Module introductions

This section provides a summary of each of the main modules of work in Citizenship Today. To access the activities themselves, click here.

 

Key Stages 1 & 2

Module 1: People and their Communities

This module focuses on pupils' relationships with their classmates, school and wider community. The activities are designed to get pupils discussing issues including: What is a community? What communities do I belong to? What's my role in the communities I belong to? CEWC-Cymru has also been working to develop school communities using critical thinking, and some taster sessions from our pack Thinking Citizens are available with this module.

Module 2: Our Rights

In this module, pupils focus on their rights (using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). They are also encouraged to think about the responsibilities that come with those rights, and to consider how to apply this knowledge to their everyday lives.

Module 3: Different People

This module encourages pupils to celebrate differences within their class and community. It invites them to examine both cultural and social differences, and to think about the advantages of having a mixture of talents and personalities within a group. In addition, it examines the causes of conflict and encourages pupils to look at conflict from both sides.

Module 4: Having a Say

This module focuses on developing the skills that pupils need to participate in making decisions that affect them. It encourages pupils to work together and solve problems collaboratively. By developing these skills through PSE or other lessons, pupils can be better prepared for choosing school council representatives and using their school councils more effectively.

 

Key Stages 3 & 4

Module 1: Rights and Responsibilities

This module encourages students to consider their rights and responsibilities, with sessions based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. After establishing what rights and responsibilities are, students are asked to apply this knowledge to their class, school and community.

Module 2: Diversity

This module encourages students to celebrate differences within their class, community and the world, and to develop strategies to deal with other people's opinions in a constructive manner.

Module 3: Democracy

This module involves students in discussions about the National Assembly for Wales, how it works and how it is elected. It also encourages students to think about the process of choosing a representative, and how they can participate in democracy before they reach voting age.

Module 4: Active Participation

This module is designed to encourage students to see the ‘bigger picture': that is, to get them thinking about participation outside school. The activities address important issues such as sustainable development and active involvement in their local communities. This includes suggestions for getting students to develop local projects and campaigns themselves. This module can also be used to train a school council to work in the wider community.