West Heath School

Year 9 Curriculum Offer

Sample Year 9 Timetable

ENGLISH 


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The English Faculty aims to provide students with an accessible, bespoke and varied curriculum based on the needs of individuals and within Government guidelines.

We encourage students to become avid readers of both fiction and non-fiction texts and have an excellent Dyslexia friendly selection in our new library;   library sessions are incorporated into the weekly plans and it is also available at social times.  We support our students to develop into confident, articulate speakers through robust speaking and listening lessons, providing a plethora of opportunities to practice both in and out of the classroom and with support of our Speech and Language Department.

We endeavour to provide our students with the skills needed to write with accuracy, clarity and succinctly whether writing to respond, to entertain, to inform or when analysing and comparing texts and moving image.

Overview of content of curriculum available in English

Year 9 is a progress year between KS3 and KS4.  Students will study a range of texts that will help them prepare for either the GCSE or higher levels of Functional Skills.

Students will be given the opportunity to build on and develop their skills through various interesting, engaging and appropriate texts and activities.  Students will have opportunities to gain English Functional Skills Certificates, generally at Entry Level 3.  Classes are arranged according to abilities and learning styles.

The week is planned to include reading comprehension, writing, SPaG and speaking and listening.

Reading continues to be a fundamental part of the curriculum and within lessons students participate in a range of focused reading texts.  Topics have included but not limited to: War Poetry, The Hunger Games and Divergent.

At the end of year 9 students will complete a bespoke assessment to gauge the most appropriate course to undertake in KS4.

The English and Literacy teams provide bespoke intervention to ensure success for all students.

Courses Available:

  • Functional Skills English (Entry 2 and 3)
  • Pre study for AQA GCSE (9-1) English Language
  • Literacy assessment and BKSB diagnostic to provide individualised computerised learning
  • Literacy intervention on a 1:1 basis comprising bespoke programmes, Toe by Toe and Alpha to Omega

 

MATHS

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Maths

In the Autumn and Spring terms of Year 9 we use the National Curriculum as the basis for our Scheme of Work. In the Summer term we begin working towards GCSE or Functional Skills pathways. Students attend five forty minute lessons a week and are taught in ability sets. The teachers of these groups are always supported by at least one Teaching Assistant. We use MyMaths textbooks alongside various other resources such as the MyMaths website, Bitesize and Active Maths. Work is differentiated in order to meet the needs of individual pupils. Pupils’ progress is monitored constantly and assessed at the end of every term. Pupils take an exam in April, to suggest which pathway is best suited to their level: GCSE Foundation/Higher or Functional Skills. New pupils who join during the year are assessed using the appropriate test.

Courses Available:

  • In the Autumn and Spring terms most students follow the Year 9 Scheme of Work based on the National Curriculum.
  • Students working below the expected standard will have Numeracy and given work that is appropriate to their level.
  • All students will take an Edexcel Functional Skills Entry Level 1-3 in the Summer Term.

 

SCIENCE

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Science

Year 9 start the key stage 4 curriculum, completing this stage of their learning over three years instead of two.  Students will either be following Edxcel (1 – 9) Combined Science, or single or dual award Entry Level certificate in Science.  The dual award GCSE qualification is a newly released qualification, it will result in two GCSE’s graded in the new fashion of 1 to 9.   The Entry Level Certificate also has the opportunity to upgrade to a dual award resulting in two entry level certificates.  The route through key stage 4 will be dependent on prior attainment, taking in a variety of factors to make sure that course is fitting for individual needs of our students.   In addition to continuing their learning of Science specific content students will develop a range of skills such as practical and enquiry skills, critical understanding of evidence and communication skills. Both courses follow the programme of study in Science for key stage 4.

Edexcel Combined Science will cover topics such as:

  • Key concepts in Biology
  • Cells and Control
  • Genetics
  • States of matter
  • Methods of separating and purifying substances
  • Atomic Structure
  • The periodic table
  • Ionic bonding
  • Covalent bonding
  • Types of Substance
  • Motion
  • Forces and motion
  • Conservation of energy

AQA Entry Level Certificate Science will cover units such as:

  • The Human Body
  • Elements, mixtures and compounds

Courses Available:

  • Edexcel Combined Science (2 GCSE’s 1-9)
  • AQA Entry Level Certificate Single Award Science
  • AQA Entry Level Certificate Double Award Science

 

ART

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Art & Design

By Year 9 pupils have a firm foundation of artistic knowledge built in Year 7 and 8 and as a result will know how to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their own ideas.

They will use a range of techniques and media, including painting to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials. They will also by year 9 expand their skills by analysing and evaluating their own work, and that of others. This will allow them to strengthen the visual impact or their work. The learners will also investigate the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day to allow them to contextualise their own work.

