Year 9 Objectives

Architecture and Engineering

To understand the needs of a client

To be able to create a proposal for a sustainable construction project

To present and convey a project vision

To be  able to define a sustainable construction project

Art and Design

Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources. Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes. Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses. Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Business Studies

To know the importance of identifying how businesses identify customer’s needs.

To understand how market research can assist a business to meet their business objectives.

To be aware of how a business can effectively operate in a competitive environment.

To be able to identify, describe and evaluate ways in which businesses act responsible in society.

To be aware of the financial aspects and calculations relating to a business setting.

To be able to understand the key principles in Marketing and Promotion using the 4 p’s.

Computer Science

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming. This GCSE course is designed for students to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of computer programming; it is an excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science.

The majority of the course will be involved hands-on programming tasks and CS theory concepts.

The main programming language taught will be Python (free download)

Construction and the Built Environment

To gain an understanding of the requirements and workload of BTEC Construction. Focus is on: Practical carpentry skills, tool selection and use, H&S, building design, sustainability, materials used in building.

BTEC unit 2A completion: “Understand the work of the construction industry”

Digital Creative Media

The students will be creating a brand identity for a channel that will be broadcast to an audience. The channel will include a planned schedule and also branding idents.

To create pitches and experience presentation software

To be able to create work using Adobe packages

Giving and gaining advice and feedback

Evaluating their work by completing a presentation

Drama

Students to understand a variety of performance styles throughout history, establishing basic use of terminology and evaluation skills to prepare them for Key Stage 4. Students will establish their strengths and weaknesses in performances to enable them to work to their strengths in their GCSE.

English

To promote a love of reading through exposure to texts in class.

To continue to develop critical reading skills through reading strategies.

To continue to expose students to different styles of writing and encourage experimentation in own writing.

To continue to develop accuracy and confidence in written and spoken communication.

To introduce GCSE exam skills for both English Language and English Literature.

Food Preperation and Nutrition

To be able to plan menu’s for a specific target audience with specific dietary needs and lifestyle requirements (GCSE). To be able to come up with a design for a meal using set boundaries to work from for the school canteen to produce for the students and staff. To be able to plan out and make appropriate dishes. To justify your choices with reasoned argument.

French

To be able to communicate and understand about:

- Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
- Current and Future Study and Employment
- Identity and Culture

To learn skills for spontaneous speaking and writing in French

To learn techniques for translation to and from French

To understand and be able to apply grammar rules in written and spoken French

Geography

Taster Project

- To understand push pull factors of urbanisation in Brazil.
- To investigate the reasons for favela growth in Rio de Janeiro.
- To understand the quality of life for those living in favelas.
- To understand self -help schemes and government initiatives to improve life in favelas.
- To understand how improving education would reduce the cycle of poverty in Brazil.

GCSE

A01: Demonstrate knowledge of locations, processes, environments and different scales

A02: Demonstrate geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environment and processes.

A03: Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues and to make judgements

A04: Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.

History

Taster Project

To understand the impact of Industrialisation in Victorian London.
- To understand the social circumstances in the East End in 1888.
- To understand the development of Victorian policing.
- To be able to practice the skills of Enquiry.
- To understand the power of creative media in producing a documentary to display enquiry findings.

GCSE

AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.

AO2 Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second order historical concepts.

Horticulture

To Identify plants; to be able to assess soils and understand  their physical and chemical properties; to know the physical structures of plants and to understand their development and physiology, to know how to grow cops outdoors and in protected environments.

Information Technology

To create a range of digital products

To evaluate a range of websites

To create a simple webpage

To create a spreadsheet and use relevant formulae

To give and receive effective feedback

Mathematics (Foundation)

 

Mathematics (Higher)

 

Music

To develop an understanding of what makes a good piece of music

To develop an overview of styles and genres

To develop peer critique of performance

To develop an understanding of fundamental harmony, structure, melody, rhythm, texture & expression

To develop recording and editing skills

To develop an understanding of the process in which to create a CD

To develop an understanding of how to best represent musical material

Psychology

AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of psychology and how psychology works

AO2 Apply skills, knowledge and understanding of psychology and how psychology works

AO3 Interpret, evaluate and analyse psychological data and practice

Religious Studies

To understand different perspectives to current affairs e.g. marriage and divorce social justice, medical ethics and issues surrounding life and death.

To discuss, debate and form own opinions on central questions and issues in human life and experience.

To understand and recognise the relevance of religious beliefs, practices, values and traditions.

To study each driving question / topic / case study with the objectives shared above.

Science

Biology

To understand;
- the structure and function of cells
- how organisms grow and control themselves
- how characteristics are passed on
- how organisms have evolved and continue to do so

Chemistry

To understand;
- how the periodic table is organised
- the structure of an atom
- the bonding and proeprties of different substances
- how acids react

Physics

To understand;
- how forces change motion
- Newton’s first three laws
- How energy is transferred and conserved
- The properties, uses and dangers of waves

Spanish

To develop Spanish language skills in a variety of contexts, to broaden understanding of the culture of other countries and communities where Spanish is spoken, to encourage the enjoyment of language learning and to encourage the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society, to develop students ability to write and speak in Spanish and to understand Spanish when it is written down and spoken.

Textile Design

Students are required to develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills, through integrated practical, critical and contextual study that encourages direct engagement with original works and practice. Students will realise intentions relevant to textiles design and their selected area(s) of study.

- Students will develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

- Students will refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

- Students will record ideas, observations and insight relevant to intentions as work progresses.

- Students will present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Travel and Tourism

To gain an understanding of the range of organisations involved with different types of tourism in the UK.

To understand how technology helps meet changing customer needs.

To be able to explain the appeal of international travel and tourism destinations.

To know the importance and the aims of customer service within the travel and tourism industry.

To know and be able to use AIDA when designing marketing materials for the travel and tourism industry.

Vehicle Technology

Understand principals of the four stroke car engine

Learn and record how steering and suspension systems work.

Investigate and understand hydraulic braking systems.  

Understand how vehicles are designed to perform different roles.

Investigate the fundamental principles, function and operation of internal combustion engines