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ART Students will work on a project whose Students will continue developing work Students will complete a new project
(1 hour per aim is to experience a GCSE paper, and a sustained outcome from their on Landscape, learning to
develop independence and provide personal idea on the theme understand the abstract. The
opportunities for greater ownership of "extraordinary/ordinary". students will approach the ideas
their work. Students will respond to from a number of starting points
the theme "extraordinary/ordinary" responding to music, images and
and approach their ideas from a other stimuli. They will make
number of starting points by connections to their work from a
responding to still life, the figure, number of times and cultures and
landscape and other areas. They will will start to be more sophisticated in
explore and refine many of the ideas, the challenges they undertake.
processes and use of resources they
have acquired over KS3.

BIOLOGY The Autumn term covers Cell Biology. In this term students will learn about Students will learn how the plant's
GCSE This topic goes through how cells are Biological Organisation. They will learn transport system is dependent on
the basic unit of all forms of life. about the structures in digestive environmental conditions to ensure
(1 hour per
Students will identify structural system, circulatory and respiratory that leaf cells are provided with the
week) differences between types of cells and system and how they work together to water and carbon dioxide that they
link this to their function. They will perform a function. They will look at need for photosynthesis.
explore how these differences are the impact of damage to these systems
controlled by genes in the nucleus. through different diseases and what
This will help them understand the medical treatments are available for
development of stem cell technology, those diseases. Risk factors that could
which the students will learn about, as increase your chances of developing
well as evaluating the use of stem cells. certain diseases will also be learnt.
They will also learn about the different
types of transport that can occur.
CHEMISTRY In the autumn term students learn In the spring term attention is switched In the summer term the processes of
GCSE about the evolution in ideas about the to considering different types of making crude oil more useful are
atom, culminating in current theories Chemical reactions. The ideas of metal further investigated including the
(1 hour per
about its structure. The origins of the reactivity and displacement reactions ideas of cracking and addition
week) periodic table are considered as is the are investigated as is the idea of metal polymerisation. The term is
importance of different types of extraction from its ores. The general concluded by analysing the
elements and the compounds and reactions of acids with metals, alkalis, composition of gases in the air as
mixtures made from such elements. bases and metal carbonates are also well as considering the evolutionary
considered as is the pH scale. Attention change in the composition of air
then moves to crude oil and its through time and the factors that
separation and use. affect these changes.

COMPUTING OCR Entry Level Computing R353: During the spring term students will be Computer Networks – 3D Doodling:
(90 minutes per Hardware: the components of a expected to write, test and evaluate a Students will learn about the
computer their function and simple program and then go on to different types of computer
peripherals and their function. The unit research a computing related networks and how they are used.
also aims to ensure that students are technology. They will go on to use their
made aware of the latest Programming: This section contains knowledge to plan a 3D Model of a
developments in hardware. four phases. (a) planning by creating network and implement these using
Software: Students will learn the flowcharts, writing algorithms and a 3D Doodler.
functions of an operating system, types pseudo code; (b) implementing by using
of application, system and utility Python Shell; (c & d) testing and Arduino Gaming: Students will
software in different contexts. evaluating the program against the explore the concepts behind creating
Logic: Students will work on binary specification requirements. handheld games using the Arduino
numbers, how logic gates work and Trends in Computing: Students are kit. They will plan, design, and
where they are used and also how required to research a trend in implement a simple game using
sequencing is used within instructions computing technology and how it has specialist software and equipment
to create programs. developed. They will go on to explore for their peers to evaluate.
Following each topic, students will take examples and the impact these have
an end of item test set by OCR. had on society.
