PSHE, Citizenship and RE

Role-play and storytelling are powerful ways of approaching these subject areas which can often be challenging to teach. With Kar2ouche students become immersed in everyday situations where they can listen, discuss and get actively involved with issues.

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Relationships: School & the Wider World (KS 2)

Understanding relationships at school and in the wider world.

Kar2ouche Relationships: School & the Wider World is centred on four units of work mapped to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for PSHE and Citizenship.

Using the worksheets, storyboards and activities provided, students can initially listen to and discuss the issues raised. Then, using the wide range of appropriate characters, backgrounds, props, text and audio files, they can add to the storyboards provided or produce their own virtual role-plays.

The units focus on:

  • Resolving Conflict – since students often find it difficult to understand the difference between bullying, teasing and just ‘having fun’, this unit provides them with the opportunity to explore the difference between these behaviours, as well as think of some ways to deal with them
  • Peer Group Pressure – in this activity students learn about peer group pressure, who influences them in society, and develop some methods for resisting pressure from others
  • Keeping Safe – students consider potential dangers posed by modern day society and what they can do to improve their personal safety
  • Responsibility – by watching and completing storyboards and sheets, students will understand the importance of rules in society and the relationship between rights and responsibilities.

Me and My Friends (KS 1)

Help students to understand their relationships with others.

Kar2ouche Me & My Friends will help students to develop awareness of their relationships with others. The storyboard and role-play activities enable them to understand more about their friendships, resolving problems, keeping safe and looking after their own bodies. In doing so, they will also learn to consider their own roles as responsible citizens.

The activities provided are divided into five sections that are linked to the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum for PSHE and Citizenship. However, all of these activities can be adapted for use at different times with different year groups. And students can use the wide range of characters, backgrounds, props and audio material to create totally new activities.

The five suggested activities include:

  • what is meant by the terms 'citizen' and 'citizenship'?
  • what qualities make a good friend, how can we improve our friendship skills and what can we do when relationships go wrong?
  • learning the names of the main body parts and how to look after our own bodies
  • potential problems posed by modern-day society
  • the use and misuse of medicines, and the potential dangers of the misuse of household products.

Local Democracy (KS 2)

Develop an awareness of democracy and citizenship.

Kar2ouche Local Democracy helps students to develop an awareness of democracy, community and local government. Not only will they learn about rules, laws, and crime and punishment, they will also consider their own rights and responsibilities as citizens.

A series of interactive storyboards encourages them to produce their own election manifesto to represent their views; produce a poster showing the differences between what people want and their rights and needs; and investigate why rules and laws are necessary and why people commit crimes.

Activities cover the following subjects:

  • Democracy – the importance of democracy and how it works; exploring who is responsible for making decisions at local and national level
  • Local Government – how voting in an election enables people to express their views; exploring the role of a local councillor
  • Rules and Laws – how and why rules and laws are made and why they can change in different situations
  • Rights and Responsibilities – the difference between needs and rights, and how students have various rights and responsibilities at home, at school and in the wider community
  • Crime and Punishment – why people commit crime, how it affects others, what should be done to punish criminals, and how victims can be supported.

Moving On: Primary to Secondary School (KS 2,3)

Explore the practical and emotional issues of starting at Secondary school.

Kar2ouche Moving On has been designed specifically to address the practical and emotional issues that children face during their move from Primary to Secondary school. The activities are aimed mainly at Year 6 students, although there are some designed for Year 7 as well as activities that encourage communication between the two years.

The ideas and issues, discussion and role-play activities are based directly on needs identified during extensive research, and address issues such as making new friends, coping with change, and asking for help. They allow students to rehearse situations, anticipate events that might arise and plan how to make best use of their time and resources. By using the computer and virtual role-play, students can deal with situations, ask questions and challenge assumptions safely and in a way that avoids embarrassment and prepares individuals for transition.

The activities are divided into nine units that are linked with the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for PSHE and Citizenship. They integrate class, group and pair discussions with a range of computer activities, and comprise:

  • Who Am I?
  • Can You Help Me?
  • What Can We Find Out?
  • All About Us
  • Where Am I?
  • What's The Time?
  • What Do I Need?
  • Would It Help If...?
  • What Can I Do?

Understanding Religion (KS 2)

Learning about - and from - religion.

Kar2ouche Understanding Religion gives students the opportunity to learn about – and from – religion, by encouraging them to investigate the diversity of different faiths while considering their own beliefs and values.

They are asked to analyse, interpret and evaluate a wide range of issues from different religious perspectives, and to develop their own sense of identity and belonging as citizens. As they develop their understanding of unfamiliar religions, they will discover a number of shared beliefs, values and practices within and between religions.

