Year 9 - Spring

Year 9 Curriculum overview - Spring term


Year 9 will be exploring the theme of conflict in the form of poetry. In addition, in the second half of the term, they will explore the idea that where writing is from affects its meaning. This will be through the study of a range of extracts from texts from the 19th to 21st century. They will have the opportunity to be assessed formally on both their reading and writing skills with some speaking and listening used to develop their ideas. They will also continue with spelling intervention in addition to phonics and handwriting support where necessary. They will continue to have dedicated reading time with one to one feedback.


In maths we will continue to develop the core skills of number- covering place value, counting, ordering, arithmetic and times tables. Problem solving skills are developed.

Money – counting, finding amounts, giving change and developing financial awareness.

Time – ordering everyday events, reading time on analogue and digital time and developing an awareness of functional time.

The pupils will have regular sessions using RM Easimaths. Some will start to use MyMaths and other ICT resources.

Additionally, this term there will be topics on representing and interpreting data, finding fractions of amounts, position, direction, symmetry and decimals and percentages.

Understanding Our World – Science

Metals and Non-metals - Pupils will first find out a little more about the Periodic table. Once we have established that elements can be grouped as metals and non-metals we will then go on to look at the way in which metals react. Pupils will consider the reactions of metals with oxygen, water and acid and will use their findings to construct a reactivity series.

Looking into Space - Pupils will find out about the movement of the Earth, the Moon and the planets. This knowledge will then be used to explain the periods of time that we know as days, months, seasons and years. Finally, pupils will find out more about the objects that make up our Solar System.

Understanding Our World – Computing

Working with Data - Pupils will learn how to do a mail-merge. They will collect and interpret data in the context of planning a party and use Excel to stick to a budget and present the accounts.

Animation and Games - Pupils will plan and produce a short piece of animation. They will go on to explore how to incorporate ideas into different game formats and learn how to decompose problems when writing code. They will also try making a quiz and begin to work with variables.

Understanding Our World – Humanities

Pupils will focus on what life was like for soldiers during the First World War. Pupils will learn why the war broke out and then what life was like in the trenches including what soldiers and how their body and mind was affected by war.

They will then investigate Europe, its culture and people. They will be getting to know countries and their capitals. Pupils will then research a particular country, sharing their findings with other pupils in the class.

Understanding Our World – Religion and Ethics (R and E)

What does it mean to be a Muslim? - Pupils will be looking at the Muslim religion in detail and visiting one of the mosques in High Wycombe. They will be able to think about the reasons behind some of the beliefs and practices and explore pattern and shape in this religious context. Pupils will have the opportunity to work independently during this topic.


‘Change Your Style’ is our theme this term. We will be looking at how art and design has changed over the years; we will look at William Morris and some modern designers such as Lotta Jansdotter and Cath Kidston. You will experiment with a range of textiles art including batik, silk painting, tie dye and sublimation printing.

Design and Technology – Resistant materials

Pupils will complete their work in resistant materials and then after February half term start work in textiles. (Please see summer term for full details).

Design and Technology – Textiles

Pupils will complete their work in textiles and then after February half term start work in resistant materials. (Please see summer term for full details).

Performing Arts – Music

Cities and Special Occasions - Pupils will hear lots of music used for special occasions, finding out about the composers and the stories behind their music. They will be able to compose their own pieces and sing songs from different cities around the world. Key words will be duration, tempo and dynamics and pupils will work towards a class performance at the end of term.

Performing Arts – Dance

Dance from around the world - This term, pupils will explore different dance styles from around the world such as Gumboot dancing and Bollywood. Building on the key words learnt last term: Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationship, to create and choreography their own routines to perform.


Hockey skills will be developed into a game situation. A short module of American Games will involve playing games with the introduction of tactical play. Time will be given to Fitness work, which will include Cross-Country Running. Pupils will develop Gymnastic and trampolining skills, working on the theme of ‘flight’ in lessons. An introduction to Playground Leadership will prepare for volunteering a lunchtime to work as a leader with lower school activities.

Social Skills

Lessons will be delivered on a rotation of theory, discussion/circle time, and practical activities to allow for learning and practice During the second term pupils will be developing their self-management skills. Pupils will develop a greater understanding for their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how to manage these in different scenarios and with a variety of coping skills. Pupils will then begin to develop their social awareness by challenging their social communication skills and exploring and accepting others’ perspectives.


Making sensible choices - During this term pupils will consider legal and illegal drugs. There will be a visit from HOPE UK promoting exciting non-alcoholic drinks and from the local Police Officer to discuss drugs and the law. The important facts and dangers of drugs will be stressed and there will be opportunities for sensitive questions to be answered individually and in small groups.

Passport for Life – Home economics

In Home Economics the pupils will focus on basic cooking and food preparation skills. Pupils will learn how to work safely in the kitchen as well as developing, an understanding of what Home Economics is and learn the important hygiene and healthy eating rules. They will learn about basic nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet. Pupils will cook a wide range of dishes from a variety of simple recipes. Pupils will gain independence in the kitchen and begin to discuss the skills they are learning.

Pupils will be concentrating on buying, storing, preparing and cooking food safely and hygienically. We will continue work on healthy eating and ensure that they are learning more about food spoilage and decay. The pupils will learn when food spoils and be able to judge this by its appearance, taste, texture and odour change. They will understand how to use date marks and food storage instructions on food packaging. Pupils will be working on a project that investigates the differences between shop bought and homemade.

Passport for Life – Outdoor learning

In Outdoor learning the pupils will be outside in the woodland area having a hands-on opportunity to learn about the natural environment through directed tasks and play. They will be guided to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others. The students will be given a large amount of freedom in their learning.

In year 9 the main theme throughout the lessons will be developing our relationships and team work. Some of the activities throughout the year will include den building, fire lighting, cooking and exploration. The students will also be introduced to using tools such as knives, loppers and saws.