Child development

Aims of the curriculum

The aim of the course offered at Key Stage 4 is to give students an understanding of what it would be like to work with children and develop life skills that they may use in their day to day life.

Curriculum overview

Year 9

  • Students will complete CACHE Basic Entry Level/Level 1 depending on their ability

Year 10

  • Students either continue with CACHE Level 2 or begin GCSE Child Development

Year 11

  • Students either continue with CACHE Level 2 or begin GCSE Child Development
  • Topics throughout this Key Stage include pregnancy, contraception and the 12 weeks of a baby’s life.  Caring for young children from 0 to 3 years 11 months and playing and learning in the home

Teaching methods and student organisation

Students study child development for two hours per week.  Lessons involve discussions and debates, research, independent thinking and research and completing coursework..

Progression after Key Stage 4

Students who enjoy this course and wish to continue their studies in child development may study children’s play, learning and development BTEC Level 3 course which is offered in the sixth form.

 

How can you help your child?

  • Encourage students to follow the school code of conduct whilst in lessons
  • Support students in completing homework to set deadlines
  • Contact your child’s subject teacher or head of department if you are concerned about your child’s progress in any way and require any specific advice regarding specific areas of the course