Year 9

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Year 9 Options Booklet 2019-21

The Curriculum Overview below gives details of the subjects studied in year 9 and how many hours per fortnight they are taught. If you want more details about a particular subject, click on the subject name.

Yr 9 Curriculum Overview

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Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Identity based Fabric Portraits
Spring Term: Identity based Portraits
Summer Term: Identity based Ceramic Vases

N.B: Students will all complete the projects listed above but these may be delivered in different terms as we work on a rotation timetable in order to access the required art rooms for the specific skills being taught.

What skills are developed in the subject?

In Year 9 students continue to develop their understanding of the Formal Elements as well as build upon the skills that they have been taught in Y7 & Y8.  They are encouraged to think independently in order to take creative risks with their work.  Students learn how to gather visual and critical research by analysing the work of others and are shown how to manipulate this research in order to inform their own design ideas.  From their design ideas they go on to make a final realisation that encompasses all that they have learnt.

Students develop skills in a variety of areas including; painting, drawing, collage, ceramics (coiling), applique, batik, hand embroidery and embellishment.

How is the subject assessed?

Art is assessed using the National Curriculum Levels. When assessing work we look at students abilities in the following areas:

  • Researching and analysing the work of others.
  • Designing and developing ideas based on initial research.
  • Producing a final realisation that successfully relates to the theme of the project.
Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): 45 minutes per week.

Types of homework activity: Homework is designed to link in to the activities started in the lesson and to further develop students' skills in the area that they have been studying.  Activities set may include the following; Artist Research Page, Design Work and practising the skills taught in class.  All homework should be completed in the sketchbook.

In order to successfully complete Art homework students will need access to the following equipment at home: water-colour paints and brush, 2B & 4B pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener, ruler, pritt stick, scissors, sewing needle and a fine line pen.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

  • Chicago: students will study Jazz dance and develop their technical and performance skills in this style. Students given more complex choreographic tasks in small groups. Students will also explore using various props, for example hats and chairs.

Spring Term:

  • Swansong: students will learn the historical context of Christopher Bruce's 'Swansong' and learn a contemporary phrase in response to this work. Students will choreograph a solo phrase using a chair. This will then lead into a trio phrase also choreographed by the students.

Summer Term:

  • Street Dance: students learn a set dance phrase that develop their performance and technical skills. Choreographic tasks in small groups using canon, contrasting unison, addition and formations.
  • Physical Theatre: students will develop their understanding and experience of physical theatre by watching professional works and exploring the movements seen. Students will learn a set phrase and develop this in small groups.
What skills are developed in the subject?
  • Performance skills
  • Choreographic skills
  • Appreciation/evaluative skills
  • Ability to work alone and with others
How is the subject assessed?

At the end of each scheme students are assessed on their performance and choreography skills.

Homework

Once every half term.

Types of homework activity: worksheets, research tasks, peer and self-evaluation tasks and rehearsals to improve performance skills.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 4

Topics Covered

Students will complete 3 projects throughout the year.

  • Food Technology
  • Novelty Product Project
  • Systems
What skills are developed in the subject?

Food Technology - This module includes a variety of practical tasks to introduce and develop individual practical skills, with a focus on working hygienically and safely.
Novelty Product Project - This project introduces students to a range of the materials and processes used when making a product within the context of the Resistant Materials subject area. Students research, design and make a novelty product based on the theme of fish and aquariums and using sheet materials.
Systems - In the Systems Project students will learn how to construct a circuit using a range of components.  They will be able to make decisions about their design and will be able to adapt it to be appropriate for the end user. They will learn how to solder as well as forming and finishing plastics.  There will be an emphasis on working accurately and with precision.

How is the subject assessed?

Practical work is assessed alongside written and design work. A range of assessments are used including teacher, peer and self assessment.

Homework

Hours per fortnight  - 1 - 1.5

Types of homework activity: Research tasks, preparation for practical work (Food Technology), evaluation of practical work, written tasks related to health and safety.

