Welcome to the Year 9 page:
Year 9 Health and Well being Survey
All year 9 students will be invited to take a Health and Well Being survey over the next few weeks to help us better provide for their needs in school. This will be during their ICT lessons. The survey is confidential, we will only know patterns of behaviours and issues that our students face, not specifically who is facing them. Please read the attached documents for more information.
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Health & Well Being Survey Information for Parents: Click Here ¦ pdf
Young People's Health & Well Being Survey Information: Click Here ¦ pdf
The GCSE course is designed to build on the language covered at Key Stage 3, to enable you to express yourself more confidently and independently and to allow you to understand a much wider range of language. By the end of the course you should be able to cope in everyday situations using French and to communicate with a native speaker.
The GCSE course is designed to build on the language covered at Key Stage 3, to enable you to express yourself more confidently and independently and to allow you to understand a much wider range of language. By the end of the course you should be able to cope in everyday situations using German and to communicate with a native speaker.
The GCSE course is designed to build on the language covered at Key Stage 3, to enable you to express yourself more confidently and independently and to allow you to understand a much wider range of language. By the end of the course you should be able to cope in everyday situations using Japanese and to communicate with a native speaker.
The GCSE course is designed to build on the language covered at Key Stage 3, to enable you to express yourself more confidently and independently and to allow you to understand a much wider range of language. By the end of the course you should be able to cope in everyday situations using Spanish and to communicate with a native speaker.
Art & Design
In year 10 students complete two units of study. The first being still life, which provides students with a strong foundation of drawing and painting skills in response to selected artists. The second is the human body, which examines contemporary sculpture. We encourage students to be independent, creative and receptive to new ideas. Throughout GCSE art course students are exposed to a wide range of exciting media; drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital photography. For the examination project students respond to the exam paper using media of their choice. To maximise students exposure to contemporary art, we regularly organise trips into central London, to galleries and exhibitions. These provide students with valuable learning experiences, which inspire and impact on their course work.
Business Studies gives the opportunity to develop the ability to apply business knowledge and understanding to a wide range of business and current affairs situations. It is a subject that requires students to be committed to learning real business concepts, which would help them understand a range of issues including business decisions, world events and the economy. It is a useful subject for anyone interested in starting, running or working in any business setting.
The syllabus covers the following areas: Parenthood and pregnancy, Physical Development, Nutrition and health, Intellectual social and moral development, The family and the community. During the course there are opportunities to promote candidates’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Computing gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science and develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.
GCSE Dance helps students develop their physical skills, performance skills as well as well as knowledge and understanding of Dance through critical appreciation. It allows students to actively and physically demonstrate their abilities through the controlled assessment, practical exam, and written exam (20%). The course offers a variety of different units that includes Choreography and Performance. You will have the opportunity to work in groups. The course allows you to combine different aspects and styles of Dance. You will be taken on different trips to enrich your understanding of Dance in the Performance world as well as developing your own skills and ability. Students get the opportunity to develop their skills in different dance skills:
You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a much higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and at different ways of bringing the script to life on stage. If you are more interested in the technical aspects of drama (for example set design or lighting) you could focus on this as part of the course.
Encourages you to work imaginatively, creatively and collaboratively
Clear three-unit structure: two units internally, and one externally assessed
Enables you to view and respond to live theatre performances
The final exam (unit three) is performance based and takes place in April
Throughout the GCSE Geography course, aspects of both physical and human geography are covered. The units are very modern and case study examples are frequently updated. The structure of the course and the way it is assessed (examined) mean that it will improve your study skills and help you to become a more independent learner. You have learnt a number of geographical skills and a large amount of geographical knowledge at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9). These will be developed further during the GCSE course and will help prepare you to think like a geographer, meaning you are able to develop a fascination for the world and a thirst for geographical study.
Throughout the course pupils will build on existing skills and knowledge learned at Key Stage 3, and they will be introduced to new areas of experience such as technical drawing, product analysis and design awareness. Students will be able to design and make original and creative products, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. Through the use of images students will learn about colour and design theory, develop spatial concepts and understand graphic materials and how to manipulate them. Students will also learn about sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing. This will be taught through a range of practical activities. Students also have the opportunity to explore the work of iconic graphic designers and visit contemporary graphic design exhibitions.
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding about significant periods, events, individuals and ideas in the C20th. By the end of the course they will become broaden their knowledge and understanding about international relations, US society, and Northern Ireland. These wide ranging historical periods will help students to develop their powers of analysis and evaluation of historical developments and a variety of sources, as well as their ability to communicate effectively and succinctly through written assignments, group work and presentations.
Hospitality & Catering
The course offers the students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within the hospitality and catering industry. It provides the students the opportunity to develop skills across subject areas such as Business Studies, Humanities, Mathematics and ICT.
Students will learn about current and emerging digital technology and its impact on our lives. They will work with a range of tools and techniques and explore interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases. The GCSE course in ICT consists of two units. Unit 1 is assessed by exam and accounts for 40% of the total mark. Unit 2 is a practical unit to create a set of digital products and accounts for 60% of the total mark. A GCSE in ICT is suitable for all students and can complement most other subjects.
