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14/05/21

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13/05/21

The May Parents’ Pack from is out now - https://t.co/YBwb7Sw7DK

13/05/21

Vacancy: Exciting short term teaching vacancy required for maternity cover. We are seeking a Religious Education teacher to teach across the age and ability ranges, from 1 September to 22 October 2021. To apply https://t.co/7Qnx6dAT1E https://t.co/8Qkv4oX1Nc

13/05/21

Take a moment to be mindful and connect with nature, relax in the garden, listen to birdsong or watch the sunset. Taking in your surroundings can help find a sense of calm https://t.co/VPyseBc5Sj

13/05/21

Term date reminder: school will be closed to students on Monday 17 May 2021, due to staff INSET. https://t.co/IXEyjH89GA

13/05/21

The books of the week are The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Read some of The Bubble Wrap Boy - https://t.co/Dxsn07X08A Watch this video of Frances Hardinge talking about her book, The Lie Tree- https://t.co/ooPZFKoBbb https://t.co/n0CDtVje20

12/05/21

Happy Eid al Fitr Mubarak to all our families celebrating the end of the fast of Ramadan https://t.co/HLNZBgGpYT

12/05/21

Year 7 kicked off their Journalism Club today, with enthusiasm in abundance. The Press Pack have been formed, assignments distributed and we cannot wait to see the results https://t.co/ybqg0KPpUL

12/05/21

Being positive is not needing to always be happy, being positive can be a simple acceptance https://t.co/fsCta8h0db

12/05/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

This week our year 7 geographers used their excellent work from last week to write their 'to what extent' essays. https://t.co/lV6OoeVdd9

11/05/21

Govia Thameslink Railway are offering virtual work experience opportunity during half term week (1-4 June), places are limited. Ideal for students to gain an understanding of the industry. To register interest, respond to Roopali Sharma: roopali.sharma.com https://t.co/tfn1YxFfs1

11/05/21

Now more things are opening up for us to do indoors, remember to keep up the connections gained with nature during lockdown https://t.co/2ZQhFSTgdz

11/05/21

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Yr11 finished their assessments and back to playing music - with conducting debuts from some rising musical stars! 🎶 https://t.co/vhyR85EBfp

10/05/21

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📣 starts today. Help us to get the nation talking about nature and mental health. 🌳Join the movement. . Get involved. https://t.co/rKW9Y90uRp

10/05/21

Students begin the week with an assembly from Mrs Montgomery-Ward "improve your mental health through your connection with nature" Why not get creative, take a photograph of a landscape or sketch a natural object https://t.co/iQaDPgdtzn

10/05/21

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10/05/21

Thought for the Week: Avoiding blame https://t.co/o4wIuefku1

08/05/21

Fantastic performance boys! https://t.co/mZA8BisYFC

07/05/21

Fabulous!

07/05/21

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An excellent HoD opportunity in our brilliant school. See the link here: https://t.co/Qk7L3jUoqY

07/05/21

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Getting ECF ready for September. The Alban TSH are looking forward to delivering the Full Induction Programme in conjunction with to schools across our hub region Contact enquiries.co.uk https://t.co/89CS7sVqYU

07/05/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

This week, with a little extra help from Mr Dunning and Ms Turner in the our year 9 team planted sweet peas, nasturtium, marigolds and wildflowers! We also covered potatoes again & potted out celeriac seedlings! We are also prepping for https://t.co/oNN35SLC5j

07/05/21

The books of the week are Ingo by Helen Dunmore and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. Read opening of Ingo https://t.co/XK60gWZNzh Watch an interview with Karen Joy Fowler about her novel https://t.co/BJQA5AxCGi https://t.co/lvkxF4Card

07/05/21

Vacancy alert: are you an excellent Media teacher? Looking to join a Media Faculty with fantastic facilities including film studio and Mac suite? SJL seeking Media Teacher for maternity cover https://t.co/GtcyGN4Alu https://t.co/Q9YWqcrVYw

07/05/21

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07/05/21

To confirm: SJL is open as normal today. The site has water and we have been assured by Affinity Water that it will not be disconnected at any point.

05/05/21

Use what you can control, your attitude https://t.co/G6xDOsISFK

05/05/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 7 planning their essays by building 'on the one hand' and 'on the other hand' style argument. They did really well collating their information on a Venn diagram and then choosing their arguments for their essay by adding facts to their 'to what extent hands'. https://t.co/zDRmEMgBsX

04/05/21

Year 11 reminder: reply slips for accepting Sixth Form places must be in by this Friday 7 May 2021 https://t.co/FasLWKuVmd

04/05/21

Mrs Daniels has a collection of unnamed coats and football boots in lost property (some photographed below). Please tell your child to go to First Aid to be reunited with their possessions. https://t.co/wPdSgzo6gp

04/05/21

Year 11 reminder: payment for this year's prom is available on ParentPay now. We are delighted to be able to offer this celebration at Luton Hoo Walled Gardens. https://t.co/PAq5hMVLLv