Faculty: English & Drama

Faculty Leader: Ms Chloe Gatt

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Poetry from the Romantic Era and a selection of Literary Short Stories

Spring Term: 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck

Summer Term: William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'

What skills are developed in the subject?

Speaking and Listening:

  • Presentation skills both individually and as part of a group
  • Drama
  • Participating in class discussions
  • Listening for nuances of meaning
  • Listening to others
  • Commenting and feeding back on others' ideas
  • Sustained individual talk
  • Speaking for different audiences
  • Commenting on their own performance
  • Extended individual contribution

Reading:

  • Analysing writers' style
  • Reading for meaning
  • Commenting on writers' purpose
  • Deduce and inference
  • Presentational features
  • Considering the effect of context
  • Intended audiences
  • Extended research
  • Commenting on structure and form
  • Developed analysis of Shakespearean English
  • Commenting on poetic devices
     

Writing:

  • Planning
  • Drafting and re drafting work
  • Essay writing skills including discursive essays
  • Writing for different audiences
  • Creative writing
  • Critical analysis
  • Understanding and commenting on context
     

Literacy:

  • Spelling
  • Wider range of punctuation
  • Extended vocabulary
  • Paragraphing
  • Connectives
  • Variety of sentence structures
  • Structuring
  • Citing quotations
  • Appropriate literary and linguistic terminology
  • Cohesive devises
  • Exam writing
How is the subject assessed?

Each student will complete two pieces of deep marked work per half term – the latter of these two pieces will be a levelled summative assessment (either assessing reading or writing skills, depending on the focus of the unit). Speaking and listening skills will be assessed formatively and these skills are embedded within each scheme of learning. Homework is an integral part of the assessment process and is closely monitored.

Homework

2 hours per fortnight, split into 4 half hour slots

Types of homework activity: Re-drafting creative work, Independent reading and study, Spelling, grammar and punctuation learning/ practise, Analytical tasks based on in-class reading

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Countries & languages, holiday activities, past tense: what you and your family did, where and when, how you travelled, weather, revision of the future tense, Talking about your future holidays, talking about your ideal holidays, expressing and justifying opinions, using present, past & future together (required for level 6).

Spring Term: Talking about food and drinks, giving your opinion about food, talking about French meals, healthy and unhealthy lifestyles, preparing for a party, shopping for food, ordering food in a restaurant, practising using three tenses.

Summer Term: Clothes, talking about fashion, describing uniform, giving your opinion about clothes, using three tenses and the conditional.

What skills are developed in the subject?

During your lessons this year, you will be introduced to the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in French.  You will be doing this in a variety to ways such as listening to the teacher, listening to cds, playing games, learning new words and phrases, watching dvd clips and doing role-plays.  In your exercise book you will write all new vocabulary and grammar in the front and will use the back to complete listening, reading and homework tasks.

How is the subject assessed?

There are regular vocabulary tests and learning is assessed in class.  There will be a variety of deep marked tasks throughout the year which will cover the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing.  There will be an end of year assessment of everything covered throughout the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): 1 - 1.5 hours per fortnight, one homework each week which should take between 30-50 mins to complete.

Types of homework activity: learning vocabulary, writing paragraphs to consolidate classwork, reading exercises from websites, worksheets, preparing for speaking activities, researching French speaking countries, French speakers.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

In year 9 students study global geography, starting with development issues in Africa and debating the reasons for World poverty. They then undertake a moving assessment when year 9 looks at the Holocaust in a cross curricular project with History and RS.  Towards the end of spring, students study extreme weather around the world and finally end with contrasting heath issues in rich and poor countries.

Autumn Term: 

Development:

  • Historical reasons for poverty
  • Development indicators
  • Ragpickers in India
  • Famine in Niger
  • Aid

Spring Term: 

Holocaust project:

  • Geography focusses on the Kindertransport (the journey and impact of this migration on the children and host families) and you will write a diary in the style of a Jewish child.