ENGLISH Students will begin the Autumn Term At the beginning of the Spring Term, In the Summer Term students will
(3 hours per with a study of the art of rhetoric. students will complete a unit on study a novel. In most cases this will
They will respond to their reading of a narrative and descriptive writing. They be John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and
range of speeches given by people as will look at a range of 20th and 21st Men'. This unit is taught with the
diverse as Elizabeth I and Barack century poems, short stories and GCSE course in mind, introducing
Obama through the delivery of their descriptive passages from which they students to more mature subject
own speech on a subject of their will be asked to take inspiration for matter and encouraging them to
choice. In the second half of the their own writing on a theme or idea of take careful and thorough notes in
Autumn term students will study a their choice. Following this, your class. Students will then move on to
modern play. The choice of play will daughter will undertake an in-depth studying a range of poetry written in
depend on your daughter's teacher. In study of a Shakespeare play which may English by people around the world.
order to begin to prepare your vary (as it will at GCSE) according to Your daughter will be encouraged to
daughter for the GCSE course, she will your daughter's teacher. This unit will consider a more personal and
be introduced to the style and type of introduce students to the rigours of independent response to the poetry
questions she may be asked in her Year studying a whole text in preparation for she reads. At the end of year 9, your
11 examinations. the work she will do at GCSE. Your daughter will undertake a brief
daughter will respond to a question on 'bridging' unit that will introduce her
the play through an extended literary to some of the texts that she might
essay. be studying in Year 10 and 11.

(90 minutes per The National Curriculum focus in Yea 9 is industrial applications of technology. In Food Studies students will use a range
week for 1 term) of equipment (e.g. pressure cookers and microwaves) enabling fast, economical and efficient methods of food
production. They will be encouraged to plan, design and work independently. Students will undertake a cross- curriculum
Design Technology project, based on ready meals and packaging. They will also learn new graphic techniques and be
encouraged independently to plan, resource and prepare a number of food products.
FRENCH In the Autumn Term we cover the In the Spring Term our topics are: In the Summer Term we cover the
(2 hours per following topics: personal information, school life, career plans and other topics: healthy lifestyle, the body, at
last weekend activities, family and future plans. In grammar the students the doctors and accidents. In
friends, technology, leisure activities, will consolidate the future tense, grammar we will continue to practise
childhood activities and so on. The imperfect and perfect tense and learn our four tenses as a revision for GCSE
grammar we cover includes: advanced the conditional tense in order to be and students will be introduced to
connectives, perfect tense, imperfect able to talk about past, future and ideal some more complex GCSE structures.
tense, justification, using ‘pour’ + events. At the end of the Spring Term
infinitive, comparatives, superlatives, pupils will have the knowledge and
likes/dislikes and adjectives. Students understanding of four tenses (past,
will learn the skill of translating from present, future and conditional) that
French into English and from English they will continue to practise in the
into French. The pupils will be Summer Term.
expected to read outside the
classroom to acquire new language.
GEOGRAPHY Your daughter will study the tourist In the Spring term your daughter will In the Summer term your daughter
(90 minutes per industry as part of her Economic learn about a wide range of natural will study some of the world's major
Activities unit. She will be preparing for hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic regions. A good knowledge of
a day visit to Clacton-on-Sea. Your eruptions and hurricanes. This unit of 'location' will be developed in
daughter will collect primary data, work allows students to come to grips relation to Africa, Asia and the
using a variety of fieldwork data with some of the more complex Middle East. Students will spend
collection methods, to help in her processes to be found in physical more time focussing on a range of
understanding of the nature of tourism geography. It also enables students to geographical processes, concepts
in this Essex seaside resort. Your appreciate the strong relationship and issues to be found in parts of
daughter will study the impact that the between human and physical Africa and the country of Indonesia.
tourist industry has had. In the final environments. Much of the work These will include changing
few weeks of term a short topic - ‘The completed is done using computers population characteristics, managing
World’ - will be studied, increasing and the Internet and an emphasis is population change, hot deserts and
your daughter's understanding of placed on students carrying out a lot of the effects of rapid urbanisation.
longitude and latitude, time zones and the learning independently.
the largest urban settlements to be
found across the planet.
