Enrichment Curriculum

Year 7





To explore and develop personal skills in different areas of personal, social and academic life

Topics covered


Term 1 - Settling into Wood Green.  Citizenship: explores equal opportunities, discrimination and bullying.

Term 2- Community: explores relationships and how to deal with conflict. Working towards the Year 7 Festival as a group.

Term 3 and 4 – Developing a Growth Mindset in learning, with emphasis on the ability to accept helpful feedback

Term 4 - Sex and Relationships Education (SRE): explores relationships and puberty focussing on physical and mental changes.

Term 5 and 6 - Environment: explores challenges to the environment, environmental changes and ways to improve the local area.

Year 8


Enrichment - personal development



To encourage students to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing; the importance of taking increased responsibility for their own personal hygiene. To be aware of the characteristics of mental and emotional health and strategies for managing it, and to be actively aware of the needs of others; to understand how the media portrays young people and how this impacts on sense of self.  To gain knowledge of basic first aid and life-saving skills; the personal and social risks and consequences of substance use and misuse, including the benefits of not drinking alcohol (or delaying the age at which to start) and the benefits of not smoking including not harming others with second-hand smoke; to develop resilience and ability to resist peer pressure; an introduction the world of work.

Topics covered


Throughout the year, all year 8 students follow the Penn Resilience Programme, over the course of 18 lessons

Term 1: Changes in the body at puberty, and how to take care of personal hygiene’ Healthy eating and hydration.

Term 2: The effects of advertising on young people. Protecting yourself and other in the use of social media

Term 3: Consequences of Smoking.  Alcohol; the law and the consequences. Mental Health issues, Life saving techniques, Risk taking, Sexual Grooming.

Term 4: Different forms of bullying and peer pressure

Term 5: The meaning of citizenship, and building good relationships

Term 6: The world of Work(includes working with parents day)

Year 9


Enrichment- personal development



To broaden student’s awareness of issues faced in modern society. 

Through work in Religious Education, students explore different types of discrimination, and their responsibilities towards those who are experiencing discrimination. Through case studies, students will   recognise that all people they have the same rights to opportunities in learning and work as others, and should challenge stereotypes that may  limit their aspirations

To develop their communication skills, with training on using assertive language; to develop resilience and ability to resist peer pressure

Through a study of the democratic process in the UK, to encourage students to become active citizens and participants in the local and national economy

To encourage students to become involved in the wider community, through voluntary work, and joining organizations outside school.   To build on their knowledge about the workplace to make informed choices for their GCSE options through investigating different career pathways, including clarifying their own early aspirations; To be aware of the laws and by-laws relating to young people’s permitted hours and types of employment to learn about the law in relation to consent (including the legal age of consent for sexual activity, the legal definition of consent and the responsibility in law for the seeker of consent to ensure that consent has been given);

To be aware of contraception including the condom and the pill and the importance of communication and negotiation in contraceptive use; to understand   the risks related to unprotected sex, including pregnancy, and that certain infections can be spread through sexual activity and that barrier contraceptives offer some protection against certain STIs;

To be given further strategies for managing mental health including stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide, and sources of help and support

To explore the positive and negative roles played by drugs in society, with factual information about legal and illegal substances, including alcohol, volatile substances, tobacco and cannabis and the law relating to their supply, use and misuse; to explore ways of recognising and reducing risk, minimising harm and getting help in emergency and risky situations 

Topics covered


Term 1: Working as a team. Becoming involved in the wider community. Communicating Effectively. Speaking out in risky situations.

Term 2: What is the government; how do we participate in the democratic process

 Term 3: Making informed choices for GCSE options

  • Penn Resilience Programme
  • Revising alcohol and risk taking

Term 4: Sex and Relationship education with a focus on Safe Sex, and the concept of consent 

  • The issue of self harm

Term 5: Drug Education

Term 6: Coping with Difficult Situations

Year 10


Enrichment - personal development



Year 10 students take part in a series of dedicated PD events over the course of the year, with a focus on embedding and developing learning from previous key stages, and a strong emphasis on post 16 pathways.

Some sessions are divided into male/female in order to more confidently discuss where and how to obtain health information, advice and support (including sexual health services, and take increased responsibility for monitoring their own health (including testicular and breast self-examination). There is further discussion about STIs, including HIV/AIDS, how to protect themselves and others from infection and how to respond if they feel they or others are at risk.

There is further exploration of the effects of social media on the students’ health, body image, and self-identity. Further work is undertaken how to assess and manage risks to oneself, and to stay, and keep others, safe, particularly in our local community, Focus is on personal safety and protection and reducing risk in different settings: street, roads, travel.

Towards the end of the year, after students have completed their RS GCSE, the RS department works with students to help them choose their work experience placement for year 11; lessons also focus on exploring business, enterprise and money management.  

Topics Covered

  • Mental Health
  • Contraception and STI/s, and the issues of consent
  • Health issues; gender specific
  • The effects of social media
  • Risk taking and minimising risk and harm to oneself and others in the local community
  • Post 16 pathways: talks from local college, sixth form and university. Workshops with different professionals (some are ex Wood Green School students) on their careers path, with emphasis on STEM subjects
  • Year 10 Enterprise Day: workshop from Bright Futures

Year 11


Enrichment - personal development 



As with Year 10, students take part in a series of dedicated PD events over the course of the year, with focus on post 16 pathways, and developing interview skills, with CV preparation.

During term 2, all Year 11 students undertake some Work Experience in an outside establishment.

The students are provided with impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance prior to starting post-16 courses, to ensure that they are aware of their choices following completion of their post-16 study programme.

They also have a workshop with the Fire Service on road safety (365 Alive).

Topics covered

  • 365 Alive (road safety)
  • Work Experience (one week)
  • Further introduction to Sixth Form
  • Preparation for interviews for Sixth Form and College
  • Post 16 pathways – introduction to Eclips programme and advice
  • Interview techniques and CV writing
  • Mock Interviews (outside professionals)