The Ashcombe School

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Curriculum summary for Year 9

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Art

Pop Art project- Students have produced a 2012 room based on the 1956 work of Artist Richard Hamilton. They have produced their own research on the Pop Art movement and Pop Artists Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist and Roy Lichtenstein. They have developed their painting skills and have completed a Pop Art style painting based on work from their sketchbooks.

Drama

Students in Year 9 work on a rotational basis and consequently the assessment provided is based on a relatively small number of lessons. The subject is taught in half termly schemes reflecting issues and concepts with which the students can engage and identify, i.e. Hillsborough and Improvisation Skills. Students will learn individual skills such as: Create character through movement and speech and select language appropriate to character and situation. They might also work on activities involving rhythm, co-ordination and spatial awareness. Creatively, students will be asked to create character and situation through mime and dialogue, develop imaginative responses to a range of stimuli and use speech, sound and movement imaginatively. Students will also be asked to demonstrate that they have the ability to work alone and with others co-operatively, to listen, observe and comment purposefully on the work of others and that they have a grasp of simple staging skills. They will also discuss the concept that there are different types of drama and make simple connections with situations in their own lives.

DT

Over the course of this term students have been working on one of three projects. The Festival Project focuses on graphics and students work in a team to produce a marketing campaign for a music festival in Dorking. They learn to work as part of a team, develop their design skills both by hand and by using CAD and apply these designs to CAM using the vinyl cutter. The box project allows students the opportunity to develop their making skills, with a focus on accuracy and quality of finish. They gain an understanding of working with wood, its properties and types. They learn how to make a finger joint and how to correctly use a range of workshop tools and machinery. For the clock project students develop their making skills and apply their working knowledge of wood, metals and plastics to a clock design of their choice. The focus is on designing and design development, problem solving and developing a greater level of independence in the workshop.

English

Students study a range of texts in Year 9: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Romeo and Juliet, First World War Poetry, Autobiography, The Hound of the Baskervilles and a novel from a different culture. At the end of each half term students are assessed. In addition to this students sit two exams during the course of the year. Students are taught through directed reading activities, modelled writing and class discussion, and a mixture of independent and group work. Key skills that are developed during the year are independent reading, textual analysis, technical accuracy and fluent written expression, and clear and confident use of Standard English.

French

In French, students cover the topics of Media, Future Plans, Healthy lifestyles, Talking about the past, Planning a trip to Normandy and Young People. Through their study, students widen their vocabulary and broaden their knowledge of a range of grammatical points, paying particular attention to the past, present and future tenses. Students also develop their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Students are assessed in the autumn term by completing a listening, reading and writing exam and they are assessed in the summer term by completing a listening, reading, speaking and writing component. At the end of Year 9, students sit Asset Language examinations.

German

In German, students cover the topics of Media, School, Future Plans, The World around us, Family and Relationships and Planning a visit to Germany. Through their study, students widen their vocabulary and broaden their knowledge of a range of grammatical points, paying particular attention to the past, present and future tenses and modal verbs. Students also develop their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Students are assessed in the autumn term by completing a listening, reading and writing exam and they are assessed in the summer term by completing a listening, reading, speaking and writing component. At the end of Year 9, students sit Asset Language examinations.

Geography

This term students have followed the 'Dangerous World' unit in Geography. They have studied the causes, effects and management of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis and they have made and tested their own earthquake-resistant buildings. Assessment takes the form of an essay entitled 'Why did so many people die in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami?' and a multiple choice test on the structure of the earth and plate tectonics. Later in the year students will also follow the 'World Issues' unit covering contemporary geographical issues and study the geography of crime in the 'Underworld' unit.

History

Students study History once a week as a discrete subject in Year 9. Over the course of the year, students will study how Britain changed during the era of the Industrial Revolution 1750-1900, the First World War, Hitler and the Nazis, the Second World War and the Holocaust. As well as learning about what happened during these periods, students will be developing skills such as constructing PEE (Point Evidence Explain) paragraphs leading to essay writing, using evidence to justify their opinions, reaching balanced judgements and conclusions and interpreting and evaluating historical sources. Each unit of study will be followed by a skills-based assessment, testing how students are developing in these areas. Year 9 will provide a very good grounding in the skills needed at GCSE.

