Maths

Students in year 9 will begin to apply their inverse operation skills to solve linear equations and inequalities, these skills will become increasingly important through the rest of their time studying Maths to a higher level. They will also apply their algebraic skills to find terms in a sequence and identify the nth term. Students will be taking a jump from angles in basic 2D shapes to angles in all polygons and parallel lines and they will also look at calculating the surface area and volume of more complex 3D shapes. In addition they will also learn how to unpick data and draw conclusions using averages and skills to analyse data.

English

Literature through a critical lens

We will begin to look at literature in a more critical way. Students will spend year 9 studying a range of texts (fiction and nonfiction) linked to the theme of gender and power starting with an exploration of the feminist lens. They then look at a range of poetry addressing various issues of identity and examine how writers express their attitudes and opinions through this medium. These ideas are then further explored through the study of fiction (a selection of short stories from a diverse range of authors) and drama of the modern period. This knowledge of class and gender is then applied in the study of the first GCSE Literature text – An Inspector Calls. Towards the end of the year Students are also introduced to GCSE English Language Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to engage with a range of linked reading to explore these ideas further and deepen their knowledge.

Science

BIOLOGY: Cells and organisation will walk you through calculating magnification and comparing prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. We will help you to understand processes such as osmosis, cell division, gas exchange and transpiration. Enzyme function in digestion will also be explored.

CHEMISTRY: Atomic structure will delve into sub atomic particles, bonds and formulas of elements and compounds. We will also explain patterns of reactivity using the periodic table. Organic chemistry investigates the properties and formulas of hydrocarbons and chemical analysis will allow you to identify unknown substances. Lastly we will look at how the Earth’s Atmosphere has changed over time due to the impact of human activity.

PHYSICS: We will revisit energy stores including energy calculations and also investigate energy transfers and compare renewable and non-renewable energy resources. In particles at work you will gain greater understanding of different kinds of circuits and how they can be useful. Density will also be explored.

Computing

A deeper understanding of Converting Number Bases and how to convert between binary, decimal and hexadecimal are covered in year 9. Units of Information and how to convert between unit sizes e.g. GB to TB link to the number bases. Representing characters, images and sound links to binary conversions. Key algorithms are taught for searching, sorting and compressing data. The advantages and disadvantages of these are studied.

French

Language Development

Present, Past, Future and Conditional Tenses continue to be developed (e.g. ‘je vais’, ‘je suis allé(e)’, ‘je vaisA faire’, ‘je voudrais faire…’). Complex structured sentences are encouraged, utilising pre-learned high frequency words, connectives, intensifiers, negation, opinions and reasons. Synonyms are encouraged to provide students with a bank of vocabulary words to assist them in varying their language skills, whether written or spoken. Translating skills utilise comparatives and superlatives, all whilst using topic related vocabulary.

German

Language Development


Present, Past, Future and Conditional Tenses continue to be revised and developed, with the use of Reflexive and Separable Verbs. Definite and Indefinite Articles are revisited, along with revision of the Nominative, Accusative, Dative and Genitive Cases. Complex structured sentences are encouraged, utilising pre-learned high frequency words, connectives, intensifiers, negation, opinions and reasons. Simultaneously, Possessive Adjectives, Adverbs and Relative Pronouns are identified and used with translating exercises, whilst using topic related vocabulary to develop skills across all four disciplines.


Spanish

Language Development


The Present, Past and Future Tenses (e.g. ‘escucho la música’, ‘escuché la música’, ‘voy a escuchar la música’), are utilised simultaneously, to create and develop complex structured sentences (e.g. ‘me gusta escuchar la música pop porque es muy divertida pero no me gusta escuchar la música clásica porque es aburrida’). Students are actively encouraged to express opinions (e.g. ‘me encanta/odio’), give justifications, use negation and questioning, and include connectives and intensifiers to improve their language skills in all four disciplines. Translation focuses particularly on topic related vocabulary (Modules 1-3).


History

Students complete a study of Britain: Health and the people. In this thousand-year study students focus on themes such as public health, developments in surgery and disease in four time periods. Students will trace themes across the 1000 years to study periods of change and continuity.

