Teaching and Learning

Curricular References

Curricular references

Where will Housemate fit into your particular subject area? This section will be updated as the new Curriculum for Wales is rolled out to encompass the new Digital Competence Framework and the outlined Areas of Learning.

Personal and Social Education

These curricular references are made in relation to the PSE curriculum implemented across Wales from 2008. The following tables highlight the particular outcomes that can be achieved by using elements of Housemate.

Key Stage 3

Skills Relevant section/s of Housemate
Identify and assess bias and reliability e.g. evaluate messages from the media Section 2
express opinions clearly and justify a personal standpoint Section 2, 3
create and present information and ideas Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
empathise with others’ experiences, feelings and actions Section 2
access an appropriate range of sources for help, support and advice Section 4
Range
be moved by injustice, exploitation and denial of human rights Section 2
how to recognise and challenge effectively expressions of prejudice, racism and stereotyping Section 2
topical and global issues All sections
the features of safe and potentially abusive relationships Section 1, 2
how to become competent at managing personal finances Section 4, 5, 7

Key Stage 4

Homelessness has been mentioned explicitly within the PSE curriculum for Key Stage 4*. The following table shows examples of how Housemate can also be used to achieve some of the broader outcomes within the framework.

Skills Relevant section/s of Housemate
analyse information and ideas in order to assess bias, reliability and validity Section 2
appreciate, reflect on and critically evaluate other points of view Section 2, 5
find and develop/create and present information and ideas Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
select from and interpret a variety of methods of presenting data, including pie-charts, scatter graphs and line graphs, to support understanding of PSE-related issues Section 1
adapt to changing situations Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Range
engage in practical involvement in the community Section 6
the importance of access to unbiased information, including the internet, and be prepared to challenge views propagated by the media Section 2
how to challenge assertively expressions of prejudice, racism and stereotyping Section 2
*Local and global contemporary issues and events, eg homelessness and international migration All sections (Section 2 in particular)
the factors that affect mental health and the ways in which emotional well-being can be fostered Section 1, 3
rights as consumers and responsibilities in terms of managing a budget Section 4
the importance of planning for financial future and how to access financial advice Section 4, 5, 7
the tensions between economic growth, sustainable development and basic human need Section 5, 7

Key Stage 5 – Post 16 learning

Skills Relevant section/s of Housemate
evaluate information and ideas in order to gauge bias, reliability and validity Section 2
listen, reflect on and critically evaluate another person’s point of view and respond appropriately Section 2, 5
find and develop/create and present information and ideas Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
collate and use relevant data to support understanding of PSE-related issues Section 1, 4, 5
evaluate financial advice, take personal responsibility for financial planning and manage personal finances effectively Section 4, 5, 7
Range
be committed to active involvement in the community Section 6
local and global contemporary issues All sections
how to critically evaluate personal lifestyle choices in the context of physical health and emotional well-being, considering the short and long term consequences of such decisions Section 3, 4, 5, 7
the moral and ethical problems faced by society and individuals and reflect upon how such issues may be resolved Section 2
increasing independence in terms of managing personal finances and accessing credit Section 4, 5, 7
appreciate why equity and justice are necessary in a sustainable community Section 1, 2, 7

Housemate activities related to Welsh (1st and 2nd language)

Expressing an opinion, comprehension, inspiration for creative work, collating information and oral work.

Housemate activities related to English

Expressing an opinion, comprehension, inspiration for creative work, collating information and oral work.

Housemate activities related to Drama

An opportunity to write and perform short plays focusing on relationships between young people and their parent/carers and how this can lead to housing problems.

Housemate activities related to Geography

Human geography, migration, looking at different types of places where people live, poverty.

Housemate activities related to Mathematics

Interpreting data, working out budgets, difference between gross and net pay, basic understanding of taxes e.g. Council tax.

Housemate activities related to IT

Presenting data and information in a variety of formats e.g. PowerPoint presentations, graphs, producing booklets and posters.

Housemate activities related to Key Skills

This pack can be used to gain Key Skills at Level 2 and 3.  In particular, Communication, Application of Number, Information and Communication Technology, and Improving own Learning and Performance can be achieved by working through various aspects of the pack.

Housemate activities related to the Welsh Bacc

Housemate can be used to achieve the Key Skills, PSE and Wales, Europe and the World elements of the Welsh Bacc.

Housemate activities related to Modern Languages

Use any of the articles in this pack for translation and summarising from English/Welsh. Look out for translations from modern languages and comprehension exercises on the education pages of housemate.org.uk

Housemate activities related to Careers and the world of work

Section 6 is dedicated to looking at the broad range of careers available in housing. Activities help the young people to match their own skills and attributes to a career in this sector.

Relevance of Housemate to Special Educational Needs Coordinators

Housemate can be used to teach young people who may be at higher risk of encountering housing problems and homelessness in the future. The activities encourage group and pair work and the range of abilities is catered for throughout the resource.

Housemate could also be incorporated into Pastoral Support Programmes, within Pupil Referral Units and as part of the Healthy Schools Initiative.