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Keeping Myself Safe

 

On 8th December 2016 Muntham House School took part in a whole school Curriculum Day focused on keeping themselves safe, both online and in the physical world. The core themes for the day were designed to cover aspects of safeguarding for the pupils, focussing on equipping them to make sensible, safe and responsible choices for themselves as well as signposting them to where they can find support.

 

Pupils were mixed into 6 age appropriate groups to ensure topic coverage was relevant to their developmental stage. Due to the sensitivity of these issues, terminology and breadth of topic covered is based on age and sensitivity to the needs of the individual pupils.

 

  • Bullying, including cyber bullying – CYP defined the terms, considered the impact bullying may have and how they can report it.
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  • Radicalisation and extremism – KS2 pupils focused on tolerance and empathy, looking at individual differences and acts of kindness opposed to acts of hate. KS3 pupils explored how people can become desensitised to intolerance and make links to events in history. They looked at examples of social media from Britain First and the English Defence League as well as news media. KS4 also looked at examples of social media from Britain First and the English Defence League as well as news media and look at the language used and discuss how people may be drawn in to intolerant views.
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  • Child sexual exploitation – KS2 pupils worked through resources designed by the NSPCC (PANTS and Pantasaurus) focussing on which parts of their body are private. KS3 discussed levels of privacy with their own bodies as well as addressing consent. KS4 further explored the issue of consent, reflect on peer pressures and how situations can build into serious incidents – where they can find support and ask for help will be the focus.
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  • Gang activity and youth violence – KS2 explored positive and negative friendships, through role play they looked at taking responsibility for their actions and the choices they have. They began to look at aspects of coercion and how to be assertive. KS3 explored positive and negative relationships. They looked into coercion and how they may appear to others, their focus was on assertively saying no and signposting to where they can get help. KS4 carried out and activity where they get to make the choices for a fictitious character involved in youth crime and explore how each decision affects their life. They explored the notion of identity and what to do if they need support.
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  • Masculinity – KS2 explored stereotypes of boys and girls and look for examples of these in toy advertising. KS3 and 4 explored how society stereotypes male and female traits and how these are perpetuated every day.
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  • Gender issues and FGM – This core theme covered gender issues, new terminology and concepts in gender identity attraction sex and expression. KS2 covered a simple illustration of variabilities and possibilities. KS3 looked at an expression and identity. KS4 explored non binary issues and rights.

 

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This day was an opportunity for the boys to be equipped with the language they may need to project themselves assertively and how to find support when they need it.

  • Muntham House School,
  • Barns Green,
  • Horsham,
  • West Sussex,
  • RH13 0NJ
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  • Phone:
  • 01403 730302
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