Geography

Students explore three large units throughout this year. We explore both human and physical geography and their interactions as we explore the topic of political superpowers in our autumn term. This topic’s journey focuses on a countries such as the USA, China, Australia and India and their complex relationships with countries around the world. Spring aims to get students to explore key global issues and justify which they believe to be the most significant. Our key global issues include population pressures, plastic pollution, habitat destruction and global inequalities in healthcare. Throughout the summer term we look into resources (food, water and energy); both in the UK and a wider world. Students explore the availability, impacts to the environment and sustainability management of these resources.

Religious Education

Year 9 has a strong focus on using the Theological Lens to explore key Christian and Muslim beliefs i.e. Why is the day Jesus died called 'Good' Friday? Students use the Philosophical Lens to understand the complexities of ethical issues: Abortion and Nuclear Weapons. In the final term students look at religion through a Sociological Lens: What is the difference between a religion and a cult. We then finish with exploring how religion has changed over the 21st Century, with the rise of social media.

Physical Education

In Year 9 PE, students continue to enhance their skills and knowledge across a broad range of sports. Students learn how to demonstrate more advanced skills and techniques and gain knowledge of tactics to allow them to perform successfully in conditioned situations. Students will learn the main rules and regulations in a range of sports. This will allow them to perform in competitive situations with confidence. Finally, students will continue to develop their evaluation and leadership skills, helping them to work with others in different situations.

Drama

Students are now in year 9. They will be in a class full of ambitious, confident and courageous students. We start the term exploring drama practitioners and learn about their style, history and how to embed their skills into a performance. This then seamlessly takes us through to the first mock exam ( component 1). Students will perform and practice writing a mock portfolio. We finish the year with a live theatre review.


Dance

In Year 9, students will develop their understanding of the Performing Arts (Dance) by examining two professional works and the process used to create a performance piece. With this, students will develop their analytical, performance and choreographic skills within two dance style techniques. Students will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of professional dance repertoire and will get an opportunity to work within groups to create their own work in response to a brief. All students will get the experience of taking part in at least two performances throughout the year, one of which will be in front of a large audience.

Food Technology

Food Science

Building skills for food science and commodities . Experimenting with ingredients and properties. Enzyme discolouration, Gelatinisation in sauces, dextrinization. Building on cookery skills from year 8. Knife skills – Bread making skills - presentation skills. Complex cuts to enhance presentation, Weighing and measuring ingredients

Masterworks

Creation of own dishes – Marriage of ingredients . Modifying recipes to meet customer needs. Building a port folio of evidence

Art

Year 9 Art is a foundation year where students recap some of the fundamental skills needed to draw and paint, plus starting to learn how to develop independent ideas. In Pop Art they develop knowledge of the Art movement, create a large Lichtenstein inspired artwork, refine painting skills and experiment with digital art inspired by Warhol. Masterworks; a more independent project where pupils extend their investigative art skills and learn how to develop and refine a personal idea inspired by a chosen classic artwork. Students will study Pattern and Repetition in Photography as part of a rotating carousel of GSCE option subjects. They will analysis photographers work, learn how take photographs using a DSLR camera and use Photoshop to edit and enhance their photographs.

Design and Technology & Graphics

Project: Students will extend and learn skills to produce a high quality, handmade, Art Deco style clock. In Graphics students will study advertising and branding with a focus on detailed design.

Health and Safety: Students study Health and Safety in the workshop before using any new tools for practical activities.

Tools and Equipment: Computers, saws, files, drill

Design: Computer Aided Design programmes are used to aid the design process along with new techniques.

Knowledge and Understanding: Designing in 3D, a variety of wood joints, learning about a variety of materials including plastics and sustainability, CAD and presentation skills.

Music

Year 9 is introduced through Bhangra and Fusion music, followed by keyboard skills. All the time pupils are developing their existing skills and learning more information about the history of music and how music has developed into what we hear today. We study a unit called ‘Pop Thief’ where classical music is taken and remixed with a modern twist. We finish the year 9 journey with Musicals and a Music Tech unit on Video Game music.