The course will be structured to prepare students post 16 and so a variety of analysis tasks using the Media Key Concepts will be undertaken throughout the two years as well as a number of practical tasks which will allow students to learn how to edit film and photographs and how to produce a website. Studying this course will mean you learn to use software such as Adobe Premiere After Effects and Photoshop. We have green screen facilities and a lighting studio for those who wish to produce professional outcomes. By the end of the two years students who have completed the course will be confident in producing short film work such as advertisements, film trailers, music videos and mini documentaries. They will understand layout and will be able to apply this to DVD covers, magazine articles, TV/film teaser posters and indeed film posters. They will be able to produce effective websites which contain all the codes and conventions of existing media websites and in some cases; they will be able to produce games.
Music GCSE is suitable for anyone who enjoys:
performing on an instrument,
composing their own music, and
Listening to many different styles of music from around the world and throughout history.
The course aims to:
To develop musical skills in performing and composing.
To encourage the development of critical and analytical thinking, as well as creativity and imagination.
To promote pupils’ cultural development through study and understanding of a range of music.
To support pupil’s social and personal development through creating and performing with others.
Coursework Portfolio inspired by four different themes: Still Life Objects, Identity Portraiture, Location-Landscape (worth 60%)
Create a personal project to a theme set by the exam board (worth 40%)
The course is aimed at students who have a keen interest in physical activity, both in and out of school. It requires the students to have a love of sports and physical activities and a desire to develop their skills as a performer and their knowledge on a wide range of topics including physiological, psychological and social aspects in sport. Students who decide to take GCSE PE should belong to a club outside of school and be playing regular competitive fixtures. They will be expected to participate in at least one extra-curricular club a week, either at lunch, before or after school. They should also be a leader at clubs for the younger year groups.
This course builds on skills and knowledge learned in all D&T subject areas at Key Stage 3, and introduces students to new experiences such as technical drawing, design awareness and marketing. Product Design is not limited to a particular area of Design Technology; students are allowed to choose from any area. They will be able to design and make original and creative products, using a range of materials and equipment, including computer software and the laser cutter. Through looking at iconic designers and their products students will explore what shapes designing and making of products around us. They will be able to produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on cultures, society and the quality of life.
Sociology at GCSE involves the scientific study of Modern Britain. Pupils discuss issues focusing on society’s institutions and examining the effects they have on people’s lives. Pupils are encouraged to be critical and to test their ideas by using sociological evidence and methods. The course involves studying the ways people live their lives and the reasons for the choices they make. Pupils on the course enjoy discussing and debating topical issues, read widely around the subjects and enjoy essay writing to communicate the debate.
This course is suitable for students who are creative and enjoy drawing and designing, who are interested in how things are made and want to learn how to make various original Textiles products from scratch, who like using Textiles equipment and want to be able to use it even better. In year 10 the course is taught through several Designs and Make projects as well as theory lessons in order to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject and practical skills. In Year 11 students are working through one major design and make coursework and preparing for the end of course exam.
BTEC Business (First Award)
Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of two optional units
Enterprise in the Business World
Finance for Business
Promoting a Brand
Principles of Customer Service
The course is aimed at students who enjoy physical activity and who are interested in developing their own skills and knowledge through a variety of theory and practical lessons. Students who decide to take BTEC Sport should have a keen interest in sport and physical activity. It is expected that they participate in sports and physical activities in and out of school. They will be expected to attend at least one extra-curricular club a week, either at lunch time, before or after school.
Websites of Interest:
Sam Learning is a fantastic resource that covers many subjects on the curriculum. This powerful resource allows private study at home, and it is proven to improve results. Talk to your subject teachers for more information about how to utilise Sam Learning to help your learning at home.
During exams, Sam Learning has the ability to help with revision by covering the areas that you may not find as easy.
Cyber Safety: Please check out these links about protecting your child on the internet: e-safety links
Thinkuknow education programme that helps children to understand what constitutes personal information. The programme enables children to understand that they need to be just as protective of their personal information online, as they are in the real world. It also directs where to go and what to do if children are worried about any of the issues covered.
Year 9 Health & Well Being Survey: Click Here ¦ pdf
Supporting behaviour for learning outside school: Click Here ¦ pdf
Supporting your adolescent, tips for parents: Click Here ¦ pdf
Dates for your Diary and supporting resources:
14th April 2015 - Academic Review Day - Click Here ¦ pdf
5th March 2014 - PSHE Day - Click Here ¦ pdf
27th February 2014 - Year 9 Parents Evening - Click Here ¦ pdf
14th January 2014 - Year 9 Science Curriculum letter - Click Here ¦ pdf
6th January 2014 - Academic Review Day - Click Here ¦ pdf
12th November 2013 - PSHE Day - Click Here ¦ pdf
4th September 2013 - Homework Project Timetable - Click Here ¦ pdf
4th September 2013 - Homework Project Letter - Click Here ¦ pdf