GERMAN In the Autumn Term we cover the In the Spring Term our topics comprise: In the Summer Term we cover the
(2 hours per following topics: holidays, TV programmes, telling the time, after following topics: accepting and
accommodation, holiday and weekend school activities, parts of the body, turning down invitations, clothes,
activities, buying fruit and vegetables health and fitness, diet and healthy describing a party, daily routine,
at the market, ordering food in a café, living. We also cover the following learning more about a particular
things you can buy in different shops, grammar points: using gern, lieber and German city and an exchange
pocket money and Christmas in am liebsten, using 'sie' (they) correctly, situation. We also cover the
Germany. The grammar includes: using müssen with an infinitive, word following grammar points: word
revising the present tense, using the order (time, manner, place), changing order with 'weil', future tense, using
perfect tense, dictionary skills, using in the pronouns in the perfect tense, ihr (you), separable verbs, imperfect
+ dative and accusative and using um possessive adjectives, wenn clauses, tense (ich hatte), word order (time,
... zu (in order to). Students will learn modal verbs and adverbs of frequency. manner, place), revising the perfect,
the skill of translating from German future and present tenses.
into English and from English into
HISTORY The year nine History course will offer The spring term focuses on the rise of We examine some of the
(90 minutes per your daughter an exciting and extremism across Europe in the 1930s. consequences of the rise of
invaluable opportunity to explore the Your daughter will explore the nature extremism, in particular the origins
key events of the twentieth century. of different ideologies such as of World War II. Your daughter will
She will begin by debating the legacy of communism, fascism and liberalism. be asked to debate the relative
this turbulent century and the impact it She also will look in detail at events in importance of the various factors
had on ordinary people in different Germany and explore the nature of the leading to the outbreak of war in
parts of Europe. This will lead into a Nazi dictatorship. It is hoped she will 1939. She will also get a chance to
detailed study of the causes and begin to develop a mature awareness research the wide ranging social and
consequences of World War I. of the circumstances in which extremist political consequences that war can
ideas flourish and in particular the way have on the countries involved. The
in which economic circumstances can term will conclude with an overview
contribute to this. An opportunity will of the legacy of the War: our
be taken to discuss parallels wih recent understanding of persecution and
political developments in Britain and attempts to prevent the emergence
across Europe. of a third world war through the
formation of institutions like the UN.
LATIN The pupils build on the basic language Pupils finish the Cambridge Latin In preparation for the GCSE course
(2 hours per features covered last year, learning Course Book 2 and move on to Book 3 pupils further consolidate their
grammatical topics such as the with its setting once again in Roman language knowledge from the year
pluperfect tense, the genitive case, Britain. They will study more complex with translations from the Dunlop
imperatives and demonstrative grammatical topics including present textbook. The grammatical focus will
pronouns. Alongside their language participles and perfect passive be on perfect active participles and
work they will study a section of participles. Language work from the different uses of the genitive case.
Homer's Odyssey in English translation whole year is further consolidated with After the end of year exam, the
in the first half of term and in the more complex translations from the background focus will be on the
second a section of Ovid's Dunlop textbook. ancient site of Aquae Sulis, during
Metamorphoses. They will explore which pupils will complete a project
literary concepts such as heroism and on the Roman baths found there.
narrative devices such as similes, which
will in turn develop important skills
required for the literature section of
GCSE Latin and Classical Civilisation.
MATHEMATICS Your daughter’s study of Mathematics In the spring term your daughter will Your daughter will be studying
GCSE will now reflect the new content initially continue with the algebra unit number and shape and space units of
included at GCSE level as well as an by studying sequences including: work. This will include: calculations
(3 hours per
increased focus on problem solving. generating and finding the nth term of with fractions; conversions between
week) Among content covered is: index a sequence; quadratic sequences; fractions, decimals and percentages;
notation for integer powers; geometric progressions; real life fractions and the four rules;
calculating with powers, roots and sequences. Students will then learn converting between fractions and
numbers expressed in standard form; how to use and analyse data, recurring decimals (and visa versa);
highest common factors and lowest specifically: two-way tables; finding percentage calculations; simplifying
common multiples. They will begin averages from small data sets and ratios; dividing a quantity in a given
studying algebra, factorising linear frequency tables; using spreadsheets; ratio and direct proportion. In the
expression and higher order stem and leaf diagrams; pie charts; bar shape unit the students will learn
polynomials; the difference of 2 charts; frequency polygons; histograms; about: Classifying shapes; angle
squares. They will also set up and solve time series; comparing distributions; rules; polygons; Pythagoras’ theorem
equations, including quadratics as well scatter graphs. and trigonometry.
as being introduced to algebraic proof.