04/05/21

Thought for the Week: Being motivated https://t.co/rncgsudTDr

30/04/21

Congratulations to Year 8 on all achieving Bully Free Form status Thanks to Miss Bonner for rescheduling the assessments for Year 8, who had to miss their assessment during Year 7. https://t.co/jiikWcaT4V

30/04/21

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29/04/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

This week it was the turn ouf our Year 9s in the they did a great job of watering and weeding! The gardennis really starting to come along now. Next week we will sow some wild flowers from https://t.co/Lrb2JnQ43J

29/04/21

Our thanks to Nommy from for talking to the SJL BLM Youth Forum today. Herts Young Leaders is an emerging charity set up to empower disadvantaged young people. https://t.co/jpjZGSuWws

29/04/21

SJL playing host for today's BLM Youth Forum with and . Students coming together across the county to empower each other on the subject of Black Lives Matter https://t.co/JVVhNgaLIl

29/04/21

The books of the week are Lightning Mary by Anthea Simmons , Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. We have these at the library so come and borrow them! https://t.co/ERUuxjItQJ

28/04/21

Stand out, feel good https://t.co/WTQcur1o2R

27/04/21

Year 8 reminder: options forms deadline tomorrow! Thank you to those who have returned their forms, any outstanding forms please email to options.herts.sch.uk Copies of the form can be found on the school website https://t.co/ecyKxs9q9P https://t.co/V5vzbDWozm

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PSHEE

About the Faculty

Every student at Sir John Lawes School has a weekly Life Skills lesson covering PSHEE (personal, social, health and economic education), Careers and Work-related learning, Active Citizenship education and Sixth Form Enrichment.

The head of faculty trained as a specialist teacher in active citizenship education and who completed the National PSHEE CPD programme focusing on relationships and sex education.

 

Curriculum Intent Statement

The purpose of Life Skills education at SJL is to support our students to develop themselves as active citizens who can fully engage in the diverse society of modern Britain. They study about their rights and responsibilities, democracy and politics, and the Law and have the opportunity to put these concepts into practice in an active way through participation in the Junior Leadership Team and various student voice initiatives, charity and community events and extra-curricular activities like the national mock trial competitions in which we are regularly involved. A key skill that is developed through the years is forming, expressing, justifying and debating views on important topical issues and current affairs.

From September 2020 for PSHEE the school is using the ‘Jigsaw’ programme which includes the important topics of mental health and mindfulness, personal finance, relationships and sex education (RSE), drugs education topics, personal safety and first aid. These themes are developed as appropriate for each age group, building on prior learning to support our students to be able to make responsible and informed choices to stay healthy, live actively and with a sense of responsibility for themselves and others.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

YEAR

AUTUMN

TERM

SPRING

TERM

SUMMER

TERM

7

SCHOOL COMMUNITY

 

ANTI- BULLYING

POLITICS

 (LOCAL GOVERNMENT)

DRUGS EDUCATION: SMOKING

PERSONAL                    SAFETY

GLOBAL/ ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

HEALTHY LIVING

8

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

 

PERSONAL FINANCE

POLITICS

(UK GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT)

CAREERS: OPTIONS

IDENTITY & DIVERSITY

FIRST AID

 

RELATIONSHIPS & SEX EDUCATION

9

CIT:

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

DRUGS    EDUCATION : ILLEGAL DRUGS

DRUGS EDUCATION:

ALCOHOL

RELATIONSHIPS & SEX EDUCATION

HUMAN RIGHTS

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP MEDIA PROJECT

 

KS3 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

YEAR

AUTUMN

TERM

SPRING

TERM

SUMMER

TERM

10

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (THE EU)

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS

THE MEDIA

STUDY SKILLS

RELATIONSHIPS & SEX EDUCATION

MENTAL HEALTH/

 LIFE SKILLS

CAREERS:

WORK EXPERIENCE

11

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

ENTERPRISE PROJECT

CAREERS

CAREERS

PERSONAL FINANCE

FIRST AID

STUDY/ EXAM

 LEAVE

 

KS4 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Sixth Form Enrichment

For the Sixth Form enrichment programme students have the opportunity to study an examination course to complement their core A Level subjects. Options include General Studies, Critical Thinking, the Extended Project Qualification or Core Enrichment. They also have the opportunity as part of our Enrichment Talks to hear speakers from a wide range of backgrounds including university academics, professionals in various fields and inspiring individuals. These talks are designed to engage, stretch and challenge our students to think beyond a narrow set of subjects and to open their minds to the unlimited range of learning opportunities around us.


Core Enrichment

If you do not take part in an examination course for 6th Form Enrichment (see EPQ/Thinking Skills/Financial Studies) or Statistical maths you will participate in the ‘Core Enrichment’ course.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen your awareness of and discuss important issues affecting yourself and others.
  • Develop your study skills.
  • Foster your sense of active citizenship, and plan and teach lessons for younger students in the school.
  • Further your work related learning through an ‘employability’ module leading up to the Year 12 Work Experience week.
  • Hear speakers from a wide range of backgrounds including university academics, professionals in various fields and inspiring individuals as part of our Enrichment Talks Programme. (These talks are designed to engage, stretch and challenge our students to think beyond a narrow set of subjects and to prepare them for study at university).