Extreme Weather:

  • UK weather patterns
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Lightning
  • Extreme cold

Summer Term: 

Population and Health:

  • Population dynamics
  • Diseases of wealth
  • Water borne diseases
What skills are developed in the subject?

Empathy; diary writing; newspaper article research; use of ICT; numeracy and literacy; GIS mapping; public speaking; reflection; appreciation of different cultures.

How is the subject assessed?

End of topic tests; vocabulary tests; peer and self-assessment; on going and extended writing tasks.

Homework

1 Hour per fortnight

Types of homework activity: Reading and research, Monitoring news, Continuation of diary work, Vocabulary tests, Assessments

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Invitations, clothes, food & recipes, daily routine, holidays, making plans, shopping, expressing and justifying opinions, using present, past & future together (required for level 6)

Spring Term: Use of computers, music, TV & film, changing society, school, school day, reports, rules and school exchanges, practising using three tenses.

Summer Term: Future plans, jobs, part time work & careers, writing a CV, using three tenses and the conditional.

What skills are developed in the subject?

During your lessons this year, you will continue to improve the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in German.  You will be doing this in a variety to ways such as listening to the teacher, listening to cds, Echo Electro, playing games, learning new words and phrases, watching dvd clips and doing role-plays.  In your exercise book you will write all new vocabulary and grammar in the front and will use the back to complete listening, reading and homework tasks.

How is the subject assessed?

There are regular vocabulary tests and learning is assessed in class.  There will be a variety of deep marked tasks throughout the year which will cover the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing.  There will be an end of year assessment of everything covered throughout the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): 1 - 1.5 hours per fortnight, one homework each week which should take between 30-50 mins to complete.

Types of homework activity: learning vocabulary, writing paragraphs to consolidate classwork, reading exercises from websites, worksheets, preparing for speaking activities, researching German speaking countries, German speakers.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: 

Students start by exploring American History. They examine the events of the American Civil War, the abolition of slavery in America and the emergence of sharecropping the KKK and the Jim Crow laws. They then judge whether the emancipation proclamation made life better or worse for black people in America. This then moves on to an examination of the Civil rights Movement , exploring individuals such as Rosa Parks , Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and their involvement in getting civil rights for all.

Spring Term: 

Students explore 20th Century British History. They start with an examination of World War One, judging which the most significant cause of this conflict was. They then go on to examine trench warfare and explore life in the trenches. They also examine recruitment, the role of women on the Home Front in Britain. Finally, they examine the role of General Haig in the Battle of the Somme as a case study. The Holocaust is then examined, with students looking at the progressive nature of the Holocaust from the Hitler’s election as Chancellor through the Nuremberg Laws to the Final Solution.

Summer Term: 

Students continue their study of 20th Century British History. Linking to their previous examination of the Holocaust they explore World War Two. During this topic they will explore some of the key events such as D-Day, The Battle of Britain, evacuation and the dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  After this, students explore life in Post War Britain.

What skills are developed in the subject?

A range of skills will developed across year 9. This will include the introduction and implementation of key historical. Students will also develop their essay writing and source analysis skills, along with their reading, writing and communication skills in preparation for GCSE.

How is the subject assessed?

Students have a formal assessment each half term which will have a focus on a particular skill. These range from essays to source based questions.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): One piece of homework per fortnight which should take between 30-50 minutes to complete.

Types of homework activity: There will be a range of homework activity. These include key vocabulary tests, independent research, model building, writing tasks and creating short videos.

Faculty: Maths, ICT & Business

Faculty Leader: Mr Malik Abu

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Focusing on the GCSE syllabus and consolidating knowledge from previous years on the four topic areas of maths.

Spring Term: Extending knowledge of Shapes and graphs as well as statistics

Summer Term: Exposing the students to the language of the GCSE syllabus and extending their knowledge of Pythagoras and Loci. Preparing them for the end of year exam; then starting the GCSE course.

What skills are developed in the subject?

