Learning 4 Life - Year 9

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Learning for Life SMSC Position statement.  Year 9

Year 9 undertook the challenge of the Moral Maze in Autumn term one. This unit is designed to encourage students to develop their opinions about a range of controversial subjects as well as better understand a variety of other viewpoints. Pupils were asked to develop thinking and discussion about moral issues. Many questions were posed to the students such as: Is it right to judge others? Is there a difference between ‘good and bad’ and ‘good and evil’? And is it ever right to use another individual to get what you want? Many other questions were used as debate tools and gave the year elevens opportunity to forge opinions and argue for what they thought was right.

Over the remainder of the term many other moral issues were covered. Each lesson was designed to engage pupils and asked them to develop social skills, expose them to a variety of scenarios that they may not have encountered previously. Here students were considering: Suffering, Animal rights, Notions of evil, Poverty and Euthanasia. Within the lessons pupils were encouraged to develop their TRICs skills of Team: value others’ input (especially with sensitive/challenging issues), is fair and considerate as well as Reflective: Considers work carefully and justifies answers.

Currently, in Autumn term two, the year nine are studying discrimination and prejudice allowing them to develop an understanding of the difference between discrimination and prejudice and to look at how these affect different groups within our society.  In their studying they will look at the effect of diverse and conflicting values on individuals, families and communities and ways of responding to them and at the diversity of ethnic and cultural groups, the power of prejudice, bullying, discrimination and racism, and the need to take the initiative in challenging this and other offensive behaviours and in giving support to victims of abuse.


Through this unit of work we aim for student to demonstrate the ability to reflect on the nature and causes of different types of discrimination and challenge discrimination at every level


Running concurrently with this we run Learning for Life tutor sessions that look at, through a variety of activities, Team, Reflective, Independent and Creative (TRICS) learning.

Learning for Life teachers enthusiastically inspires students to discuss and debate SMSC issues outside the classroom. We ask our students to enquire consider and question in lessons and beyond so they may become more rounded individuals whose opinions are valued and listened to.

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Year 9: Mr McNally

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts. - Winston Churchill

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