Child Development

Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

Early Years Workers and other professionals working with children (e.g. child psychologists) must identify, observe, analyse and interpret actions to evaluate and support human development and behaviour. We learn to use these skills not only for the benefit of children, but in order to increase our empathy and willingness to care for others.

Teachers appreciate that students will have experienced a variety of early life experiences, and these will affect their understanding of parenting and care. Therefore, we adopt a non-judgemental yet evidence-based style.

Relevant virtues to be developed in students include: empathy, honesty, integrity, responsible stewardship, cooperation, clarity, discernment and logical reason, creativity, beauty, perseverance, respect for life, precision, judgement in interpretation, and accuracy in reporting.


2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Investigate physical and living things: examine the physical and biological aspects of daily phenomena in experiential, hands-on ways; survey the basic concepts, structures, and theories of science and recognise underlying order to them; investigate the complexity and unity of scientific aspects with wonder and delight as well as with perseverance and humility.

b. Understand and use science and its applications responsibly and recognise societal and ethical implications for the use of science in responsible stewardship.

c. Recognise the important place of science in society as well as the continuing development of scientific theories (as revealed by history).

d. Link science with other curriculum areas in order to develop students’ appreciation of the unity of knowledge whilst also enriching their deeper understanding of the world around us.


Curriculum Overview

Year 9
Year 10 to 11 – Child Development
Year 10 to 11 – Health and Social Care
Sixth Form – Health and Social Care