Year 9 Curriculum Map – Half term 4 (February to Easter)  

Maths 

The start of 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: 

Equations, inequalities and sequences  

  • Equations  

  • Inequalities 

  • Sequences 

 

Graphs, tables and charts  

  • Two-way tables  

  • Charts and graphs 

  • Pie charts 

  • Scatter graphs 

Higher: 

Angles and Trigonometry 

  • Polygons 

  • Angles and parallel lines  

  • Pythagoras’ theorem 

  • Trigonometry  

 

English 

Students will begin studying ‘The Woman in Black’ and develop their ability to write in an extended manner about the characterisation and themes explored in this text.  Students will then go onto studying different poetic forms and some GCSE poetry and non-GCSE poetry, as examples of each type. 

Science 

Students have completed the KS3 science curriculum. They will begin the KS4 science curriculum, starting with the first units in Biology (Cell biology), Chemistry (Atomic structure & the periodic table) and Physics (Energy). These unit will be taught on a rota until the summer holidays.  

Each unit introduces the GCSE science curriculum and builds on key skills and knowledge from KS3 science.  Students will not be placed onto combined or triple science pathways until they return to school in Year 10. 

Geography 

Students will continue to study AQA Geography GCSE 9-1. They will be learning about Natural Hazards focusing on tectonic hazards. This will include; the structure of the Earth, plate margins, the distribution of tectonic hazards and the structure of volcanoes. The case studies will compare the effects of tectonic hazards on HICs and LICs. They will also discover how the impact of tectonic hazards can be reduced. Students will be assessed through regular low stakes knowledge tests and by a formal written assessment.  

History 

Students will continue to study AQA History GCSE 9-1. This also fulfils the NC - A study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments. Students will continue to develop their historical skills and second-order concepts such as causation, significance, interpretations and source skills. Students will be focusing on the Civil Rights Movement, President Kennedy’s New Frontier and President Johnson’s Great Society. All the topics will help students to understand and explore the time that they live in by giving them an awareness of political concepts. Students will take part in activities that deepen their ability to make inferences from complex written and visual sources. Students will be assessed through regular low stakes knowledge tests and by formal written assessments. 

Religious Studies 

Students will begin to study some aspects of the Religion war and peace ( AQA GCSE Religion war, peace and conflict). GCSE skills for Grading will be used in assessments. The unit will cover issues like; Cause of conflict – Is religion a main cause of war? Types of terrorism, causes of terrorism 

Islamic teachings on Holy war and pacifism, Israel Palestine – Gaza Graffiti 

Graphics 

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.  

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 – 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 spend ten weeks in this area of technology. Two major topics are covered during this time. A CAD CAM project supplements the more traditional manufacturing skills focused on in previous years. In this project students use 2D Design software to manufacture items from acrylic nad MDF materials cut on the laser cutter. Secondly a structures topic blends the theoretical knowledge covered about structures with practical activities working in small groups to make towers, bridges and trebuchets. Homework that relates to the topics currently covered is set every two lessons. Finally an extension exercise recapping on practical hand skills working with acrylic will be covered if time permits. 

Food & 

Nutrition 

C 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 

  • Cinema 

  • Sports 

 

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 develop their understanding of the uses of the imperfect tense.  They develop the skills of combining tenses in extended pieces.  They further develop their use of “jouer” with “à” and “de”, “aimer”, “préférer” and “détester” for expressing opinions, the interrogative form for requesting information and making suggestions for nights out, intensive use of the verb “faire” and the use of “depuis” with the present tense.  Pupils 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: 

  

  • Breakfasts 

  • Traditional German food and meals 

  • Traditional German recipes 

  • Healthy Lifestyles 

  • Eating well 

  • Developing justified opinions 

  • Developing dictionary skills 

 

They add to their knowledge of German grammar by increasing their knowledge of the present tense with irregular verb.  They learn how to use the perfect tense with appropriate verbs, including “essen”, “nehmen”, “geben” and “trinken”; they learn about additional prepositions and how to use the imperative and the modal verb “müssen”.  They further their understanding of cognates and near cognates.  They develop their cultural literacy skills by writing in different formats, eg a recipe. 

PE 

 

Art 

KS3 Grid Assessment 2 – Conducted over the first two lessons of this half-term, students will complete their second and final Art assessment of the year. The first lesson consisting of a line drawing and the second lesson tonal shading. The grid assessment will be altered this year to allow all students to complete it remotely, regardless of whether they have access to a printer or not. This assessment will be used to determine student progress in the formal elements of line, shape, form, texture, and tone. Students will be graded 1-5, which will feature on their report (if applicable).  

 

Project 2. Graffiti – If students return to school in early March, the Graffiti project will begin as normal. A great opportunity for students to study a modern and unconventional art movement. Students will focus on lettering, developing their own graffiti “handwriting” style, and artist research into at least one prominent graffiti artist. They will learn how to design tags, throw-ups and stencils. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and students will be encouraged to voice their opinion in relation to graffiti in an ethical sense and be asked the question – ‘Is it really art?’ 

 

*** If students do not return in early March, we will continue the Entomology project with extension work linked to previous learning of Robert Hooke and the electron microscope. This will involve students creating a small semi-abstract painting based on microscopic imagery of viruses and cells. Each small painting will form part of a large-scale piece of work which can then be collated to form a collaborative piece of art, either digitally/online or physically in school. *** 

Drama 

During this unit of work students will recognise the impact of homelessness and the reasons for the situation happening.  They will begin to understand the historical context of Documentary Theatre and develop their research skills by working as a team to create innovative presentations on the topic.  Students will use an original script and get to know and empathise with the characters developing skills in characterisation and further developing their knowledge of using script in performance. 

Music 

This unit develops pupils’ ability to recognise, perform and create dance music with an understanding of musical conventions and processes. In this unit pupils learn about dance music, and explore musical conventions. They apply and develop rhythmic skills and the ability to play in an ensemble.  Students will also identify rhythmic patterns; play a part in an instrumental ensemble together with other members of their class, with confidence and independence and analyse and compare different musical examples. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups, putting together their version of dance music, but may need help in performing their own part perhaps playing more complex parts and take the lead in helping and directing others 

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.