Citizenship - KS3

Here are some pages based on the requirements of the new curriculum introduced September 2014.

Street children
Year 3 English revision
How Parliament works
Our Citizenship pages are based on the National Curriculum pre-2014. Some directly cover the topics, others offer a broader perspective to help pupils put their knowledge into context. They are all still relevant.

Unit 1 Citizenship - what's it all about?

  • discussion on issues that affect society
  • discover the range of jobs that people undertake to help us and society
  • pupils are encouraged to research and debate topical issues
Programme of study for KS3 citizenship
Unit 1 Citizenship
What will change as I get older?
Being a citizen

Unit 2 Crime

  •   the prevention of crime is important in protecting the interests of the welfare of the citizens or subjects
Local police forces
Victim Support
Young Offenders

Unit 3 Human rights
Human rights refer to universal rights of human being regardless of jurisdiction or religion. 

Human Rights
Human rights
Google slave trade
Magna Carta


Unit 4 Britain - a diverse society

Britain is a society made up of ethnicities, cultures and languages.

Diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland
Identity, race and membership
Commission for Racial Equality


Unit 5 How the law protects animals - a local-to-global study
Pythagoras has been called the first animal rights philosopher and urged respect of animals.

History of animal rights
PETA Foundation
Local democracy - RSPCA

Unit 6 Government, elections and voting
To vote in a UK General Election, people must be:

  • 18 or over
  • be a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.
The European Parliament
What do you know about Parliament?
Children's Parliament (Scotland)

Unit 7 Local democracy
The term democracy appeared in Ancient Greek political and philosophical thought. Pupils can learn about their local democracy through reading local newspapers and BBC news programs.


History of democracy
Local Democracy Week
Local Democracy Campaign

Unit 8 Leisure and sport in the local community
Sport plays an important part in helping us keep healthy and enjoy communication and friendship with other like minded people.

Active Places

Unit 9 The significance of the media in society
Media keeps us up to date with current events, weather predictions and significant items happening locally. Television gives us graphic pictures of these events, breaking news stories, sport results and other happenings in all parts of the world.


Community cohesion in schools
Local councils
What's in the news?

Unit 10 Debating a global issue
The world faces a rapidly approaching global crisis due to the loss of Tropical rain forests.

Tropical rainforests
Prince's Rainforest Project
Rainforest activities
Rainforest Foundation Education Pack

Unit 11 Why is it so difficult to keep peace in the world today?
Peacekeeping was developed as a way to help keep countries at peace and to avoid suffering. It is difficult to fulfil this peace as nations do not always agree and wars still unfortunately happen.

The laws of war
Google - global issues

Unit 12 Why did women and some men have to struggle for the vote in England? What is the point of voting today?
People struggled for the right to vote as a democratic means of arriving at an outcome which was selected by the majority of people. The same happens today as we vote for the candidate which the majority of people feel is the best result for their community.. 

The Suffragettes
History of the Suffragettes
Source material on the Suffragettes

Unit 13 How do we deal with conflict?
Unit 14 Developing skills of democratic participation
The European Union is a unique partnership in which countries work closely together for the benefit of citizens

Resolving conflict
Y vote mock elections
The European Union
The European Parliament

Unit 15 Crime and safety awareness - a whole school multi-agency approach
Unit 16 Celebrating human rights - citizenship activities for the whole school
The Millennium Goals were eight specific goals to be met by 2015. The Central Criminal Court in England is the Old Bailey.

Crime Concern
Millennium Development Goals
Citizen's Day Framework
Old Bailey

Unit 17 School linking
School linking provides pupils and teachers in both partners schools with valuable learning experiences.

British Council School Partnerships
Schoolnet Global
Global Gateway
What is school linking?

Unit 18 Developing your school grounds
Students given opportunities to help design school grounds develop leadership skills, team work and  responsibility.

Growing schools
Learning through landscapes
Developing your school grounds
Learning outside the classroom

Unit 19 Assessing progress and recognising achievement at the end of KS3
Unit 20 What's in the public interest?
Unit 21 People and the environment
Students learn different ways the media covers topical issues, problems and events and the effect this can have on our understanding and opinion of them.

An eco-home
Being a citizen
What's in the public interest

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