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Citizenship Discussions KS3 & 4: Home, School and Friends

Price: £49.95
Age Range: KS3 KS4

A comprehensive pack which encourages students to discuss and write about issues of real concern to them, within a safe environment and context. Worksheets introduce a broad range of issues, many not previously covered by Chalkface, including those that contribute to homophobic bullying. Students are asked to establish initial ground rules identifying how they will react and respond to alternative views on sensitive issues.

Topics include: Sibling rivalry; Family strife; Unsuitable friends; Telling lies; Adolescent problems; Emotions.

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Size: 123 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 451 2
Code: CDHS
Popularity rank: 281

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Contents List



  • 9 GROUND RULES (KS3&4) Students explore and agree ground rules for discussing sensitive issues.
  • 11 IN CONFIDENCE (KS3&4) Students explore the issue of confidentiality, and problems it might cause. This page will allow you to explain your position on confidentiality as a teacher.


  • 13 WHERE DO YOU FIT IN? (KS3) Students consider how their position in the family can be a cause of tension.
  • 15 BROTHERS AND SISTERS (KS3) Students explore the problems of sibling rivalry through imaginary diaries and discussion.
  • 17 DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES (KS3) Students think about personality types and try to analyse their own personalities.
  • 19 JOBS AT HOME (KS3) Students consider jobs that need doing in the home through discussion and listing activities - and reflect on how these jobs should be shared out.
  • 21 SPOT THE PROBLEM (KS3) Students explore a number of adolescent 'problems' - and develop strategies to enable them to discuss sensitive issues with their parents.
  • 23 PERSONAL HYGIENE (KS3) Students explore issues relating to personal hygiene, and create posters showing how to care for specific areas of the body.
  • 25 BALANCED DIET (KS3&4) Students consider the importance of a balanced diet, and discuss possible problems involved in eating healthily.
  • 27 WHEN PARENTS ARE ILL (KS3&4) Students explore the effects of having a parent with a serious illness, and develop coping strategies.
  • 29 WHEN ADULTS ARGUE (KS3&4) Students explore the causes and nature of arguments between couples, and the possible effects on children.
  • 31 DIVORCE (KS3&4) Students examine some of the issues involved in the making of custody arrangements following a divorce.
  • 33 NEW PARTNERS (KS3&4) Students explore some of the problems that can arise when single parents find new partners.
  • 35 MEMORIES (KS3&4) Students consider the importance of memories - both pleasant and painful - and ways of dealing with them.
  • 37 COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS (KS3&4) Students examine issues arising from poor communication and 'mood swings' in adolescents.
  • 39 CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (KS3&4) Students explore the issue of parents using corporal punishment, and consider alternatives to smacking.
  • 41 THE COST OF CLOTHES (KS4) Students use roleplay to explore problems surrounding fashionable clothes, and suggest practical solutions.
  • 43 KEPT AT HOME (KS4) Students investigate reasons why parents sometimes keep their children off school, focusing on the feelings of the students involved - and possible solutions.
  • 45 DEPRESSION IN THE FAMILY (KS4) Students explore the effects of having someone in the family with a mental illness, and develop coping strategies.
  • 47 PROBLEM PARENTS (KS4) Students use roleplay to explore why some parents are reluctant to come into school, and consider the possible effects on the student.
  • 49 AN ADULT AFFAIR (KS4) Students write stories exploring the implications of a parent having an affair, and the effects that this could have on children.
  • 51 FIGHTING STEREOTYPES (KS4) Students explore stereotypical gender roles and learn how to resist pressure to follow them.
  • 53 DON'T BE LATE (KS4) Students learn to appreciate parental concerns about children staying out late at night.
  • 55 SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES (KS4) Students look at problems faced by single parents, and discuss the support they might need.
  • 57 DIFFERENT VALUES (KS4) Students explore problems that can arise when members of a family have different values or beliefs.
  • 59 WHEELS (KS4) Students investigate some of the problems involved in young people owning vehicles, including considerations of cost and safety.
  • 61 EATING DISORDERS (KS4) Students learn about the seriousness of eating disorders and what to do if they suspect someone they know has an eating disorder.
  • 63 SOCIAL CLASS (KS4) Students debate issues to do with social class and consider to what extent they are affected by class.


