Teaching : The Curriculum : The curriculum at key stage 4
The programme of study for Sc2 science, Life processes and living things, contains content of specific relevance to health education - circulation, breathing, respiration, and inheritance plus two elements dedicated specifically to health. In the programme of study for Sc1 science, students learn how scientific ideas are presented, evaluated and disseminated (for example, by publication, review by other scientists); these practices are of particular relevance to scientific information related to health matters. By adopting a health focus for this work teachers will be able to help young people put their science knowledge into action.
The guidelines for PSHE at Key Stage 4 state that students will ‘develop the self-awareness and confidence needed for adult life, further learning and work’... ‘develop their ability to weigh up alternative courses of action for health and well-being’... and ‘learn to understand and value relationships with a wide range of people and gain the knowledge and skills to seek advice about these and other personal issues’. A key element of the guidance is that concerned with developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.
The guidelines for citizenship at Key Stage 4 state that students will ‘study, think about and discuss topical political, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues, problems and events... and study the legal, political, religious, social, constitutional and economic systems that influence their lives and communities, looking more closely at how they work and their effects. As with PSHE, a key element of the guidance is that concerned with developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.
By making links with the science curriculum, PSHE and citizenship teachers will be able to capitalise on students’ scientific understanding and raise the level of thought and argument that takes place. This synergy will help students realise the relevance of their science studies.