Lifecourse at Dowdales consists of the 3 compulsory elements of the national curriculum for Physical Social Health Education (PSHE), Religious Studies (RS) and Citizenship. 

Year 10

Students will start their Lifecourse curriculum by studying a 12 week programme of sex and relationship education (SRE).  This course will give students important information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexuality and gender, sex and contraception, respect and pornography.   It will provide opportunities for students to ask questions and discuss topics in a safe and controlled environment.  Students will also be given guidance on where to seek help and advice both in and out of school on SRE topics.

We then move onto the 7-week Religious Studies block where we will be committed to studying ‘Religion and communities’. Students will look at cohesion, diversity and evangelism.   This will then follow onto a 6 week course entitled ‘Living life as a believer’ which tracks young people from different communities who explain what they believe and how it influences their daily decisions.

Students will finish their Year 10 Lifecourse looking at ‘Money Management’, where students will consolidate their maths skills in looking at budgeting, debit and credit cards, calculating interest and APR%, debt and the dangers of short term loans.  Students will then finish by studying ‘Prejudice and Discrimination’ by reviewing different case studies throughout history, analysing different forms of prejudice/discrimination and discussing ways of preventing this in modern day society.

Year 11

The start of Year 11 Lifecourse will focus on a PSHE topic entitled “Every Action Has Consequences”(EAHC).  Here students will begin by looking at the effects of illegal drugs and both their implications and side effects.  This will then lead onto looking at the dangers of alcohol and the effect it has on their actions.  Using material from the EAHC charity, students will analyse and discuss a true life case study looking at the topics of violence and alcohol, personal and collective responsibility, the effects of ‘banter’ with the wrong people and the influence of young women.

Students will then move onto the RS topic of ‘Religion and Belief’ which will look at what key beliefs are, both religious and secular, and the lives of the followers.

The final Citizenship block will study ‘Politics and Democracy’ where students will be given the chance to explore and discuss the structure of the UK political system including the current political parties and their leaders, the benefits of a democracy and the importance of voting.