Extending skills learnt in years 7 & 8 as well as applying mathematical skills, ability to solve problems set in real life scenarios, independent learning.

How is the subject assessed?

There are 4 assessments over the year 3 after every 4 topics covered and 1 at the End of the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): One homework is set each week which should take a student approximately 45 minutes. A total of two homework's per fortnight total of approximately an hour and a half

Types of homework activity: Worksheets, consolidating work in lessons, or preparing students for the next topic. Mini projects about a specific topic in maths and its origin. Website homework with a lesson attached to help students practise learnt topics set in a different context, such as real life scenarios.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Chords and Keys

National Curriculum Unit 8: Exploring Improvisation

Autumn Term and Spring Term (November to February): Popular Music and Song

National Curriculum Units 10 and 15: Exploring song writing

Spring Term and Summer Term (March until May): Structure and Texture

National Curriculum Unit 7: Exploring variations

What skills are developed in the subject?

Each topic is taught using integrated performing, composing and listening activities. Students will have the opportunity to play keyboards and percussion instruments and to sing. They will work individually, in pairs and in teams.

How is the subject assessed?

Assessment of performing, composing and listening skills will take place each term during lessons. Students are encouraged to practise in the Music rooms at lunchtime to develop their skills and to prepare for their assessments.

Homework

Hours per fortnight: 2

Types of homework activity: practising performing pieces on keyboard and singing songs being learnt in class, listening to music, extending composing tasks started in class, researching and presenting information about a topic e.g. instruments of the orchestra.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: All students will complete a unit of work in Health-Related Activities which includes fitness testing. They will then also complete either Netball, Badminton or Trampolining.

Spring Term: Two further activities from Netball, Badminton and Trampolining, depending on which activities they completed in the Autumn term.

Summer Term: Athletics and Rounders.

What skills are developed in the subject?

Practical skills are developed in each of the activities (i.e. badminton, netball), as well as leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Students also improve their skills in decision making and learn how to follow and accept rules. In addition to this, students learn how to evaluate their own performances and identify how they can make improvements.

How is the subject assessed?

Students are assessed practically throughout the year, at the end of each practical activity, and will receive a level for their performance. This contributes 60% towards their final level. Students are also given a theory level which is based on the levels awarded for written homework tasks and a written exam which is taken around December time to help inform their options choices.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): Students will be set a piece of homework once a week which should take them about 30mins to complete.

Types of homework activity: Recording verbal feedback, writing evaluations of their performances, researching, completing long answer questions e.g. completing questions on healthy lifestyles and fitness , and learning spellings and definitions of key terms. Students will also be required to keep a food diary to link to the work they do on diet.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: 

Developing Evaluation skills: using the theme of the death penalty and clips from the film, 'Dead Man Walking' students will explore the issue of crime and punishment. Biblical text from the Old and New Testament will be used to discuss themes of justice, forgiveness and punishment.

Introduction to Hinduism: Addressing misconceptions and stereotypes: Monotheism versus Polytheism? Arranged marriages versus love marriages;
Reincarnation; Festivals: Holi with the theme of good overcoming evil.

Spring Term: 

Introduction to Ethics: looking at ethical theories and their application to set issues. Both religious and non-religious viewpoints are explored within this unit. Students complete their KS3 curriculum with an oral presentation investigating an issue of their choice and applying the various ethical positions learned.

Skills Development: Some time will be spent developing evaluation skills with specific reference to moral issues in the news.

Summer Term: 

GCSE Religious Studies: Students will begin their GCSE with a unit of work, Religion & Community Cohesion.

They will explore:

  • The richness of life in the UK as a multi-faith and multi-ethnic society
  • Issues raised for religion in a multi faith society - conversion, bringing up children, interfaith marriages
  • Prejudice, discrimination and racism within the UK
  • How to apply the various Christian teachings which  promote racial harmony
  • Christian attitudes to refugees and asylum seekers
  • Christian attitudes to other religions
  • The growth of equal rights for women in the UK
  • Christian teachings on the roles of men and women
What skills are developed in the subject?

Skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation

How is the subject assessed?

Throughout the year students will be regularly assessed on skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation. This will require revision of key words, key concepts and the on-going development and expression of personal opinion. We will do this through end of unit assessments, continual writing project assessments and skills questions.

It would be beneficial for students to keep abreast of current affairs in the news and discuss such things with friends and family where possible.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): 1hr

Types of homework activity: Research tasks, writing pieces, question tasks, consolidation tasks, skills questions, questionnaires, project pieces, newspaper article tasks.

Faculty: Sciences

Faculty Leader: Ms Eleanor Parker

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Topics are not covered in a specific order in Science to allow for optimum use of practical resources:

  • Genetics
  • Chemical reactions
  • Are you fit?
  • Energy and Conservations
  • Forces

Taught up until February, when students will sit an end of KS3 exam covering all of the content studied at KS3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). After this point students will start the GCSE Science course.

What skills are developed in the subject?

Level 4 - Students describe some phenomena related to the topic being studied, drawing on scientific knowledge and understanding, using appropriate terminology. They recognise that evidence can support or refute scientific ideas. They recognise some applications and implications of science.

Level 5 - Students describe processes and phenomena related to the topic being studied, drawing on more abstract ideas and using appropriate scientific terminology. They explain processes and phenomena in more than one step or using a model. They recognise the roles of evidence and creative thinking in the development of scientific ideas, and describe applications and implications of science.

Level 6 - Students describe processes and phenomena related to the topic being studied, using abstract ideas and appropriate terminology. They take account of a number of factors in their explanations, and use abstract ideas or models to support an argument. They apply and use knowledge and understanding in different or unfamiliar contexts. They explain the importance of some applications and implications of science.

Level 7 - Students describe a wide range of processes and phenomena both related to the topic being studied and drawn from other areas of the curriculum. They make links between different areas of science in their explanations. They apply and use more abstract knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts. They link areas of science and ideas in a creative or innovative fashion to produce a hypothesis or explanation.

 

How is the subject assessed?

By a combination of regular book marking, deep marking tasks, practical assessment, regular homework monitoring and end of topic tests. Students also complete an end of year test which tests them on everything they will have studied throughout the academic year. 

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation):

Types of homework activity: These vary between weekly homework tasks which may include research in preparation for the next lesson, questions to review learning in lesson, or a longer term homework project.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 9

Hours taught per fortnight: 

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Countries & languages, holiday activities, past tense: what you and your family did, where and when, how you travelled, weather, revision of the future tense, Talking about your future holidays, talking about your ideal holidays, expressing and justifying opinions, using present, past & future together (required for level 6)

Spring Term: Talking about mealtimes and describing a special meal you had. Expressing your opinions of food. Talking about healthy and unhealthy food and talking about healthy living. Talking about lifestyle changes. Learning about the Mediterranean diet and talking about the food you ate, eat and will eat  using three tenses.

Summer Term: Talking about clothes. Talking about school uniform and expressing your opinions about clothes.

What skills are developed in the subject?

During your lessons this year, you will be introduced to the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in Spanish.  You will be doing this in a variety to ways such as listening to the teacher, listening to cds, playing games, learning new words and phrases, watching dvd clips and doing role-plays. In your exercise book you will write all new vocabulary and grammar in the front and will use the back to complete listening, reading and homework tasks.

How is the subject assessed?

There are regular vocabulary tests and learning is assessed in class.  There will be a variety of deep marked tasks throughout the year which will cover the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing.  There will be an end of year assessment of everything covered throughout the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight: 1 - 1.5 hours per fortnight, one homework each week which should take between 30-50 mins to complete.

Types of homework activity: learning vocabulary, writing paragraphs to consolidate classwork, reading exercises from websites, worksheets, preparing for speaking activities, researching Spanish speaking countries and Spanish speakers.