There is no examination for this course but you will be expected to apply yourself to all the modules, present projects to the class and show evidence of your progress in your student booklet (which you can then use to help you complete your UCAS application).

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EPQ (Extended Project Qualification)

Board: AQA (7993)

EPQ is a challenging Level 3 qualification that enables students to manage, develop and realise an in-depth study of a chosen area of study.

You will need to possess exceptionally strong independent study skills, to enable you to research and evaluate a wide variety of sources.

You will need passion for one chosen area of study that will form the basis of your project and will support your applications to higher education.

You will also need to be highly organised and committed in order to identify, design, plan and complete this demanding project by March of Year 12.

You would normally be expected to have taken, and achieved, grade 8 or above in 5 or more GCSE subjects.

Course content

Throughout the year, students are supported to complete a 5000 word essay in a response to a chosen line of enquiry and to complete a project log that evidences a critical evaluation of the EPQ process. The course will provide support in the following areas, so that students can effectively plan and complete this project.

  • Research skills
  • Referencing and plagiarism
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Academic writing

However, the project itself assesses students’ ability to work independently, managing and planning the project, using resources effectively, using a range of skills to develop and realise planned outcomes, and evaluating both the outcomes and the learning process.

Assessment

Coursework (NEA) 100%

 

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Financial Capability Certificate in Financial Studies Level 3 (CeFS)

As an Applied General qualification, the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) is primarily designed for students aged 16–19 and provides a comprehensive introduction to personal finance. Its purpose is to prepare students for further study through the development of the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication.

CeFS develops the knowledge and skills required for young people to make informed financial decisions by introducing them to the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the tools for effective planning. Within this, it provides a solid basis for creating financial inclusion, by exploring social-economic trends and their relationship with an individual’s circumstances and attitudes.

We would expect you to achieve grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Course content

Key content areas:
  • Importance of financial capability in the immediate, short, medium and long term.
  • Financial services and products, including sources of help and advice.
  • Borrowing, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow forecasting.
  • The impact of external influences at different stages in the personal life cycle.
  • Risk and reward in managing personal finance.

It is important for students to consider that there will be examinations in January and May so they must be completely dedicated to the course from the outset.

Key skills developed:

The qualification will encourage students to:

  • analyse financial information, financial products and services and begin to make judgements about suitability for people in different circumstances;
  • develop an understanding of financial concepts and terminology to enhance financial literacy;
  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect.

Assessment

Each unit is assessed through a combination of Multiple Choice Questions (Part A) and a written paper (Part B).

Part A can be sat via the LIBF e-test electronic testing system or via a paper-based MCQ examination.

Part B will always be sat via paper-based examination.

A total of 200 marks are available from both units comprising 100 marks per unit.

Part A: 35 multiple choice questions in a 45-minute examination.

Part B: pre-release case study requiring essay responses in a 105-minute examination.

Part B will also assess spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) through the essay responses.

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Mathematical Studies

This bespoke Mathematics module is designed to support students with the mathematical elements of their A level courses. In particular there will be statistical elements that support Biology, Geography and Psychology. Opportunity is also provided to support other A levels with capacity to adapt the course as required.

This course is not for A level mathematicians but for students who are studying subjects, such as Biology, Geography or Psychology, that have a mathematical content.

Course content

The course will mainly focus on the statistical elements of Biology, Geography and Psychology. It will include the further development of bivariate data, correlation and regression including Spearman’s Rank; the review of measures of central tendency; an introduction to probability distributions – in particular the Normal distribution.

Students will develop skills in sampling data, estimating population sizes and effective use of scientific calculators.

Away from the statistical elements students will review graph plotting skills, learn about Tax and National Insurance and mortgages and loans – including student loans.

Assessment

There is no formal examination for this course but you will be expected to apply yourself to all the modules, present projects to the class and show evidence of your progress.

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AS Thinking Skills

Board: Cambridge International Examinations (9694)

This course will give you the opportunities to develop a transferable set of skills including critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. You can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and complex real world issues. These transferable skills will equip you well for progression to higher education or directly into employment. You will need resilience and determination as the learning curve for this course can be challenging.

We would expect you to have achieved a grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics and either English Language or English Literature.

Course content

Problem Solving

  • Organising information
  • Processing information
  • Analysing data
  • Considering wider problems

Critical Thinking

  • Evaluating and use evidence
  • Analysing reasoning
  • Evaluating reasoning
  • Constructing reasoning

Assessment

Examination in May/June 2021

Paper 1: Problem Solving (50%)

Paper 2: Critical Thinking (50%)

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Marking Policy

Extended Curriculum

Students undertake a work experience placement in year 10, do extended personalised careers research in year 11 and as part of the Sixth Form enrichment programme have the opportunity to do further voluntary work placements. Each year the school participates in the national mock trial competitions organised by ‘Young Citizens’. This is an extra-curricular project where students meet weekly to study and rehearse a court case to act out against other schools in a court room. We also are regularly involved in Oxfam campaigning for human rights such as the ‘Send my friend to school’ global education campaign for which we have regularly had students chosen as national campaign champions.

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