Year 9 Curriculum Map – Easter to May half term 

Maths 

The GCSE course continues to ensure that the basics are covered and secure at both tiers, giving an opportunity to revisit and plug any gaps in knowledge from KS3 before developing into the KS4 content:  

 

Foundation: 

Angles  

  • Properties of shapes 

  • Parallel lines 

  • Angle facts 

  • Interior and exterior angles of polygons 

 

Averages and Range  

  • Statistics and sampling 

  • Mean, median and mode 

  • Range 

Higher: 

Graphs 

  • Properties of graphs 

  • Real life graphs 

  • Linear graphs 

  • Coordinate geometry 

  • Quadratic, cubic and other graphs 

 

Area and Volume 

  • Perimeter, area and circles 

  • 3D forms and volume 

  • Cylinders, cones and spheres 

  • Accuracy and bounds 

 

English 

Students will continue to study and develop their knowledge of poetic forms and move on to explore the form of a sonnet.  Students will then go onto study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.  This will be their GCSE Shakespeare text.   

Science 

Students have now begun studying the GCSE science content.  All students are studying the first three units of the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE courses.  These three topics will be studied over the final term, culminating in an end of year assessment in the final half term.  The three units being covered are; Biology – Cell Biology, Chemistry – Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table and P1 – Energy.  These units will be studied in rotation, and will be taught in differing orders.  

Geog 

Resource Management – Students will study the AQA Resource management unit and as such will study how key resources of water, food and energy are managed on a global scale. The study will then focus resource management of an issue within the UK. 

Hist 

Students will learn about key events and individuals in the 20th Century. They will study the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and the Civil Rights Movement. This will complete their study of History at Key Stage 3.  

RS 

Students will debate the evidence and arguments of key philosophical debates in Christianity such as ‘Does God exist?’ , heaven and hell, evil and suffering, miracles, religious experiences.  

Graphics 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience all of these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

In year 9 students will gain experience in responding to a design brief to develop a corporate identity. For 10 weeks they will develop the branding and packaging for a sports company. They will use nets to create 3-dimensional promotional products. Students then gain experience in using CAD applications such as Photoshop, Google Sketchup and Techsoft 2D Design and will use Computer Aided Manufacturing to create a final product. Homework will be set weekly. This will typically reinforce work covered in lessons or will be designed to prepare students to make progress in subsequent lessons.    

Design Technology 

COVID and shutdown update – remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

Students will spend ten weeks in each area of the three areas of technology. Two major areas are covered in this 10 week block. Firstly CAD CAM design and make projects supplement the more traditional manufacturing skills focused on in previous years. Students use a CAD programme to design a key fob and wall hanging which then gets cut out from acrylic and MDF based materials on the laser cutter CAM machine. Secondly a structures topic blends the theoretical knowledge covered with practical activities (building towers, bridges and a trebuchet) in the workshop. Homework that relates to the topics currently being covered is set every two lessons. 

Food 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

Students will be encouraged to then carry out related practical skills at home or an equivalent learning activity if practical experiences are not possible in the home environment.   

Students will spend ten weeks in the Food area of Technology.  Students are provided with a cookbook and then make a range of complex dishes over the ten weeks building upon their making skills.  Students complete a booklet in theory lessons covering topics such as nutrition, food waste and food provenance.  Homework is to bring ingredients to the lesson the following week. 

Textiles 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

Due to maternity cover with some none specialist staff practical lessons using sewing machines cannot be covered this term. Students will spend ten weeks in the textiles area of technology. The focus in lessons is on environmental awareness of how the textiles industry and we as consumers and designers of products has a huge impact. Sustainability, reusing and recycling are all included. Practical activities will focus on hand sewing skills with an extension activity (if time permits) of applying these skills to make an artifact such as a face covering. Homework that relates to the topics currently covered is set every two lessons. 

French 

Pupils continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

  

They study topics related to: 

  

  • Films including genres and UK and international films 

  • TV 

  • Cinema 

  • Sports 

  • The use of digital technology: smartphones, tablets, music streaming services, video clips platforms, internet, social media platforms 

  • Reading including genres and preferences 

  • Music including genres and preferences 

 

They add to their knowledge of French grammar, with a focus on developing confidence and security in using at least three tenses: present, past, future as well as the conditional and they further develop their understanding of the uses of the imperfect tense.  They develop the skills of combining tenses in extended pieces.  They develop their knowledge of key verbs, including “lire”, “écrire”, “prendre” and “mettre”.  They develop their use of a range of negatives, including “ne … pas”, “ne …jamais”, “ne … plus”.  They combine these elements to speak and write at length. 

German 

Pupils continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

  

They study topics related to: 

  

  • Rules 

  • Daily routine 

  • Understanding and giving directions 

  • Describing a festival 

  • Activity holidays 

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They add to their knowledge of German grammar by working with the modal verbs “dürfen” and “müssen”.  They learn about reflexive verbs and develop their use of the imperative and adjectival endings.  They further their understanding of cognates and near cognates.  They develop their cultural literacy skills by writing in different formats. 

PE 

Students will take part in activities listed below depending on their group. Athletics, Netball, Table Tennis, Basketball and Tag Rugby. At the end of the half term students will undertake the PFL (Personal Fitness level) along with an assessment with the activity. Students are tracker and monitored against their own baseline score only. 

Art 

 

Project 2. Graffiti – The Graffiti project will start slightly later this year due to the pandemic and will therefore run in a shortened form. In the project, students will discuss graffiti in a moral context - Is it right or wrong? Should it be illegal? Is it art? They will learn how to design accurate and effective stencils to use for their “tag”, and how to safely produce a stencil using stencil card and a craft knife. They will also produce an independent research project on Banksy to show understanding of the technique of stencilling, as well as the art market and society’s views towards graffiti and art in general.  

 

Alongside their classwork, students will continue to produce a series of observational drawings for their homework in the weekly Drawing Challenges.   

 

 

 

Drama 

During this Unit students will study a script called “A Super Happy Story”. The play will enable students to explore the effects of society on an individual, notice and know the triggers and tells of mental illness.  The musical comedy written by Jon Brittain explores mental illness with a mix of jokes, storytelling and song.  “A fun, silly and sad show for anyone whose brain isn’t always on their side”.  This unit is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and educate students into recognising the signs and understanding where to go for help. 

Music 

In unit 5, year 9 students will develop their skills further on a chosen instrument. Additionally, students will become more familiar with the scoring and the tuning of their chosen instrument. Through practical work, students will learn how to practice independently and learn how to set their own realistic practice goals. 

Musical Futures is a tried-and-tested yet innovative approach to music learning, based on a pedagogy that is driven by the musical culture of the participants. It brings real-world music learning processes into schools and other formal settings, engaging and inspiring all and promoting inclusion and diversity. 

ICT 

Students will spend this half term studying Component 1 – Exploring User Interface Design Principles And Project Planning Techniques as part of an early entry qualification in Digital Information Technology. The skills learned from these projects teach new perspectives and understanding on the world of technology and enhance the student’s digital capability. The unit supplements the more traditional Office and ICT skills focused on in previous years blends the theoretical knowledge covered with practical activities as part of a Key Stage 4 qualification. Homework that relates to the topics covered is set on Doddlelearn.co.uk online homework platform every two lessons.