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Citizenship - drugs project

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GCSE Citizenship Studies 3280 (Short Course) 3280/02: Participating in Society, Internal Assessment Front Sheet Centre Name Centre Number Candidate Name Candidate Number This form is designed for electronic completion and where necessary boxes will expand as you type. Once fully completed, this form must be printed for submission and both teacher and candidate authentication statements signed by hand. Please ensure that all pages are fastened securely prior to submission. Description of Citizenship Activity Describe how you participated in a school or community based activity. The activity was (please select as appropriate): School based a. Describe the activity A Drugs Project in which we had to find out about: 1) The Drugs situation in our local area: Croydon 2) Which drugs our Year 8 and 9 students are most in danger from 3) Some information to be given to Year 8 and 9 students to tell them about the dangers of drugs. b. Describe your role I contributed to my group by doing a survey for Year 8 and 9 pupils. I helped produced the questions and review the answers from the survey. I then went into a Year 8 and then a Year 9 classes to inform them why we required them to fill in the survey. I also completed research some research on my chose topic, which was Alcohol. I then designed some information sheets and games about alcohol and helped the group decide which materials would be better to use for younger pupils Student's declaration: I declare that I have produced the work involved without external assistance apart from any which is acceptable under the scheme of assessment and is recorded. Signature: Date: Teacher's declaration: I declare that the student's activities have been kept under regular supervision and that, to the best of my knowledge, no assistance has been given apart from any which is acceptable under the scheme of assessment and which has been identified and recorded. ...read more.


Learning about how they help people in our community was very interesting and useful, especially as they are a voluntary organisation. 9) Using IT rooms was good at this stage because we had a clear idea of exactly what we needed to research and just got on with it our task. The only problem was that the computers in the IT rooms didn't always work, so we had to share computers, which was a little annoying. But at least we could work on our own and the choice of what to include was entirely down to us. 10) The Police Community Officer came into Assembly and talked about the drugs situation in Croydon was really interesting. Although this area isn't as bad as some parts of London, it still has drugs problems. It was interesting to find out about the laws about cannabis in particular because many of us were surprised by what he said so we made sure we put this new information into our work. It was good to get to know our Community PC Steve because we don't see many police on the streets any more. 11) Almost everyone had finished their work and so we put it all together to see what it looked like. Jessica hadn't done enough on his information sheet so John made him do some more. She didn't want to but she did in the end so that she didn't let the team down. 12) The documentary called 'Panorama' was a TV program about drug related crime in the London, and the impact it have in gang culture and teenagers. I was really up to date and showed 13 year old sniffing aerosols so it was right for our target age group. We discussed it afterwards in our group and we all thought the boy who made his younger brother sniff aerosols acted really badly. He should have looked after him, not talked him into sniffing too. ...read more.


We also used the results from the survey and the talks from visitors to change some of the things we did (like the section on the law and cannabis) because we wanted our work to be up-to-date, not like some of the booklets the Citizenship teachers showed us. John as team leader made sure we did our work on time and kept checking that we weren't all doing similar things, like too many word searches. We were all pleased with the finished games and activities, although we made Jessica do hers again because she just downloaded a quiz from the internet and it wasn't suitable for Year 8 or 9 students as it was for adults. We judged at the end that we would have like the materials we produced so we thought our pupils would like them too. They were definitely more interesting than the usual information you get at school. We also wished that we could have had activities and information sheets like these when we were younger. We tried to tell Year 8 and 9 pupils honestly about drugs, and how they might be tempted to take them by their friends and drugs did seem like fun to a lot of young people. We didn't just lecture at them like teachers and parents would do because we knew they wouldn't listen to that approach. Mark said that we still wouldn't take much notice at our age so why should younger kids? So we just gave them the facts and then let them make up their own minds. This was because we wouldn't be with them when someone wants them to take drugs; we hoped that we had given them enough information to make the right choice for themselves. It was a worthwhile project to do for this reason and it did make us think about looking after younger pupils and trying to keep them safe from drugs. We thought it was good to work in a group to complete this project and it was much easier for us all and we learnt how to get the best from each other. ...read more.

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