Courses Available:

Bronze Arts Award

To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

 

CAREERS & CITIZENSHIP

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Overview of content of curriculum available

The school is committed to investing in our students’ health and wellbeing. We believe that by doing this that we assist the process of raising the students’ achievements. Students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across, and beyond, the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own self-worth, work well with others to become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, social, and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We teach them how societies are organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy through our school council. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity, culture and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. They will learn skills to prepare them for their working lives as citizens of Britain and the wider world.

Topics include:

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
  • What Will I do in Year 10?
  • CV Planning
  • Debates
  • Mass Media
  • Legal and illegal Drugs
  • School Policies and Practices – Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking
  • Preventative and Alternative medicine
  • Using Careers Information
  • Which Way Now?
  • Stereotypes in Career Planning
  • Jobs for Me
  • Getting Involved as an Active Citizen
  • Exploring Democracy
  • Democracy in Action
  • Political Families

 

  • Government
  • Public Services
  • Human Reproduction
  • Child Development
  • Sex, Morality and the Law
  • E-Safety and On-Line Grooming

In the course of Year 9, students will have a personal interview with an independent, impartial careers advisor.

Courses Available:

Students follow a modified and combined version of the Key Stage 3 Citizenship and PSHE curriculums.

Progression Routes

Key Stage 4 – AQA GCSE Preparation for Working Life
AQA Level 1 / 2 Preparation for Working Life

 

CREATIVE CRAFTS & DESIGN

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Overview of content of curriculum available

By Year 9 pupils have a firm foundation of Craft knowledge built in Year 7 and 8 and as a result will learn how to develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modeling, oral and digital presentations. All learners will select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture. With this learning they will select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties. They will then evaluate analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding. This in turn will allow them to investigate new and emerging technologies. Letting them test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups. This in turn will allow them to understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists.

Courses Available:

Arts Award Bronze – to achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

 

FOOD

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Overview of content of curriculum available

In year 9 our students are challenged to work even more independently and often on recipes they have chosen for themselves. As they begin to consider options for GCSE examinations, food students begin to prepare and cook more composite dishes using a very wide range of ingredients, herbs, spices and cooking techniques. Year 9 students are offered opportunities to begin GCSE/BTEC level work in readiness for Key Stage 4 and taking the subject as an option.
Dishes chosen for this year often include a two course meal. A lot of emphasis is placed on students in year 9 to work on healthy and nutritious meals and to extend their skill set regularly.

Courses Available:

  • Bespoke learning programme written by subject teacher but based on the National Curriculum

 

HUMANITIES

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Overview of content of curriculum available

Students in Year 9 continue their exploration of their knowledge and understanding of the connections of Britain to other countries in the world by studying a world war, economic relationships and how different cultural and religious groups in Britain may experience significant life events. Each term has a focus on area of the Humanities curriculum:

Term 1 – History
Term 2 – Geography
Term 3 – Religious Education

Topics explored are in line with the National Curriculum for each discipline of History, Geography and Religious Education Programmes of Study and include:

Term 1 History  Students develop the skill of using the provenance of interpretations to form their own opinions about the reliability of sources through a study of the First World War – its long-term and short term causes and consequences, the experience of trench warfare, the significance of Battle of the Somme, the role of women in WW1 and the ending of the war.
Some of this work will be relevant to the GCSE History course.

Term 2 Geography  Students will study the economic relationship of Britain to MEDCs and LEDCs and the impact of these connections on both the people and the environment in these countries. This will include a focus on Fairtrade and ecotourism in Africa.

Term 3 Religious Studies  Students learn about ‘Rites of Passage’ in their own culture through studying rites of passage in those of other religions. The similarities and differences of significant life events such as: birth; entry into adulthood; marriage; and death will be explored, through the 6 major world religions.

Courses Available:

  • A modified version of the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 History, Geography and Religious Education Programmes of Study

Progression routes

  • Key Stage 3 Humanities in Year 9 (not dependent on the completion of Year 8 Humanities)
  • A commencement of GCSE History in the Summer term of Year 9
  • GCSE History in Key Stage 4

 

IT & COMPUTING

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Overview of content of curriculum available

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming and other computer skills. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable to function in other lessons, further education and as an active participants in a digital world.Functional skills programme of study will back up the ICT and Computing programme with learners going through BKSB testing to achieve entry level to Level 2 Functional skills in IT.

Courses available:

  • Edexcel Functional Skills Entry level 3
  • Functional skills Level1
  • Functional skills level2

 

 MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

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Overview of content of curriculum available

Students in Year 9 work towards an external qualification in the German language. This qualification does not presume previous knowledge of German This is a practical, user-friendly course, designed to give learners a real sense of success and achievement. The course provides motivation for learners from the fulfilment of short-term goals along with opportunities for success which will boost their confidence and in embracing a challenge. They’ll find that the tests are user-friendly, as they are short and informal. There is also the benefit of there being no burden of long-term recall.