By using the computer, students can deal with situations, ask questions and challenge assumptions in a less personally threatening or embarrassing way.

There are five units – each divided into four activities – covering Christianity and one other faith:

  • How do religions remember?
  • How do faith communities help people to feel involved?
  • What is the role of places of worship?
  • How are people inspirational?
  • How are religious ideas expressed through symbols?

The activities introduce the concepts and relate them to the students' own experiences, then develop these concepts in relation to particular faiths. Finally, they provide space for students to reflect on what they have learnt. A suggested extension activity provides structure to research an additional faith.

Me and My Friends (KS 1)

Help students to understand their relationships with others.

Kar2ouche Me & My Friends will help students to develop awareness of their relationships with others. The storyboard and role-play activities enable them to understand more about their friendships, resolving problems, keeping safe and looking after their own bodies. In doing so, they will also learn to consider their own roles as responsible citizens.

The activities provided are divided into five sections that are linked to the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum for PSHE and Citizenship. However, all of these activities can be adapted for use at different times with different year groups. And students can use the wide range of characters, backgrounds, props and audio material to create totally new activities.

The five suggested activities include:

  • what is meant by the terms 'citizen' and 'citizenship'?
  • what qualities make a good friend, how can we improve our friendship skills and what can we do when relationships go wrong?
  • learning the names of the main body parts and how to look after our own bodies
  • potential problems posed by modern-day society
  • the use and misuse of medicines, and the potential dangers of the misuse of household products.

Bullying (KS 3)

Help your students get to grips with the issue of bullying.

Kar2ouche Bullying presents a range of issues relating to bullying through virtual role-play, and encourages students to define bullying, discuss why it occurs, identify signs of bullying and consider possible responses.

Many of the issues that are discussed are sensitive and potentially uncomfortable, especially if they are to be performed in front of peers. By using the computer and virtual role-play, students can deal with situations, ask questions and challenge assumptions in a less personally threatening or embarrassing way.

Using the hard copy worksheets and pre-prepared storyboards and activities provided in Kar2ouche, students can listen to and discuss the issues raised. Then, using the characters, backgrounds, props, sound and text available, they can add to the pre-created storyboards or produce their own scenarios to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge about issues such as:

  • What is bullying?
  • Who bullies, who is bullied and why?
  • What are the signs of bullying and who can help?
  • What can you do?
  • Making sense of bullying

Suggested activities, which can be modified to suit different teaching styles and objectives, include Killer Statements, Kelly Bullies Nita, and a Bullying Presentation.

Criminal Law (KS 3)

Investigate crime and the law.

Kar2ouche Criminal Law integrates class, group and pair discussions with a range of computer activities to help students to understand more about the nature of crime, and the way in which the criminal justice system operates in England and Wales.

Discussion is essential, and role-play allows students to rehearse situations, empathise with others and investigate issues in more depth. Many of the themes may be sensitive and potentially uncomfortable, especially if they are to be performed in front of peers. However, by using virtual role-play, Kar2ouche gives students confidence to ask questions, challenge assumptions and examine issues to understand them with greater clarity.

Suggested activities include:

  • Crime – helping students consider the differences between moral wrongs, and civil and criminal law
  • Offenders – exploring one aspect of youth crime (shoplifting), the treatment of offenders and the dilemma between truth and loyalty Jason’s Dilemma – using a real case to explore issues related to theft and people’s rights when they are under arrest
  • Criminal Courts – investigating the different types of courts (magistrates’, Crown and youth) and the roles of the officials involved
  • In Court – examining the procedures in the Crown Court and the roles of the defence and prosecution lawyers.

Drug Awareness (KS 3)

Promote an awareness of drugs and their impact on the individual and society.

Kar2ouche Drug Awareness encourages students to explore for themselves the issues surrounding drugs, their effects and why people take them. Not only will they be able to understand what drugs are, the health risks associated with their use and the legal implications, they will also consider their own roles as responsible citizens.

Using the copiable worksheets and pre-prepared storyboards and activities provided, they can listen to and discuss the issues raised. Then they are encouraged to produce their own virtual role-play scenarios – using the characters, backgrounds, props, sound and text provided – to show their understanding.

Five units focus on the following areas:

  • What are drugs? – defining drugs and considering their legal status and uses in society
  • Drugs and the law – understanding the law and classification system for drugs and the possible consequences of misusing drugs
  • Effects of drugs on the body – researching and discussing the short- and long-term physical effects of drug abuse
  • Why people take drugs – considering why some people use drugs and why others do not
  • Creating a drug education pack – working in groups to put together a short programme and poster aimed at a school audience.

Respecting Diversity (KS 3)

Learning to respect people as individuals.

Kar2ouche Respecting Diversity encourages students to investigate and role-play issues such as immigration, discrimination and what makes people individuals.

