Parents of Pupils in Year 9

20th April 2015

Dear Parents

Welcome back to another school year.  I thought that you might like to know some details about what your child will be studying during the summer term.  A brief summary follows:

Art

In preparation for our biennial fashion show, pupils will be designing and making a pair of wacky trousers. Each pupil will select a theme, research objects related to the theme, take these images and design a drawing.  They will then analyse and select suitable materials for their designs. Pupils will spend the remainder of the term making their designed trousers in preparation for the fashion show.

Biology

Pupils will continue with the GCSE syllabus.   We will be covering adaptation and competition in plants and animals. We will concentrate on studying different habitats and how they affect adaptation. We will also look at how specific features of plants or animals are beneficial to their survival.

Chemistry

Pupils will apply their practical skills to the topics of limestone and the extraction of metals.  Pupils will independently plan a range of investigations and will begin to complete detailed risk assessments. During the practicals students will focus on working accurately, ensuring their results are reliable by increasing sample sizes.

English

Pupils will prepare for and sit their summer exam;  a GCSE language paper. This will include the analysis of an extract of writing, followed by four comprehension questions, which will require the skills of recall, analysis of language and structure and expressing an opinion. They will also complete a writing task which will be judged on its content, organisation and technical accuracy.

French

Pupils will continue to discuss holidays combining different tenses. They will then discuss what they are allowed to do, what is important to them and what makes them happy. They will also be introduced to new complex structures in preparation for their GCSE course.

Geography

Pupils will continue to study the GCSE topic ‘ice on the land’, with more focus being placed on them developing exam technique to enable them to complete GCSE questions in their summer

 

 

examination.  In the latter part of the term they will complete some field work in the local area to allow them to gain skills needed to complete a controlled assessment next year.

German

During the term pupils will cover the topics of family and life in German speaking countries. Through these units we will look at developing the three tenses, using more complex structures, word order, possessive pronouns and adjectives in order to prepare pupils for the GCSE course.

History

We look at why World War Two broke out, including an analysis of the policy of appeasement, and then pupils do their own research on elements of the actual war, including an assessment of leadership, weapons, and key events and turning points during the war. We then move away from the 20th century and finish the year by looking at slavery, the slave trade and its impact in North America.

ICT

Pupils will initially familiarise themselves with HTML, before being introduced to CSS text, and CSS layout. Also covered this term are databases – namely an introduction to structured query language, which is used to search databases. Towards the end of term the class will look at Javascript functions,’logic and if’, and loops.

Maths

Pupils will focus on some of the key topics from the GCSE course.  For set one this will include trigonometry and the three main methods for solving quadratic equations.  Set two will be studying inequalities, further Pythgoras’ theorems and an introduction to trigonometry and simultaneous equations.

Music

Pupils explore the use of technology in modern compositions and performances. They hear and compose music using recorded sound samples and loops in club dance style. Additionally, film and TV music is used as another focus for listening and composing.

Physics

The properties and behaviour of transverse and longitudinal waves will be studied.  Pupils will then examine in more detail the different types electromagnetic waves and how the waves are used in communication.  Time will be devoted to investigative work in which pupils will practise analytical and evaluative skills.

RS

Pupils will examine the issue of suffering and the impact it has on belief in God. They will explore the causes of suffering, religious responses to suffering and how the existence of suffering may lead to atheis.

Spanish

Pupils will consolidate the following areas; future, past and present holidays, transport, possible activities whilst on holiday, food and drink and mealtimes. Within these contexts the following gramatical concepts will be covered and consolidated; present, past and future tenses, expressing opinions and justifying them and developing work in line with GCSE criteria.  They will equally cover the topics of clothes, body and healthy lifestyles.

Systems Technology

All pupils will be working on a number of different modules this term, such as, Aerodynamics, Construction Tech, Basic Electricity, Research and Design, Robotics, Mechanisms, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Materials and Processes, and Industrial control.  There will be 3 advanced assignments.

Technology

Pupils will continue to work on the promotion and packaging of a range of items. They will be rebranding their favourite CD or DVD, before investigating cinema advertising and creating a free standing cartoon character

Boys Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will be covered in the Summer term.  Pupils will be given the opportunity to play cricket and tennis.  The aim within these lessons will be to develop skills taught in the previous academic year and participate in activities with an enhanced level of understanding.  In athletics, pupils will engage themselves in a variety of individual events and their performances will be recorded and monitored.  There will also be some preparation work for sports day which takes place at Middleborough Sports Village this term.

Girls Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will becovered in the Summer term.  Pupils will be given the opportunity to play rounders and tennis.  The aim within these lessons will be to develop skills taught in the previous academic yearand participate in activities with an enhanced level of understanding.  In athletics, pupils will engage themselves in a variety of individual events and their performances will be recorded and monitored.  There will also be some preparation work for sports day which takes place at Middleborough Sports Village this term.

PSHE

The following topics will be covered: You and the Law; young people and crime; Aims of punishment; Types of punishment; Crime reduction; How to reduce crime; Youth Pressure Groups; Human Rights; What are Human Rights; Human Wrongs; Freedom of thought; Freedom of Expression; Women’s Rights; The rights of Women; Women’s rights around the world;  You and the world of work; Investigating careers.
I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you might support your child in their studies and revision for the internal examinations which begin on Monday 18th May.

Yours faithfully

M A Makin

Director of Studies

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