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Year 9

Timetable

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Week B

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

English

Science

English

Maths

English

 

English

Science

English

Science

English

Maths

Maths

A

MFL

Science

 

Maths

Maths

Hist

MFL

Maths

MFL

Hist

B

C

PSHE

 

MFL

A

C

B

Ind Study

Year 9 Option Blocks

Block A

Block B

Block C

Triple Science

Child Development

Animal Care

Computer Sci

Triple Science

Computer Sci

History

Geography

Geography

Drama

Art

Geography

Photography

Design Technology

History

Business

History

Art

Geography

GCSE PE

Religious Studies

Engineering

Sport

Music

Art

iMedia

Business

 

Engineering

Design Technology

Summer Term Curriculum

Subject

Subject Description

English

All pupils in Key Stage 3 have received fortnightly skills lessons and have been reminded of the importance of continuing with their independent reading at home. Pupils have been asked to update their personal reading logs at the beginning of skills lessons.

Half term 1) Introduction to Film Studies

Remote lessons developed the pupils’ analytical skills through the disaster film genre. Lessons introduced pupils to: Propp’s narrative and character theories; the use of sound effects; and the significance of set design and mise-en-scene. Pupils had the opportunity to produce their own disaster movie trailer and the accompanying advertising campaign.

Half term 2) Introduction to War Poetry

Remote lessons introduced pupils to notable examples of war poetry. Pupils researched key individuals and the times in which they lived. Pupils were encouraged to think about how the meanings and messages are conveyed in these poems.

History (Core)

All Year 9 students have been focussing on this key question: Why did the Nazis come to power?  In this enquiry, students have looked at the key events, figures and socio-economic reasons that led to rise of the Nazi dictatorship. Students have been asked to consider several factors and make reasoned judgements as to how and why a Fascist dictatorship was established in Germany. Students began looking at the impact of World War One and its crippling effects on German society. Students then followed the early career of Adolf Hitler, including his imprisonment in 1923 and his return to popularity in the early 1930s. The course ends with Hitler’s consolidation of power, looking closely at how Hitler was able to turn his role of Chancellor into that of Fuhrer (supreme leader) by August 1934. At the end of the Summer term all students will study how and why the Holocaust happened. Due to the nature of this work there will be no final assessment and students are encouraged to email their history teacher with any concerns or further questions about this unit of work. Optional extensions are available via the Catalogue every week. All the lesson resources are available via the Catalogue and we recommend that these are used to catch up on any work missed.

During the final half term students will be invited to at least one optional live lesson that will take place 3-4pm and will provide an overview of what has been studied remotely. These sessions are optional but recommended as students will receive instant feedback to any questions they may have. The links to these sessions will be distributed via SMHW.

Mathematics

Students have continued to work through the Maths scheme of work they started in September, studying topics in number, algebra, ratio, geometry, and data. This work has included online submission through Hegarty Maths and Mymaths, as well as some work being submitted via Show My Homework. We continue to provide numeracy and extension work through the Head of Year’s daily bulletin.

French

From mid-March pupils worked on the topic of family, friends and relationships.  They have moved on to the topic of free time.  More recently, those who have opted for GCSE French have also been working on the summer revision units of work we had in any case planned.  They are intended to prepare pupils for the GCSE course with targeted practice towards mastering fundamental grammar, especially the tenses.  Pupils have also been given a range of extension tasks based on our subscription websites, online videos and songs.

German

From mid-March pupils worked on the topic of schools and have completed assessments on it.  They revised German tenses through the topic of school trips before working on word order, modal verbs, and the music topic.

More recently, those who opted for GCSE German have been working on the summer revision units of work we had in any case planned.  They are intended to prepare pupils for the GCSE course with targeted practice towards mastery of the fundamentals of German grammar: past, present and future tenses, and word order.  Pupils have also been given a range of extension tasks based on our subscription websites, online videos and songs.

Spanish

This term our Year 9 have started Module 1 of the AQA GCSE Spanish. In this module, the students are learning how to talk about holidays. They have covered the weather, countries, places they visited, activities they took part in and giving their opinions. The resources have been created using a variety of activities from both the Foundation and Higher textbooks to offer appropriate differentiation, as well as various online platforms such as Quizlet, Languagenut and Seneca.

PSHE

In PSHE students have covered a range of important topics throughout the year. They received an entire unit at the start of the year which guided them on how to choose their options for their GCSEs. Students were able to identify and learn more about themselves by thinking about their passions and strengths. Students enjoyed a unit on the world of work, in which they created new and innovative products and formed business plans based on them. An important area of PSHE that students learned about this year was Sex and Relationships. This included learning more about gender and sexuality. Relationships were explored including consent, STIs and forms of abuse. During remote learning there has been a greater focus on equipping students with coping with Covid19. They have received and will receive lessons on respect for one another, mental health in lockdown, the importance of sleep, and how to navigate social media in a healthy way. Recently, students have also received important topical information around the Black Lives Matter movement in order for them to be given factual knowledge and feel well-informed to make their own judgements.

 

Physical Education (Core)

It is essential that students are remaining as active as possible while home-learning, and have every opportunity to get out of the house, raise their heart rate and release pent up energy. The PE department have been providing a range of challenges for all ages and abilities that students can get involved in. In addition to our recent PE Interform and Healthy Selfie Competition, in the coming months we will be having a week celebrating National School Sports Week with plenty of opportunities for students to try out different sports while in the safety of their home, garden or local park. Following that we are planning for several upcoming Virtual Fixtures against other schools as well as a Virtual Sports Day. Everyone has the opportunity to join in. All our sports, challenges and activities are all possible with minimal equipment and adhere to all lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

Science

Students in Year 9 study a range of topics within science, during which they further build their understanding of key scientific concepts. These units are: Photosynthesis, Cells and Cellular Transport, DNA and Diversity, Environmental Chemistry, Materials, Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions, Energy for the Home, Pressure and Moments and Electricity and Magnetism. By the end of the year, students will have covered all of these units, as well as three introductory GCSE units, ensuring that they have finished KS3 and are well placed to begin their GCSE studies. We have carefully planned lessons in Year 10 so that students will return to all of the material in KS3 and especially that covered during lockdown.