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Teaching Citizenship Through Other Subjects

Although not recommended, the reality in many schools is that Citizenship education is delivered through other subjects.


  RECOMMENDED TEXT BOOK SERIES   Teaching Citizenship Through...

Oxford University Press have a series of books on teaching citizenship through other subjects. These "Provide detailed lesson plans and resources that will give teachers the confidence to teach Citizenship during timetabled subject lesson time, providing students with an enhanced learning experience without blurring the boundaries between the subjects."

  • Citizenship through Informed and Responsible Action
  • Citizenship Through PSHE
  • Citizenship Through work related learning
  • Citizenship through English
  • Citizenship through Geography for KS3
  • Citizenship through History for KS3
  • Citizenship through ICT
  • Citizenship Through RE

"Citizenship Through..." series on OUP website


Lessons produced by the Nuffield Foundation Education for Citizenship project directed by Jenny Wales. 


Four lessons on "are floods an act of God?"

This unit of work helps students develop their skills in both Geography and Citizenship by looking at flooding. The unit focuses on the complexity of evaluating choice in relation to the interaction between people and the environment.

Flooding is on the political agenda, and it impacts on all of us either directly or indirectly. It often results from human mismanagement of the environment. Arguably those involved in the decision-making process have made and continue to make flawed value judgements, whether in central government, local government, environment agency, local planners and developers, or pressure groups.


Food miles and data interpretation

The lesson explores and uses a range of concepts from the maths curriculum in the context of Citizenship. The food we eat often comes from thousands of miles away, and home grown produce may travel to and fro across the UK before it reaches our local shops.

The topic provides excellent opportunities to develop and use data, solve numerical problems and use percentages. By developing the data themselves, students will engage more closely and understand the relationships more effectively.


Two lesson plans on obituary writing

Writing obituaries involves communicating in a specific style, whether for a website or a quality newspaper. The activity incorporates aspects of Citizenship education because it asks students to consider the contribution made to society by a range of individuals and to evaluate their significance.

Students are free to select an individual, who might be a national figure or someone who has made a contribution to the local community.

Six lessons on bullying and harassment

Bullying and harassment have always been a major social problem in schools. They can be most effectively dealt with in an open and informed atmosphere.

This programme of lessons encourages students to discuss, research and therefore de-mystify bullying in just such an atmosphere.

Modern Foreign Languages

Three lessons on understanding the EU

This unit for students aged 11-14 focuses on extending their knowledge and understanding of the European Union, both in terms of their own perceptions and developing their spatial understanding and graphicacy. The unit uses the ideas of learning through dialogue and will therefore contribute to students’ perspectives beyond the classroom. The activities help to develop both the knowledge and skills required in Citizenship. Students are asked to consider the role of the European Union in local community contexts and investigate its social and economic influences. The lessons help students to answer the questions: Am I a European? How did the EU reach its current membership? What is fact or opinion regarding the EU?

This unit is based on work by Sandon High School Geography department, Stoke-on-Trent.


Three lessons on planning a festival of sport

Students plan, organise and run a sports festival for local primary school children. Every aspect of the festival is up to them to decide upon and organise, from whom to invite to how to end the festival.

Teachers may have to control certain aspects of the festival (date, time etc.) Planning a Festival of Sport makes a very active contribution to the Citizenship curriculum. Students need to be aware of why they are doing it and the contribution they are making to the community if it is to be genuine Citizenship.


Three lessons on Energy and Recycling

This unit analyses the recycling habits of the class on a personal basis, and asks why it is important. It then investigates local community schemes to encourage recycling. Students make presentations of their findings so that the whole class can consider what effect they can have on local issues.

As a result of their findings, students can look at the school’s policy on recycling and make recommendations for increasing its effectiveness. Then they can put their work into the context of national and global objectives on recycling. This work fits the KS3 programme of study for both Science and Citizenship and is particularly appropriate Year 7.

Mobile phones - are the worth the risk?

This series of lessons combines young people’s interest in mobile phones with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the effect that microwaves may have on people. The lessons draw on media interpretation of evidence which makes a direct link to Citizenship. It links in with work in science on the electromagnetic spectrum and addresses the idea that there are uncertainties in scientific knowledge.

Students can have fun testing a range of mobile phones to check which ones produce most microwaves. They are then asked to evaluate evidence about the safety of phones. This is to provide evidence for a debate about whether children under 10 should be banned by law from using mobile phones. This enables students to combine their interpretation of scientific ideas with a Citizenship context.

Animal testing

This series of ready-to-print lesson plans and accompanying resources look at the ethics of animal testing.

The objective of this set of materials is to help students make informed decisions about the use of animals in research. The activities in this set of resources are based on the findings of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on the ethics of research involving animals, published in 2005.

The resources can be used as part of science, or free-standing as citizenship lessons.

‘Use of animals in research’ lessons produced in collaboration with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Citizenship through art

This is a useful self-assessment sheet for evaluating what pupils have learned from/about debating and discussing issues in class.

Click here to download the word document.


These resources form part of a suite of materials that link secondary curriculum subjects with careers education AND support the three aims of the national curriculum. Citizenship through Careers Learning

  CROSS-CURRICULUM DIMENSIONS   A planning guide for schools

A really useful planning tool developed by the QCA. This tool helps you and colleagues make cross-curricular connections and capitalise on learning in other subject areas.

Download Cross Curriculum Dimensions


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