Information Technology

Curriculum ICT this term has focused on a project called "Running a cinema" during which students construct a booking system and a mail merge ticket printing system for their cinema brand. This gives them the opportunity to use Excel, Word and Photoshop. Students improve their knowledge of tools and techniques in using these programs and develop their ICT fluency through the tasks they complete. They gain an understanding of how to construct interactive products that are easy for the client to use and the role of ICT as a means of designing and making software products. They develop independent study and problem solving skills. This project also prepares them for the larger "Greenfoot" project, for which they learn how to program using Java.

Latin

The Latin course provides students with a knowledge of Western language construction to help sharpen linguistic skills, all based within an interesting framework of information about Roman life and customs. The course discusses issues such as slavery, houses, mining and the career of Salvius, as well as 'Latin through the Ages'. Grammatically, infinitives, the imperfect tense and agreement of adjectives are studied, as well as relative clauses.

Maths

Students in Year 9 will be taking increased responsibility for planning and executing their work. They further develop their skills with fractions, percentages, decimals, and proportional reasoning. They use algebraic techniques and symbols with increasing confidence using deduction to manipulate algebraic expressions. Students generate and solve equations and study linear functions and their corresponding graphs. Some students consider non-linear functions. Students develop their understanding of shape and space using definitions and reasoning to understand geometrical objects. Some make use of trigonometric functions and encounter simple algebraic and geometric proofs. They study handling data through practical activities, testing hypotheses and using diagrams to help calculate probabilities. Throughout, students communicate mathematics in speech and a variety of written forms, explaining their reasoning to others and applying their mathematics in unfamiliar contexts.

Music

Students will have covered two topics by the end of the autumn term. Both topics include an assessment paper which involves listening to music appropriate to the topic in addition to assessment of the student's performance and composition work. The Latin American topic focuses on Calypso and Son Clave rhythms. Students use music notation (chord symbols and staff notation) to perform in pairs and in groups. Assessments were made during the practical work with students performing the song 'No Hey de Que!' meaning 'No problem!' which provides challenges for students at all attainment levels. The 'American Cool' jazz topic is a music technology based scheme in which students develop their skills in using sequencing software. In this case, students are extending their understanding of chords and harmony, using idiomatic jazz rhythms to make bass lines and melodies and learning about jazz styles, instrumentation and iconic performers.

PE

During Year 9, students follow a rotational curriculum and are given an opportunity to participate and experience performance pathways in each of the following areas: Competition, Aesthetic, Health Related Fitness and Sport Education. The competition strand is designed to give the students an opportunity to experience competitive sports and in particular team orientated games. Aesthetic modules cover a component of aesthetics such as trampolining or gymnastics and a health related fitness activity. The sport education strand is intended to give an insight to how sport works and is organised. Students will use their leadership skills and knowledge of how sport operates to develop their understanding and work towards organising and running their own sporting event. Within this process they will adopt different roles including: player, coach, official etc. During the summer term students will also complete units of work within a striking and fielding activity and athletics.

Religious Studies

In Religious Studies students have completed an introductory unit on Philosophy which has encouraged them to question the nature of belief and knowledge. In lessons they are encouraged to develop their evaluative skills by taking part in class discussion on topics such as 'What is reality?' and 'What is an ultimate question?' Students have learnt about famous philosophers such as Plato and Descartes and question their own knowledge by testing the senses through practical activities such as viewing optical illusions. This led into a second unit entitled 'Religion and Science' which built upon an ultimate question 'How did the world and humanity begin?' Students have explored religious and scientific responses to this question which they applied to a levelled assessment. They are currently studying Ethics, which along with the Philosophy unit provides students with a flavour of the GCSE course.

Science

In Science Year 9 students study a wide range of subject content, split evenly between Biology, Chemistry and Physics and taught by a single teacher in 3 lessons a week. Students are assessed on their scientific knowledge, their practical skills and their ability to process scientific information. In May, students will have a full assessment covering all Key Stage 3 content and will have revision opportunities in class in the build up to this exam. Due to the timing of the full reports students will not have covered all topics by December but will have undergone at least 2 end of topic assessments.

Spanish

In Spanish students study in Year 9 five units, namely the Leisure time, Future plans, Healthy Living and Sporting activities. While studying these units, students further their topic specific vocabulary and they focus on different grammar points i.e. the different tenses and modal verbs. Students also develop their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills where they focus in understanding longer texts and trying to understand as much detail as possible. Additionally, they develop their skills to write extended answers and to be able to talk about a topic in detail. Students are assessed in the autumn term by completing a listening, reading and writing part and they are assessed in the summer term by completing a listening, reading, speaking and writing part.