  • 65 BULLYING 1 (KS3) Students appreciate the seriousness of verbal bullying and being isolated from a group, and develop strategies for dealing with it.
  • 67 BULLYING 2 (KS3) Students analyse possible reasons why people bully, and consider how their school's policy on bullying works.
  • 69 NON-UNIFORM DAY (KS3&4) Students explore the problems sometimes caused by non-uniform days and seek ways to overcome them.
  • 71 SCHOOL TRIPS (KS3&4) Students explore the problems encountered when some students can't afford school trips.
  • 73 I SWEAR (KS3&4) Students consider the issue of swearing and other forms of behaviour that could be considered anti-social.
  • 75 SPECIAL NEEDS 1 (KS3&4) Students consider ways in which people with learning difficulties can be helped to assimilate into mainstream social groups.
  • 77 SPECIAL NEEDS 2 (KS3&4) Students consider difficulties faced by people with physical disabilities and devise ways of overcoming them.
  • 79 GETTING ON WITH THE TEACHER (KS3&4) Students analyse a situation in which a student has a poor relationship with her teacher, and explore possible solutions.
  • 81 FANCYING THE TEACHER (KS4) Students examine feelings and problems involved when a student is attracted to a teacher, and consider the consequences if the student-teacher relationship becomes inappropriate.
  • 83 CHEAT! (KS4) Students consider their attitude to cheating, and think about the consequences of cheating in exams.


  • 85 FALLING OUT (KS3) Students explore the feelings involved when friends fall out and practise the skills needed to resolve arguments.
  • 87 CHICKEN! (KS3) Students consider the consequences of being pressured into dangerous situations and develop strategies for coping with these situations safely.
  • 89 WHEN FRIENDS ARE WRONG (KS3) Students discuss imaginary scenarios, to explore how far loyalty to friends should be taken.
  • 91 CULTURE SHOCK (KS3) Students consider the meaning of the expression 'multicultural society' and explore some of the problems that can arise between people of different faiths and cultures.
  • 93 FIRST DATE (KS3) Students explore some of the anxieties about young teenage relationships and devise strategies for coping.
  • 95 SUITABLE FRIENDS? (KS3&4) Students investigate possible differences of opinion between parents and their children, concerning what makes a suitable friend.
  • 97 TO LIE OR NOT TO LIE? (KS3&4) Students explore the ethical issue of lying and consider the consequences when a lie is told.
  • 99 GAMBLING - SCRATCH CARDS (KS3&4) Students learn how scratch cards work and consider the dangers of gambling on scratch cards.
  • 101 UNDER PRESSURE (KS3&4) Students explore ways of resisting pressure from friends.
  • 103 THE DEATH OF A FRIEND (KS3&4) Students explore the feelings encountered when a friend dies, and think about ways of remembering.
  • 105 FEELING EMOTIONAL (KS3&4) Students think about handling emotional experiences, focusing on expressing emotions and responding appropriately to other people's expressions of emotion.
  • 107 THE POLICE (KS3&4) Students explore the factors that influence relationships between teenagers and the police.
  • 109 HAVING CONFIDENCE (KS3&4) Students consider how different levels of self-confidence can affect people's lives; where self-confidence comes from, and how it can be improved.
  • 111 OBSESSIONS (KS3&4) Students investigate obsessive behaviour and consider the consequences obsessions can have.
  • 113 PLAYING FOR MONEY (KS4) Students think about the implications of gambling for money.
  • 115 SETTING YOUR LIMITS (KS4) Students are made aware of their right to refuse any unwelcome advance.
  • 117 TOO MUCH, TOO YOUNG? (KS4) Students learn the legal situation regarding under-age drinking, and explore their attitudes towards alcohol.
  • 119 DUMPED! (KS4) Students consider the emotional problems that can be encountered when a teenage romance ends.
  • 120 APPENDIX