Child Development

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Subject Intent

The Child Development Department at Jarrow School aims to make lessons engaging and challenging but, above all, that are memorable and enjoyable. We hope to use our lessons to encourage our students to look at the world with an informed and enquiring mind. We believe that the most important part of our work is to equip all of our young people with the ability to live a full life, where they can become confident and questioning individuals and provide them with the future to which they aspire. The vision of the department at Jarrow School is that it can become the means by which our students can become resilient individuals who are prepared and equipped for an ever-changing world to which they feel certain they can contribute in a meaningful way.

The department aims to help young people develop a sense of self-worth and the wisdom to see the world through the eyes of others and to understand their place within the world. We also want our learners to develop and have empathy for those around them, locally and globally and to be able to consider the dilemmas some people face from all walks of life.

Key stage 4 overview

Students who study Child Development will complete the OCR Cambridge National Level 1 or Level 2 qualification. The grading of Level 1 or Level 2 will be dependent of their final grade made up of exam and coursework grades combined.

Year 10

Year 10 students will be taught aspects from

Unit 1: Health and well-being for child development in the first half of the year. This unit is coded RO57 by the exam board.

Unit 2: Create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years – RO58. They will work towards submission of their first piece of coursework, Unit 2 (RO58).

Unit 3: Understand the development of a child from one to five years – RO59, this will be completed in Year 11.

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6

Unit 1 – Health and Well-Being for Child Development – RO57

Topic Area 4 – Childhood illnesses and a child-safe environment.

Unit 2 – Create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years – RO58

This will include visits and practical activities in preparation for the submission of the coursework in June.

Unit 3 – Understand the development of a child from one to five years – RO59


Year 11

Year 11 students will cover:

Unit 1: Health and well-being for child development in the first half of the year. This unit is coded RO57 by the exam board. Unit 1 (RO57) is split into four topic areas (TA); each of these is formally assessed by a unit test. They will then work towards submission of the final piece of coursework, Unit 3 (RO59), their final piece of formally assessed coursework.

They will sit the formal exam this year and submit the final piece of coursework.

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6

Unit 1 – Health and Well-Being for Child Development – RO57

TA1 – Pre-conception health and reproduction.

TA2 - Antenatal care and preparation for birth.

TA3 - Postnatal checks, postnatal care and the conditions for development.

TA4 - Childhood illnesses and a child-safe environment. REVISION

All students will sit the formal exam in January.

Unit 3 –  Understand the development of a child from one to five years – RO59

This will include visits and practical activities in preparation for the submission of the coursework in May.

REVISION of Unit 1 for second assessment in June.

 
Additional Curriculum Information

Provision in Child Development

Assessment will initially provide support and structure, but there will be opportunity to expand knowledge, leading to greater independence, enabling students to access higher mark grade boundaries and to feel confident in their approach to examinations. This supports both our Most Able and Talented Students and students with Special Educational Needs, who require additional support and assistance. In addition to this we work closely with learning support assistants to ensure no student is disadvantaged or has barriers to their learning.

Assessment – Impact

Assessment in Child Development

During Child Development lessons, students are assessed on their taught and general knowledge, understanding and skills. Students are tested regularly using low-stakes quizzing, checking for understanding as well as key word tests.  One piece of work will be identified per half-term for the purpose of assessment. This will usually be an examination or a piece of extended writing.

Whole-class feedback will identify any common misconceptions, including spelling, punctuation and grammar errors, and use of new terminology.  Following teacher marking, students will be required to improve some aspect of the identified task as directed by their teacher.

Homework

The aims and principles of the Child Development Department homework policy follow that of the whole school policy.

Departmental Guidance

  • Homework will be set according to the whole school homework policy.
  • Time will be planned in lessons to set homework.
  • Time will also be planned in lessons to review homework/give feedback. This will help to ensure that homework is seen as meaningful and worthwhile to students.
  • A variety of tasks will be used when setting homework to cater for different abilities and learning styles e.g. retrieval tasks to aid long term memory, Worksheets/research work /tests to reinforce knowledge and understanding.
  • Homework should be marked within one week and appropriate feedback will be given.
  • If a student fails to hand in homework a departmental detention will be given by the classroom teacher. If this becomes a persistent problem, HoY will be informed, and parents contacted.
  • Positive comments and BRIGHT be points will be added to Bromcom to students for good quality homework

Beyond the curriculum

We offer our students the opportunity to work with external providers to develop their experiences in childcare settings and in health care settings. The learners have the opportunity of Q&A sessions both virtually and to visit real settings to discuss with them their career path and current job roles and responsibilities. Students are encouraged to take work experience in these areas to further their learning and development.

Literacy & Subject Specific Vocabulary

Key Stage 4 – Students continue to develop the skills they have used in KS3 and secure them further by learning subject specific vocabulary relating to their child development course. Key word bookmarks are developed for more challenging topic, where specific vocabulary is vital.

The role of speaking and listening is developed as students are required to participate in groups on regular basis, and sometimes in role play. They may need to read case studies and reference material for coursework research.

Students are taught about the language features that they will need to identify, such as verbs, so they are able to develop their coursework to their target level. Students are required to use reading skills for comprehension and interpretation that will enable them to understand and analyse exam questions and carry out research tasks.

Unit 2: 20th Century Depth Studies

Section A The Roaring 20s: USA 1919-1929

Section B Depression and the New Deal: The USA, 1929-1941

Section C War in Vietnam, 1964-1975

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