The Year 9 curriculum is designed to ensure that all students gain the necessary knowledge, experiences and skills to become curious, reflective and resilient learners who are ready to reach their potential in a complex, rapidly changing world. The pre-options process enables them to specialise according to their interests while also keeping their options open through a broad and balanced curriculum. Through our curriculum we take pride in all that we do, respect the thoughts, beliefs and personal qualities of others and seek to be the best we can be both personally and academically. 

What will all students learn in Year 9?

English (4 lessons per week)

Stories, plays and novels chosen will vary according to your child’s set:

Unit 1: Novel (Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies)

Unit 2: Justice and Morality (sources about the death penalty including pre 20th century non-fiction)

Unit 3: Poetry (women in poetry, feminist critical theory)

Unit 4: Shakespeare (Much Ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet or Richard II)

Unit 5: Play (An Inspector Calls)

Maths (4 lessons per week)

Topics taught will be based on your child’s maths set:

Half-term 1: All sets: Number

Half-term 2: All sets: Algebra

Half-term 3: Sets 1&2: Interpreting and representing data;  Fractions, ratio and percentages. Sets 3&4 Graphs, tables and charts; Fractions and percentages

Half-term 4: Sets 1&2: Angles and trigonometry. Sets 3&4: Equations, inequalities and sequences

Half-term 5: Sets 1&2: Graphs; Area and Volume. Sets 3&4: Angles; Averages and ratios

Half-term 6: Sets 1&2: Transformations and Constructions. Sets 3&4: Perimeter, Area and Volume

Science (4 lessons per week)

Unit 1: Energy stores and how to calculate energy efficiency

Unit 2: What are renewable and non-renewable sources of energy?

Unit 3: Animal, plant and bacterial organisms and their structures

Unit 4: How do chemicals join together in a reaction?

Unit 5: How do the heart, lungs and digestive systems work?

Unit 6: How can you calculate the density of materials and investigate their molecular structure?

Unit 7: What causes radioactivity and why is it dangerous?

Unit 8: How do we work out the amount of a chemical in a reaction?

Modern Foreign Languages (2 lessons per week)

The following topics will be studied in French and/or Spanish:

  • Family, friends and relationships 
  • Customs and festivals
  • Free time and use of technology
  • Spanish Civil War / French Revolution
Religious Studies (1 lesson per week)

Across these units, students will learn the key beliefs and practices of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism as well as considering their responses to philosophical and ethical dilemmas.

Unit 1: Is death the end?

Unit 2: How should criminals be treated?

Unit 3: What has religion got to do with medical ethics?

Unit 4: Do animals have rights?

Unit 5: Can religion make the world equal?

PE (1 lesson per week)

Netball

Volleyball

Fitness Suite

Gymnastics 

Handball

Basketball

Tag Rugby or Rugby

Football 

Table tennis

Badminton

Dodgeball 

Athletics 

Summer Games 

 

Humanities – students will opt for one of three pathways
Double History

(2 lessons per week)

In all units, students will learn how to make chronological and thematic links, assess change and continuity, evaluate significance, and analyse and evaluate primary and secondary evidence, including different interpretations

Unit 1: Native Americans

Unit 2: The Great War and Remembrance

Unit 3: Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Unit 4: Womens’ history

Unit 5: The Home Front in WW2

Unit 6: Empire, migration and Britain today

Double Geography

(2 lessons per week)

In all units, students will learn map skills (including OS maps and compass directions) numerical skills including data analysis, how to analyse graphs and how to use case studies and carry out investigations.

Unit 1: Development

Unit 2: Global hazards

Unit 3: Energy

Unit 4: Dark tourism

Unit 5: Weather

Unit 6: Topic chosen by Student Voice

History and Geography

(1 period of each per week)

If a student chooses this option, they will study a selection of the History topics and a selection of the Geography topics.

Whichever pathway students choose, they may still opt for History and/or Geography in Year 10. However, they will be at an advantage if they have studied it in Year 9.

Design and Technology – students will opt for one of three specialisms

Students may opt for a different Technology at GCSE, but they will be at an advantage if they have studied it in Year 9.

3D Design

(2 lessons per week)

Unit 1: Sustainability and eco-design (practical: eco-treehouse)

Unit 2: Modern and smart materials (theory) 

Unit 3: Design project (practical: wooden storage box)

Unit 4: CAD designs (practical: advertising sign)

Food and Nutrition

(2 lessons per week)

Unit 1: Macro and micro nutrients (Lentil soup, bread crown, quiche and muffins)

Unit 2: Diet and different life stages (fish cakes, jambalaya, cottage pie, vegetarian chilli)

Unit 3: Food choice (Toad in the hole, pizza, risotto)

Unit 4: Multicultural foods (recipes and techniques from Italy, Spain, India and China)

Unit 5: Meeting the nutritional needs of a teenager (mock GCSE practical)

Unit 6: Food provenance (sausage rolls, cereal bars, traybakes and slices, meatloaf, bakewell tart and pasta bake)

Fashion and Textiles 

(2 lessons per week)

Unit 1: Vivienne Westwood’s T shirts for environmental justice (research, design, stencilling, embroidery, upcycling and designing)

Unit 2: Natural forms (mood board and visual analysis, sewing machine skills, applique and printing)

Unit 3: Fashion illustrations (figure drawings, pastels, watercolours and mixed media)

Business, Computing and ICT – students will opt for one of three specialisms

Students can choose from the following three options.

Business

(2 lessons per week)

Unit 1: The basics of business

Unit 2: Introduction to marketing

Unit 3: Human resources

Unit 4: Production

Unit 5: Finance for business

Unit 6: External influences on businesses

Computing

(2 lessons per week)

Unit 1: Algorithms and data representation

Unit 2: Ethical, environmental and legislation

Unit 3: Network and security threats

Unit 4: Algorithms – pseudocode and flowcharts

Unit 5: Python – the basics

Unit 6: Python – advanced skills

Digital IT

(2 lessons per week)

Unit 1: Digital literacy and design principles

Unit 2: Graphics – design principles

Unit 3: Advanced spreadsheets

Unit 4: Network security and threats

Unit 5: Legislation and criminal activity

Unit 6: Digital IT unit from the BTEC course

Creative Arts – students will opt for one of four pathways: Double Art, Art/Drama, Art/Music and Music/Drama. 

Whichever pathway students choose, they may still opt for a different subject in Year 10. However, they will be at an advantage if they have studied it in Year 9.

Art

(1 or 2 lessons per week)

Unit 1: Surrealism (artist research and analysis, photomontage, card relief and mixed media)

Unit 2: Cardboard heads (artist research, tracing, cutting with scissors and craft knives, scoring, ripping and creasing)

Unit 3: Clay coral (designing and making a clay sculpture and an oil pastel drawing)

Unit 4: Visual dictionary (the formal elements of line, shape, form, colour, tone, texture and pattern)

Drama

(1 lesson per week)

  • Working as a director and an actor to devise a play
  • Becoming confident in a range of acting skills
  • Embodying a characterisation and using character development techniques
  • Delivering lines from a script to embody a role
  • Performance: Blood Brothers
  • Styles and genres of acting
  • Careers within Drama and Performing Arts
Music

(1 lesson per week)

  • Remembrance Day: ensemble performances
  • Structure of songs
  • Sequencing
  • Solo performances
  • Listening skills
  • Using music software to compose a pop song