Students are able to complete their assessed learning tasks using dictionaries, class notes and their candidate support booklet of vocabulary.  In conjunction with this language study, general cultural and historical knowledge and understanding of the people and lifestyles is built upon from Year 8.

Each of the 5 language topics covered and assessed discretely in the 4 main MFL skills include: reading; writing; listening; and speaking.  In order for the students to gain their qualification in German in this year, the 5 topic areas as prescribed by the OCR examination board are:

  • Home and local area
  • Health and sport
  • Leisure and entertainment
  • Travel and the wider world
  • Education and work

Courses Available:

OCR Entry Level Certificate in German, Level 1, 2 or 3

Progression routes

The course is linked to a GCSE course German in a variety of ways, notably the content of the topic Areas and the testing of all four language skills. More content coverage will be required for GCSE, but learners moving from Entry Level will have made a start both in terms of content and skills.

 

MUSIC

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Music

By Year 9 pupils have a firm foundation of musical knowledge built in Year 7 and 8 and as a result will learn how to identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices.  Armed with this theoretical and practical knowledge they will listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians in order to develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.

Courses Available:

Bronze Arts Award – to achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Performing Arts

By Year 9 pupils have a firm foundation of the performing arts and will speak confidently, audibly and effectively, including through the use of English imbedding this skill in all lessons. They will be working effectively in groups of different sizes and taking on required roles, including leading and managing front and back stage and involving others productively, reviewing and summarising, and contributing to class goals and deadlines.  The pupils will also take part in the planning for different productions and audiences, including selecting and organising information and ideas effectively.
They will learn from improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry.

Courses Available:

Bronze Arts Award – to achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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Overview of content of curriculum available

The curriculum for PE year 9 aims to secure the skills and techniques taught in year 7 and 8.

Students will learn to confidently apply advanced and complex techniques in order to be proficient in the following:

  • Outwitting opponents as an individual (Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis Boccia) or as part of a team (Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Netball, Hockey, TAG, Cricket)
  • Taking part in outdoor adventurous activities that involve problem solving and teamwork.
  • Performing advanced dances.
  • Analysing their own performance and the performance of their peers, offering feedback to help them improve.

They will also be given the opportunity to secure and master techniques in a range of sports and activities. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a role other than the performer such as a coach, an umpire or a referee.

Students will be given the opportunity to compete in various disciplines against other schools in the local area.

 

SELF SCIENCE

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Self- Science has been part of the basic core curriculum at West Heath since the school’s inception. The subject incorporates various psychological approaches including aspects of:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • NLP( Neuro Linguistic programming)
  • CBT ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive Psychology as developed by Martin Seligman

These combined approaches plus the S.E.A.L. initiative (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) help to form our programme of promoting greater emotional intelligence in our students. The S.E.A.L. programme focuses on: Self Awareness, Managing Feelings, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills. Why focus on Emotional Intelligence? ‘Emotional Intelligence is a master aptitude that profoundly affects all other abilities.’ Daniel Goleman Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic. The Self Science Department works closely with the C&C (Citizenship & Careers) Faculty in order to ensure that all aspects of the PSHE National Curriculum are delivered. Self Science is delivered twice weekly to students from Year 7 to Year 11. There is also an added option for a student to request a weekly 1:1 Self Science session.

Overview of content of curriculum available in Self Science

  • S.E.A.L.
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Perceptual Positioning
  • Mindfulness
  • Character Strengths
  • Rapport
  • Self Esteem & Confidence
  • Morals
  • Values
  • Beliefs
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Sensory Acuity
  • Relationships & Sex-Education
  • Co-operation and collaboration
  • Stress management

 

TEXTILES


 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available in Textiles

By Year 9 pupils have a firm foundation of Textile knowledge built in Year 7 and 8 and as a result will know how to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their own ideas. Pupils will continue their awareness of safe practice recalling Health and Safety knowledge.  Using a range of techniques and use of the sewing machine to embroidery standard students will increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials. Pupils will expand their skills by analysing and evaluating their own work, and that of others to strengthen the visual impact or their work. Pupils will investigate the history of textiles, art, craft, design and historical research on designers, cultures and use a range of media to complete a final piece.

Gifted and talented students are fast tracked to gain additional skills and knowledge by completing another portfolio of work in greater detail.

Portfolio 1 – Life Events

Portfolio 2 – Change your Style

Gifted and talented
Portfolio 3 – Personal Places and Public Spaces