All students will study both Religious Education and Skills for Life from Year 7 to Year 11. These lessons are taught by a highly-skilled and specially trained team of teachers and together they contribute greatly to equipping the students at Mildenhall College Academy with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for life in secondary education and beyond as they enter their adult lives.
Key Stage Three
Students study ‘Religion in the 21st Century’ through a thematic approach covering six major religions. Topics include religious festivals, religion in the media, places of worship and wedding ceremonies. The aim is for students to develop their cultural awareness and to help prepare them for life in modern Britain and to be effective global citizens.
Key Stage Four
Students further develop their knowledge and understanding of religion and life issues through Skills for Life lessons. This will include more in-depth studies of religions including Christianity and Islam and their place in modern society.
At Key Stage Four, students also have the option to choose GCSE Religious Education as a discrete subject. This is externally examined at the end of Year 11.
Skills for Life
This is taught from Years 7 to 11 and provides students with a range of PSHE, Citizenship and Careers Education. Students will explore a range of topics that help them to develop transferable skills, as well as covering specific issues required for teenage and adult life. These include Sex and Relationship Education; Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs Education; Government and Democracy; Fundamental British Values; and Financial Education.
Topic areas are taught through discussion, stories and case studies, fun and motivating activities, role play, debating and visual aids. Topic areas are appealing and interesting. They matter to students and help them to develop important skills that are valuable not only in school, but in their lives beyond. In addition to this, the students are given the opportunity to develop essential transferable skills such as discussion, listening, research, group work, evaluation and analysis. Students also learn not only how to look after themselves, but where and how to access support.
Key Stage Three
Year 7 – Family, Friendships and Feelings; Bullying Issues; Staying Safe; Health (puberty, emotional changes and hygiene); Exercise and Healthy Eating; Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol; Human Rights; Communities and Charities; Financial Education and Budgeting; Careers; Laws and Rights, Diversity (Romany Gypsy Case Study); Islamophobia and the Media; Internet Safety; Government and Democracy.
Year 8 – Study Skills; Exploring the Community and Charity Work; Drug and Medicines Education (Solvent Abuse Case Study); Financial Education (Gambling and Burgernomics Case Studies); Careers; SRE and Health Education, Personal Issues – Shyness, Confidence, saying ‘No’ and Staying Safe (Cyber bulling and Cybercrimes), STIs, Contraceptives, Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood, Mental Health and Stress; Role of the Media and its impact (RSPCA Campaign Case Study); Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism, Disability (Pamela’s Story Case Study); Terrorism in contemporary society; looking to the future and target setting; Careers.
Key Stage Four
Year 9 – Transferable skills; Developing Study Skills; Drugs Education, First Aid and Safety; Government and Democracy; Careers and Financial Education; Friendships, Family and Relationships; Staying Safe when going out, Internet Safety, identifying Risky Situations; SRE and Health Education, STIs and Contraceptives; Current Affairs; Preventing Violent Extremism; Diversity; and the Game of Life.
*Note the Year 9 programme also aims to develop specific skills such as reading and note taking, presentation and extended writing.
Year 10 – Careers and Financial Education; Government and Democracy; Drug Education; Bullying – cyberbullying, sexting, Cybercrimes; Staying Safe with friends and on the Internet; Extremism; Bullying and the role of the Bystander; Global Citizenship; Health Education – healthy eating, lifestyle, exercise, rest and stress; Crime and Legal Systems; SRE – relationships, STIs, Contraceptives; Impact of Divorce and loss; and Current Affairs.
Year 11 – Careers (choosing careers, applying for a job, CV, the interview); Sex and Relationships (contraception, STIs, Relationships, Teen Pregnancy, Parenthood); Healthy Lifestyles (including wellbeing, stress and depression); Revision Techniques; Financial Education (Budgeting, credit cards, debt, managing money and risky behaviour).
*At certain times of the year National initiatives will also be recognised and addressed in class such as the national Anti-Bullying Campaign, Apprenticeship Week and Careers Week.