MUSIC In the first term of year 9, students In the Spring term, students return to In the final term of the year, students
(1 hour per begin by studying music for film and pop song, now writing their own songs look at music of the twentieth
TV, including composing their own for performance and to be recorded for century, focusing on modern music
underscore for a horror scene from the a class album. This is followed by a unit styles including expressionism,
first Harry Potter film. They then go on on music written by London-based experimental music and minimalism.
to look at African music, creating an composers and artists. Students will They finish the year with a unit on
African drumming performance and study a variety of different pieces and radio shows, in which they put
studying the use of polyrhythm and genres, completing mini composition together their own shows, complete
polymeter in music from the African tasks to explore the features of each. with jingles, using computer
subcontinent. technology.

PHYSICAL During the Autumn term pupils will During the Spring term pupils will study In the Summer pupils study athletics
EDUCATION study netball, badminton and Outdoor dance and fitness. Pupils will be and rounders. The majority of the
Adventurous Activities. Pupils will be expected to build on their skills, athletics disciplines will be covered
(2 hours per
expected to build on their skills, performing with consistent precision, and pupil will be expected to show a
week) performing with consistent precision, control and fluency in a widening range good understanding of each
control and fluency in a widening range of situations. technique, tactics and event rules,
of situations. They will also develop and then use this knowledge to
their teamwork and communication effectively coach others.
PHYSICS Students start with the concept of Students build on last term’s work with Students identify the characteristics
GCSE vectors considered through the topics the study of projectile motion (motion of waves (both transverse and
of motion in one dimension and forces. in two dimensions). Students also longitudinal) and how we measure
(1 hour per
Students learn to add, subtract and cover Hooke’s Law. Students then go them. Students will learn the
week) resolve vectors (students are walked on to study the Laws of the relationship between the speed of a
through the use of trigonometric Conservation of Momentum and wave, its frequency and it’s
ratios.) Students cover motion graphs Energy. Students will need to be able to wavelength. Students will study
and Newton’s Laws of Motion. calculate momentum, kinetic energy, reflection, refraction and diffraction.
Students are also introduced to the gravitational potential energy and work Students will also consider uses of
constant acceleration equations. done. Car safety and global energy waves including imaging and
issues are also discussed. communication.
PRODUCT Students will work through three modules over the year in Food Studies, Product Design and Visual Arts Technology.
DESIGN The National Curriculum focus is industrial applications of technology. In Product Design students will be encouraged to
manufacture products suitable for a mini enterprise business. Using CAD/CAM to introduce control in industrial systems
(90 minutes per
such as moulds, students will design and plan a batch production of a decorative product and the publicity needed to
week) introduce it to the market. Students will undertake a cross-curriculum DT project, based on ready meals and packaging.
They will also learn new graphic techniques.

The Visual Arts Technology course will advance in complexity enabling the students to explore more sophisticated cross
curricular opportunities in not only DT, Computing and Art but other subjects as well. The course aims to support
students in developing skills that will help them to thrive in our advancing technological world. In VA, the students will
particularly explore experimental work in textiles this year.

RELIGIOUS The main theme for Year 9 is The main theme for Year 9 is concerned The main theme for Year 9 is
STUDIES concerned with making choices in life with making choices in life and taking concerned with making choices in life
and taking responsibility. The Autumn responsibility. In the Spring Term infant and taking responsibility. The
(1 hour per
Term begins with an introduction to ceremonies in Judaism and Islam are Summer Term continues to look at
week) Sikhism and the Khalsa, followed by examined followed by an exploration of the concept of marriage and then
examining religious milestones such as the importance of Marriage ceremonies moves on to examine beliefs about
Infant and Believers' Baptism, and and divorce provisions in different Life after Death. Finally the year
Confirmation in Christianity, and Bar religious traditions. concludes with an introduction to
Mitzvah in Judaism. the varieties of Spiritual Life.