wider World’. Our curriculum is designed in such a way that all year groups are working on the same core theme at the same time.
Although our curriculum content is organised under different headings to the Department of Education’s statutory guidance on Relationship Education, RSE and Health education, our model covers all of the statutory requirements for each phase, within a comprehensive PSHE education programme and utilises expertise from the PSHE Association.
Whilst our drop down days fully cover the full PSHE programme of study, in addition, we ensure that students revisit this content regularly through tutor periods, assemblies and within the breadth and depth of our academic curriculum.
For more information on PSHE education, please see: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/pshe-education-guide-parents#:~:text=There%20is%20strong%20evidence%20that,essential%20emergency%20life%2Dsaving%20skills
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values they have acquired and developed during their primary education. Our curriculum acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the knowledge and skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during Key Stage 3. Our curriculum reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.
Key Stage 5
By the end of Key Stage 5, many young people will leave home for the first time and live independently, possibly in distant locations. There is a balance throughout our curriculum between preparing students to manage their current lives and laying the foundations for managing future experiences. It is essential to provide a comprehensive PSHE education programme in key stage 5; this ensures students continue to learn about issues with real-life relevance to them, at a crucial transition point in their lives.
The learning opportunities at Key Stage 5 assume that students have already covered those in Key Stage 4. However, students entering Key Stage 5 come from different feeder schools, and may bring different levels of experience and understanding with them, therefore it is at time necessary to draw learning opportunities from Key Stage 4.
For more information regarding the content of each drop down day, please see the overview below.
Drop down days for the 2021/22 academic year will be:
Tuesday 28th September 2021
Thursday 18th November 2021
Monday 17th January 2022
Friday 4th March 2022
Wednesday 4th May 2022
Thursday 16th June 2022 (TBC)