The five suggested units will help students to work through the issue of Respecting Diversity so they understand what it means and are given the opportunity to consider themselves as citizens. They will also consider equality, the similarities and differences between people, and their own responsibilities as global citizens.

Three suggested activities are included:

Religions and Beliefs – students carry out research on the different religions practised in this country, and share their knowledge with the rest of the group by completing a storyboard in the style of a TV interview
Soap Opera – students are encouraged to consider the abuse or harassment that some people might suffer because they are ‘different’. To gain understanding of this issue, students will write a script for and perform a soap opera, describing an event, situation or incident as an example of this type of discrimination
Human Rights – students look at the issue of ‘human rights’ by considering their school rights and producing a storyboard based on one of the ‘Articles’ in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

Sex & Relationships (KS 3,4)

Developing a greater understanding of sexual issues.

Kar2ouche Sex & Relationships will help students to become more aware of the nature of different relationships and give them the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of sexual issues, including puberty, reproduction, contraception, STIs and safe sex.

Using pre-made storyboards, worksheets and activities, students can listen to and seriously discuss the issues raised. They can then add to these storyboards or create their own, using the wide range of characters, backgrounds and props included in the software. This enables students to show their understanding of the issues raised and role-play issues that might otherwise be difficult or embarrassing to discuss.

Five units of work are included, which have been mapped to the Key Stages 3 and 4 National Curriculum PSHE and Citizenship references. They focus on the following areas:

  • Relationships – considering different kinds of relationships
  • Puberty – investigating the physical and emotional changes involved
  • Reproduction – looking at the different stages in the process of reproduction
  • Contraception – identifying different methods of contraception, and the common myths and misconceptions
  • STIs – learning about the importance of safe sex and the growing danger of different types of STIs

Learning From Religion (KS 3)

Investigate the diversity of faith.

Kar2ouche Learning from Religion gives students the opportunity to learn from religion by investigating the diversity of different faiths and considering their own beliefs and values. As they develop their understanding of unfamiliar religions, they will discover a number of shared beliefs, values and practices.

Many of the themes for discussion are sensitive and potentially uncomfortable, especially if they are to be performed in front of peers. However, by using the computer and virtual role-play, students can deal with situations, ask questions and challenge assumptions in a less personally threatening or embarrassing way.

Suggested activities offer examples of just some of the ways in which Kar2ouche Learning From Religion can be used in the classroom to encourage students to analyse, interpret, consider and evaluate religious issues, and to develop their own sense of identity and belonging as citizens.

There are three units that provide a range of suggestions for using the software to address the following issues:

  • Religion in the Media – considering the potential impact of the media on religion
  • Religion and the Environment – exploring responsibility, stewardship and religious attitudes to conservation
  • Religion and Forgiveness – looking at religious attitudes to forgiveness and the effects of this concept

Political Awareness & Citizenship (KS3)

Learn to appreciate the purpose of government

Kar2ouche Political Awareness & Citizenship provides students with a basic understanding of how the parliament of the United Kingdom works. The units cover rules and laws in society, the UK voting process, how bills go through parliament, political parties and Members of Parliament.

The focus is to relate political concepts and issues to the students’ personal lives thereby extending their understanding of similar issues in the wider world. Students learn that responsible citizenship plays out in the home, at school, and in the wider community.

Four units include:

  • Why Rules? Students explore the purpose of rules in school and societies, and the strengths and limitations of different societies. The final activity encourages students to decide upon their ideal community..
  • Why Vote? Students learn about the voting process and the different types of elections. They explore the different structures, roles and responsibilities of government and parliament.
  • How Are Laws Made Students learn about the three branches of government by investigating how a proposed bill becomes law.
  • How Do I Get Involved? Students consider a school issue to discover that they can influence decisions in their local community by speaking out. This will help them to practise their rights as responsible citizens.

Personal and Enterprise Financial Capability (KS4)

Develop students' financial and enterprise knowledge

Kar2ouche: Personal and Enterprise Financial Capability looks at the issues that students face at the end of their compulsory education and gives them the opportunity to explore the world of work, economic factors and the effects of their decisions at this very important stage in their lives.

Kar2ouche: Personal and Enterprise Financial Capability also covers aspects of enterprise education and key skills.

This title is divided into three units, each containing several activities.

  • Unit 1: World of Work This unit comprises two activities which give students the opportunity to explore various roles in the home and at work that contribute to contemporary society. The unit also explores the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in relation to the world of work.
  • Unit 2: Managing Your Money This unit comprises three activities which give students the opportunity to look at the issues of money management, budgeting and investment.
  • Unit 3: Enterprise In this unit, students have the opportunity to explore work and enterprise issues within a real business environment